EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS
BARCLAYS CENTER AND BROOKLYN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Michael Zavodsky has quickly risen through the ranks within the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center organizations. Starting as an intern to CEO Brett Yormark in May 2005, Zavodsky quickly transitioned from Account Executive, to Director, to Vice President, then to Senior Vice President and finally to his current position of Executive Vice President overseeing Global Partnerships for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, which now includes the New York Islanders who will play in Brooklyn starting with the 2015-16 season. Zavodsky has also been instrumental in creating new partnerships for the re-imagined Nassau Coliseum, scheduled to open at the end of 2016.
Zavodsky helped lead the charge that culminated with the Grand Opening of Barclays Center in September 2012. This was the result of years of strategic planning and work with national and international brands, programmers, and industry leaders. Zavodsky has had oversight of the sales efforts for Barclays Center, which resulted in a stellar roster of domestic and international partners including: American Express, GEICO, Stoli, Calvin Klein, Anheuser-Busch, Daily News, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, JetBlue, National Grid, Honda, Ticketmaster, and adidas. In addition to the sales effort, he has played a role in programming Barclays Center, helping to secure events like the Golden Gloves and college basketball games.
Career highlights include oversight of the Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment’s third party consulting/sales effort, which consummated the sale of the IZOD Center Naming Rights, the Rutgers Stadium Naming Rights and the Quinnipiac University Hockey Arena Naming Rights. Zavodsky has also helped drive the international sales effort for both Barclays Center and the Nets basketball team, consummating sales with companies from China, Russia, and the UK.
Zavodsky attended Quinnipiac University where he was a consistent member of the Dean’s List and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his Alma Mater, the youngest recipient in University’s history. He was previously named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” as well we one of Sport Pro Magazine’s “10 Next.” Zavodsky currently resides in Englewood, NJ with his wife, Stephanie.