The business of sports is always evolving but our vision for the Leafs, the Raptors, Toronto FC, the Marlies and all of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is always the same … to WIN!
For Tom Anselmi, winning in the sports business means a lot of things. It means winning on the playing field, whether it’s the ice, the court or the pitch, and Exciting every Fan with a competitive team they can be proud of. It means providing great hospitality game in, game out. It means Inspiring our People to be the best sports and entertainment professionals in the business so they can deliver our fans the experience they deserve. It means being passionate about sports and Dedicated to our Teams so our players can always be at their best. And lastly, it means being Leaders in the Community by unleashing the power of our brands to make our community a better place to live.
Tom Anselmi is an accomplished sports and entertainment business leader and has been with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment since 1996, as it has grown into a global leader in the industry. He was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer in March 2004, responsible for business operations for the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS) and the Toronto Marlies (AHL). His key responsibilities include Marketing, Ticket Sales & Service, Corporate Partnerships, Broadcast and New Media, Publishing, Communications, Community Relations and Human Resources as well as team operations for Toronto FC.
Tom originally joined Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment as Vice President, Project Director responsible for the overall development of the Air Canada Centre, the critically acclaimed home of the Leafs and Raptors. His responsibilities included management of the design and construction program, as well as the entertainment programs for the Opening Ceremonies for Air Canada Centre and the Closing Ceremonies of historic Maple Leaf Gardens. Tom was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business and Chief Marketing Officer in July 1999.
Prior to joining the Leafs organization, he was Vice President, General Manager of Arena Operations for Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment in Vancouver. Tom’s responsibilities included the development, start-up and operating phases of General Motors Place, the home of the Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Grizzlies.
Tom spent a number of years at Toronto’s SkyDome during the development of the facility and during its initial operating phase, and has consulted on a variety of other sports and entertainment projects internationally. Prior to SkyDome, Tom had been involved in various other major capital projects across North America.
Born in Toronto, Tom received an Engineering Degree from the University of Saskatchewan after receiving a Degree from Ryerson Polytechnical University. Tom is a registered Professional Engineer, and a member of the Board of Governors of Major League Soccer, the NHL Business Advisory Board, and various other business and trade organizations. Tom is also a recognized community leader and is Vice Chair of the Toronto Board of Trade, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Toronto Grand Prix Foundation, the Advisory Board of The Leafs Community Fund, and the Board of KidSport Canada.