EVP & GMPhilips Arena
Brett Stefansson joins the Atlanta Hawks as the new Executive Vice President, General Manager of Philips Arena. He bodes more than 20 years of experience in the sports industry in professional (NBA, WNBA and NHL) and minor league sports (IHL, indoor soccer and arena football). In his career, Stefansson has worked more than 5,000 events. Prior to joining the Hawks, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas) which is home to the San Antonio Spurs (NBA), San Antonio Rampage (AHL), San Antonio Stars (WNBA), San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. His experience concluded with a $110-million dollar renovation to the AT&T Center. During his leadership, he also oversaw other facilities including the Spurs practice facility (now known as Medistar Training Facility Ltd.,) and Toyota Field, (now known as the home of San Antonio FC of the USL).
Earlier in his career, he served as the General Manager of BB&T Center located in Sunrise, Florida, from 2007-09 and returned for a similar role from 2012-14. The 19,000-seat arena earned consistent top-15 rankings in Pollstar throughout his tenure. Stefansson spent a combined 15 years of his career at this venue in South Florida. Stefansson started his career in sports as the Event Coordinator at The Summit (then, the home of the Rockets (NBA), Comets (WNBA), Aeros (AHL) and Thunderbears (AFL)) in Houston, Texas. Stefansson received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University. He and his wife, Nadia, have three kids, Zach, Ella, and Cruz.