New business leaders named for Canton Charge and Cleveland Gladiators
Thursday April 12, 2012
NBA Business Veteran Alan Mowrey Named
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of
NBA Development League Canton Charge
Scott Woodruff Returns to Professional Roots in
Arena Football League as Senior Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer of Cleveland Gladiators
Alan Mowrey is joining the NBA D-League Canton Charge as the new Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), taking over the position from Scott Woodruff who returns to Cleveland to become SVP and COO of the AFL Cleveland Gladiators. The announcement was made today by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization’s Executive Vice President, Kerry Bubolz.
The Charge and Gladiators are both exclusively operated by the Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and owned by a group led by Cavaliers majority owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The Charge were acquired in July 2011 and the Gladiators were recently acquired this past January. The group also owns and operates the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, the official AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Colorado Avalanche.
As SVP and COO, Mowrey will oversee all business operations of the Charge. Mowery comes to the Charge with an extensive and accomplished business strategy and management background in the NBA. He directed a diverse collection of sales and service areas with the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers and his efforts resulted in both franchises being recognized to be among league leaders in the NBA’s annual Sales and Marketing Awards program.
Mowrey joins the Charge just as they have played their way into the 2012 NBA Development League Playoffs presented by BBVA, with the first game of their first round series against the Springfield Armor this Friday night, April 13th at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Tickets, starting at just $8, are on sale now at CantonCharge.com, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 866-444-1944.
In his new position as the Gladiators SVP and COO, Woodruff will oversee all business operations of the team and returns to his pro sports roots. Before joining the Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and family of teams in 2009, he served as the General Manager of the AFL’s Grand Rapids Rampage for three years, and was Executive Director of Business Development with the AFL’s Chicago Rush prior to that.
Woodruff has led the business side of the Charge to a very successful launch and inaugural season, and the franchise has quickly become one of the most successful operations in the NBA Development League, both on the court and off.
He now takes the business reigns of the AFL’s defending American Conference Eastern Division Champion Gladiators as the team has gotten off to a great 3-1 start to their 2012 season.
Fans can stay up-to-date on Charge and Gladiators team news by visiting CantonCharge.com and ClevelandGladiators.com. Fans can also follow the Charge at: @CantonCharge and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CantonCharge and follow the Gladiators at: @CleGladiators on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/ClevelandGladiators.