Jim Ross Joins PS&E as Executive Vice President of Business Operations & Strategy

Dec 17, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Jim Ross joined Palace Sports & Entertainment in November as Executive Vice President of Business Operations & Strategy, part of a refresh of new hires and promotions at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Ross reports directly to Pistons and PS&E CEO and President Dennis Mannion, overseeing Corporate Partnerships, Premium Sales, Business Development and Fanalytics. He joins PS&E from the Cleveland Browns where he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development, directing revenue generation, the growth of corporate sponsorships, media sales, suite sales, general and premium ticket sales, hospitality and non-game day event sales. And, prior to working with the Browns, Ross had a stellar track record working with the New York Yankees, the Miami Dolphins, the Florida Marlins and the New York Mets.

“We’re very happy to have Jim with us,” said Mannion. “He’s an experienced sports industry executive with impeccable credentials and he’ll be a great addition to Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Pistons.”

Mehdi Houissa joins PS&E as Finance Director and will report to Bob Feller, Executive Vice President and CFO. Houissa comes to PS&E from Wal-Mart where he served as Director of Strategy & Finance in the Great Lakes Division. He also served as Financial Planning & Analysis Manager at Tween Brands in New Albany, Ohio where he facilitated the Limited Too and Justice merger.

Joe Walsh is PS&E’s new Vice President of Human Resources. Walsh joined PS&E this summer from TaylorMade-Adidas Golf in Carlsbad, California where he oversaw Global Human Resources. He also spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, leading the Human Resources department.

Other recent hires include: Ryan Ross as Video Systems Manager and Sara Kubica as Fan Experience Manager. Ross (no relation to Jim Ross) will work in Programming & Productions after spending seven years with Flint Journal. Kubica serves as brand manager for Pistons and PS&E season ticket member segments, driving programming, collateral and communications plans for events and initiatives. She joins PS&E from Universal McCann where she served as an account manager.

The organization recently made several promotions, including: Creative Director Jason George now oversees all Programming and Production at PS&E; Nick Bartolone promoted to Director of Advertising & Promotions from Promotions Manager; Lauren Miller promoted to Senior Director of Marketing from Director of Fan Lifestyles; and Buddy Rose, promoted to Director of Game Entertainment from Game Entertainment Manager.