Thursday, February 10, 2011

Homan named GM of Wells Fargo Center

Global Spectrum, operators of the Wells Fargo Center for arena owners Comcast-Spectacor, today named Matthew Homan as the facility’s new General Manager. 

Homan, who is relocating to Philadelphia from Des Moines, IA, replaces Tim Murphy, a 30-year veteran of the facility management industry, who has been promoted to Regional Vice President with Global Spectrum, overseeing several of the company’s other management contracts in the Northeast Region of the US and Canada.

“Matt is one of this industry’s brightest and most promising future leaders,” said Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page. “We are particularly proud of the relationship he has developed with his clients and the way he has become an active part of the community. We are excited for what he will be able to do at the Wells Fargo Center.

“Tim has done an incredible job of luring big-time events and national attractions for us to the Wells Fargo Center,” added Page. “We are excited that he will be able to help us grow our business nationally by using his expertise to help us oversee several of our other facilities nationally.”

“Matt has literally grown up in the business,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “From a very early age, Matt learned what it took to create and foster a business relationship. He has mastered that art and continues to find new and exciting opportunities to grow his business. I have personally known Matt for 25 years and I have enjoyed watching him blossom into a fine young man and a terrific and well-respected business leader in our industry. I am confident he will do a terrific job for us here at the Wells Fargo Center.”

Homan, a 14-year Global Spectrum employee and a second-generation industry executive, returns to his roots, Philadelphia, PA, where he first began his career at the Spectrum as a part-time box office ticket seller. Homan’s father, David, is the Chief Operating Officer of New Era Tickets, the full-service ticketing subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor.

While in Des Moines, Matt Homan oversaw the four-facility Iowa Events Center, including the Wells Fargo Arena, a 17,000-seat multi-purpose arena, the Polk County Convention Complex, Hy-Vee Hall and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Prior to his highly successful stint in Des Moines, Homan was Assistant General Manager and Director of Event Services at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC, home of his alma mater, the University of South Carolina.

After graduating from South Carolina with a B.S. degree in Sports Administration, he joined the Wells Fargo Center group sales department in a full-time capacity. He later became the assistant manager of that group sales department where he managed a staff of 12, generating over $6 million in sales. He was promoted to Event Coordinator at the Global Spectrum-managed Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ, before relocating to Columbia. At the Sovereign Bank Arena, now the Sun National Center, Homan was recognized by Billboard Magazine as one of 30 Under 30 to watch in the entertainment industry.

Prior to joining Global Spectrum in 2002, Murphy was General Manager of both the Philadelphia Kixx (Major Indoor Soccer League) and the Philadelphia Charge (Womens United Soccer Association), a team then operated by Global Spectrum’s parent company, Comcast-Spectacor.

Murphy is a former Regional Vice President for Spectacor Management Group, overseeing the operations of multiple venues throughout the United States, including the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Three Rivers Stadium, Chicago’s Soldier Field, the Richmond Coliseum and several European venues. Prior to joining Spectacor Management Group, Murphy was Marketing and Production Manager at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.

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