President/Chief Executive Officer,
Ryan is now in his 22nd year with Honda Center and 36th in arena management and event creation. In addition to his duties with the NHL club, he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Anaheim Arena Management, LLC (AAM), the management company of Honda Center. In his role, Ryan oversees one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the world. Over the years, Honda Center has repeatedly ranked among the top 10 arenas in the world for annual live entertainment and is also a seven-time finalist for “Venue of the Year” as selected by Pollstar Magazine editors.
Ryan has also led major efforts to upgrade Honda Center, assuring it remains one of the world’s top-of-the-line sports and entertainment venues. This fall, Honda Center will complete stage one of its improvement plan specifically focused on the Terrace (400) Level. The initial phase, which includes more than a million dollars in upgrades, features a new lounge area for fans and a full service kitchen serving concessions options exclusive to the Terrace Level. In addition, the concourse areas of the entire level will be completely rebranded, giving fans in the upper bowl a unique sense of identity.
Honda Center also recently became the first arena to serve as home to a Wahoo’s Fish Taco location when the iconic chain opened a restaurant complete with an outdoor patio on the arena’s main level. Last fall, the venue officially opened The Grand Terrace, the largest renovation project in Honda Center history, which included a 15,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor entertainment space, a new 250-seat public restaurant and a team store more than triple the size of the previous location. Grand Terrace Ducks Season Passes are sold out for the second consecutive year, while the new team store location helped the club break into the top 10 for merchandise sales in 2013-14. Ryan also focuses on progressive improvements to keep the venue state-of-the-art, including the recent installment of over 500 flat-panel monitors and launch of Cisco StadiumVision throughout each level of the facility, creating a truly immersive entertainment environment.
Through strategic planning, creative business development and event production, Ryan ensures the arena is also extremely active with a variety of world-class events. Under his guidance, the venue has recently hosted some of the world’s top names in live entertainment. This fall, the venue has a lineup that includes superstar acts such as Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, The Eagles and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Ryan also played a key role in negotiations to bring the venue’s newest franchise to Honda Center, when the LA KISS, owned by legendary rockers Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, took the field in the spring of 2014 for the their inaugural season in Anaheim.
Over the years, Honda Center has also served as host to the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, 2005 World Badminton Championships, six previous NCAA men’s basketball tournament events and the first Frozen Four west of the Rocky Mountains (in 1999). Since 1993, more than 34 million people have been entertained at Honda Center, enjoying more than 3,500 events.
As Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the Anaheim Ducks, Ryan oversees all business operations of the professional hockey team. He assumed his current dual roles on June 20, 2005 when the Ducks were purchased by Dr. Henry and Susan Samueli, owners of AAM.
Ryan has also spearheaded several initiatives in conjunction with the Samuelis, including charitable programs that support approximately 500 nonprofit organizations annually, a team foundation that supports the community in the areas of education, youth hockey and health and wellness, and an expanded grass-roots marketing program. The Ducks launched THE RINKS development program in 2009, which supports and promotes youth ice and roller hockey in Southern California. The expanding program includes seven local skating facilities (four ice rinks and three inline facilities). The club also launched the first-ever Orange County High School Hockey League in 2008 (named the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League). The league has grown to 41 teams, including 2013 national champion Santa Margarita Catholic High School. Funded by the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, the club’s education-based youth hockey program (S.C.O.R.E. – Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation and Education) has reached more than 250,000 local school children since 2005. The Ducks also have a 5,500-member Kids Club, the largest in the NHL (among all U.S.- based teams).
In 1992, after a long career at the Long Beach Arena, Ryan joined the then-Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim (operated by Ogden Facility Management) as Assistant General Manager. He was promoted to General Manager in 1998 and was named Pollstar Magazine “Facility Executive of the Year” for 2001. During that time, Ryan was also charged with overseeing a number of other Ogden facilities and served as a consultant on various major entertainment projects. Near the end of 2003, the management contract for the arena was purchased by AAM, and Ryan was named President/CEO of both the company and the arena.
Ryan is active in both the entertainment industry and in the local community. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Los Angeles Sports Council, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, the Stars and Stripes Tournament and the Tiger Woods Foundation.
Ryan graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1979 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He lives with his wife, Michele, in Huntington Beach and enjoys golf, fly-fishing, and travel.