President/Chief Executive Officer,
Ryan is now in his 21st year with Honda Center and 35th 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). In his role, Ryan oversees one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the world. In September 2012, Venues Today Magazine ranked Honda Center among the top 10 arenas in the world for live entertainment over the past decade, with a ranking of sixth overall in the country over that time. The facility is also a seven-time finalist for “Venue of the Year” as selected by Pollstar Magazine editors.
Ryan has also led efforts to assure Honda Center is maintained and remains one of the world’s top-of-the-line entertainment venues. In early 2013, the venue is scheduled to officially open The Grand Terrace, a project that includes a 15,000 square foot indoor-outdoor entertainment space, a new public restaurant as well as a team store more than triple the size of the current location. The Grand Terrace project represents the largest renovation in Honda Center history and promises to keep the venue state-of-the-art in form and function. In addition, the venue will soon launch 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 active with a variety of first-class events. Under his guidance, the venue has recently hosted some of the world’s top names in live entertainment. In late 2012 & early 2013, Honda Center serves as host site to Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Rush, The Black Keys, Rise Against, Eric Church and Dreamwork’s How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular. In December, the venue will also serve as home court to the John Wooden Classic featuring UCLA and San Diego State and will host the annual Big West Basketball Tournament in March. Over the years, Honda Center has also served as host to the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships, 2005 World Badminton Championships, five previous NCAA men’s basketball tournament events and the first Frozen Four west of the Rocky Mountains (in 1999). Since 1993, over 30 million people have been entertained at Honda Center, enjoying more than 3,000 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 from 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 27 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 180,000 local school children over the last seven years. The Ducks also have a 6,500-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.
In addition to managing the 19,000-seat arena, Ryan is active in both the entertainment industry and in the local community. He also serves on the boards of several nonprofit groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Los Angeles Sports Council, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, 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 skiing.