President/Chief Executive Officer,
Ryan is now in his 19th year with Honda Center and 33rd 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 2010, Billboard Magazine ranked Honda Center among the top 5 arenas in the United States for live entertainment. 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. This Fall, the venue is scheduled to break ground on the recently announced Grand Terrace project, representing the largest renovation in Honda Center history. The multi-million dollar project includes the exclusive outdoor Grand Terrace on the San Manuel Premium Level, along with a new full-service restaurant, expanded team store and larger box office on the arena’s main level.
Through strategic planning, business development and event production, Ryan ensures the arena is active with a variety of first-class events. Under his guidance, the arena has recently hosted some of the world’s top names in live entertainment. Over the next several months, Honda Center will serve as host site to UFC 137 (Honda Center has hosted more UFC events than any arena outside the promotion’s home city of Las Vegas) and concerts from notable artists such as Blink-182 and Andrea Bocelli. This Fall, the venue will also serve as home court to UCLA Men’s Basketball on four occasions 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, the annual John R. Wooden Classic, 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 2007, which supports and promotes youth ice and roller hockey in Southern California. The blossoming program includes youth hockey leagues at Anaheim ICE, Huntington Beach Inline, Corona Inline, and Westminster ICE. The club also launched the first-ever Orange County High School Hockey League in 2008. The league has grown to 11 teams, with nine joining in the last two years. 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 150,000 local school children over the last six 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, Special Olympics Southern California, Stars and Stripes Tournament, and the Tiger Woods Foundation. Tim and the organization will be honored in November 2011 for outstanding dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County.
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.