Frank Supovitz – 2014 Conversation

Frank-Supovitz-Headshot-ret-RGBAs the Senior Vice President of Events for the National Football League, Frank Supovitz oversees a staff of event professionals that stages some of the most prestigious and widely-viewed sports events in the world, including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL Kickoff, the NFL International Series, and NFL Draft.

Supovitz joined the NFL in January, 2005 after overseeing events for the National Hockey League for 13 years, most recently as Group Vice President of Events & Entertainment.  His NHL experience included producing and managing the NHL All-Star Weekend, NHL Entry Draft, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL Awards Television Special, and international competitions across the globe in Canada, Europe and Japan.

Prior to the NHL, Supovitz served as vice president of marketing/coordinating producer for EVENTURES, a New York-based mega-event production firm (1989 – 1992), and director of special events for Radio City Music Hall Productions (1985 – 1989).  His past credits include the Presidential Bicentennial Procession in New York, the 1990 Goodwill Games Welcoming Ceremonies in Seattle; New York City’s historic “Operation: Welcome Home Ticker Tape Parade,” the Stanford University Centennial, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of U.S. Olympic Festival ’89 in Oklahoma City, the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia, and the Super Bowl XXII Halftime Show in San Diego.

Supovitz was featured on 60 Minutes Sports’ profile on Super Bowl XLVII that aired on Showtime in 2013, and in the NFL Films production of NFL Full Contact, a six-episode documentary on the behind-the-scenes world of NFL events that aired on truTV in 2010.  He was inducted into the Event Industry Hall of Fame in 2006 and received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree in Sports, Entertainment & Event Management from Johnson & Wales University in 2003.  He is the author of The Sports Event Management & Marketing Playbook (2004), the 2nd edition of which will be released in 2013, as well as co-author of  Dollars & Events:  How To Succeed in the Special Events Business (1999), published by John Wiley & Sons.

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