What To Do When Things Go Wrong

When:  Jan 25, 2022 from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Vancouver Chapter


For more than 30 years, Frank Supovitz has been at the helm of some of the NFL and NHL's most prestigious, widely viewed, and well-attended sports and entertainment events. As the Senior Vice President of Events for the National Football League between 2005 and 2014, he was a major contributor to the meteoric growth of the Super Bowl, the NFL Draft, and American football games in London.  Prior to joining the NFL, Frank served as the National Hockey League’s Group Vice President, Events & Entertainment for 13 years, overseeing the NHL All-Star Weekend, Stanley Cup, and international competitions in Europe and Japan.  He was the Director of Tournament Operations for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and co-developed the league’s first stadium-based outdoor game in 2003 with the Edmonton Oilers, the forerunner to the highly successful NHL Winter Classic.

Supovitz founded Fast Traffic in 2014, an event management, production, and consulting firm that has served a wide range of major sports and entertainment clients including the Indy 500, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the National Rugby League (Australia), the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament, the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, and the Houston and Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committees, among others.  Fast Traffic was an integral member of the development and management team for the Rooftop at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport in New York City, the Pollstar Award winner for Best New Concert Venue of 2018

Frank is the former VP of Events for the NFL, NHL and is the host of the popular When Things Go Wrong podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other major platforms.  The show was inspired by his recent book on crisis management, What to Do When Things Go Wrong, published by McGraw-Hill and released as an Audible audiobook in 2019.  He also co-authored The Sports Event Management & Marketing Playbook, the definitive text used by sports business professionals and university programs across the globe for more than a decade.  Frank joined the adjunct faculty at Adelphi University in 2020.  He received an honorary doctorate in Sports, Event, and Entertainment Management from Johnson & Wales University in 2003 and was honored as New York University’s Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer in 2014.  He appeared as a featured character in TruTV’s 2010 series NFL Full Contact, on CBS News and 60 Minutes Sports’ behind-the-scenes reports on the management of the Super Bowl blackout in 2013, and in a cameo role in Ivan Reitman’s 2014 film Draft Day.


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