UNIONDALE, NY, November 12, 2020 – GF Sports & Entertainment today announced the expansion of the company’s leadership team with the hiring of Lindsey Masciangelo as Executive Vice President, Entertainment. Masciangelo brings a wealth of experience in live entertainment and sports to the company, including executive positions with professional sports teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Lacrosse League (NLL), as well as live show production company Feld Entertainment.
GF Sports & Entertainment provides long-term, flexible capital to established sports, media and entertainment companies, with an eye toward building and growing lasting properties and brands that compound value over time. The growing company recently named Shawn Tilger as the first-ever President for the business and unveiled an expanded commitment to scaling and diversifying the business in the entertainment space.
“We are proud to have Lindsey join our team during this exciting period of growth for GF Sports & Entertainment,” said Shawn Tilger, President of GF Sports & Entertainment. “Lindsey has a strong track record of success as a leader and innovator, and will be an incredible asset for our company to oversee the AKC Meet the Breeds® event platform and as we continue to expand in the entertainment industry.”
In her new position, Masciangelo will be a key member of the leadership team where she will manage business operations and revenue generation for the national touring show AKC Meet the Breeds®, American’s largest dog breed educational showcase. GF Sports & Entertainment partnered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, in January 2020 to take the popular AKC Meet the Breeds® showcase on tour. Masciangelo will also provide sales, marketing and operations leadership across GF Sports & Entertainment’s entertainment properties and support growth initiatives for the business.
“I am excited to join GF Sports & Entertainment and to work alongside Shawn and the entire leadership team to help maximize opportunities with the current properties and expand the business,” said Masciangelo. “We have an incredible opportunity with AKC Meet the Breeds® to scale the event platform this next year and safely take this fun, engaging and educational show on the road to animal lovers and families across the United States.”
Prior to joining GF Sports & Entertainment, Masciangelo was the Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Wings (NLL) where she was responsible for the strategic vision and growth plan for the team as well as all aspects of business and lacrosse operations, including ticketing, marketing, corporate partnerships, public relations, and lacrosse development. Previously she served as the Vice President of Marketing for the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), managing advertising, new media, sponsorship activation, publicity, and community relations efforts for the team. Under Masciangelo’s leadership, the Flyers were voted by Sports Business Journal as #1 in the NHL for their marketing efforts for two consecutive years. Her team also received the Sports Media Marketing award for the most creative promotion during the Stanley Cup Playoff run in 2010. Earlier in her career, Masciangelo worked for Feld Entertainment promoting national shows like Disney on Ice to a variety of markets in the Northeast, and served as the Director of Learning and Development at Comcast Cable where she was responsible for growing leaders within various business units throughout the company.
Masciangelo earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from Boston University where she was a Division I field hockey player. She then received her Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s University.
About GF Sports & Entertainment
GF Sports & Entertainment is a live events and sports media entertainment company created by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital Management & Advisors, LLC. Formed in July 2015, GF Sports & Entertainment owns two of the ATP World Tour’s longest running American tournaments, the New York Open and the Truist Atlanta Open, as well as the New York National Lacrosse League team the New York Riptide. In addition, GF Sports & Entertainment is partnered with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, to further develop and expand the AKC Meet the Breeds® event platform. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts utilizing its global expertise and network to help develop niche sports. Such concepts include Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally. Veteran sport, media and entertainment executive Hank Ratner is a co-investor with GF Capital across the company’s various sports properties.
GF Capital makes control-oriented, growth capital investments in branded consumer product and media companies, and its investments have included a number of sports and live entertainment companies. These include Repucom, a global leader in sports measurement, evaluation and intelligence, which was sold to Nielsen in 2016 and Blue Man Group, the world-renowned entertainment company which was sold to Cirque du Soleil in 2017.