Uniondale, New York, May 5, 2021 – GF Sports & Entertainment, a global sports and entertainment events and operations company, today announced the company has named Anthony Gioia to the new position of Vice President of Production, Operations and Creative Services. Gioia has more than 20 years experience in event operations, event production and creative content having worked on some of the biggest events in sports and entertainment, including the Summer Olympic Games, NHL Winter Classic, US Open Tennis Championships, NFL and NHL Drafts.


In his new position, Gioia will focus on overall event development, logistics and production for GF Sports & Entertainment’s properties. He will be responsible for developing and building innovative and creative events while finding operational efficiencies across the organization. In addition, he will work with the company’s leadership team to explore new business ventures as GF Sports & Entertainment looks to expand.


“Anthony has executed sports and entertainment events at the highest level, and we are excited to have him join our team to further elevate our event operations as live spectator events and touring shows begin to return,” said Shawn Tilger, President, GF Sports & Entertainment. “His arrival further strengthens our leadership team and positions GF Sports & Entertainment for continued growth.”


Prior to joining GF Sports & Entertainment, Gioia was Senior Director of Event Presentation for Comcast-Spectacor. In the role, he served concurrent Executive Producer, Producer, Event Director, and Creative Director functions within marketing, game presentation and special events areas for the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and Philadelphia Wings (NLL), Philadelphia Fusion (Overwatch League) in addition to large-scale special events, such as the 2010 NHL Winter Classic, 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championship, 2014 NHL Draft, 2018 Stadium Series, and 2019 Global Series. Over the past five years, Gioia has also worked as a freelance Producer for Van Wagner Productions where he assisted in the production of a variety of live, virtual and ancillary entertainment programming. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Game Operations for the New Jersey Devils.


About GF Sports & Entertainment

GF Sports & Entertainment is a global events and operations company that elevates the experience of live sports, entertainment and interactive events. The company owns two of the ATP Tour’s longest running American tennis tournaments, the New York Open and the Truist Atlanta Open, as well as the National Lacrosse League New York Riptide. In partnership with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, they operate the AKC Meet the Breeds® touring show. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.


GF Sports & Entertainment was founded in July 2015 by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital. For additional information, please visit www.gfsportsandentertainment.com.