Monumental Sports & Entertainment Makes Multiple Hires to Staff
Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced a number of key promotions and new hires across the company.
“We are committed to building the best, most impactful sports and entertainment company in the world, and that starts with our people,” says Ted Leonsis, Founder, Chairman, CEO and Majority Owner of MSE. “We are proud to count some of the most talented executives in sports, entertainment and media among our ranks, and their innovative thinking, passion for their work and dedication to teamwork and collaboration are the heart of MSE.”
Monica Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff
Dixon previously served as MSE Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, coordinating strategic initiatives across all Monumental properties and overseeing Leonsis’s portfolio. Dixon joined MSE in 2015 after serving in senior leadership roles on range of national and regional political campaigns, for the Democratic caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and on Washington, D.C.’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games. Dixon also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore.
Kelly Skoloda, Chief People Officer
Skoloda previously served as MSE’s Senior Vice President, People and Culture. In her new capacity, she will report directly to Leonsis, and will continue her work transforming MSE into a perennially-recognized best place to work in the DMV. Her focus will remain on fostering a diverse, transparent, safe, and empowering workplace at MSE. Skoloda came to MSE in 2011 and previously worked at AOL as assistant general counsel advising on employment matters and managing employment litigation. Prior to that, Skoloda worked as a litigation associate for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.
Quentin Addison, Vice President of Technical and Broadcast Operations
Addison has worked at MSE since 1998, where he began working in Technical and Broadcast Operation directing all Wizards, Caps, and Mystics games as well as events in-arena. He was then promoted to Director of Game Entertainment before becoming Director of Technical and Broadcast Operation.
Ketsia Colimon, Vice President of Communications
Colimon has worked at MSE for 15 years, where she is responsible for the communication efforts for the Washington Mystics, Baltimore Brigade, and Washington Valor. For the last seven years, she has also assisted in the coverage of the Washington Wizards and Monumental Sports and Entertainment foundation’s community relations work. A graduate of Florida State University, Colimon holds degrees in sports management and sports administration as well as an MBA in international affairs.
Jeff Newman, Vice President of Global Partnerships
Newman comes to MSE from iHeartMedia, where he served as Vice President of Events & Experiential Sales. He previously also served as Senior Vice President of Lagardere Sports & Entertainment and Tournament Director for the Citi Open ATP/WTA tennis tournament. At MSE, Newman will be responsible for securing, growing and maximizing partnership opportunities across the company that connect fans with brands that help drive awareness, affinity, loyalty, community engagement, and product sales. He is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Grant Hastings, Vice President of Network Operations, Monumental Sports Network
Hastings previously served as the Director of Business Development for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, where he worked on new business ventures and corporate development across the organization. In Hastings’ new role, he will lead day-to-day operations at Monumental Sports Network including the network’s content, programming and marketing plans, as well the digital publishing platform. He will also be responsible for the network’s operational budget, as well as new CAPEX projects.
Cassidy Lien, Vice President of Game Entertainment
Lien began his career in Game Operations in 2007 with Spurs Sports & Entertainment which included the Spurs, Rampage, and Silver Stars. He has also worked for the New York Knicks and most recently the Phoenix Suns, where he was Vice President of Game Entertainment. He has also worked in NBA Game Presentation during NBA All-Star Weekend since 2012 and has produced NBA games in Berlin, Istanbul, Mexico City, and London. As Vice President of Game Entertainment, Lien will oversee all aspects of in-game presentation and entertainment for the Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, Valor, Brigade, and Go-Go. Lien graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Amanda Tischler, Vice President of Marketing, Washington Capitals
Previously at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Tischler led partnership strategy and development on the Global Partnerships team. Her career began at the National Hockey League, where she established social monetization strategy, built creative digital brand campaigns across all NHL partners and enhanced partner activations at NHL events. She then worked for Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media unit in New York before coming to MSE in March of 2017. As Vice President of Marketing for the Capitals, Tischler will oversee all brand marketing, including social and digital marketing, community relations and youth hockey development work. Tischler graduated from the University of Richmond and is a native of Bethesda, Maryland.