2019 SVG Venue Summit


Keith Bradford is SVP, District Detroit – operations and development, and has held the position since June 2018.

In his current role, he is responsible for all development strategy including real estate planning, retail, residential, and office development. Bradford also leads master planning, leasing, design, and project management activities for all real estate ventures in The District Detroit. He is also responsible for the operations of facilities such as Comerica Park, the award-winning Little Caesars Arena, the historic Fox Theatre, and numerous office buildings and retail spaces.

Bradford has responsibility for leading the development and operations of The District Detroit, a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit that includes something for everyone and a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. The District Detroit is connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown, and Brush Park. The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit, is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence, and will contribute to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.

Most recently, Bradford was responsible for operations and the redevelopment of “Downtown Disney” to “Disney Springs.” The unique and highly successful retail, dining, and entertainment destination now features more than 150 venues, including over 30 restaurants. In addition to Bradford’s responsibilities at Disney Springs, he held numerous senior-level roles in resort operations and development over his 23-year career with Disney.

Originally from Mississippi, Bradford graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Mississippi.

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