One of today’s true leaders in the professional sports and entertainment industry, Timothy J. Leiweke serves as President & CEO of AEG, a collection of companies owned or operated by the organization considered to be one of the world’s leading presenters of sports and entertainment programming.
Now in his 17th year with AEG, and recently selected by the L.A. Times as one of the 100 most influential people in southern California and by the Sports Business Journal as Sports Executive of the Year, Leiweke has acquired or merged more than 50 divisions and companies whose alliances create a global live entertainment organization capable of developing, producing, promoting, marketing and managing sports and entertainment programming in both facilities owned and operated by AEG as well as other venues. AEG divisions such as AEG Live, devoted to all aspects of creating, producing and promoting live entertainment, AEG Facilities, developers and operators of more than 100 of the world’s preeminent venues such as STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the proposed Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles, The Home Depot Center in Carson, Citizen’s Business Bank Arena (Ontario, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO), The Rose Garden (Portland, OR), Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Las Vegas, NV), The Joint (Las Vegas, NV), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Best Buy Theater Times Square, Acer Arena (Sydney, AU), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam), Ericsson Globe (Stockholm), Wukesong Arena (Beijing), O2 World Hamburg, O2 World (Berlin) and The O2, a 28-acre development located in the eastern part of London which includes a 20,000 seat arena (deemed the world’s top music venue by Pollstar magazine) and over 650,000sf of leisure and entertainment use; AEG Global Partnerships; AEG Sports; AEG Merchandising; AEG Marketing, AEG Real Estate and AEG Creative all operate under his direction.
As President of STAPLES Center, twice recipient of Pollstar’s “Arena of the Year” award, Leiweke was responsible for the overall development of the downtown showplace for major events and performances. Built under his direction in a record 18 months, STAPLES Center is home to four professional sports franchises – the Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Sparks – the most prestigious concerts and shows including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (who played the arena’s first ever public event on October 17, 1999), the Eagles, Bon Jovi, U2, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Prince, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Lady GaGa, the Black Eyed Peas, The Police and Rod Stewart. Leiweke played a major role in bringing events to Los Angeles and STAPLES Center such as the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, 12 of the last 13 Annual Grammy Awards shows and recurring events such as the Pac 10 Men’s Basketball Championships and the X Games.
Leiweke guided the creation of The Home Depot Center, built on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills. The $150 million development (the largest-ever private investment in amateur athletics) which has been designated an official U.S. Olympic Training Site, is southern California’s home of world-class competition and training faculties. The 85-acre development features a 13,000-seat stadium for tennis, boxing, concerts and other events, a 27,000-seat stadium for soccer and outdoor concerts, a facility for track & field and a 2,450-seat indoor Velodrome for track cycling and the home of the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA teams as well as the USTA’s High Performance Training Center, US Soccer Federation’s team training and Athletes’ Performance training center.
Leiweke now turns his attention to overseeing the overall management of L.A. LIVE, the AEG-developed four million square foot / $2.5 billion downtown Los Angeles sports, residential and entertainment district adjacent to STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring Club Nokia, a 2,300 capacity live music venue, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, a 7,100-seat live theatre, a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination (featuring The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott hotels and 224 luxury condominiums – The Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE – all in a single tower) , Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatre, 15 world-class restaurants, “broadcast” facilities for ESPN along with entertainment, residential, restaurant and office space. The nation’s most active ‘live content and event campus,’ L.A. LIVE showcases more events, award shows, sporting competitions and concerts than any other destination in the world.
In addition to the Kings and Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo, AEG Sports shares ownership of additional professional sports franchises such as the Manchester (New Hampshire) Monarchs (AHL) and two professional ice hockey teams in Europe – EHC Eisbaren Berlin and the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey League -- in addition to directing the operations of events such as the Amgen Tour of California cycling road race and the Bay to Breakers foot race (San Francisco). Leiweke also serves on the Los Angeles Lakers Board of Directors representing private ownership shares of the Los Angeles Lakers organization.
Leiweke initiated the formation and direction of the Kings Care Foundation, which was awarded the 1999 Pro Team Community Award given annually to the franchise that demonstrates the most effective humanitarian community program in all of professional sports, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS. In the last 13 years, the Kings Care Foundation, STAPLES Center Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation and AEG have provided more than $65 million in support to local foundations, non-profit organizations, community organizations and charitable initiatives.
Leiweke enjoyed an impressive history of success and experience in sports. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1996 to join the Kings – the 2012 Stanley Cup Champions -- he served as president and CEO for U.S. Skiing, after four seasons as President of the Denver Nuggets (1991-95). While in Denver, he helped negotiate the relocation of the Quebec Nordiques to Colorado while guiding the initial development and design of the Pepsi Center.
The first employee hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1988, Leiweke served as Vice President for the NBA franchise for four seasons and helped the club to an NBA attendance record by averaging 26,160 per game in their first season. He also handled naming rights, marketing and sales for all events at the Target Center.
A native of St. Louis, Leiweke’s career in sports administration began in 1979 as the assistant general manager for the Major Indoor Soccer League’s St. Louis Steamers. A year later, he became the youngest (24) general manager in pro sports by assuming that post with the MISL’s Baltimore Blast. In 1981-82, he became Vice President and General Manager of the Kansas City Comets, and later became its President in 1986.
Along with his wife, Bernadette, Leiweke has spent an enormous amount of time and effort dedicated to numerous charitable causes within each of the local communities they have resided. As a tribute to his commitment to Los Angeles and local charitable organizations, he has been honored by such organizations as City of Hope with the Spirit of Life Award (which raised nearly $9 million in Leiweke’s name in January, 2010), Asia Society Southern California with their 2009 Global Corporate Leadership Award, Para Los Niños, the Anti-Defamation League as recipient of their 2007 Humanitarian Award, the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund with their 2003 Children’s Choice Award, as Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association, the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, as a Treasure of Los Angeles by the Central City Association, Special Olympics of Southern California, Los Angeles Conservation Corps, the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation with their Champion for Youth Award, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Latin Business Association, the Korean American Federation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association as their Man of the Year, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce as their Distinguished Man of the Year, by the L.A. Headquarters Association with their Spirit of Los Angeles Award and as the recipient of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Los Amigos de Los Angeles Award. Leiweke is currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for Para Los Niños, as a member of the Board of Directors of A Better L.A. and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and has recently been appointed to Chair the Rainbow/PUSH Entertainment Project and serves as a member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ Board of Trustees.
Tim and his wife Bernadette reside in Brentwood and have a daughter Francesca.