July 30 / 2019
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Monsters Announce Several Organizational Leadership Promotions
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Monsters have announced several senior-level promotions within the organization across the Facility Operations, Sales, Global Partnerships and Hockey Affairs teams. Antony Bonavita has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Venue Operations; Eric Clouse has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Service; Shelly Cayette-Weston has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships; and Jock Callendar has been promoted to Vice President, Hockey Affairs and Team Services for the Cleveland Monsters.
Antony Bonavita has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Venue Operations. In addition to overseeing all venue operations under the Cavaliers organizational umbrella, Bonavita has also played a leading role in the two-year renovation and construction process as part of the massive transformation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. He oversees the Facility Operations Team responsible for the successful programming, maintenance and daily operations of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and the Cavaliers’ team training center, Cleveland Clinic Courts, as well as the organization’s facility operations interest in Canton, home of the team’s G-League affiliate Canton Charge, and additional warehouse facilities in suburban Cleveland. Bonavita also oversees all event booking efforts with the focus of maintaining Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse’s status as one of the busiest venues in the world.
Eric Clouse has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Service. Clouse leads all ticket-related strategy development, sales and service areas for the Cavaliers and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse including groups, individual tickets and the team’s season ticket-based, year-round Wine & Gold United membership club. In addition, he leads all suite and premium seating sales and service efforts, including a principal role in the design and build-out of the numerous reimagined public and private hospitality spaces for the venue’s massive transformation project. Clouse also leads suite and premium seating sales and service for all concerts and special events at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Shelly Cayette-Weston has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships. Cayette-Weston leads a team that develops and maintains the organization’s many corporate partner relationships, manages all branding campaigns and executions for corporate partners, cultivates new corporate partnerships for the organization, and drives all related partner revenue and brand strategies in connection to the organization’s spectrum of business and promotional platforms. Most recently, she has created new executions for partnership development and strategy to support the on-going transformation project of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Jock Callander has been promoted to Vice President, Hockey Affairs and Team Services for the Cleveland Monsters. Callander will enter his 13th season with the Monsters AHL franchise as a key driver of the team’s hockey and business operations. He has been at the core of managing the Monsters affiliate partnership with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, and has also been at the forefront of the team’s community relations and youth initiatives, in addition to leading the Monster’s team services area.
About the Transformation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
The transformation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is a major renovation project to update the 25-year old arena (formerly Quicken Loans Arena). Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is home to the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters and over 200 ticketed events annually. The publicly-owned arena, located in the Gateway District in downtown Cleveland, is operated by the Cavaliers organization. The project is a partnership between the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the Cavaliers that will modernize the venue to maintain its elite status, enhance the fan experience, and continue to provide a positive impact for the city of Cleveland, the community and neighborhoods and the region over the long-term. The transformation will extend the Cavs lease for seven more years through 2034, committing to the arena for at least 40 years since the team’s original lease, which is among the longest facility tenures in pro sports. It will help the arena and community compete for major national events such as the recently announced NBA All-Star Game that will be hosted in Cleveland in 2022— in addition to large political conventions, NCAA events, and numerous other opportunities well into future. The transformation of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will be completed for the start of the Cavaliers 2019-2020 NBA season. To learn more, go to RMFHTransformation.com.