Barry Watkins serves as executive vice president, communications and administration for The Madison Square Garden Company. In this role, Mr. Watkins is responsible for all aspects of the company's communications activities, as well as its human resources and government affairs areas.
Mr. Watkins leads the company's communications activities across all divisions of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, Sports Properties, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse. He oversees the company's senior public relations staff as well as strategic communications planning and execution for all company announcements, corporate strategy, financial reporting, and issues and events at all company venues. Mr. Watkins also manages the company's VIP Services, Corporate Events and Photography areas, as well as the Garden of Dreams Foundation, an organization that is dedicated to "make dreams come true for children facing obstacles," for which he also serves as a board member.
Additionally, Mr. Watkins manages the strategic direction and operations of human resources. This department is responsible for supporting all divisions of the company regarding their human resources, staffing and organizational needs, while driving the company's learning and organizational development, human resources management systems and operations, internal communications, employee services and compensation and benefits. Mr. Watkins has also been charged with overseeing the strategic activities of the Government Affairs department.
Over his long career with the company, Mr. Watkins has played an integral role in shaping the communications strategies for some of the most important and high profile events and announcements in the company's history. These include the 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup victory, the acquisitions of Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre and the Los Angeles Forum; the Concert for New York City and From the Big Apple to the Big Easy benefits, and The Madison Square Garden Company's spin-off from Cablevision.
Mr. Watkins has been a fixture at The Madison Square Garden Company for 31 years, starting as a student intern with the New York Rangers in 1983. After being hired by the team's public relations department full-time in 1986, he went on to run the department three years later. Following the Rangers Stanley Cup victory in 1994, he joined MSG Network in 1995, where he served as vice president, marketing and public relations, before being named senior vice president of communications in 1997, followed by executive vice president of communications in 2010.
Mr. Watkins is a graduate of St. John's University. He is married with two children and lives on Long Island.