As executive vice president of venue management, Hank Abate directs all operations for MSG's portfolio of iconic venues: Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, California and The Chicago Theatre. With the overarching goal of maximizing the customer experience, he has daily oversight of financial and operational matters, as well as all other matters that impact the company's facilities. In addition, he is responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships that support the business's goals and help drive the overall advancement of the company.
Mr. Abate is a veteran of the entertainment venue management industry. With more than 30 years of experience, his career has included every aspect of arena, theater and stadium management, including facility operations, box office oversight, booking and programming, marketing and sales, finance and reporting, and labor management and negotiations. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with some of the country's top promoters, agents, and key industry players, along with a number of professional sports teams.
Before joining MSG in 2016, Mr. Abate served as senior vice president of Spectra Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality. During his nearly three years with the company, Mr. Abate played a key role in merging the operations of Ovations Food Services and Global Spectrum Facilities Management, while overseeing more than 40 facilities with a focus on increasing event activity and driving bottom-line growth. Prior to Comcast Spectacor, he spent 20 years working for SMG Facility Management, where he held a number of key positions, and had principal responsibility for SMG managed arenas and stadiums in more than 120 cities.
Mr. Abate has a wife, Maria, and three children, Luca, Diana and Christina.