As executive vice president of Marquee Events and Operations, Joel Fisher serves as lead executive for significant initiatives and events that require special handling and management, from league and political events to one-of-a-kind appearances or significant corporate undertakings that require facility management. These include real estate, additional construction and historical projects for Madison Square Garden. In addition, he spearheads high profile, special initiatives, while continuing to oversee two of the Garden's most enduring franchises – college basketball and boxing – utilizing his key relationships to ensure these areas continue to build on their long and successful traditions at Madison Square Garden. Mr. Fisher also oversees other live sporting events outside of MSG's teams such as bull riding, wrestling, and tennis.
Mr. Fisher first joined MSG in 1984, holding a number of positions over his more than three decades with the company. He most recently served as executive vice president of Sports Properties, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the department and all business operations for the Westchester Knicks, MSG's NBA D-league team acquired in March 2014.
Over his tenure Mr. Fisher has played a vital role on numerous special company projects. In addition to overseeing the historic three-year Transformation of the Madison Square Garden Arena and the celebrated visit of His Holiness Pope Francis in 2015, Mr. Fisher brought back the NCAA East Regional in 2014, marking the first time the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament played Madison Square Garden in more than 50 years. He also oversaw the NBA and the WNBA All-Star Games, including the first NBA All-Star Game played in the transformed arena in 2015 and the inaugural WNBA All-Star Game played in 1999; as well as the NBA and NFL Drafts, the 39th Annual Grammy Awards in 1997, the 45th Annual Grammy Awards in 2003, and the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Mr. Fisher serves on the boards of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, which works closely with MSG on brightening the lives of children facing obstacles, and Big Apple Basketball Inc., which is dedicated to assisting young people in attaining their educational and professional goals. He also serves on the Executive Committee Board for NYC & Company and the 34th Street Partnership.
Mr. Fisher resides in Irvington, N.Y. with his wife Lisa and has three daughters: Colette, Gabrielle and Jolie.