Greg Jamison serves as manager of San Jose Sports and Entertainment Enterprises’ (SJSEE) ownership group. Providing essential direction, leadership and strength to the San Jose Sharks hockey team, HP Pavilion at San Jose Management, L. P. and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, Jamison oversees all aspects of the day-to-day business operations of the organization, serves on SJSEE’s ownership board and handles all major company decisions.
Jamison, personally approached by former Sharks Owner George Gund III to assemble a group of local investors to purchase the team in 2001, continues to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Sharks, a position he has held since his promotion from executive vice president and chief operating officer in 1996.
Initially hired in 1993 for his proven leadership and ability to mesh the unique needs of all franchise supporters — including fans, businesses and corporate partners — with the talents of the club’s front office personnel, Jamison’s leadership role extends to working closely with Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson on a variety of organizational and hockey department issues, including major player and personnel decisions and issues relating to overall company objectives and philosophy. In addition, Jamison, 53, oversees all HP Pavilion at San Jose functions including facility operations, fan development endeavors, ticket sales, advertising, sponsorship sales and facility marketing.
During his tenure, Jamison has overseen the transformation of the Sharks into one of the NHL’s most respected franchises. From 1996-02, the Sharks became just the second NHL franchise in League history to post point improvement in six consecutive seasons. The 2001-02 season saw the Sharks capture their first-ever Pacific Division Championship, set franchise records for wins (44) and points (99) while posting a 44-27-8-3 record.
In March 2001, Jamison oversaw the renaming of San Jose Arena to Compaq Center at San Jose, bringing to a close months of negotiations between the hockey team, the City of San Jose and Compaq Computer Corporation as well as the most recent name change to HP Pavilion following the merger of HP and Compaq. This important agreement ensures that the team will remain in San Jose through 2015, provides the necessary resources to continually upgrade and maintain the facility and created the HP Pavilion Community Fund, which will provide a minimum of $500,000 each year to community endeavors throughout the Bay Area.
In February 2000, Jamison announced the establishment of Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an important business division of the organization that oversees all aspects of marketing, sponsorship sales management, broadcast, ticket sales and other business operations of the Sharks; HP Pavilion and select events, including the SAP Open (ATP circuit); operating Logitech Ice at San Jose; San Jose’s top development affiliate, the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League; and most recently, the San Jose Stealth National Lacrosse League franchise.
Previously under Jamison’s leadership, SVS&E managed Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes for two seasons (2001-02), including their MLS Championship campaign (2001). During that time, the franchise experienced a measured increase in ticket sales and sponsorship revenue that paralleled the organization’s fortunes on the playing field. SVS&E also brought the SENIOR PGA Tour to San Jose with the Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley, held at Coyote Creek Golf Club in San Jose from 2001-02.
Since Jamison’s arrival, the Sharks have also implemented numerous creative programs to benefit the Bay Area community. First and foremost was the creation of The Sharks Foundation — established to meet the educational, social and cultural needs of the local community by offering unique resources and financial support to those in need. Other community-related programs, such as the innovative G.O.A.L.S. (Granting Youth Opportunities to Advance, Learn and Succeed) program, clearly place the Sharks at the forefront of community relations and strengthen the team’s policy of being a "good neighbor" to Bay Area residents.
Jamison is an active participant in the endeavors of several local community organizations, including serving as past board president of the San Jose Cleveland Ballet and past chairman of the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau board. He is a member of other boards including Special Olympics, KTEH, American Leadership Forum and San Jose Sports Authority.
Jamison arrived in San Jose after a notable stint as vice president of business operations with the Indiana Pacers of the NBA from 1987-93, where his duties included generating all team revenue and, on occasion, Market Square Arena revenue. Under Jamison’s leadership, the Pacers experienced significant sales growth in areas of sponsorships, ticket sales and team merchandise, and were annually considered among the NBA’s top three clubs in broadcast production.
From 1980-87, Jamison served as director of marketing for the Dallas Mavericks, where he was pivotal in raising the club from expansion team status to one of the most respected front offices in the NBA. Jamison’s career in athletics began in 1977 with a three-year stint as director of marketing for Athletes in Action, a Christian amateur sports organization.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jamison earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) College and a master’s degree in administration from Colorado State University.