Keynote Speaker

 We’re excited to announce Brian Eaton, venue general manager for the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre, as this year’s keynote speaker.

Brian joined VANOC on Sept. 2 as Venue Manager for the Whistler Media Centre, and was moved over to Vancouver Olympic Centre as of Dec. 17.  He is a veteran of five Olympic Games – he previously worked for NBC in Atlanta 1996, served as a press attaché in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, and was ONS Supervisor at Deer Valley for aerials, moguls and slalom in Salt Lake 2002.  He has eight years experience in Olympic, IF and National Governing Body event management, public relations, marketing and management.  He spent two years as Communications Director for USA Gymnastics where he managed the sport’s communications, promotional events, and 42-city post-Olympic Tour.  Prior to Gymnastics, Brian spent six years as Marketing & Media Relations Director and interim Executive Director of U.S. Synchronized Swimming, managing national and international events, international relations, media communications and sponsorship solicitation and servicing.  Brian joined VANOC from Anheuser-Busch where he served in an event management, promotions and communications function supporting the world’s two largest selling beer brands and the world’s second largest sports marketing program.

Brian is a member of the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Foundation Board of Directors, the former Vice President of Marketing on the Board of Directors of U.S. Synchronized Swimming and is a contributing author to graduate texts in sport promotions and sales management.  He is also an NBA league-certified statistician and spent five years as lead statistician for the Indiana Pacers, and is an off-ice official for the NHL, serving three years as a goal judge and penalty timekeeper for the St. Louis Blues.  He is married to Lori, a five-time U.S. Jr. National Team Coach for U.S. Synchronized Swimming and the Aruban Swimming Federation.  They have two children, Jake (3) and Isla (1).

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