Former House of Blues Executive Lured by Surge in Youth Sports and Sports Tourism—Jack Adams Contributes Managerial Expertise to SFA-SFM

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The Sports Facilities Advisory has yet again extended its team of managers with the addition of Jack Adams, who brings decades of experience to SFM-managed sports facilities in an effort to impact the sports travel and tourism industry, which seems destined to eclipse all others in terms of long-term growth and economic impact.

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Whether faith-based, community recreation, sports tourism, investments, or any other purpose for the venue, our main goal is impart a positive effect on the communities in which we operate.

Despite existing within an economy still overcoming the effects of the Great Recession, youth and amateur sports—in conjunction with sports travel and tourism—have emerged as one of the nation’s proven recession-resistant industries. Some say that the industry’s success has piqued the interest of many prominent business management professionals, who are turning to sports tourism after years spent in other industries. One company taking advantage of the growth is the Sports Facilities Advisory-Sports Facilities Management (SFA-SFM). SFA-SFM, which produces institutional-grade financial forecasts for new sports complexes and oversees the opening and management of such complexes, has recently announced the placement of several well-known professionals, including Jack Adams, a former director at the House of Blues with a background in venue management.

According to Dave Hollander, professor at New York University’s Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports, “Youth sports tourism wasn’t even a category four years ago, and now it’s the fastest-growing segment in travel.” (1) SFA CEO Dev Pathik echoes Hollander’s statement and maintains that the segment’s surge has prompted SFA and sister firm SFM to further develop its teams of professionals in an effort to meet the demand of the rising number of new clients seeking SFA’s help in planning, funding and managing new complexes.

Following its recent appointments of several industry veterans—including Steve Daugherty and Steve Eaton, formerly of Disney’s Wide World of Sports and Disney Theme Parks Disney, as well as former Ford Field Stadium General Manager Joan LeMahieu—Jack Adams now serves as the Vice President of Sports Facilities Management (SFM). Jack’s career has thrived within complex and multiplex facilities and venues around the U.S., with operations in the $20+ million revenue range. Most notably, Jack was previously Senior Director of Operations at the House of Blues for over a decade; additionally, he has directed new venue openings and capital improvements, as well as designed programming strategies including talent acquisition from negotiation to contract to execution.

Jack’s skill set also lies in providing leadership and support to SFM teams in the field who are opening, operating and optimizing its facilities, developing corporate infrastructure to support the scalability of SFM’s growing team, and innovating and developing new products and services so that SFM’s management offering remains the best value proposition in the industry. “SFM team members add elements of recreation, entertainment, fitness, events and community service to our facilities so that they accomplish the core missions for which they were constructed,” said Adams. “Whether faith-based, community recreation, sports tourism, investments, or any other purpose for the venue, our main goal is impart a positive effect on the communities in which we operate.”

SFA-SFM has been influential in the opening and management of new sports tourism destinations both nationally and globally. SFA-SFM CEO Dev Pathik notes that Jack’s facility management leadership and overall expertise have contributed to his recognition and demonstrated success in such diverse areas as event development, sports marketing, new facility development, strategic planning, sports tourism, finance, emergency preparedness and human resources.

SFA has served a portfolio of more than $4 billion in planned and operational facilities. Along with SFA, SFM has delineated a niche as an industry leader in the management of such complexes, and together, the two entities provide the planning, financing and management expertise needed to turn ideas into quality recreation facilities. During 2013 and 2014, SFA has assisted and will be assisting in opening more than 1.5 million square feet of indoor facilities and nearly 600 acres of outdoor complexes.

For more information about SFA, SFM and the available suite of planning-funding-opening-management services, visit

About Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management (SFA-SFM):

The Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management (SFA-SFM) is the leading resource in sports facility planning and management. SFA-SFM has helped to plan, fund, open and manage many multimillion-dollar sports complexes in communities throughout the USA and internationally since its founding in 2003. The expansive growth youth team sports and sports-related tourism has necessitated better quality facility management. SFA’s proprietary data system—based on years of planning, funding and managing facilities, coupled with the rise of the youth sports segment—is the engine behind the development of SFM. Since its recent inception, SFM has already become an industry leader in the managing of amateur sports and events complexes, and along with SFA, provides the planning, financing and management expertise needed to turn ideas into successful recreation facilities. SFA-SFM serves both public and private clients. Its services fall into four main categories: plan, fund, open and manage, which encompass every phase from early stage feasibility studies to preparing financing documents, overseeing development and opening and full-time management services. SFA-SFM’s success depends upon its mission to dramatically improve communities through the opening or optimization of sports and recreation centers. For more information, visit

1.    Koba, Mark. “Spending Big on Kids’ Sports? You’re Not Alone.” CNBC. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2014.

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