Senior Vice President, Brand & Business Development
John Mathers joined OSEG in July, 2013 as Director, Ticket Sales and Service. In the ensuing months, he developed and oversaw the execution of a season ticket campaign for the organization’s expansion CFL football team, the Ottawa REDBLACKS. Sales exceeded expectations and in December, 2013 John was promoted to Vice President, Ticket Sales and Service. Four months later, his keen insight into the Ottawa market and expertise in leading-edge customer relationship technologies earned John a promotion to Vice President, Ticket Sales and Marketing. John now oversees ticketing and marketing for the REDBLACKS, OSEG’s professional soccer team, Fury FC, OSEG’s CHL franchise, the Ottawa 67’s, concerts and other events at the TD Place stadium/arena complex.
Prior to joining OSEG, John worked overseas in England as Head of Ticketing and Retail at Burnley Football Club which plays in the Football League Sky Bet Championship. While in England, John also worked as Head of Sales for Blackburn Rovers while they played in the Barclays Premier League and as a consultant for Bernie Mullin’s “The Aspire Group,” which contracted ticket sales expertise to Coventry City Football Club and Leicester City Football Club. Before the move to England John spent almost 4 years as Director, Ticket Sales and Service with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. While with the Argos he helped host Grey Cup 2007.
In 2016, John’s success with OSEG earned him a prestigious Ottawa Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes the rising stars in Ottawa’s business community. Prior to launching his career, John obtained a Bachelor of Sports Management from Brock university and a Master of Science, Sport and Leisure Commerce from the University of Memphis.