President of Business Operations
Andy Loughnane was named Columbus Crew SC President of Business Operations on August 16, 2014. Loughnane’s sports and entertainment background encompasses leadership roles with three major league sports franchises in corporate partnership sales and management positions prior to joining the Black & Gold.
While with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Loughnane sold sponsorship and media assets during the launch of the franchise before being recruited by Glimcher Realty Trust to remain in Ohio for nearly four years and work on the company’s in-mall sponsorship platform. In addition to his experience with the Blue Jackets and Detroit Pistons – where he oversaw all sponsorship and media sales initiatives for the NBA club, The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival – Loughnane also worked for the Detroit Red Wings during the franchise’s back-to-back Stanley Cup runs in 1996-1997 and 1997-1998.
Loughnane’s business background led him to found Adfluential.com in 2008, which partnered with USA TODAY to distribute targeted advertising and travel content to millions of hotel guests worldwide, leading to a transition of core assets of the organization to Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY. The Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) graduate also worked for Arlington, Virginia-based Corporate Executive Board (NYSE: CEB), leading North American sales for CEB's research and advisory platform supporting c-level marketing and human resources executives within midcap firms.
It was the position with CEB that led him to his most recent role as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for Palace Sports & Entertainment, where he led sales and services functions for the Detroit Pistons, The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival, overseeing all sponsorship and media sales initiatives.
He and his wife, Jennifer, are set to relocate to Columbus as quickly as possible.