Monumental Sports & Entertainment Counted Among Finalists for the 2017 IES Sales Excellence Awards in Three Categories

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2017) – Monumental Sports & Entertainment today announced being selected as a finalist for the 2017 IES Sales Excellence Awards in three categories: Sales Innovation, Management & Training, and Alliance Management/Customer Partnering. The annual awards event recognizes sales teams and organizations for excellence in four different categories. A total of 22 finalists were selected across each category.

“It’s an honor to have our sales team recognized amongst industry peers across three different categories,” said Jim Van Stone, president of business operations and chief commercial officer for Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “One of our strategic goals as an organization is to incorporate the latest trends and tools used in data, technology, training and development, as well as to incorporate our partners in innovative ways across all of our brands.”

Monumental Sports & Entertainment, one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country, which owns and operates five professional sports teams including the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards, and Verizon Center, led the way for the most nominations by one company.

The company’s sales teams were nominated as finalists for the category of Sales Innovation for the streamlining of data collected within the sales process to maximize results; for the category of Management and Training for a peer-to-peer mentoring program recognized as an industry wide best-practice by the NBA and the use of a mobile app sales training tool; and for the category of Alliance Management/Customer Partnering by extending the global partnership initiatives for Etihad Airways through a collaboration of the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone program with the Washington Capitals.

“Congratulations to Monumental Sports & Entertainment for reaching finalist status for an IES Sales Award, which recognizes sales operational excellence,” said Fred Diamond, executive director of the IES. “It’s incredible to see the level of accomplishment that companies such as Monumental Sports & Entertainment exhibit as they create and deliver innovative customer-centric approaches to grow their businesses, meet customer needs, and bring valuable solutions to the market.”

The finalists were selected across each category by an independent panel of expert judges in sales and business development. The winners will be announced on June 6th during the IES Awards breakfast gala at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Va.

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About Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), located in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates five professional sports teams: the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor, NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. The company is also co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid, and owns and operates Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., which is annually ranked as one of the top venues in the world by industry publications Billboard, Pollstar and Venues Today. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also manages Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals and EagleBank Arena on George Mason University’s campus. The District of Columbia and Events DC are building a new sports and entertainment facility in Southeast DC on the St. Elizabeth’s East campus. The facility will feature a state-of-the art training facility for the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics and will also include a 4,200-seat arena which will become the new home of the Washington Mystics. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also co-owns and operates Monumental Sports Network with the NBC Sports Group. Monumental Sports Network is the mid-Atlantic region’s top destination for exclusive fan experiences and original sports content across desktop, tablet, mobile and OTT streaming devices. Visit