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Tour Championship aims to become premier Atlanta Sporting event

–  Atlanta Business Chronicle, Maria Saporta, July 21, 2017

A concerted effort is underway to elevate the annual TOUR Championship as one of Atlanta’s premier sporting events…

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Bob Williams hire one of several changes to new-look Tour Championship

–, July 21, 2017

A series of new hires announced today, highlighted by Bob Williams, former President of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, who joins the TOUR Championship as Executive Chair to consult business operations…

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Lipstick on a Pigskin: In-depth look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' marketing efforts

–  Tampa Bay Business Journal, Ashley Gurbal Kritzer, August 15, 2014

The most formidable showdown in the NFL in recent years has nothing to do with a Super Bowl ring. The contest: team’s marketing efforts versus fans’ living rooms, with teams spending millions of dollars to lure fans away from their air conditioning, own bathroom and cheap beer.

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Hawks add seven all-inclusive loge boxes to Philips Arena

–  Sports Business Journal, Don Muret, May 6, 2013

The Atlanta Hawks are building seven loge boxes at Philips Arena, a new premium-seat product 20 rows from the court.

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Bob Williams scored his Moment announcing the Hawks-76ers sellout game at age 23

– Saporta Report, Chris Schroder, June 18, 2012

Bob Williams was looking for a job after he graduated from UGA in 1975. The one thing he knew about himself was that he loved sports.

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Philips Crowned Top-Performing Showplace in ATL, Again

– In Curbed Atlanta , January 24, 2014

Atlanta’s best-performing concert venue, Philips Arena, sometimes gets lost in the hullabaloo about tax-funded Falcon nests and traitorous big-league ballparks, but one national media source is always paying attention.

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EXCLUSIVE: Bucs hire top marketing exec Ailey Penningroth from Hawks

–  Tampa Bay Business Journal, Chris Wilderson, March 4, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Chief Marketing Officer Ailey Penningroth away from a ten-year stint with the Atlanta Hawks to lead the team’s

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Game Changers: Ailey Penningroth

– Sports Business Journal, John Lombardo, September 9, 2013

As senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, it’s Ailey Penningroth’s job to spotlight the team’s brand in Atlanta’s cluttered sports market.

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There’s No Team Like The Home Team

–  Pro File Magazine, Annie Monjar, September 18, 2013

Anyone who’s ever attended an NBA game can picture the adrenaline-pumping video that opens each game. The lights dim, strobes flare, and soon, iconic players are shown on screen, dunking and rebounding in dramatic fashion. However, at Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, fans

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In the Office

–  Sports Business Journal, April 23, 2012

Bob Williams knows his space, as you’d expect of a guy who has worked in the same geographic footprint for his entire 37-year career.

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Philips Arena moves up to No. 3 venue

– Atlanta Business Chronicle, Lisa Schoolcraft, February 14, 2012

“To rank among the nation’s top three venues is a true testament to the dedication and professionalism of the Philips Arena team and the transformational nature of live entertainment,” said Bob Williams, president of Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena.

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Philips Arena Goes Full Service

– Atlanta Business Chronicle, Lisa Schoolcraft, December 2, 2011

The owners of the Atlanta Hawks are spending $2 million to create the first full-service restaurant at Philips Arena.

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Philips Arena ranked top 5 best venues in the World

– Downtown Atlanta, 2010

“Philips Arena makes it possible for live entertainment to be the unforgettable and inspirational experience that it was meant to be,” said Bob Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, and Executive Vice President, Atlanta Spirit LLC.

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Philips Arena chief Williams named Hawks president

Atlanta Business Chronicle,  Maria Saporta, June 18, 2010

About six weeks ago, a couple of key Atlanta business leaders called Bob Williams to find out who would be the right person to contact to make a proposal related to the Atlanta Hawks.

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He's motivated to thank the troops

– Atlanta Journal Constitution, July 19, 2010

Bob Williams is the president of the Hawks and Philips Arena. He has worked on the same acreage since 1975, when it was the Omni. One chance meeting in the top of the upper-level seats turned into an opportunity to serve the military – and a rare honor.

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Philips Arena top venue in U.S.

– Atlanta Business Chronicle, July 20, 2009

“We are delighted by this year’s ranking in Pollstar magazine and are excited about our upcoming concert schedule that includes some of the world’s top acts,” said Philips Arena President Bob Williams

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The Greening of Pro Sports Arenas

Fast Company, April 7, 2009

What do the Miami Heat, Atlanta Thrashers, and Atlanta Hawks have in common? As of today, all three teams play in LEED-certified arenas.

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Slam Dunk for Taco Mac

Atlanta Business Chronicle, July 12, 2007

Taco Mac, an Atlanta wings chain, is ready to slash, dunk, sack and sing at Philips Arena, where it will become the stadium’s first sit-down restaurant open to the public year round.

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Philips hopes to clinch 'Arena of the Year' award:

– Atlanta Business Chronicle, Terrell Johnson, February 2, 2006

In a move that highlights its growing popularity as one of the nation’s top concert venues, Philips Arena has been nominated by one of the concert industry’s leading magazines for its “Arena of the Year” award.

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Mark Twain