John Davis, COO - Wheeling Nailers
John currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Wheeling Nailers Hockey Team (ECHL), where he oversees business operations. The Nailers, celebrating 30 years in Wheeling W.V. in 2022, are one of the longest tenured teams in minor league hockey.
John previously served as Senior Director of Sales at Churchill Downs. He oversaw the Suite, Premium, Special Events and Ticket Sales departments, spanning the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks, and the entire racing calendar. Prior to Churchill Downs, John was Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service for the Cleveland Browns Football Team (NFL) where he oversaw all aspects of ticketing, premium and suites. Both Churchill Downs and the Cleveland Browns enjoyed multiple franchise records in attendance and revenues under John’s leadership.
John also served as Vice President of Ticket Sales, Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team (MLB), and the New York Islanders Hockey Team (NHL), and as Sr. Vice President/Asst. General Manager for Mandalay Baseball Properties.
John graduated with a B.A. in Sports Marketing from Xavier University. He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, Campbell and Rosella.