Len Komoroski of the Cleveland Cavaliers to deliver undergraduate commencement address

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Lake Erie College to celebrate 160th commencement

Len Komoroski of the Cleveland Cavaliers to deliver commencement address

 

Marking a milestone anniversary for the institution, Lake Erie College will celebrate its 160th commencement on Sunday, May 8 at 11:00 a.m. The event will take place in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center, where 155 undergraduate students will receive their degrees.

The graduates will be addressed by Len Komoroski, Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Quicken Loans Arena organization. The organization also includes the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters, the Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators and NBA Development League’s Canton Charge.

A 1978 graduate of North Catholic High School and a 1982 graduate of Duquesne University, Komoroski has always held a passion for the sports industry. This passion has culminated in more than 30 years of experience in the wider realm of professional sports and entertainment. Prior to the Cavs, Komoroski was the Senior Vice President and Chief of Business Operations for the Philadelphia Eagles.  He has also served as the SVP and COO of the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League, as well as the Vice President of Sales for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Target Center.  He got his start with the Major Indoor Soccer League’s Pittsburgh Spirit and the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

Most recently, Komoroski joined the Cavaliers as president of the team in 2003 before being named CEO in 2013. In this role, Komoroski has helped the Cavs and the Quicken Loans Arena organization in becoming one of the most successfully operated sports and entertainment organizations in the country, earning numerous industry awards and top rankings, including multiple top five accolades for Sports Business Journal’s “Professional Sports Team of the Year” award.

In addition to his work with the Cavs, Komoroski’s influence in Cleveland extends far beyond The Q. As a very active community and civic leader, he serves on the board of directors of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, the Cleveland State University Foundation, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland chapter of the United Way and the Cleveland Clinic’s Hillcrest Hospital Board of Trustees. He was also immediate past Chairman of the Board for Destination Cleveland, Cleveland’s convention and visitor’s bureau, and was named Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland’s (SME) 2013 Business Executive of the Year. He also received the 2016 City Year Idealist of the Year award and the PRSA John Hill Award in 2014 for outstanding understanding of and support for communications by an organization's president or chief executive officer. 

Komoroski is a principal in JACK Entertainment, the organization responsible for operating JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK ThistleDown Racino locally, which has brought thousands of jobs to Cleveland and generated new tax revenue and economic impact well into the hundreds of millions of dollars. He also played a significant leadership role in securing Cleveland as the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The 160th commencement ceremony at Lake Erie College marks the first time the undergraduate and graduate students will be separated, as the graduate ceremony is to take place Friday, May 6. The speaker for this ceremony will be Dr. Amitabh Goel, Chief Medical Officer, Chairperson of Surgery and Director of Critical Care at UH-Geneva Medical Center. This separation of ceremonies is indicative of the College’s growing class sizes and the graduation of the College’s first class of students in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program.

Admission tickets are required for the Lake Erie College Commencement ceremonies. A free reception honoring the graduates will follow each ceremony in the Arthur S. Holden Center. For more information, contact registrar@lec.edu. Additional information about Len Komoroski is available at http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/team/executives.

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