Chris Allphin, Senior Vice President and Partner at Van Wagner, heads VWSE’s Team & Venue Services division, which includes the company’s overlapping specialties in naming rights and sponsorship, premium ticket sales, analytics, and technology integration. Allphin led VWSE’s successful engagements with the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium and the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.
A 2015 recipient of the SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty under 40 Award, Allphin brings a unique perspective to VWSE’s diverse client base. Under his leadership, VWSE has been tapped for projects including naming rights for F.C. Barcelona, DC United, the Minnesota Vikings, the Atlanta Braves, sponsorship and technology integrations for Cirque du Soliel, the Detroit Red Wings, and MLBAM.
Allphin joined VWSE in 2012 after ten years at Wasserman Media Group where managed naming rights and entitlement projects including MetLife Stadium and Team RadioShack. Allphin began his career in the corporate consulting division of Envision, LLC (later AEG) managing Nestle USA’s sports sponsorship portfolio. Originally from Oakland, California, Allphin attended the University of Southern California and earned a degree in Political Science. He currently resides with his wife and three children in San Diego, California.