New Orleans Saints Vice President of Ticket and Suite Sales Michael Stanfield was named MVP of the Steering Committee of the 2011 National Sports Forum.
The award goes to person who performed the best of the 21-member committee.
The National Sports Forum is the largest annual cross gathering of the top team sports marketing, sales, promotions and event entertainment executives - from throughout the broad spectrum of teams and leagues, (i.e. NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Minor Leagues, Racing, Colleges, etc.), in North America.
Entering his 12th season with the club, Stanfield is responsible for all of the Saints' consumer marketing efforts – directing the sale of season and group tickets, supervising the lease of the Superdome's luxury suites, overseeing the sale of all team merchandise as well as maintaining the club's high standards of customer service and retention.
Under his direction, the team has surpassed the majority of the club's ticket sales milestones, including selling out on a season-ticket basis for the first time in franchise history in 2006 – a feat that has reached six-straight seasons. In addition the club has leased every Superdome suite since the beginning of the 2008 season.
Saints official merchandise has grown annually into the NFL's top seller, and Stanfield also supervises the ticket, suite sales and box office personnel on a daily basis, in addition to serving as the food and beverage service liaison with the Superdome.