Natasha Moody and Janelle Vizzi were promoted to new roles at New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center, Harris Blitzer Sports Entertainment announced Wednesday.
Moody is now senior vice president of business operations for the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center, elevated from her previous role as vice president of premium service for the entities.
Vizzi is now director of human resources for the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center, elevated from her previous role as manager of human resources for the New Jersey Devils.
In her new role, Moody is responsible for the optimization and alignment of various organizational initiatives intended to drive operational efficiency and organizational accountability. That includes strengthening the organization’s relationship with caterer Legends, gear retail operator Fanatics, and the leadership of the Grammy Museum.
“Our vendor partners are integral to the success of our business and the fan experience, they are truly an extension of the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center family,” Moody told NJBIZ. “We are continuously working together to be leaders in the space, with an emphasis on innovation to drive fan experience and engagement. In an extremely competitive market, we pride ourselves on true partnership and recognize that growth comes through collaboration.”
In her previous role, she oversaw $23.1 million in premium revenue, led a service team, co-managed a sales team, and spearheaded several revenue streams and strategy across multiple lines of business. She started her career in sports and entertainment working with the Cleveland Browns in 2001, and the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Pelicans thereafter until joining the Devils in 2013.
“As a former athlete, I have a true passion for people and a genuine love for sports. I thrive off the energy of others and early on I recognized that sports is the common denominator that brings people together, it’s the great equalizer,” Moody said. “Working in the industry has allowed me to have a small part in impacting the lives and communities in which we work, live, and play. That in itself keeps me going.”
Vizzi, in her new role, leads strategic efforts for employee relations and departmental operations. She is instrumental in management coaching, staff on-boarding and development, benefit programs and workplace training.
While at HBSE, Vizzi has worked to measure the effectiveness of corporate diversity initiatives, reporting results directly to senior leadership.
Prior to joining HBSE in 2017, Vizzi held human resources roles with GTA Americas and the Robertet Group; and at AXA, she drove the effort to institute the company’s Diversity Outreach Program.
“Coming from a biracial background, diversity has been a part of who I am and why I decided to pursue the career I did,” Vizzi explained. “Since beginning my career in human resources, I always made it apparent to my leaders and peers that implementing strategic D&I initiatives is a passion and priority of mine. Every person, regardless of their race, gender, age, etc. deserve an equal opportunity at success.”
At AXA, she partnered with senior leaders to take a proactive approach on recruiting at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and local multiethnic organizations. Together, they developed key metrics to monitor talent, as well as mentorship programs to ensure there was a clear path to success for the diverse talent that was hired, she explained.
“Diversity is pivotal for any organization to embrace if they want to find themselves being the forefront of innovation,” she said. “Different backgrounds and experiences are what is needed for minds to collaborate, think outside the box and push boundaries to create the next new brilliant idea for any business.”
HBSE recently hired Elizabeth Berman as its chief human resources officer. On its Philadelphia 76ers team, it elevated Katie O’Reilly from chief marketing officer to chief revenue officer, and Brittanie Bord from vice president of partnerships at the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center to senior vice president of marketing for the 76ers.