The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the club has promoted Tyler Epp to serve as the team's Executive Vice President of Business Operations.
"I want to thank the Hunt family and Mark Donovan for the opportunity to continue my career with this franchise that has meant so much to me and my family," Epp said. "I look forward to continue working alongside the Chiefs leadership team and the rest of the talented members of the front office to achieve our collective goals."
"We are proud to recognize and reward Tyler for the value he has added to our business development team," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "Over the past five seasons he has created impactful corporate partnerships and provided leadership across the organization. This expanded role will leverage his success and experience across a wide portion of our business and create efficiency for our partners."
Epp joined the Chiefs in 2013 as the club's Vice President of Business Development, overseeing corporate partnerships, suites and ticketing. In his new role, Epp will continue to oversee these parts of the business, in addition to digital media, broadcasting, marketing and community outreach.
Over the past five seasons, under Epp's leadership, the Corporate Partnerships and Suites departments continued to build upon the foundation of creating, measuring, and communicating value to Chiefs partners and suite members. The Chiefs used strategic associations and a series of client-focused events designed to deepen the business proposition and personal relationships with influential members of the Kansas City community. Additionally, Epp worked with the Ticket Sales and Operations teams to continue driving value for the Chiefs season ticket base with the implementation of dynamic and variable pricing, and the introduction of a number of partner-driven initiatives to create opportunities to attend games at Arrowhead Stadium for group and single-game buyers.
Prior to joining the Chiefs, Epp spent three-plus years with the San Diego Padres (2010-13), where he served as the team's Senior Vice President of Business Development. While in San Diego he was responsible for corporate partnerships, suite sales and assisted in many other non-baseball related events.
Before joining the Padres, Epp spent four years as the general manager of Hall of Fame Racing, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race team based in Charlotte, N.C. He was part of a group of people who led the initial startup of the unit and was responsible for overseeing more than 50 employees spanning racing, engineering, operations, manufacturing, finance, legal, human resources and marketing.
From 2006-07, Epp served as the Vice President of Business Development for Sports Management Network, a pre-eminent motorsports representation and consulting firm. While there, he represented individual and corporate clients in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, IndyCar Series and other racing leagues. His responsibilities included the handling of sponsorships, client relationships, new projects and contract negotiations.
Additionally, Epp spent five years with Chip Ganassi Racing, a premier motorsports organization with teams that competed in NASCAR, IndyCar and GrandAm Series. He served as the Director of Team Operations and Business Development and serviced many high-profile clients including Target, Chevron and MillerCoors. Epp got his start as a Marketing Assistant at Kansas Speedway (2001-02).
Originally a native of Newton, Kan., Epp and his wife Melissa have two children, Malone and Trey.