Tyler Epp enters his ninth season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 and his fourth serving as the club's Executive Vice President of Business Operations, after being named to that position on February 26, 2018.
Epp oversees multiple revenue-generating departments, including corporate partnership sales and service, media rights, suite sales and service, as well as ticket sales and operations. Prior to being named Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Epp served as the Chiefs Vice President of Business Development for five years (2013-17).
During his tenure with the Chiefs, Epp and his team have driven a 50 percent increase in organizational revenue and have negotiated the largest corporate partnerships and media partnerships in the club's history. In 2021, Epp and his staff helped the club secure the first stadium naming rights deal in franchise history, partnering with GEHA (Government Employees Health Association, Inc.) for GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The long-term agreement – which preserves Arrowhead Stadium as part of the venue's identity – runs through the end of the stadium lease agreement with Jackson County Sports Complex Authority, and expands on the already robust partnership between GEHA and the Kansas City Chiefs that was established in July 2019.
During the pandemic-impacted 2020 season, countless solutions to successfully mitigate revenue losses were developed while delivering the best possible experience for ticket holders, suite members and partners. These efforts included shifting to 100% mobile ticketing to reduce contact between fans and staff, introducing a COVID-19 suite testing protocol approved by the Kansas City Health Department and delivering a number of make-goods to drive value to the team's partners, including sponsored tarps in-stadium and leveraging the club's valuable social and digital assets.
Epp also serves as the club's key contact for the American Indian Community Working Group, which collectively serves as a liaison with the Native community and as an advisor to the Chiefs to promote an awareness and understanding of Native cultures and tribes in the region. Over the past eight years, this work has resulted in educational opportunities, community events and the annual American Indian Heritage Month Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium with multiple gameday celebrations and ceremonies with representatives of the American Indian community.
Epp joined the Chiefs after four years (2010-13) as the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and later as Senior Vice President of Business Development of the San Diego Padres. While with the Padres, Epp oversaw corporate partnerships, suite sales and non-baseball events revenue, in addition to marketing, in-game entertainment and production, creative services and business analytics.
Prior to his stint in San Diego, Epp spent a decade in various roles in the professional motorsports industry, including a number of years in NASCAR. From 2007-10, Epp held the title of General Manager of Hall of Fame Racing, a start-up NASCAR organization that was a joint venture of former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. He managed racing, engineering, race operations, manufacturing, finance, legal, human resources and marketing for the one-car team.
Before joining Hall of Fame Racing, he was Vice President of Business Development for Sports Management Network (2006-07), a pre-eminent motorsports representation and consulting firm and was also the Director of Team Operations and Business Development for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (2003-07).
Epp got his start in motorsports at Kansas Speedway as a marketing assistant from 2001-02 where he developed relationships with Kansas City-area marketing partners.
A native of Newton, Kan., Epp currently sits on the boards of both Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and the Lawrence Children's Choir.
Education: Davidson College (B.S. 1999), University of Kansas (J.D. 2003).