Steve Lyons — Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer
Columbus Crew announced that it hired veteran business leader Steve Lyons as Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer of the Crew on July 11, 2019. Lyons previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Counsel of the Columbus Partnership, the renowned civic alliance of the 75 CEOs of Columbus’ leading companies and institutions. In his role, Lyons oversees the Crew's revenue-generating departments as well as marketing and stadium operations.
Lyons was recruited in 2010 to the Columbus Partnership as Vice President for Member & Community Engagement, charged with repositioning the Partnership and working closely with its member companies on issues that impact the Columbus. Lyons oversaw the daily operations and resource development of the organization and drove its strategic business portfolio. Reporting directly to the president & CEO and serving the 75-member board of directors, he was responsible for identifying emerging opportunities and challenges in the region. Lyons built key internal and external partnerships with public and private sector organizations to ensure alignment in addressing issues of mutual concern. In addition, he oversaw the organization’s external affairs and community engagement strategies to ensure the Partnership is positioned as a philanthropic, community and economic development leader, and to raise its profile and impact among key audiences within the community and throughout the country.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Lyons led the marketing, sales and community affairs at HNS Sports Group, which provides turn-key tournament operations for a variety of events, including the prestigious Memorial Tournament. In this role, he oversaw the sales and marketing and sponsorship portfolio, including the company’s philanthropic programming and community impact initiatives.
An active community and volunteer leader, Lyons is involved with numerous business, civic and nonprofit organizations. He serves on the boards of Experience Columbus, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio, Inc. and as a Trustee of Capital University.
Lyons earned a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.