Orlando Magic promote Charles Freeman to COO

Charlie Freeman promoted to COO of the Orlando Magic / Headline Surfer®Orlando Magic / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Charles Freeman has accomplished quite a bit in the front office with the Orlando Magic in his two decades with the NBA franchise. And on this hot summer Friday, he's been promoted to chief operating officer.
 

ORLANDO, Fla.-- The NBA's Orlando Magic have promoted Charles Freeman, who is entering his 20th season with the team, to chief operating officer, CEO Alex Martins announced today.

Martins also announced the promotion of Michael Forde to executive vice president of sales and Anthony Perez to executive vice president of strategy.

Freeman's responsibilities include management and oversight of ticket sales, services and operations; premium sales, client services, corporate partnerships, marketing, arena operations and retail.

Freeman was previously promoted to chief revenue officer in July 2012. 

“Charlie has provided great strategic leadership and vision to the Orlando Magic and we look forward to his continued expertise in regard to the business operation of our organization,” Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins said in a prepared statement to HeadlineSurfer.com and other Central Florida media outlets.

Martens added of Freeman, “From overseeing the design, construction and development of the Amway Center for the Magic to implementing business initiatives, his experience and expertise will continue to be keys for the Magic in our quest to be world champions on and off the court.”

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martens / Headline Surfer®Alex Martens, chief executive officer of the Orlando Magic, comments on the promotion Friday of Charles Freeman to team COO.

“Charlie has provided great strategic leadership and vision to the Orlando Magic and we look forward to his continued expertise in regard to the business operation of our organization,” Chief Executive Officer Alex Martins said in a prepared statement to HeadlineSurfer.com and other Central Florida media outlets.

Martens added of Freeman, “From overseeing the design, construction and development of the Amway Center for the Magic to implementing business initiatives, his experience and expertise will continue to be keys for the Magic in our quest to be world champions on and off the court.”

Forde is entering his 12th season with the Magic and is responsible for establishing strategies targeted to bring new ticket buyers, as well as corporate partners to the organization.

Forde is instrumental in identifying new revenue streams that provide the organization an opportunity to grow relationships with corporate clients and develop ways for partners to engage with fans.

Perez originally joined the Magic in August 2004, working on the team’s arena development efforts. Subsequently he spent a year working in investment banking for Goldman Sachs before returning to the Magic in June 2008. Perez is responsible for digital strategy, business intelligence and customer insights.

Perez has been a featured speaker on the topic of analytics and business intelligence, having spoken at the SAS Global Forum. He was also named to Information Management’s “Top 25 Information Managers” list in 2012.

Charlie Freeman's origins with the Magic

Freeman started with the Magic in 1996, as a market research analyst for corporate partnerships and broadcast sales.

In 1997, Freeman was promoted to business manager of sales and was in charge of developing and implementing new business strategies for the sales division.

In 2001, he was promoted to director of business development and focused on new business ventures for the DeVos family, while in 2005 he was elevated to vice president of business development.

Freeman was named senior vice president in August of 2007, and helped oversee the team’s efforts for approval and subsequent development of the Amway Center.

Freeman graduated from Rollins College with a bachelors; majoring in economics and minoring in business administration. He resides in Maitland, Fla., with his wife, Pam, and ttheir wo children.

Did You Know?

For his accomplishments, The Orlando Magic's Charles Freeman was selected to the SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40, a recognition that spotlights the nation’s top young sports executives. 

FAST FACTS: Orlando Magic:

Orlando Magic / Headline Surfer®Orlando's NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic's mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. The Magic have seen great success in a relatively short history, winning five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 100,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 7,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, over the last 25 years more than $19.8 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF) since 1994, which serves at-risk youth.
 
Orlando Magic Tickets for next season:
Ticket highlights for the Magic's 2015-16 season in the Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to OrlandoMagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC
Henry Frederick Picture

Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.