Lee Esckilsen, CVE

Associate Professor  |  Department Chair - Sports, Entertainment, Event – Management  
College of Hospitality Management
Providence Campus



Lee Esckilsen can speak to topics and trends that impact international and national development and management of public assembly facilities and major sports and entertainment events. He is an IAVM-trained (International Association of Venue Managers) Crowd Manager. Esckilsen is a former executive director of several national and international arenas, and has negotiated venue contracts with professional and college sports teams, and with concert and family show promoters. He is the 2010 and 2011 Past-Chair of the Deutsche Bank Championship (DBC) which is played at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) Boston as part of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Fed Ex Cup. Esckilsen has co-authored several books on venue management.

M.S., Indiana University
B.S., Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
A.S., Dean College, Franklin, MA


  • venue management; public assembly; ticket operations; tournaments; venue safety and security

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