IRVINE, California, June 26, 2013 – McDermott & Bull, a premier Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced the successful appointment of Mr. John Viola as Vice President of Sales with the Honda Center and Anaheim Ducks, managed by H&S Ventures in Corona del Mar, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Jeff Black, Partner at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. According to Mr. Black, “Mr. Viola is a game-changing sales leadership talent in the sports industry. He brings a wealth of experience with a world-class brand to the Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks leadership team, and he is an ideal fit to help his new organization grow rapidly. His fit is also apparent with the organization and its core values that guide everything the Company and its employees do each day. Mr. Viola’s diverse sales leadership experience in consumer entertainment, coupled with his market leading background with the Bulls, made him an ideal fit for Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks leadership team.”

Mr. Viola is a 24-year Sales and Marketing leader with experience in the Major League Sports and Radio industries. He spent the first 14 years of his career in the Radio industry. Throughout the years, Mr. Viola served in leadership roles overseeing sales and marketing in big markets such as New York and Chicago. He then served with Gameday Giveaway as the Chief Operating Officer, where he led marketing, operations and business development. Prior to joining the Honda Center & Anaheim Ducks, he served as Vice President of Corporate Sales for the Chicago Bulls.

Mr. Viola obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia.

About Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks

Honda Center ( is the premier entertainment and sports venue in Southern California. Repeatedly ranked among the top arenas in the country, Honda Center is owned by the city of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Arena Management. The NHL’s Anaheim Ducks have called the arena home since their inaugural season in 1993. In addition to Ducks games each year, Honda Center hosts sporting events such as Professional Boxing, UFC and the annual Big West Basketball Tournament, concerts by top performers including Van Halen, Lady Gaga and the Eagles, and family shows like Disney On Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as the Harlem Globetrotters. In January of 2012, Honda Center broke ground on The Grand Terrace Project. Set to be complete in 2013, the multimillion dollar renovation includes an exclusive indoor/outdoor entertainment space, a new public restaurant and an expanded team store. In September of 2012, Honda Center was recognized by Venues Today Magazine as 10th in the world among “Top Stops of the Decade” for the concert and live events industry (see the attached press release at the end of this document). Honda Center also ranks 6th in the U. S. and 2nd on the West Coast.

About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Technology, Financial Services, Energy, Manufacturing, Bio-Tech and Life Science, Retail, the Building Industry, Professional Services, and others. Founded by Rodney McDermott and Christopher Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull has worked with a large number of prestigious clients including Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Panda Restaurant Group, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, and Union Bank.