EVP, Ticket Sales & Services
John Beaven is currently in his 20th season with the Golden State Warriors organization, his second as the team’s Executive Vice President of ticket sales and services, following three seasons serving as the senior vice president of ticket sales and services.
In his current role, Beaven is responsible for all aspects of the team’s ticket and suite efforts, including strategic planning and execution for season ticket and single-game initiatives, customer service, and premium suite sales and service efforts. Beaven’s role includes the oversight of the Warriors Community Foundation, that aids in uplifting the Bay Area Community. Under his direction during the 2021-22 season, the Warriors Community Foundation raised a total giving amount of 3.7 million dollars gifted through donations and grants awarded through the annual educational grants program, the Hoops4Kids program, and the Making Hoops court refurbishment program.
Throughout the pandemic, Beaven guided the Warrior’s sales and service teams, navigating building capacity challenges, fan communication regarding health and safety, and season ticket and suite lease logistics. He played a critical role in Operation Dub Nation, a task force that rolled out a first-of-its-kind testing program, requiring all fans to show proof of a negative test before venue entry. The plan included mailing FDA-approved, at-home, molecular COVID-19 tests to fans, in addition to allowing on-site testing.
Leading up to the opening Chase Center, Beaven played a key role in the creation and implementation of the team’s new, innovative membership program, and oversaw the successful transition of the team’s season ticket holder base from Oakland Arena to Chase Center. During his tenure, the Warriors have sold out 377-straight home games, spanning eight seasons. Additionally, Beaven has led efforts to launch SuiteXchange, an industry-first authentic and verified suite resale marketplace. In addition to his ticketing responsibilities, Beaven was key in planning and executing the 2018 NBA Championship parade.
Prior to being promoted to senior vice president, Beaven served as the team’s vice president of ticket sales and service for four seasons, previously serving as the executive director of ticket sales, including in the summer of 2013 when the team surpassed 14,000 season ticket holders for the first time in franchise history. Previously, he also served as the team’s director of group sales for three seasons, when he helped double the department’s annual sales numbers and managed to eclipse the league benchmark of 3,000 departmental group tickets sold per game for the 2009-10 season. He originally joined the organization in 2003 as a season ticket account executive before being named group sales manager two years later.
A native of London, England, Beaven spent his childhood in New York City and Sacramento, Calif., receiving his bachelor’s degree in general biology from the University of California, San Diego in 2002. Beaven has a daughter, Sara, and currently resides in San Francisco, Calif., with his wife, Tarah, their son Foster and youngest daughter Starling, and dog, Taz.