John Torris

John Torris

VP, Business Development

Speaker Bio

Since starting his career with the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers in 2009, John has held various sales and leadership positions in the sports industry.  Torris is in his first year as Vice President of Business Development for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl and Fiesta Bowl Events.  In this role, Torris oversees all revenue departments including corporate partnership sales and activation, ticket sales and service, premium and suite sales, and ticket operations.

Prior to joining the Fiesta Bowl, Torris was the Senior Director of Business Development for the Phoenix Suns where he oversaw premium sales and service, membership sales, and inside sales. With the help of his leadership, the Suns exceeded all new sales and retention goals during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.  During his time at the Suns, the organization grew its premium business significantly by finalizing 45 new suite licenses. They also sold out of all courtside seats and renewed over 85% of all premium customers.

Before joining the Suns, Torris was the Inside Sales Manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves and was responsible for hiring, training, and developing the sales talent for the organization.  Prior to his time in Minnesota, he sold premium seating, suites, and corporate sponsorships for the San Diego Padres.

Torris grew up in a military family and is originally from Denver, Colorado.  He graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Marketing.