NSME Akron/Canton - June 8, 2021 Luncheon

“It Takes A Village to Build A Village” by Anne Graffice, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW)


Building a project of this size is challenging in the best of times. Add in the past year and it is like asking an ocean liner to pivot on a dime. All the moving parts are constantly in motion. Here is the good news. The village is rising.  And it will be beautiful.Graffice Anne 284

  • The Village before.
  • The Village during (the last 18 months)
  • Our Brave New Village (World?)


Anne Graffice – Biography

Anne Graffice joined Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW) as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs in December 2019. In this role, Ms. Graffice oversees community, investor, media and government relations, and manages all corporate social responsibility initiatives for the Company. Ms. Graffice is responsible for furthering several of HOFV’s strategic goals, including driving wide-ranging fundraising efforts, supporting diversity planning, and promoting the Company’s mission and value proposition to investors, consumers, and the media, as well as the broader public. Ms. Graffice serves as a key voice representing HOFV when working with municipal, provincial and federal authorities, and is the Company’s primary investor relations contact. In July 2020, Ms. Graffice was a key component of the transaction that made Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company public through a merger with a Special Purpose Acquisition Company.

Previously, Ms. Graffice successfully served in a similar role at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which she joined in May 2016 as Vice President of Development & Strategic Adventures. She served as the Hall’s primary corporate and community relations contact, and oversaw diversity programs and policies; controlled development and engagement for the Hall of Fame Village powered by Johnson Controls; and developed programming for the Center for Excellence.

Prior to that, Ms. Graffice served as Executive Director of Alumni Engagement at the University of Mount Union, and was responsible for a departmental budget and endowment fund of over $200 million, as well as helping the university secure $25 million through an 18-month campaign. She has also served as Chairperson of the Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she focused on driving economic development in the region through tourism initiatives. She also sits on the Boards of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, Alliance Chamber of Commerce and St. Thomas Aquinas Board of Directors, and is a volunteer at the Alliance Food Pantry.

Ms. Graffice previously spent nearly a decade in wealth management and long-term retirement planning. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Mount Union College and a Master of Business Administration with a leadership concentration from Tiffin University.

Ms. Graffice and her husband Jeff live in Alliance, Ohio and are the proud parents of two daughters.


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