SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/FACILITIES OPERATIONS
Mel Raines is in her fourth season with Pacers Sports & Entertainment as Senior Vice President of Facilities Operations and President
of the 2021 NBA All-Star Local Organizing Committee. In her role with PS&E, she oversees all operational facilities activity to ensure
the smooth and seamless planning and execution of all events that take place in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with an emphasis on
providing an exceptional guest experience. Raines will oversee all planning for 2021 NBA All-Star weekend in coordination with the
Local Organizing Committee Board of Directors and the NBA.
Raines has more than 25 years of event operations, legislative, political, corporate, and public affairs experience. Prior to joining
PS&E, she was chief of staff to Indiana Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks overseeing three offices as well as all legislative,
constituent services and communications staff.
Raines has worked in various roles on the last six Republican National Conventions including serving as the COO for the 2008
Republican National Convention and as a senior advisor for the 2012 and 2016 conventions overseeing all delegate, guest and media
credentialing. As chief operating officer, Raines played a critical role in organizing, managing and producing the convention. The
Associated Press called the convention “a model of efficiency and organization.”
From 2009 to 2012, Raines was one of the principal architects of Indianapolis’ highly acclaimed 2012 Super Bowl. She was the
vice president of government relations and event operations for the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee overseeing
14 planning committees, including transportation and parking, weather preparedness, clean zone implementation, government
services, state and city services, public safety, aviation services, ADA accessibility and risk management.
Earlier in her career, Raines served as Assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for Political Affairs, directing all the Vice President’s
political and domestic outreach activities. She also held several leadership positions at Altria Corporate Services, at the Republican
National Committee, and began her career on Capitol Hill with U.S. Sen. Daniel Coats of Indiana.
Raines, a South Bend, Ind. native and graduate of Indiana University – Bloomington, is a Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and is on the board of Second Helpings. She currently resides in Indianapolis.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/CORPORATE, COMMUNITY & PUBLIC RELATIONS
Brent Rockwood is the Senior Vice President of Corporate, Community and Public Relations for Pacers Sports & Entertainment
(PS&E). He directs all communications and public relations efforts on behalf of PS&E and is a board member of Pacers Foundation.
He joined PS&E in April 2018.
Rockwood has nearly 20 years of communications experience with a heavy focus on public, media, community and government
relations for major US companies. Prior to joining PS&E, he served as director of Corporate Communications and Community
Partnerships for Denver-based QEP Resources where he was responsible for the company’s external and internal communications.
Previously, he worked as director of Public & Government Affairs and manager of Investor Relations for Devon Energy in Oklahoma
City. Brent began his career at Eli Lilly & Company in a variety of sales, sales training and marketing roles in Indianapolis.
Rockwood, a native of Indiana, holds a bachelor’s degree from Butler University where he played on the 1996-97 Butler Hall of Fame
basketball team, and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School. Brent and his wife, Angie, have four children, Kaitlyn, Addison,
Jacoby and Bennett, and live in Zionsville, Ind.
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