R. Thomas Gaglardi
R. Thomas (Tom) Gaglardi is the Owner and Governor of the Dallas Stars Hockey Club and the President of Northland Properties Corporation, the largest family-owned hospitality company in Canada with its head offices located in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was officially introduced as the sixth owner in franchise history on November 21, 2011.
In just three seasons as owner of the club, Gaglardi has revitalized hockey in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, overhauling the team's front office by hiring veteran administrator Jim Lites to serve as president and installing one of the most respected hockey minds in Jim Nill as general manager. He also spearheaded the overhaul of the team's logo and uniform, forging a new identity for the club to fit his vision. Under his watch, industry insiders have consistently identified the Stars as a team "on the rise" for both the business, and hockey operations side of the organization. During the 2014-15 season, Gaglardi purchased the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL) and acquired the operating rights to Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, TX. The move re-enforced his commitment to sustaining and growing the sport of hockey in the state of Texas and creating a seamless organizational process to develop and train NHL-caliber players, coaches and front office staff.
A passionate and knowledgeable leader who is deeply involved in all aspects of the family's business, Gaglardi began his career in the hospitality industry at age 13 as a busboy and has worked in virtually every area of his business since that time. He spent considerable time in construction, hotel and restaurant operations, real estate development and finance. At age 23, he was promoted to president of the Sandman Hotel Group, and at 26 he became president of Northland Properties Corporation, the Gaglardi family's umbrella company.
Under his direction, Northland has grown to be the largest family owned hospitality company in Canada including a large portfolio of hotels with the Sandman Hotel Group and the Sutton Place Hotels & Resorts, several restaurant chains including Denny's Restaurants of Canada, Moxie's Classic Grill, Chop Steakhouse & Bar, and Shark Club Bar & Grill. In 2009, Gaglardi began expanding his brand of hospitality to the United Kingdom and will soon be operating in North Texas with the planned opening of the first Sandman Hotel and Moxie's Classic Grill in the United States. The family also owns and operates a large real estate portfolio and the world renowned Revelstoke Mountain Resort. In addition to his role with the Stars, Gaglardi is a co-owner of the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League and serves as its governor.
An active member of the community, Gaglardi founded the Sandman Harvest Foundation, which has raised over $1 million for disadvantaged and medically challenged children living in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. He also serves as trustee for the PA and JM Gaglardi Senior Citizens Society, a non-profit society providing housing for seniors in Kamloops, British Columbia and serves on the board of St. George's School in Vancouver. He founded the Josh Dyck Foundation to assist Josh with his recovery from an auto accident in October 2006, which left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.
Gaglardi and his wife Brittney have three sons, Charlie, Bennett and Wilson all of whom play competitive ice hockey. In addition to his own participation on his hockey team, Gaglardi enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family at their cottage on the shores of Kamloops Lake near Savona, British Columbia.
Brad Alberts is in his second tenure with the Dallas Stars and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer after rejoining the team in February, 2011.
Alberts, who was named team President on March 2, 2018 and took on the role of Chief Executive Office on July 10, 2020, oversees all aspects of the Stars business operations. Previously leading all sales and marketing, he is also in charge of all aspects of the organization’s finance and administration, box office, human resources and information technology. Additionally, Alberts serves alongside Stars CEO Jim Lites on the American Airlines Center Board of Directors, assisting in the management of one of the busiest arenas in the United States. Alberts also acts as President and Alternate Governor of the Texas Stars, Dallas’ top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, roles which he has served in since July 1, 2017.
Alberts’ career includes nearly two decades of professional sports experience selling tickets, suites, premium seating, and sponsorships. From 1996-2009, Alberts worked for the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers in various sales management roles in tickets, suites and corporate sponsorships. From 2006-09, Alberts served as the Executive Vice President of the Hicks Sports Marketing Group, the in-house sponsorship sales group for the Stars, Texas Rangers, and Liverpool Football Club. In 2009, Alberts took over as the Vice President of Sponsorship and Sales at Legends/CSL, overseeing a number of events at numerous venues around the country, most notably the Circuit of The Americas, a Formula One racing track in Austin, Texas.
Since rejoining the team in 2011, Alberts has played an integral role in the resurgence of the Stars in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, helping lead the organization to tremendous growth in brand visibility, attendance and sponsorship sales. Alberts and his leadership team were instrumental in the sweeping rebrand of the team, retiring the numbers of Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen and creating tremendous sponsorship value for the team and its partners.
Alberts received his bachelor’s degree from Ripon College in 1992 where he was a four-year lettermen and co-captain of the basketball team, earning an induction into the Ripon College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. He received a master’s degree in sports administration from Northern Colorado in 1995. Alberts is an avid golfer, and fitness enthusiast. He resides with his wife and their daughter, Grace, in Southlake, Texas.
Delay is in his 13th year with the Texas Stars and H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. He first joined the organization in April 2010 as the Assistant Vice President of Ticket Sales and Marketing and served as the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer beginning in early 2018. In September 2022 he was promoted to his current role of Chief Operating Officer – Texas Stars & General Manager – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, in which he oversees all day-to-day business operations for the organization. Delay also serves on the Texas Stars Foundation Board of Directors. During his tenure, the corporate sales department has been recognized for its success by the AHL and has established numerous long-term partnerships, including the naming rights agreement with H-E-B.
Prior to joining the Stars, Delay served first as Director of Corporate Services and later as the Vice President of the Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) in Las Vegas, Nevada. His responsibilities in Las Vegas covered a wide range of the day-to-day team operations including sponsorship fulfillment, sales, marketing, game operations and hockey operations. The 2022-23 season marks his 24th season in professional hockey.
His past sports experience also includes time with the Colorado Gold Kings (WCHL), Las Vegas Thunder (IHL), Las Vegas Stars (AAA baseball), Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins, and Lipton Tennis Tournament (Miami).
Delay is a graduate of the University of Miami, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major of Marine Science & Biology (1993). He also holds an MSEd with a concentration in Sports Management (1996).
He currently resides in Cedar Park with his wife Meredith and daughter Caitlyn.