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Dave Howard

Chief Executive Officer

Dave is responsible for all aspects of the passenger rail business, including all operational functions and the guest experience.

He is a renowned executive with more than 20 years experience in sports and entertainment, leading the business operations of best-in-class venues and Major League sports organizations.  He has played key leadership roles in the development of new or substantially rebuilt legendary facilities, with experience spanning MLB, NBA, NHL, WNBA, AHL, NBADL and MiLB operations.


Dave was President of MSG Sports where he ran the business operations of the New York Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and the Garden’s NCAA Basketball and other world-class sports events.  He was President during the third and final construction phase and the grand reopening of the Transformed Madison Square Garden.  Prior to MSG, Dave ran the business operations of the New York Mets, where he worked for more than two decades and was the lead business executive in the design, development, launch and operation of Citi Field.


Prior to joining the Brightline team, Dave was the Co-Founder and Principal in Howard & Sergi, LLC, where he consulted and advised team owners and senior executives on guest experience-related strategic planning, design, contracting, organizational structure and operations.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and received his law degree from Fordham Law School. Dave has a combination of impressive business accomplishments with a heart for hospitality and care in the guest experience.  He lives by the motto that the right relationship is everything, and he strives to achieve that lofty standard in all he does.


Dave has been married to his high school sweetheart Nancy for 31 years, and they are enjoying watching their four children begin their own careers.