Howard Handler is the President of 313 Presents, Detroit’s premiere live entertainment company. Howard’s responsibilities include leading 313’s vision and strategy, as well as guiding the company’s operations, partnerships and business development initiatives.
Howard is a marketing expert and transformational leader with a track record of success across a range of consumer-driven businesses including Major League Soccer, Madison Square Garden, Virgin Mobile, The National Football League, MTV, and Saturday Night Live.
Howard led Major League Soccer to unprecedented growth in scale, relevance, quality and value as Chief Marketing Officer. At Madison Square Garden, Howard drove plans, partnerships and ticket sales to deliver 5M annual paid attendees to over 1000 live events per year. At Virgin Mobile, Howard was a central player building the business from its start-up phase to 5M subscribers, $1 Billion+ revenues and an IPO on the NYSE.
Howard is also a trusted advisor to the following for-profit and volunteer Boards including PADI (the Professional Association of Diving Instructors), The Drone Racing League, and the University of Michigan Sports Advisory Board.
Originally from Detroit, Howard holds a bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Vice President Entertainment Booking
Dana Warg is the Vice President of Entertainment Booking for 313 Presents, Detroit’s premiere live entertainment company. Dana provides leadership to maximize event scheduling and oversees the development of key strategic partnerships with promoters, agencies, managers, ticketing partners, artists and other marketing partners in the delivery of first-class events to 313 Presents venues.
Dana previously served as the Senior Vice President of Facilities for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) where he led the day-to-day booking and other select operations for AEG’s portfolio of owned and operated venues; including STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center, Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Toyota Sports Center and Manchester Evening News Arena (London). Dana was involved in planning and building the Sprint Center (Kansas City), O2 (London), Berlin National Arena, Microsoft Theater, Club Nokia (Los Angeles) and outdoor stadiums for soccer, concerts and other events in Bridgeview, Illinois and Harrison, New Jersey. He was also actively involved in the company’s acquisition of several sports and entertainment venues.
The 35-year entertainment and sports veteran has also served in leadership roles with Nederlander Concerts, SFX Music Group, Clear Channel Entertainment, Target Center and Ogden Entertainment. Dana holds a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University.
Vice President Finance & Administration
Keith Dowdican is the Vice President Finance and Administration for 313 Presents, Detroit’s premiere live entertainment company. Keith is responsible for all of 313 Presents financial and accounting related activities, including forecasting, budgeting and financial planning while analyzing and driving new innovative business strategies. He also oversees the company’s legal, audit, tax, risk management, treasury, information technology, human resource, payroll and benefits functions.
Prior to joining 313 Presents, Keith spent nearly 20 years in a variety of senior finance roles with Olympia Entertainment, where he provided strategic insight and overall management for the company. He was a member of the executive leadership team and was responsible to lead all areas of finance and accounting. Additionally, the information technology and ticket operations departments reported to Keith.
His professional experience includes sports, entertainment, food services, retail, facilities management, sales and marketing services, and event operations. He was a key member of the teams who opened Comerica Park as well as the transition from Joe Louis Arena to Little Caesars Arena. In addition, he has three years of experience with Uptown Entertainment, providing leadership and financial oversight of three movie theatres.
Keith is originally from New York and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Detroit.
Vice President Entertainment & Production
Elmer Straub is the Vice President of Entertainment & Production for 313 Presents, Detroit’s premiere live entertainment company. Elmer is responsible for Event Production, Corporate Partnership Sales & Development and Premium Sales & Service teams, creating and maintaining operational excellence and industry-leading business performance across all venues.
Prior to joining 313 Presents, Elmer served as the Senior Vice President of Venue Management for Palace Sports & Entertainment, LLC (PS&E), which included directing the event entertainment operations for PS&E’s portfolio of venues: The Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre.
Prior to PS&E, Elmer worked for Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC, where he served as Vice President of Event Booking for Amalie Arena. Under his leadership, from 2003-2013 Amalie Arena was ranked by Venues Today #9 in the world, #5 in the U.S. and #1 in the Southeast.
A Michigan native, Elmer also opened the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI, where he spent three years with SMG; first in Premium Seating and then with the Events Department.
Elmer is a graduate of Aquinas College, where he earned his B.A. in Communications and completed his Masters of Sports Administration from Central Michigan University. Elmer resides with his wife and their two sons in Oakland, MI.
Vice President Marketing & Communications
Kim Klein is Vice President Marketing & Communications of 313 Presents, Detroit’s premier live entertainment company. Kim’s responsibilities include overseeing all marketing and communications operations including brand strategy, digital, database, event marketing and corporate communications initiatives and programs in support of the company’s strategic objectives.
Kim has more than 22 years of comprehensive marketing and communications experience in the Detroit market including 14 years with Palace Sports & Entertainment. Most recently, she served as Director of Entertainment Marketing with Olympia Entertainment.
Kim received her Bachelor of Communication Arts & Sciences from Michigan State University. She lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and two daughters.