Dover International Speedway today announced the promotion of Michael Tatoian to the position of president, effective. Jan. 2, 2015. Tatoian retains his position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of parent company Dover Motorsports, Inc.
Tatoian will continue to report to Denis McGlynn, president and CEO of Dover Motorsports, Inc.
“Mike joined us eight years ago and immediately immersed himself into the operations and culture of our team while earning the respect of both his co-workers and those outside the company as well,” said McGlynn. “Mike is a valuable and popular contributor to our efforts here and Dover International Speedway will benefit from his leadership for many years to come.”
Tatoian has worked to bring additional events to the Dover International Speedway schedule, including the popular Firefly Music Festival and the new Big Barrel Country Music Festival. Held on the Speedway’s property since 2012, Firefly Music Festival is a four day event attracting 80,000 fans per day, and in three years has become one of the fastest growing, most successful music festival of all time according to various industry sources. Big Barrel Country Music Festival, announced just yesterday, Dec. 18, 2014, will bring some of the biggest names in country music to The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway for the three day event, June 26-28, 2015.
Tatoian has more than 25 years of experience in professional sports ownership, management and operations. Prior to joining Dover Motorsports, Inc., Tatoian served as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Victory Sports Group, LLC. In his role there, he oversaw the development and management of professional sports organizations, including minor league baseball, minor league hockey and arena football. Tatoian also previously served as Chief Operating Officer of United Sports Ventures, Inc., an umbrella sports company that owned and operated eight minor league teams.
Tatoian currently serves at the Chairman of the Advisory Council for USO Delaware and previously served as an Honorary Commander at the Dover Air Force Base. He is also a nominee for the Fisher House Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Service Award, a national award that recognizes an individual who has contributed extensively to the support and welfare of members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Tatoian is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing. He and his wife Tammy reside in Middletown, Del.