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Session A

One-on-One With Cleveland Cavaliers CEO Nic Barlage

Presented By: First Federal Lakewood

It's been an exciting few years for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They've added new players, increased their wins, and have been playing inside a newly renovated Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. So what does it take to build an organization focused on success? Join us for a look inside the evolution of a professional basketball organization and a rousing conversation about talent acquisition and development, building a winning culture, and the importance of leadership.


Dustin S. Klein
Chief Content Officer
Smart Business

Dustin is an award-winning business journalist, bestselling author, and the chief content officer of Smart Business. Over the past 30 years, he has interviewed thousands of business and civic leaders, and helped more than 50 CEOs and entrepreneurs transform their ideas into books. A trained investigative politics reporter and former digital media entrepreneur, Dustin joined Smart Business in 1997 after serving as an editor at several daily newspapers.


Nic Barlage
Cleveland Cavaliers & Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Nic Barlage is the CEO of the Cavaliers, Rock Entertainment Group and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Barlage rejoined the Cavaliers in 2017 as president of business operations and was named COO for Rock Entertainment Group when it was established in 2021. He worked as the Cavaliers vice president of sales and service from 2008 to 2014, but left for three seasons with the Phoenix Suns before returning to Cleveland.

Conference Location

100 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, OH 44114
Tel: (216) 413-5000