“I’m grateful to everyone involved, past and present, with the Bakersfield Condors organization, that I receive an award on their behalf,” said Riley. “This award is a symbol of all the hard work and passion that our staff and fans put in this year. We’re thankful for the guidance, leadership, and support from our new owners, the Edmonton Oilers, and from the other member teams of the ECHL.”
Riley was instrumental in the negotiations that saw the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers purchase the the Condors, giving the organization the resources and support for the long-term stability of the team.
He oversaw a box office sales increase of over 6% in 2013-14 and the team setting a new record in group revenue.
In the community, the team continued its tremendous work in Bakersfield and Kern County raising more than $350,000 in cash and goods for non-profits, bringing the team’s historical total to over $4.6 million.
On the ice, the Condors made history, advancing to the Conference Finals for the first time, thanks in large part to Riley’s allocation of more resources to the hockey operations department.
His innovative and progressive promotional ideas, such as this season’s Gettysburg Address Jersey, Undie Sunday Toss, and Cemetery Plot Giveaway garnered the Condors national publicity which continued the team’s long-standing tradition of fun and entertainment.