PMY Group CEO Paul Yeomans believes the European sports stadium landscape is on the cusp of a new phase of technological transformation after revealing details of WJHW’s expansion into the continent at TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit 2023.
WJHW, a Dallas-based firm offering state‐of‐the‐art design services and consulting, was acquired by venue, events and infrastructure technology provider PMY, back in April 2021.
Having worked with key players across all US major leagues, contributing to iconic projects like Allegiant Stadium, Globe Life Field, and Chase Center, WJHW is now primed to make a major impact in Europe, according to Yeomans.
“I think the dam is about to burst,” Yeomans, outlining his expectations for technological innovation at European stadia, told TheStadiumBusiness.com.
“It has been developing for the past five to 10 years, partly due to the changing ownership landscape [in professional sports] and now there are the proof points in terms of infrastructure developments.”
In August, PMY announced the expansion of WJHW to meet “increasing global demand” for its expertise. Under the leadership of global president René Garza, and with the strategic acumen of Kym Shilton and Charles Adkinson, now senior vice-president – international and senior vice-president – sports development, respectively, the company has launched into a new era of innovation and growth.
Jennifer Joseph, senior manager, international, will head up WJHW’s UK operations.
The leadership team is also supported by new strategic and technical personnel throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa market, as well as the Asia Pacific region.
Yeomans, who delivered a presentation on ‘global challenges and localised solutions’, also hinted at further developments in the coming weeks, with the company additionally exploring M&A opportunities. After PMY secured its first-ever institutional capital raise with Bluestone Equity Partners just over four months ago, Yeomans said that investment would be leveraged to grow PMY through “both organic and inorganic expansion opportunities”.