IRG Sports + Entertainment™ Announces Hiring of New CFO

JUPITER, Fla. – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States and Canada announced today that Lou Partenza has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer.


In his new role, Partenza will oversee the finance, accounting, budgeting and strategic planning for all of IRG’s properties as well as manage the company’s relationship with TPG Specialty Lending. Partenza joins IRG with more than 20 years of experience in financial operations, strategic revenue growth, and has a significant background in executive leadership within the sports industry.


“Lou brings a vast amount of experience to the table and will be a huge asset to IRG,” stated Jason Rittenberry, IRG President and CEO. “His experience in the sports industry with a franchise and arena as well as his background with investors will bring serious experience to our company. We are thrilled to have Lou on our team.”


Prior to joining IRG, Partenza was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Sunrise Sports and Entertainment and BB&T Center. He provided innovative and cost effective profit strategies and operational changes that promoted the growth of the organization. In addition, Partenza has held senior level positions with Leverage Management Consulting, Tristar Aerospace Company and more.


Lou will be based in Jupiter, Florida at the company’s corporate headquarters.


IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG) is a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences in the United States and Canada. The Company owns and operates five motorsports facilities: Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR), Memphis International Raceway™ (MIR), Southwestern International Raceway™ (SWIR), Maryland International Raceway™ (MDIR) and Cordova International Raceway™ (CIR); as well as the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and the International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL). IRG properties promote more than 1,150 motorsports, live entertainment and corporate events annually at its venues and within its series.


For more information regarding IRG and IRG properties, please visit, follow us on Twitter @IRGSports or connect with us on LinkedIn.

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