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ImagineAR taps former Portland Trail Blazers CIO Chris Dill as advisor to the CEO

Dill will help take the ImagineAR platform solutions to professional sports teams and industry-leading vendors to enhance fan engagement and generate new revenue streams

Dill brings more than 30 years of experience across sports and technology to ImagineAR

ImagineAR Inc (CSE:IP) (OTCQB:IPNFF) announced Monday that former Portland Trail Blazers CIO Chris Dill has joined the company as an advisor to the CEO.

In a statement, the company said Dill will help take the ImagineAR platform solutions to professional sports teams and industry-leading vendors to enhance fan engagement and generate new revenue streams.

Dill, who served as the professional basketball team’s CIO for over a decade, was the head of business development for Venuetize, a leading sports and venue mobile platform with major clients, including the Texas Rangers, LAFC, TD Garden and the Miami Dolphins.

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"In my 30 years working in sports and entertainment technology, I have never seen a solution that provides such a high level of interaction and engagement,” Dill said. “The potential for matching this technology with sponsorship activations makes it very easy to demonstrate ROI. That's why I am so thrilled to be a part of the team bringing this game-changing technology to not only sports and entertainment, but a huge variety of other verticals."

ImagineAR CEO Alen Paul Silverrstieen said he first met Dill at the 2019 ALSD Conference in Chicago and he moderated the company's sports technology session.

“His knowledge of the intersection of sports and technology was impressive and he is highly respected in the North American sports industry,” Silverrstieen added

For the last six years, Chris was head of business development for Venuetize. Previously, Chris spent 22 years at the Trail Blazers and as CIO, he spearheaded the team's technology strategy and execution. From digital signage to mobility to CRM to VoIP, ImagineAR said Dill’s vision and management established the Blazers' reputation across the sports industry as innovative leaders. 

After a successful reign at the Blazers that spanned more than two decades, Dill joined the Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology (SEAT) as VP of Business Development. 

After SEAT, he used his industry knowledge and expertise to consult for a wide range of sports technology companies, including Skidata AG (fan loyalty and access control), Signal360 (proximity marketing and beacon technology platform), and Watson Creative (branding, creative services, and responsive website design).

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