[B]Jon, Mark Richardson resign from Panthers[/B]
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Stadium president Jon Richardson and team president Mark Richardson have announced their resignations from the Carolina Panthers.
Jon, who notified the Panthers' staff last month of his intention, has been involved with Bank of American Stadium since its construction. Mark oversaw the effort to obtain an expansion franchise and has served as the team president since the retirement of Mike McCormack in 1998.
"Both Mark and Jon made great contributions to the stadium and team that have enabled us to enjoy much success over the last 15 years," said Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson. "At the same time, I am thankful that we have a staff that has been in place for many years and knows our philosophy."
Jon oversaw the construction and opening of the stadium in 1996. Although more than 20 facilities have opened in the National Football League since Bank of America Stadium, it remains one of the most highly regarded venues in the NFL.
"It has been a very exciting time, and I feel very fortunate and pleased to have been a part of it," Jon said. "We have a great staff that has been in place for a long time, and I am confident they will move forward without missing a beat."
Mark was most innovative in the marketing and naming rights areas, overseeing the team's business operations from the beginning of the franchise. He was one of the first executives to obtain naming rights for a stadium, reaching two different naming rights agreements for the stadium. His integrated approach to marketing also enabled the Panthers to be one of the few teams to bring their broadcasting rights in house.
"It has been a great opportunity to work with a franchise from the start and have a chance to see it mature," Mark said. "It has been a unique experience to see dreams become reality."
Both Jon and Mark will remain members of the Panthers Partnership Group.