Twitter | Website
In 2016-17, his seventh season in Smashville, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena President & Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor Sean Henry proudly watched the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena complete their most successful season to date. Led by the passion and dedication of the greatest staff in all of sports, the franchise sold out all regular and playoff home games and the Western Conference Champion Predators made it to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. As the season ended, it was estimated that during the four rounds, close to $2.7 million was generated for the city through ticket, merchandise and concessions sales taxes; the overall economic impact from a record 11 home playoff games was over $50 million.
Beyond the tangible financial impact on the community, the excitement and enthusiasm generated within Smashville leading up to and throughout the Stanley Cup, was truly immeasurable. What Henry, and the entire organization, is extremely proud of though is the impact the Nashville Predators Foundation made during this time. Over the four playoff rounds, the Nashville Predators Foundation collectively raised $200,000 which included Auctions, Smash Car and game night sales. By leveraging Smashville’s passion and support for the team, the Preds enter their 20th season after once again setting a franchise high in contributions and entities touched by the Foundation.
The Nashville Predators experienced their first glimpse into the power the team held to make a significant impact in the local economy during the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend. The city of Nashville, its businesses and residents came together to create an incredible, unforgettable weekend celebration of concerts and activities that saw almost 60,000 attendees. Over $20 million in economic impact was estimated during the showcase, with over 5,000 hotel rooms occupied. As the most watched and highest rated All-Star Game in NBC’s history, it was also the most successful and interactive All-Star Celebration in League history.
Economic impact is a tangible example of the strong public-private partnership the Nashville Predators have with the Nashville Metro Government. In Ford Ice Center’s second year, the venue once again consistently capped out ice usage, reminding the Smashville community of the need for ice. After seeing this need, a recent development was born; the One Bellevue Place ice rink, which will break ground in 2017. This rink was created through the need for more ice in Middle Tennessee and the passion our community has to grow the sport of hockey, made possible through the dedication Metro has to the sports community and how it positively impacts families all across the region.
During the summer of 2017, Henry and his talented and revolutionary operations team led Bridgestone Arena through another wave of multi-million-dollar upgrades including a new locker room, a luxury media and crew catering space, the addition of another premium seat location and enhancements in concession areas and restrooms. In his seven years with the Predators and Bridgestone Arena, Henry has overseen more than $60 million in upgrades, improvements and renovations – all a part of the organization’s plan to make the Bridgestone Arena experience for every guest, player, performer, musician, fan and employee that walks through its doors the best it possibly can be.
For Henry, on par with every seat filled, every renovation finished and every ticket sold, is the organization’s commitment to the city of Nashville through the Nashville Predators Foundation and the Nashville Predators Youth Hockey programs. The Foundation’s grants and programs funded more than $1 million in programs and donations to over 400 local organization in the 2016-17 season and the organization’s Hearts of Gold program infused the area with more than 6,000 community service hours donated by employees, players and staff, all of which create a special workplace environment while also changing lives throughout Middle Tennessee. Henry played a vital role in the organization’s decision to commit $500,000 over the course of five years to AMEND, an innovative YWCA primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls in our community. Starting in the 2016-17 season, the Nashville Predators contributed $100,000 to their commitment.
Henry was born a Nashvillian, although it took him 42 years to get here. Before leading his favorite staff in Smashville, he served for 11 years as the Executive Vice President and COO of the Tampa Bay Lightning, two years as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Unity Motion and 14 years with Volume Services Inc., where he worked with the Detroit Pistons, St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins.
Though much of his time is spent moving the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena towards its ONE GOAL alongside tireless and passionate Smashville employees, Henry is grateful for each day he has the opportunity to serve on the boards of the Nashville Predators Foundation, YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Nashville Downtown Partnership, Nashville Sports Council, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and stay involved (along with his wife) in his children’s schools, sports teams and clubs.
What Henry is most proud of, is the organization’s consistency in continuously making strides to reach its One Goal of becoming the number one sports and entertainment venue in the United States with its centerpiece as the Stanley Cup Champion Nashville Predators hockey team. As the organization grows, its fanbase and economic impact in the community grow alongside it. The Nashville Predators are proud to be recognized year after year by its outstanding venue, dedicated staff, tireless community outreach and city efforts, and envied workplace culture through international and national publications and awards. Henry is honored to work for a company that consistently sets pace and makes historic achievements while doing so.
Despite the numerous titles and accolades Henry has achieved in his professional career, his reigning Father of the Year Award is one that has no equal and one that would not be possible without the support of his wife of 26 years Tracey Manning (a.k.a. the Suburban Diva) or his four children – Steven, Matthew, Amy and Jessica. How Henry managed to win Father of the Year despite his constant attempts to recreate National Lampoon’s Vacation and repeated stories (all normally captured in the Diva’s writings), is perhaps his greatest achievement.
Wednesday Luncheon Keynote The Culture of Teamwork