When he’s not interacting with fans, counting down until the next game, promoting Predators events and Middle Tennessee or cheering for his favorite baseball team through his popular @PREDSident Twitter account, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena President/Chief Operating Office and Alternate Governor Sean Henry is leading “the greatest staff in all of sports” through a unique approach that unifies the organization across all fronts.
In 2014-15, his fifth season in Smashville, Henry led the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena to one of their most successful seasons to date – a season that included a 2014 Pollstar Arena of the Year award, an average of 16,900 fans in attendance at Nashville Predators games (98 percent capacity), three sold-out Stanley Cup Playoff contests, the opening of Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tenn., and the extensive development of new and existing sponsorship and premium products.
Henry’s work at 501 Broadway is centered on the organization’s ONE GOAL to be the “No. 1 Sports and Entertainment venue in the World,” something that, with every passing week and month, becomes closer to reality. This quest began with Henry leading a team that forged a partnership with Metro Nashville to secure Bridgestone Arena’s new lease with the city of Nashville, keeping the downtown staple thriving and growing through 2028 and continues through each and every decision the organization makes on a daily basis.
During the summer of 2015, Henry led Bridgestone Arena through a renovation of the entire lower bowl – including new seats, hand rails, signage and flooring. The most recent off-season also saw restrooms and concession stands transform through extensive renovations throughout the building. These latest renovations come on the heels of the opening of the Nissan SoBro entrance, Tavern ’96, the Predators Team Store and the Lexus Lounge – 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 2014-15 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 wasn’t always as lucky as he is now, getting to call Nashville home and work with the staff at the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena. However, he did have successful experiences elsewhere that helped him become the leader in Smashville that he is today – including 11 years as the Executive Vice President and COO at Palace Sports and Entertainment, 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, Henry finds the hours in each day to also serve on the boards of the Nashville Predators Foundation, the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the Nashville Downtown Partnership, the Nashville Sports Council, The Sports Fund, work as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University, and stay involved (along with his wife) in his children’s schools, sports teams and clubs.
Despite the numerous titles and accolades Henry has achieved in his professional career, his 2015 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 23 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.
- Company:CEO and President, NHL Nashville Predators
- November 14, 2014, 11:30 Fall 2014