Global Nashville with Karl Dean | Preds Pres/CEO Sean Henry | Apr 28

“Global Nashville with Karl Dean” is now a Zoom Webinar every other Tuesday at 7pm. 

The Tennessee World Affairs Council

invites you to the

Global Nashville with Karl Dean


“Conversations with Nashville Leaders”

Sean Henry

President and CEO, NHL Nashville Predators

With Host Karl Dean, Former Mayor of Nashville and Member of the Board, TNWAC

April 28, 2020

7:00 p.m. CT

Via Zoom Webinar

Join us Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. for a conversation about Nashville — the view from city business leaders as Nashville copes with the pandemic-induced new normal and what will conditions look like on the “other side” of the Covid-19 crisis. Former Mayor Dean and Mr. Henry will share their insights and perspectives on the health and well being of the city and what’s next. Talk about “Smashville” might even come up.

Our Zoom Webinar will include a conversation between Karl Dean and Sean Henry and your questions.

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About Sean Henry

In 2018-19, his ninth season in SMASHVILLE, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena President and Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor Sean Henry proudly watched the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena create countless GOLDEN moments. Led by the passion and dedication of the greatest staff in all of sports, the franchise sold out their 153rd consecutive game and the Preds won the Central Division title for the second straight year. This success comes on the heels of a 2018 President’s Trophy and a 2017 Western Conference title.

Henry is most proud of and grateful for all of SMASHVILLE, the Loyal Legion and 7th Man for creating such an amazingly unique bond with the Preds. Without their support, we would not have been recognized as Arena of the Year by Pollstar magazine, IEBA, CMA and ACM. Our fan support solidified our spot as a Top Workplace with The Tennessean and as the No. 1 professional sports franchise by ESPN, and without their tireless dedication to this franchise and passion for all we aim to achieve, we would not be the organization we are today. Henry is proud to serve these incredible fans alongside the best employees in the sports and entertainment industry to reach our ultimate goal, to be the #1 sports and entertainment venue in the United States with its centerpiece being the Stanley Cup Champion Nashville Predators hockey team.

The most recent highlight of Henry’s career is the successful approval by Metro Nashville Sports Authority of a new lease, which ensures that Nashville’s team, the Nashville Predators, will remain at Bridgestone Arena through the year 2049. Most importantly, the new lease eliminates the Metro Davidson County General Fund’s support and relieves local taxpayers of any financial responsibility for Bridgestone Arena and the Predators by utilizing existing in-arena revenue streams to maintain, improve and expand the building. Since the last agreement in 2012, the growth of the franchise and arena serve as testaments to a strong model of public-private partnership. As a result of this partnership and a community-wide embrace of the Predators, the creation of projects like the Ford Ice Centers in Antioch and Bellevue have and will continue to spark economic development and growth in communities throughout Tennessee.

Alongside an annual impact of over $600 million in tangible benefit to the community, the memories built within and around Bridgestone are the intangible and possibly even more valuable impact that the growing success has created. The reach, power and passion of the amazing fan base continue to have SMASHVILLE’s ripple affect extended in so many new ways. From the Nashville Predators Foundation presented by SmileDirectClub to the brand-new Ford Ice Center in Bellevue and Ford Ice Center Antioch, one of the busiest rinks in North America, to the rising media ratings; the borders of SMASHVILLE’s growth positively impact families and businesses all across the region.

The off season saw over $8 million in renovations for one of the country’s busiest venues, a continuation of the $80 million in upgrades and improvements overseen by Henry in the last several seasons – 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. Led by Bridgestone Arena’s talented and creative operations team, Summer 2019 was anchored by the installation of a new scoreboard, the construction of Hap & Harry’s Tap Room, a full-service Drinkville bar and a new Grab-n-Go location, the incorporation of environmentally-friendly water bottle fill stations throughout the arena, the completion of restroom upgrades and the addition of X-Ray machines, which expedite event entry.

For Henry, on par with every seat filled and every renovation finished, is the organization’s commitment to the community through the Nashville Predators Foundation and the Nashville Predators youth hockey programs. During the 2018-19 season, the Foundation donated over $2.0 million to more than 600 community organizations through grants and other charitable contributions. The organization’s Hearts of Gold program also infused the area with more than 9,000 community service hours donated by employees, players and staff. Henry recently played a vital role in the Foundation’s groundbreaking naming partnership with Nashville-based SmileDirectClub which introduced SuperGrants valued up to $100,000, allowing several Tennessee-based organizations to complete large-scale projects in support of education, health, and cultural needs. This partnership will greatly expand upon the life-changing work that the Foundation has been committed to for over 20 years. Starting in 2016-17, Henry also contributed greatly to the 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.

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, The Sports Fund and stay involved (along with his wife) in his children’s schools, sports teams, marching band and clubs.

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 29 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.









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