Although it’s still about more than age, this year’s IMPACT: NextGen is a reflection of the youth movement within the venues industry, with a talented wave of millennials, sprinkled with some Gen Z’ers, filling critical roles across the spectrum in sports and entertainment.
This month’s cover subject, F&M Bank Arena general manager Kylie Wilkerson, is a prime example, and her fellow VenuesNow NextGen honorees have similar tales, as the leaders of the next generation of the venue business lead with an emphasis on technology, mental health and hardened resolve after weathering the storm of COVID.
Like last year, VenuesNow, in collaboration with sister publication Pollstar, recognizes some of the industry’s brightest rising stars, with a look to the future.
This includes everyone from venue managers to ticketing professionals to architects, concessionaires, contractors and tech innovators.
Chosen internally through the editorial staff as well as with input from the industry, VenuesNow is pleased to present a cross section of the industry that has seized opportunity, with a mindful focus on building into something stronger than ever before.
Director, Music Sustainability Association
Manager, Middle West
Director of Comedy Tour Marketing, WME
Director of Marketing, Danny Wimmer Presents
Business Strategy Department Lead, HYBE
Music Agent, UTA
Talent Buyer Assistant to Huston Powell, C3 Presents
Artist Manager, Full Stop Management
Artist Manager, Red Light Management
Vice President of Entertainment Business Operations, Loud and Live
Global Tour Promoter, Live Nation
Co-Head, Austin Neal Agency
Talent Buyer, Live Nation
VP Booking Northeast, Live Nation
Head of Artist Development, 88Rising
Floor Supervisor, Niagara Falls Convention Center
Director of Venues, Severance Music Center
Box Office Manager, Live Nation
Sr. Manager of Operations and Sustainability, Oak View Group / Moody Center
Vice President / Project Development, Legends
Sr. Manager of Strategy & Analytics, Live Nation
General Manager – PNC Park, Aramark Sports + Entertainment
VP of Booking, Allegiant Stadium
Sr. Manager Artist & Promoter Relations, Ticketmaster
Sr. Associate / Sr. Project Interior Designer, HOK
Sr. Event Specialist / Event Operations, Sofi Stadium & Hollywood Park
General Manager – Ascend Theater, Live Nation
Executive Director, National Independent Venue Association
Director of Programming – Paycom Center, ASM Global
VP Premium Sales & Experiences, ASM Global
Director of Food and Beverage, VenuWorks of Evansville
General Manager – F&M Bank Arena, Sabertooth Sports & Entertainment