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.

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Eleanor Anderson
Director, Music Sustainability Association

Molly Beahen
Manager, Middle West

Danny Bell
SVP, Goldenvoice

Nicole Calascibetta
Director of Comedy Tour Marketing, WME

Len Chenfeld
Agent, Wasserman

Holly Doscher
Director of Marketing, Danny Wimmer Presents

Aram Hahn
Business Strategy Department Lead, HYBE

Ron Jordan
Agent, CAA

Natalie Koe
Music Agent, UTA

Avery Liardon
Talent Buyer Assistant to Huston Powell, C3 Presents

Chris Maguire
Artist Manager, Full Stop Management

Mandelyn Monchick
Artist Manager, Red Light Management

Gilbert Paz
Vice President of Entertainment Business Operations, Loud and Live

Dom Prieto
Global Tour Promoter, Live Nation

Adi Sharma
Co-Head, Austin Neal Agency

Aaron Spalding
Talent Buyer, Live Nation

Molly Warren
VP Booking Northeast, Live Nation

Ollie Zhang
Head of Artist Development, 88Rising


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Carter Bondy
Floor Supervisor, Niagara Falls Convention Center

Raymond Caraballo
Director of Venues, Severance Music Center

Bianca Diaz
Box Office Manager, Live Nation

Matthew Garvin
Sr. Manager of Operations and Sustainability, Oak View Group / Moody Center

Mark Giles
Vice President / Project Development, Legends

Jon Grunwaldt
Sr. Manager of Strategy & Analytics, Live Nation

Brian Hediger
General Manager – PNC Park, Aramark Sports + Entertainment

Melisa Hooper
VP of Booking, Allegiant Stadium

Dyann Lesnever
Sr. Manager Artist & Promoter Relations, Ticketmaster

Jenna Mauer
Sr. Associate / Sr. Project Interior Designer, HOK

Sophia Mobayen
Sr. Event Specialist / Event Operations, Sofi Stadium & Hollywood Park

Alessi Nehr
General Manager – Ascend Theater, Live Nation

Stephen Parker
Executive Director, National Independent Venue Association

Jordan Racine
Director of Programming – Paycom Center, ASM Global

Kayla Schine
VP Premium Sales & Experiences, ASM Global

Craig Spillman
Director of Food and Beverage, VenuWorks of Evansville

Kylie Wilkerson
General Manager – F&M Bank Arena, Sabertooth Sports & Entertainment