all Star. Best in class. First place. Champion. These types of accolades are usually reserved for the academic and athletic. However, the live sports and entertainment business presents — and requires — similar talents to deliver exhilarating experiences, top-notch service and the infrastructure to make it all happen. Any successful live event is a highly choreographed and complex web of operations requiring leadership, precise execution and vision. The VenuesNow 2023 All-Stars class celebrates all facets of the live experience, from the executives formulating efficient logistics to the big-idea maestros pulling the strings and moving mountains. This year’s honorees have once again more than made their mark in the live sports and entertainment business.



Andre Perry
Executive Director | Hancher Auditorium & Office of Performing Arts and Engagement
Board President |National Independent Venue Association

Andrew Schwartz
Co-President, New York Region | The Howard Hughes Corporation

Ari Emanuel
CEO | Endeavor

Becky Colwell
General Manager | Kia Forum
VP, Music and Events | Intuit Dome

Brandon Scott
Head of Sports |Mashgin

Chris Wright
General Manager | Allegiant Stadium

Craig Bojda 
Project Executive | AECOM Hunt

David Dibble
CEO| MSG Ventures

Drew Dixon
Vice President of Entertainment | Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel

Edwin Cabaniss
Owner | The Longhorn Ballroom and Kessler Presents

Gary Jacobus
President Business Development | ASM Global

Gary Witt
CEO | Pabst Theater Group

Jamie Loeb
Senior Vice President of Marketing | Nederlander Concerts

Jean Parker
General Manager | Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jeff Spoerndle
Vice President | BEST Crowd Management

Juliette Feld Grossman
COO | Feld Entertainment

Lee Zeidman
President | Arena / Peacock Theatre and LA Live

Lindsay Arell
Principal | Honeycomb Strategies

Maggie Gessner
Head of Clubs | Venue Nation / Live Nation

Matt Prieshoff
Head of Ancillary Experiences | Venues Nation

Mindy Corr
Vice President & General Manager | Spurs Sports and Entertainment

Pete Muller
Founder and CEO | Live Music Society

Rob Manfred
Commissioner | Major League Baseball

Samuel Thomas
General Manager | McCormick Place

Sarah Trahern
CEO | Country Music Association

Scott Capstack
Senior Principal and Design Director  | Populous

Steve Peters
Founder and CEO | VenuWorks

Talia Young
CEO | Newark Symphony Hall

Tom Olson
VP of Operations | Delaware North

Trevor Allin
EVP, Business & Commercial Operations, North America | Ticketmaster

Trista Langdon
SVP of Guest Experience | Washington Commanders / FedEx Field


· All-Star Stadium: CityPark, St. Louis, MO

· All-Star Arena: Acrisure Arena, Palm Desert, CA

· All-Star Theater/PAC: DPAC, Durham, N.C

· All-Star Club: The Paramount, Huntington, NY

· All Star Amphitheater:  St. Augustine Amphitheater, St. Augustine, FL

· All-Star New Building: CFG Bank Arena, Baltimore, MD

· All-Star Renovation: Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN

· All-Star Festival: Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN