Best and Brightest

In the midst of a dark time in the industry and the world, we look to the light. Perhaps that’s why, this year more than ever, we are happy to introduce our new class of Generation Next honorees. Our readers nominated about 50 people who are 35 years old or younger and are bringing energy, enthusiasm and smarts to companies throughout the business. Then they voted, and the resulting Class of 2020 gives us a reason to celebrate. Why? Because at a time when some may struggle to feel fully confident about the future of the industry, reading about these honorees can restore your hope — how hard they’ve worked, how much they’ve learned, how much fun they’re having, how ready they are for the challenges and opportunities that await. Generation Next is here to show you that the future will be good, and it will certainly be in good hands.

Adam Armit
Marketing Manager, Live Entertainment
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Brooke Bockelman, Readers’ Choice Awardee
Vice President, Booking and Events
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Ben Bosse
Vice President of Event Services and Technical Operations
Bridgestone Arena / Nashville Predators
Kate Dordick
Director of Booking
PPG Paints Arena
ASM Global
Cindy Huang
Junior Talent Buyer
Nederlander Concerts
Emily Jensen
Marketing Manager
Tacoma Venues & Events
Billy Langenstein
Director of Security Services and Investigation
Craig Manfra
Director of Marketing, The Rooftop at Pier 17
Howard Hughes Corp.

Maria Rainsdon, Social Awardee
General Manager, Grand Junction Convention Center and Avalon Theatre
Oak View Group

Nick Vaerewyck
SVP, Programming and Business Operations
NYCB Live: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum