Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment (TBSE) has hired Kevin Preast as senior vice president of Event Management. Preast returns to the arena where he started his professional career, working alongside the TBSE senior management team while directing all event entertainment booking and marketing for Amalie Arena. Preast will start on Jan. 4, 2016 and will be responsible for all event bookings at the arena, serving as the company’s primary liaison with promoters and tour managers to identify, negotiate and facilitate operations, sales and marketing for all live performances in the venue. He will also serve as a key member of the TBSE senior management team, contributing to organizational strategy, direction, long-term business planning and execution.

Preast joins the company from Philips Arena, Atlanta, where he served as vice president of Arena Marketing and Business Development, overseeing the booking, business development and event marketing for Philips Arena as well as the venue’s ticket office and the Atlanta Hawks Bar + Grill in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.