Sean Henry Named Business Consultant for Lightning, St. Pete Times Forum
/ Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA BAY – Sean Henry recently was hired by the ownership and the executive staff of the Tampa Bay Lightning to serve as a business consultant for the team and its arena, the St. Pete Times Forum, the team announced today. Henry was hired in a full-time capacity by the Lightning and the Times Forum in the summer of 1999 under William Davidson and Palace Sports & Entertainment. He continued as Chief Operating Officer, shepherding the six-month ownership transition from PS&E to Oren Koules, Len Barrie and Lightning Enterprises.
“We thank Sean for his willingness to stay engaged and assist us after the transitionary phase,” said Governor and Chief Executive Officer Koules upon making the announcement. “Sean’s experience and track record is unparalleled in the industry and his direction and input on our operation and all of our relationships will allow us to reach new levels of success. His efforts in growing the franchise from where it is today is important to us as we look to grow upon the solid foundation that he helped create.”
In his new role with the Lightning, Henry will assist in developing and driving the company’s revenue strategies, while working with the National Hockey League and others to grow the sports and entertainment business. Additionally, he has been asked to negotiate new contracts with key business partners for the team and the arena.
“I could not be more excited to be able to continue to work with the organization that has been such a special part of my business career,” said Henry. “I am very thankful to Oren Koules for allowing me to continue to help shape the Lightning and Times Forum’s business for the foreseeable future. His trust and confidence in me allows me to remain committed to doing what is right for the Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum and the Tampa Bay community.”
Beginning with the 1999-00 NHL season, Henry helped lead a revenue team that scored several off-ice wins for the Lightning over several years. The tenure was highlighted by increases in ticket and sponsorship revenue every season and the construction and development of an all-inclusive premium seating area (originally called the XO Club) that has become the nationwide standard in venue renovation, new construction and development.
He also led an arena management and event operations department which helped the company turn the St. Pete Times Forum into one of the busiest and best marketed venues in the world year after year, while securing $35 million of county tourist tax dollars earmarked over 14 years to help keep the arena at the nation’s forefront, maintaining its competitiveness in competing for events with newer venues.