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Bridgestone Arena's David Kells Named Venue Executive of the Year by IEBA

by Press Release / Nashville Predators

Nashville Tenn. (October 1, 2014) – At the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA)’s annual Honors and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 30, Bridgestone Arena Vice President of Booking David Kells received the Venue Executive of the Year award.

The IEBA is the leading non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, and works to help members improve relationships and increase revenue through offering its members networking and education opportunities. Last night’s Honors and Awards Ceremony was the capstone to the Association’s 44th annual conference, held from Sept. 27-30 at the Omni Nashville.

Kells, who has been with Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators since 2005, served as Conversion Manager, Event Manager and Director of Marketing before assuming his current position, takes home IEBA’s Venue Executive of the Year award for his work filling one of the busiest venues in the United States. Beginning today, Bridgestone Arena will host 15 events in October’s first 25 days including five days/eight shows of Disney On Ice’s Frozen, six Nashville Predators games and four concert performances highlighted by Motley Crue and Paul McCartney.

The nomination that preempted Kells’ win was the second Executive of the Year nomination in the last year; in November he was nominated for Pollstar’s Facility Executive of the Year award. In addition to individual accolades, Bridgestone Arena has also had a successful year, was most recently named the Academy of Country Music’s Large Capacity Venue of the Year and last fall took home its seventh consecutive nomination for Pollstar Concert Industry of the Year.

About Bridgestone Arena

Serving as the home for numerous national and international events, Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in the Unites States since the doors first opened in 1996, hosting more than 13 million guests during that time. The NHL’s Nashville Predators have been the primary tenants of Bridgestone Arena since 1998 and boast one of the most unique game atmospheres in the NHL. The list of acts that have called Bridgestone Arena home is lengthy and includes the Country Music Association Awards; the Country Music Television Awards; Keith Urban’s “We’re All For the Hall” benefit concerts; NCAA, SEC and OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments; and entertainers such as Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, KISS, Metallica and Lady Gaga.

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