Nashville Tenn. (March 13, 2015) – Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena Chief Executive Officer Jeff Cogen was recognized by the Nashville Post as the 2015 CEO of the Year in their recent Leaders (formerly InCharge) issue. The Post, which publishes special issues like Leaders quarterly, uses criteria such as a business’ bottom line, brand awareness and influence in the community in selecting the recipient of the CEO of the Year award.
“Not all that long ago, the atmosphere around the Predators was one of uncertainty. The franchise needed a change of pace and a firm vision to regain its confidence,” Nashville Post Editor Geert De Lombaerde said. “What many great leaders do best is set the tone and point the way and there’s no denying the tremendous job Jeff and his team have done since coming to Nashville. We’re glad we can honor him as our 2015 CEO of the Year.”
Cogen, who has been CEO of the Predators and Bridgestone Arena since August 2010, has more than 30 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry. As CEO, he is responsible for running the business operations of both the hockey club and the arena.
“Jeff has done a tremendous job,” Predators Chairman and Governor Tom Cigarran said in the Nashville Post’s article on Cogen. “The difference in the business side of the franchise from when he got here to now is like night and day. It’s a totally different organization… he has built an organization where customer service is the number one thing and the results just speak for themselves.”
Currently, the Nashville Predators are among the top teams in the NHL and in October were named the hosts of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game and festivities. Prior to the start of this season, the Predators, in conjunction with Metro Nashville government, opened Ford Ice Center, a 90,000 square-foot facility with two NHL-size ice rinks, in Antioch, Tenn. Ford Ice Center, which brought rookies from four NHL teams to Middle Tennessee for a season-opening tournament in September, is home to the Predators’ youth and adult hockey initiatives, the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy and high school, junior and collegiate hockey programs.
Bridgestone Arena was recently named Arena of the Year by Pollstar Magazine and has undergone countless in the past two years. Recent renovations include the opening of the Nissan SoBro entrance on the corner of Fifth Ave. and Demonbreun, exterior LED boards, the opening of Tavern ’96, a new 8,000 square foot Team Store and the opening of the Lexus Lounge, a luxurious Performer’s Level Club that offers personal concierge service, plush seating, themed buffets and more to members at hockey games and arena events.
The Nashville Posts’ Leaders is available only to Nashville Post subscribers, but a full copy of their article on Cogen entitled “CEO of the Year: Cogen Prepared to Pounce,” can be accessed at www.nashvillepost.com.
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