Dave Brown, American Airlines Center
Chief operating officer and general manager
American Airlines Center
Brown has played a key role in arena operations in Dallas for more than 30 years. He ran the old Reunion Arena for 12 years before taking a job in 1998 with Center Operating Co. to help develop and manage American Airlines Center, which opened in 2001. Brown took over the top spot at the Mavs and Stars facility in 2012, when Brad Mayne became president and CEO of MetLife Stadium.