Jim Nolan, Gillette Stadium
Chief operating officer
Nolan took over management of Gillette Stadium in 2003, one year after the facility opened and eight years after he started working for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the team’s finance department. Over the past 13 years, Nolan has spearheaded multiple stadium upgrades, including last year’s $30 million project to build a field-level end zone club and a fantasy football lounge, among other improvements. Nolan was an accountant at Ernst & Young in Boston before taking a job with the Patriots.