Susan Darrington, Rogers Place
Vice president and general manager
Darrington, an Edmonton native, returned home in 2015 to run the NHL’s newest arena (which opened last fall) after managing a new soccer stadium in Brazil for about three years. From 2004 to 2012, Darrington served as vice president of facility operations and services at CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders. She got her start in Edmonton as a 15-year-old usher at Northlands Coliseum, the Oilers’ former home.