Tim Friedenberger, Bridgestone Arena
Vice president of facility operations
Friedenberger manages one of North America’s busiest concert venues, given its location in the heart of Music City. He got his start in sports with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992 as an ice technician before being promoted to run the team’s arena. His path to Nashville four years ago followed Sean Henry, who left the Lightning in 2010 to join the Predators and who is now their president and chief operating officer.