Lipscomb University’s Nashville Business Breakfast presents the Predators CEO Jeff Cogen and the president of hockey operations David Poile, giving a talk on “Forward Focus On and Off the Ice.” The Nashville Business Breakfast is a quarterly networking event with a news-conference style format featuring business leaders with local economic impact.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
(Networking coffee begins at 6:45 a.m.)
Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.
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Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, CEO and General Manager
Jeff Cogen brings more than 30 years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry to the Nashville Predators as the team’s CEO, a role he was named to in August 2010. Cogen is responsible for running the business operations of both the club and the arena.
During his tenure as CEO, Cogen has guided the organization to its most successful sales seasons to date, with the Nashville Predators increasing attendance year over year and growing the season ticket holder base to more than 10,000 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
Cogen has also been instrumental in the creation of the brand-new Ford Ice Center in Antioch, Tennessee, which opens August 2014. This rink is part of an ongoing public/private partnership with Metro Nashville to promote healthy lifestyles for Middle Tennessee residents and continue increasing participation in youth and amateur hockey.
Prior to joining the Predators, Cogen served as president of both the Dallas Stars (2007-10) and Texas Rangers (2004-07).
Predators President of Hockey Operations and General Manager
The third-longest tenured general manager in National Hockey League history, Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile has spent 32 consecutive years at the helm of a franchise (17 with Nashville, 15 with Washington) dating back to Aug. 30, 1982, when he was hired by the Washington Capitals.
He is the only general manager in NHL history to be at the helm of two different clubs for 1,000 games and 500 victories, attaining both marks in 2011-12, and is the lone person to be a finalist for the General Manager of the Year Award for each of its first three years of existence (2010, 2011 and 2012). Poile also named general manager of the United States Olympic Team for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
He was also associate general manager for the 2010 United States Olympic Team, and helped select the team that would become one of the headline stories of the 2010 Games, capturing the hearts of a nation en route to a silver medal. He was a member of the U.S. National Team Advisory Group for the third consecutive International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in 2014, and also served as associate GM for the American entries into the 2009 and 2010 editions of the tournament, and as general manager at the 1998 and 1999 Worlds.
While Poile continues to use effective drafting and development of home-grown players as the foundation for the Nashville Predators, his blueprint for success has necessitated the welcoming of high-octane offensive performers to the organization in recent seasons. Poile and his staff have been aggressive in acquiring young, talented prospects with high offensive ceilings, and proven NHL stars via trade and free agency to supplement Nashville’s drafted talent.