Nashville Predators President / CEO Sean Henry discusses F&M Bank Arena with APSU College of Business

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CLARKSVILLE, TN – The Austin Peay State University College of Business, in partnership with Legends Bank, hosted Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry for the Legends of Business speaker series last week. The series connects business leaders in the Middle Tennessee region with APSU students to enable them to learn directly from industry professionals. Henry shared his story and his leadership lessons with the APSU community.

“Fun” and “hard work” were the keywords he developed the most during his speech. “If you don’t like what you’re doing, change what you’re doing,” he said. “I was a very average guy, the only thing I could control was my work ethic. Hard work always pays off. ”

When asked what characteristics he liked the most, he replied, “Work ethic, attitude and concern for the person next to you. If you have an idea, you better be able to articulate what the goal is, sell that goal to the people around you, and the guy next to you better be prepared to take the plunge. the first to bring your idea to life.

He also took the time to share a little more about the highly anticipated F&M Bank Arena currently under construction in downtown Clarksville.

Fixed seats have already started to be installed at the F&M Bank Arena, with retractable seats to be installed below on October 26, 2021. (Casey Williams)

“Well, if you get the chance and see your athletic director, Gerald Harrison, or Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett – thank them. Jim Durrett had a vision that I thought he was crazy about. But I love the visions, the ideas and the passion. We were going to build a Ford Ice Center in Montgomery County – two ice sheets. It was going to be spectacular. We were going to get the kids to play hockey, adult hockey, and tap into the military world.

“Mayor Durrett said it was really cool, but what if we built an arena. I said yes, well they’re like mini arenas and he said “no, I mean an arena”. He wanted to take downtown Clarksville and connect better to campus and do for downtown Clarksville what Bridgestone Arena did for Nashville.

“I can promise you,” Henry continued, “This will be one of the busiest mid-size arenas in the country because what we do really well is bring people together. directly with the campus, this will bring more employment opportunities, internship programs and part-time jobs. It will allow students to participate in something that will enhance their university experience. “

When asked to comment, Durrett said: “It has been an incredible experience working with Austin Peay’s athletic director Gerald Harrison and the entire APSU team, as well as Nashville Predators CEO Sean Henry. and the Preds team on the F&M Bank Arena project! We know the arena is going to add an element of excitement that we have never experienced in our community before. Our partnership with them helped make this dream a reality for Montgomery County.

The Legends Lecture Series will return to APSU in Spring 2022, bringing more leaders to the campus community. For more information on the lecture series, contact Elaina Russell at [email protected]

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