Pollstar & VenuesNow 2023 Impact: NextGen Hub

2023 NextGen Roundtable

The kids, whether front of house, back of house, the house office or in the U.S. House of Representatives, are proverbially alright. Thank goodness that. Coming out of those forgettable quarantining years, it wasn’t clear we’d ever get here again. The thing is, we did; but it’s not just back to where we were. Normality, whatever that construct is, was long ago surpassed and we’re now officially in uncharted record-setting territory. And the wind beneath the live industry’s wildly successful wings? NextGen.

They are building the future, and this industry, back better than ever and in new and exciting ways. Whether that’s booking, managing and promoting a young TikTok phenom, launching a new festival, fulfilling the promise of DEI, sustainability and health & wellness, routing new acts through alternative communal spaces or NextGen fans creating new rituals (witness Taylor Swift bracelets or Harry Styles feather boas) proving this generation values and sanctifies the live experience in ways never before seen.

Pollstar’s 2023 Impact; NextGen class, which includes top managers, agents and promoters, experts in sustainability, execs who work in the Latin, Asian and comedy spaces, festival pros and top marketers, is part of elevating live. This is not just the best in class of a generation, these young honorees are some of the best of any generation and worthy stewards to continue this enlightened mission. Congratulations and thank you to all.

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2023 NextGen Cover Honoree
United States Congressman
Maxwell Frost

Eleanor Anderson
Director, Music Sustainability Association

Molly Beahen
Manager, Middle West

Danny Bell
SVP, Goldenvoice

Nicole Calascibetta
Director of Comedy Tour Marketing, WME

Len Chenfeld
Agent, Wasserman

Holly Doscher
Director of Marketing, Danny Wimmer Presents

Aram Hahn
HTS Business Strategy Department Lead, HYBE

Ron Jordan
Agent, CAA

Natalie Koe
Music Agent, UTA

Avery Liardon
Talent Buyer Assistant to Huston Powell, C3 Presents

Chris Maguire
Artist Manager, FullStop Management

Mandelyn Monchick
Artist Manager, Red Light Management

Gilbert Paz
Vice President of Entertainment Business Operations, Loud and Live

Dom Prieto
Global Tour Promoter, Live Nation

Adi Sharma
Co-Head, The Neal Agency

Aaron Spalding
Talent Buyer, Live Nation

Molly Warren
VP Booking Northeast, Live Nation

Ollie Zhang
Head of Artist Development, 88Rising

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2023 VenuesNow NextGen Cover Honoree Kylie Wilkerson
General Manager – F&M Bank Arena, Sabertooth Sports & Entertainment

Carter Bondy
Floor Supervisor, Niagara Falls Convention Center

Raymond Caraballo
Director of Venues, Severance Music Center

Bianca Diaz
Box Office Manager, Live Nation

Matthew Garvin
Sr. Manager of Operations and Sustainability, Oak View Group / Moody Center

Mark Giles
Vice President / Project Development, Legends

Jon Grunwaldt
Sr. Manager of Strategy & Analytics, Live Nation

Brian Hediger
General Manager – PNC Park, Aramark Sports + Entertainment

Melisa Hooper
VP of Booking, Allegiant Stadium

Dyann Lesnever
Sr. Manager Artist & Promoter Relations, Ticketmaster

Jenna Mauer
Sr. Associate / Sr. Project Interior Designer, HOK

Sophia Mobayen
Sr. Event Specialist / Event Operations, Sofi Stadium & Hollywood Park

Alessi Nehr
General Manager – Ascend Theater, Live Nation

Stephen Parker
Executive Director, National Independent Venue Association

Jordan Racine
Director of Programming – Paycom Center, ASM Global

Kayla Schine
VP Premium Sales & Experiences, ASM Global

Craig Spillman
Director of Food and Beverage, VenuWorks of Evansville