LOUISVILLE, KY -- April 16, 2019 - Louisville City Football Club President Brad Estes is one of the finalists for the TheStadiumBusiness Awards Executive of the Year.
Estes is among a list of six finalists from all over the world including executives in the English Premier League, the NBA and event venues in New Zealand, America and parts of Europe.
“I am humbled to be recognized alongside these incredible individuals and organizations,” Estes said. “My name is on the nomination, but I believe this honor is a direct reflection of the hard work put forth by everyone associated with our club. From our ownership, to our staff, to our supporters – our strength is our people, and our future is bright.”
Estes is among six finalists for the Executive of the Year, which recognizes achievement, innovation, and fresh thinking in the world of stadium, arena and sports venue management. The other finalists are Laurie Dalrymple, Managing Director for the Wolverhampton Wanderers, John Sharkey, the Executive Vice President - Europe of SMG, one of the leading venue management companies in the world, Nick Sautner with Eden Park in New Zealand, Thad Sheely, the COO of the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena and Kim Bedier, the Director of Tacoma Venues and Events.
Estes was nominated because Louisville City FC was able to continue its forward momentum, break ground on, and secure financing for the new Butchertown stadium project despite incredible changes during the 2018 season. The club’s longtime coach, James O’Connor, was tabbed to lead Orlando City in the MLS, the club had to play several games during the middle of its season with players leading the charge and Estes was able to lure John Hackworth from the USMNT program to town to lead the club to its second USL Cup.
Louisville City FC Chairman John Neace said, “Louisville City it is all about winning, and Brad proved it once again. His ability to juggle all the challenges during difficult times and help the club continue to focus on winning was truly remarkable. We are focused on building championship teams here at Louisville City and Brad is a big part of our success.”
The winner will be announced June 4-5 in Manchester, England, the Emirates Old Trafford. TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognize leadership, innovation & achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. Inaugurated in 2010, the Awards are the first (and only) awards for the industry, by the industry and are presented each year during TheStadiumBusiness Summit.
The 2018 winner of Executive of the Year was Tery Howard, CTO/SVP of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium.
2019 StadiumBusiness Awards Nominees:https://www.stadiumbusinesssummit.com/awards/