Nashville, Tenn. (May 25, 2023) – F&M Bank Arena Director of Event Operations Zack Barletta was named to the International Association of Venue Managers’ 30 Under 30 class of 2023 in May. Barletta, along with 29 other young professionals in the venue management industry from across the country, will be formally recognized at the IAVM’s VenueConnect event in Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 31-Aug. 3.


“Zack is incredibly deserving of this recognition,” F&M Bank Arena General Manager Kylie Wilkerson said. “He leads by example and is working diligently to prepare for F&M Bank Arena’s grand opening. We are thankful to have him as a young leader on our team and know he will contribute great things to the IAVM 30 Under 30 class of 2023.”


The IAVM is an industry-leading organization that brings together senior executives and managers from public assembly venues around the world. Per its website, it is the “acknowledged organization providing superlative leadership, cutting-edge innovation, advanced education, supportive advocacy, opportunities for networking and connection to other venue professionals around the world.”


Launched in 2015, IAVM’s 30 Under 30 program identifies, recognizes and develops talented young industry professionals through added access and exposure to its vast network of members.


Barletta, who joined the F&M Bank Arena staff during the 2022-23 season, has been an integral part in the growth of the facility’s events, public safety, guest services and box office departments and procedures ahead of its expected grand-opening in July.


F&M Bank Arena is operated by SS&E, an entity of the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena. Employees from the organization have now been recognized on the IAVM’s 30 Under 30 list for three straight classes, with Barletta joining Emily Hamm (2022) and Wilkerson (2020, 2021).