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Christine Pileckas Receives Generation Next Award

 INTRUST Bank Arena is proud to announce that Venues Today Magazine has named Christine Pileckas, SMG Director of Sales & Marketing, as one of five recipients of the 2014 Generation Next Award. The award honors influential young leaders 35 or younger who make a difference in sports, music, conventions, family shows and festivals.

“Christine constantly motivates her team to be innovative leaders in the marketing area of our industry,” said AJ Boleski, SMG General Manager. “Her passion and enthusiasm for the marketing and selling of events is exemplified every day through the results that her team produces and the relationships that she continues to build. We are extremely proud of Christine’s accomplishment in being recognized as a recipient of the 2014 Venues Today Generation Next Award”.

In 2013, Christine led the INTRUST Bank Arena marketing department to an exceptional year of events which boasted six sold-out events and record ticket sales numbers for four separate events. Christine was a Venues Today Hall of Headlines nominee in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the Marketing category. Furthermore, together with her Sales Manager, Pileckas successfully implemented a brand-new premium seating option called Premier Seating at INTRUST Bank Arena with the goal of increasing revenues and expanding the premium seating options offered to guests.

“It’s truly humbling to be recognized as an influential young leader in an industry that is teeming with so much talent,” said Christine Pileckas. “I am so passionate about this business and wouldn’t be here without the support of SMG and the many mentors I have who have become great friends and have helped lead me to this point in my career.”

The other four recipients of the 2014 Generation Next Award include Juliette Feld, Executive VP & Producer for Feld Entertainment, Adam Cook, Venue Director and GM at Rexall Place and Edmonton (Alberta) Expo Centre, Tyler Bates, Director of Booking at Barclays Center and Andrew Newport, GM of the Klipsch Music Center and Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park for Live Nation North America Concerts.

The Generation Next Award winners were determined by vote through Venues Today subscribers and staff and will be profiled in the June issue of the Venues Today Magazine. To learn more about the Generation Next Awards, visit


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