This week, our speaker will be Gerry Helper, Senior Vice President for the Nashville Predators.
January 6th Meeting
The prayer will be led by Neal Hinson
The Pledge and 4-Way Test will be led by Mark Horne
Helper joined the Predators in October, 1997, and was named senior vice
president and special assistant to the president in August of 2009. In his new
role, he serves as a liaison with the Chamber of Commerce, Sports Authority,
Sports Council, Metro and State Governments and the new Convention Center.
Helper, who also serves as president of the Predators Foundation, is
responsible for external organizational and franchise communication issues and
the development of strategic communications for the Sommet Center. Helper, who
was a member of USA Hockey's marketing council from 1994-99 has been selected
as part of the communications team for the 2010 United States Olympic Hockey
his prior role, Helper oversaw the club's media and public relations efforts,
publications, the team's web site, amateur hockey efforts and community
relations initiatives. He also served a number of years on the NHL's
Communications Advisory Board and was the organization's point person with the
NHL for the 2003 NHL Entry Draft in Nashville, which drew more than 13,000
people to the Sommet Center.
his first stint with an expansion franchise, Helper spent nearly seven years
(1991-97) with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the team's vice president of
communications. He assisted with the development of Tampa Bay's
successful 1999 NHL All-Star Weekend bid. He also spent time as the NHL's
director of information (1987-89) and director of public relations (1989-91)
after beginning his sports career with the NHL's Buffalo Sabres
is on the board of directors for the YMCA and the Nashville Sports
Council. He is a 1979 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a BA in
mass communications and a 2000 graduate of Leadership Music.
resides in Franklin, Tenn., with his wife, Kim, and daughters, Renee and