Predators Holdings LLCOn December 7, 2007, Predators Holdings LLC purchased the Nashville Predators and Powers Management (the company that operates Bridgestone Arena) and took over the day-to-day operation of the National Hockey League team and Bridgestone Arena.
Predators Holdings LLC includes local executives in finance, health care and private business. Members include: Thomas Cigarran, Christopher Cigarran, Herb Fritch, Joel and Holly Dobberpuhl, DeWitt Thompson IV, Dewitt Thompson V, John Thompson, David Freeman, Warren Woo and W. Brett Wilson.
Thomas G. Cigarran
Tom Cigarran was a co-founder, former chairman and CEO and current Chairman Emeritus and Director of Healthways, Inc. He was also a co-founder and former Chairman and CEO and a current Director of AmSurg Corporation, the nation's largest outpatient surgery center company. He was elected Chairman of the Nashville Predators in March 2010.
Cigarran has served on the boards of several public and private companies and on the boards of several community non-profit organizations including the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Alive Hospice, the Mental Health Association, Alignment Nashville and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is active in helping to improve public education in Nashville and in Haiti. He received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and an MBA degree from New York University.
Christopher C. Cigarran
Chris Cigarran is the Vice President of Employer Solutions at Nashville’s Healthways, Inc., the nation’s leading and largest provider of specialized, comprehensive solutions to help millions of people maintain or improve their health and well-being and, as a result, reduce overall costs. Cigarran received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and his master’s degree from Pepperdine University.
Herbert A. Fritch
Herbert A. Fritch has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HealthSpring, Inc., and its predecessor, NewQuest, LLC, since it began operation in 2000. Beginning his career in 1973 as an actuary, Fritch has more than 30 years of experience in the managed healthcare business. He is also one of the Predators three alternate governors. A graduate of Carleton College, Fritch and his wife Barbara reside in Nashville. They are members of United Way’s Tocqueville Society and Barbara is a very active as a volunteer at Second Harvest food bank.
Joel and Holly Dobberpuhl
Joel Dobberpuhl is the CEO and portfolio manager of Jetstream Capital, an investment firm he founded in 2003. Prior to founding Jetstream Capital, Dobberpuhl was a Senior Portfolio Manager for AIM investments. He is also the Predators representative on the NHL Board of Governors.
Dobberpuhl received his degree from Southern Methodist University in 1988 alongside Holly (Stone) Dobberpuhl. Together, the Dobberpuhls are active in several charities based in the Nashville Area and have both served on the boards of Mercy Children’s Clinic and Rocketown Ministries. The Dobberpuhls are residents of Franklin, TN.
DeWitt Thompson IV
DeWitt (De) C. Thompson IV is retired chairman of Thompson Machinery Commerce Corporation. Thompson is a director of PHG Energy. Thompson has served as President or the Nashville Youth Hockey League . He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. Thompson and his wife Jackie reside in Nashville.
DeWitt C. Thompson V
DeWitt (De) C. Thompson V currently serves as the CEO of Thompson Machinery, the Caterpillar dealer for Middle and West Tennessee and North Mississippi. Thompson founded PureWorks, Inc. in 1999 and continues to serve on the company's board. He is also chairman of the board of PHG Energy and serves on the board of Southcomm Inc. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Thompson, his wife Jamee, son DeWitt VI and daughters Helen, Grace and Laura reside in Nashville.
John P.G. Thompson
John Thompson is a Vice President of Thompson Machinery. He is a Director of PHG Energy, and he owns Thompson Properties, a real estate property investment company. Prior to working for Thompson Machinery, he served as an asset manager for Covenant Capital Group, LLC. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Thompson and his wife Margaret reside in Nashville.
David S. Freeman
David S. Freeman is CEO 36 Venture Capital and was the former founder and CEO of Commodore Medical Services, a medical waste management company sold in 2007. Freeman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and a Juris Doctor degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. Mr. Freeman serves on the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and Brandi Chastain’s ReachUp Foundation
Warren Woo is a Partner at Monroe Capital Partners, a credit fund formed in 2011. Prior to Monroe, Warren was a Founding Partner and Managing Director at Moelis & Company as well as a Vice Chairman, member of the Board of Directors and Global Head of Financial Sponsors, Hedge Funds and Leveraged Finance of UBS Investment Bank. He graduated from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and from UCLA with a B.A. in economics. Warren lives in Los Angeles, Calif., with his wife and two sons.
W. Brett Wilson
W. Brett Wilson is a Canadian businessman based in Calgary, Alberta with homes in several cities including Nashville, TN. He is currently Chairman of Canoe Financial, an investment management firm with more than $2.0 Billion in assets. In 1993, he co-founded FirstEnergy Capital Corp, an energy focused investment bank. He has extensive investments in the energy and real estate industries through his merchant bank, Prairie Merchant Corporation. He has also appeared on Canadian TV shows with roles in close to 70 episodes of Dragons’ Den and Risky Business. In addition to the Predators, he is an investor in the Derby County Football Club. He was awarded membership in the prestigious Order of Canada in July, 2011.