Terry Third Thursday is a breakfast speaker series for the Atlanta business community that features influential speakers, as well as special guests from the University of Georgia, who bring local and global perspectives on business and innovation.
Next Presentation August 18, 2022
CEO, AMB Sports + Entertainment
Stephen Cannon, chief executive officer of AMB Sports and Entertainment, is dedicated to building up the community while building successful businesses.
AMB Sports and Entertainment (AMBSE) is the for-profit holding group under the Arthur M. Blank Family of Businesses. The firm has continued to increase its positive impact on Atlanta under Cannon’s leadership.
Cannon has led the evolution of AMBSE’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium since its doors opened in August 2017. Home to the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, the stadium has hosted a record-setting number of large sports and entertainment events, including Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and the College Football Playoff Championship game in 2018.
In June, FIFA announced plans to host part the of the 2026 World Cup tournament at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
In addition to attracting world-class events to Atlanta, Cannon has helped the stadium break new ground in giving back to its surrounding community. Mercedes-Benz Stadium was the first professional sports stadium in North America to achieve LEED Platinum Certification by the United States Green Building Council. Sports Business Journal honored stadium’s food and beverage experience as Sports Breakthrough of the Year in 2018 by for its record-breaking, affordable fanfare pricing.
Cannon, who began his career as an Army officer and West Point graduate, led efforts to make the Atlanta Falcons’ military outreach efforts the benchmark in the NFL. In 2018, Cannon and Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn, spearheaded the first NFL team-directed USO Tour, visiting soldiers at various bases throughout Iraq and Kuwait.
Before joining AMBSE in 2016, Cannon served as president and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz USA and was responsible for leading operations that generated record sales with annual revenues exceeding $20 billion.
Cannon and his wife, Ann, reside in Atlanta and are the parents of nine children.