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Chairman and CEO of Stone Canyon Entertainment.
Former President and CEO of Ticketmaster Group.
TicketSummit 2007 Keynote Speaker
Fredric D. Rosen was the President and CEO of Ticketmaster
Group, Inc. from 1982 to 1998. Under his leadership, Ticketmaster was transformed
from a small startup ticketing company with under $1 million in annual ticket sales
in 1982, into the world's leading computerized ticketing service - with
a powerful global brand synonymous with ticketing, a pioneering internet presence
and more than $2.4 billion in annual ticket sales.
Over the years, Mr. Rosen has been recognized for
both his philanthropic activities and entrepreneurship, including receiving the
City of Hope's "Spirit of Life" Award in 1994; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in
1993; University of Southern California's "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 1989;
he was honored by the Actor's Fund in 1997; and received the Social Concern
Award from the American Jewish Committee in 1997.
Mr. Rosen graduated from Clark University in June
1965 and graduated from Brooklyn Law School in June 1969. He was admitted and became
a member of the New York State Bar in November 1969 and practiced law in New York
City from 1972 to 1982.
Vice President, XOS Total Ticketing, XOS Technologies, Inc.
Clyde Almy joined XOS Technologies in 2005 as the vice president of XOS
Total Ticketing. In his position, Almy is responsible for expanding the XOS Network and Total Ticketing
partner bases and for managing the Network business unit’s team of eight regional sales representatives.
Almy also promotes and educates potential and existing partners about XOS Total Ticketing.
Prior to joining XOS, Almy served as vice president of sales for Tickets.com,
where he grew the company’s Systems Division from $14,245,631 in 2002 to $17,582,879 in 2004. During his time
there, he also established an Internet ticketing solution and grew its revenue from $10,000 annually to more
than $10,000,000. In addition, he worked at Globe Ticket & Label Company for more than 20 years, serving as vice
president of sales and marketing as well as executive vice president.
Almy attended the University of Georgia in Athens. He currently resides in
Marietta, Ga. with his wife Kay and children Chad and Jeff.
Louie Anderson is one of the most versatile and successful
comedians working in Hollywood today. Loved by television audiences who never missed
seeing him in the syndicated hit series, Family Feud, he is adored by his standing-room-only
crowds in Las Vegas and respected by readers of his books. He is worshipped by the
rising comics he mentors and encourages with his honesty and wisdom.
Director of Sales & Marketing for A9.com's
Clickriver Ads program
Matt Battles oversees sales, marketing and account
management for the Clickriver Ads program. Clickriver enables advertisers to run
keyword-targeted CPC ad campaigns on Amazon.com search and product detail pages.
Clickriver was developed by A9.com, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com based
in Palo Alto, California. Matt has worked at A9.com and Amazon.com since 2003 with
prior roles in business development and finance. His working experience with ad-based
Internet businesses extends back to 1995. Matt holds a BA from Yale and an MBA from
Stanford Business School.
Director of Business Development, StubHub
As Director of Business Development, Greg is responsible
for three main areas: 1) business development efforts in the sports, music, theater,
concierge services and online partnership channels 2) StubHub's LargeSeller Program,
which initiates and manages relationships with StubHub's largest sellers and 3)
StubHub's Corporate Sales effort, which provides an enhanced platform of services
to large corporations in multiple US cities.
Greg has been responsible for the eBay Tickets business
since 2003, when he joined eBay. Greg has also led eBay's efforts in both Tickets
and Media (Books, Music and Video, including half.com) in 2006. Greg was the eBay
business leader who led eBay's acquisition of StubHub. In addition to his work on
Tickets and Media, Greg also played key marketing, development and product roles
for Rent.com and ProStores.
Prior to joining eBay, Greg led corporate and business
development initiatives at TVG Network - a subsidiary of Gemstar - TV Guide International
and HealthAllies.com, a consumer-driven healthcare provider prior to its acquisition
by UnitedHealth Group.
Greg received a Bachelor or Arts in Political Science
from the University of San Diego and a Master
of Business Administration from Pepperdine
University's Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Aaron Biddar is President of ControlScan, reporting
to Richard Stanton, ControlScan's CEO. Mr. Biddar joined ControlScan in early
2005 as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing and was promoted to President
May 2006. With more than 15 years of experience in sales, general management and
product development positions, Mr. Biddar has designed the ControlScan security
and marketing offerings to help e-commerce based businesses afford the third party
verification required to run a successful online business.
Before his appointment as the company's first Vice
President, Mr. Biddar was the Sales Director for SCM GROUP, the world's largest
privately held CNC Machinery/Software development company. In this position, he
led the US Sales Department. During his seven years with SCM GROUP, Mr. Biddar increased
profit margins, sales results and overall growth.
Mr. Biddar holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational
Communication with a Minor in both Marketing and Information Technology from
Kennesaw State University. He currently resides in Roswell, GA with his
CEO, Advanced Ticket Systems
Andrew Blachman is the CEO of Advanced Ticket Systems, the first
company dedicated to an open marketplace for tickets in the UK and Europe. Founded
in 2003, ATS operates under the MyTicketMarket and GET ME IN! brand names. Before
joining ATS, Andrew was a consultant to StubHub, the leading North American secondary
ticket marketplace recently acquired by Ebay. Prior to Stubhub, Andrew was European
Director of WideRay (now Qwikker), a mobile content delivery company backed by Sequoia
Capital and headquartered in San Francisco. Andrew joined WideRay as one of the
Company's first employees in 2000 and held a number of roles, including VP of Sales
and Business Development, before moving to the UK to launch the European offering
in 2004. Prior to WideRay, Andrew was an investment banker in Goldman Sachs' high
technology group in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong. Andrew holds a B.A. in economics
with distinction and an M.S. in engineering economic systems from
President & CEO, Executive Marketing Services, Inc.
As president and CEO of Augusta, Georgia based Executive
Marketing Services, Lewis Blanchard has built a strong reputation within the Sports
Marketing and Corporate Hospitality Industry. Blanchard has achieved success through
the development and planning of complete programs and incentive packages for major sporting
events specifically for corporate clients, with the primary focus on the clients' needs
since the company's inception in 1997. With over 15 years of event
planning and management experience, under the guidance of Blanchard, Executive Marketing
Services has customized programs for the PGA Championship, U.S. Open Golf, the Final
Four, Kentucky Derby, NASCAR and the Super Bowl while directing much of their efforts
on The Masters Golf Tournament as it is hosted in their home town each spring. With
the front gate of the Augusta National not much more than a chip shot from the front
doors of the hospitality facilities he directs, Blanchard has been an integral part
in setting the standards for event hospitality not only at The Masters but for all
major sporting events. Blanchard's philosophy of providing superior customer
service and always exceeding the client's expectations are his keys to success.
Alfred Branch, Jr.
Contributing Writer, TicketNews.com
Alfred Branch, Jr. is a contributing writer for
the one-stop source for ticket industry news, market analysis and event announcements.
Al joined the site in 2006, and as lead reporter he is responsible for keeping the
site's readership fully informed on daily happenings and significant trends in the
evolving ticket business.
A veteran journalist with more than 15 years experience,
Al has been a daily newspaper reporter, an editor for financial newsletters and
trade magazines, and a freelance business writer. He has covered topics ranging
from educational publishing to online wholesaling to Big Pharma to politics and
government affairs. In covering the event ticketing market, Al has written about
the repeal efforts of state scalping laws, the creation of new broker websites and
the financial impact of developing industry trends.
Before venturing into the 'Vertical' search
European ticket industry Daniel attended Pepperdine University and University
of San Francisco where he graduated with a BS in Business Entrepreneurship.
During his degree, Daniel spent two years researching the key competitive
advantages required to succeed in the secondary ticket market and won a
competition judged by Silicon Valley VC's for 'Most Fundable Business Plan'
for the development of the 'TickEx' concept in the UK and other
European Markets. Over the past year and a half Daniel has spent his
time living in London, UK researching primary and secondary European
ticket market trends developing and implementing the 'TickEx' concept.
Writer and Editor, Venues Today
Dave Brooks is a writer and editor for Venues Today,
a California-based trade publication covering the live music and sports industry.
Dave works with venue managers from around the world on issues affecting the industry,
including the realignment of the ticketing industry. He has covered the deregulation
of the secondary market, new sponsorship deals for companies like StubHub and Razorgator
and Ticketmaster's recent attempt to create its own resale platform. Dave attends
about ten industry conventions a year including IAAM's annual meeting and the INTIX
Prior to joining Venues Today, Dave worked as business
reporter for the Los Angeles Times Company and has written for several regional
magazines in Orange County, California where he currently lives. Dave is a native
of the San Francisco Bay Area and attended UC Santa Cruz
where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Senior Counsel, eBay
Jack Christin joined eBay in 2004. His responsibilities
include regulatory matters, fraud prevention and law enforcement relations. Prior
to joining eBay Mr. Christin spent eight years as an Assistant Attorney General
in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office where he handled internet enforcement
cases and policy issues in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division. Jack
started his legal career in 1992 handling criminal cases as an Assistant District
Attorney in the Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office in Greensburg, PA
(just outside Pittsburgh).
Joe Cohen is the founder and CEO of Seatwave, the
company he started in May 2006. After leading three start-ups in the consumer internet
space over the previous ten years, Mr Cohen brings broad experience and a track
record of success to the vision of Seatwave.
Prior to founding Seatwave, Joe started and ran the
international division of Match.com, the global leader in online personals. As Chief
Operating Officer at Match.com he oversaw the development and operations of the
Match business in 35 countries and 18 languages.
Previously Mr Cohen was Vice President and General
Manager of Ticketmaster.com for Europe where he started the European online ticketing
industry. Prior to Ticketmaster, Joe held the position of New Markets General Manager
for Citysearch where he led the roll-out of the online city guide business in 20
cities in the US and Northern Europe.
Executive Director, Association of Luxury Suite Directors
Bill Dorsey is the executive director of the Association
of Luxury Suite Directors. The ALSD was established in 1990 by Bill Dorsey and covers
the $10 billion premium seat industry. Dorsey founded the association with 13 core
members. Today, the ALSD numbers more than 800 facility and affiliate memberships
including nearly every major professional pro sport venue and team. The ALSD will
hold its 17th Annual Conference and Tradeshow at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch
in Scottsdale this June 23-27. For more information, contact www.alsd.com.
Director of Music and Entertainment, Vibes Media
As Director of Music and Entertainment for Vibes Media,
Ramie Egan is responsible for designing and implementing mobile entertainment campaigns.
Prior to joining Vibes, Egan was the founder and director
of A&R of Rockslide Entertainment, the world's first outsourced distributor of live music
recordings. There, he led efforts in media and technology, including Artist Relations and
Digital Distribution. Egan began working with media and technology as the founder of
eMedguides in Princeton, NJ. Prior to its acquisition by Thompson Publishing, Egan was
Vice President, responsible for clients including Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck, and
Aventis. Egan began his career at Woolf Associates and Arnold Communications where he
worked with athletes such as Bobby Orr, David Wells, and properties like the Boston Red
Sox and the EMC Golf Skills Challenge.
Vice President of Business Development, Ticket
Nick is responsible for managing the design and development
of new products for TicketNetwork Direct
through the entire product cycle.
Prior to joining TicketNetwork, he worked as a Technical Architect at Ask Jeeves'
web services division. He designed custom web solutions for Fortune 500 clients
and worked with their engineering group on the design and implementation of innovative
key product features. After leaving Ask Jeeves, Nick recorded several albums and
co-founded the Hitchcock and Eve
Nick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern
Thought and Literature from Stanford University
and a Juris Doctorate (J.D. Law) from
University of California.
Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
Eric Fisher is a New York-based staff writer for
SportsBusiness Journal, the leading national weekly magazine covering the sports
industry and a flagship publication of the Street & Smith's Sports Group . Eric
focuses on technology, online media, and Major League Baseball, and has covered
many facets of the ticketing business, including eBay's acquisition of StubHub,
MLB Advanced Media's acquisition of Tickets.com, and the growing embrace of
individual teams and collegiate programs toward the secondary market. Eric joined
SBJ in 2005 after a nine-year stint with The Washington Times, where he served as
the newspaper's sports business reporter, and is a regular moderator at SBJ's
many industry conferences. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure
University in upstate New York.
Chairman and CEO, Tix Corporation.
Mitch Francis has been the Chairman and CEO of Tix
Corporation since the Company's inception in April 1993 and is the CEO of the Company's
wholly-owned subsidiary, Tix4Tonight.
Tix4Tonight sells tickets for Las Vegas shows, concerts, attractions and sporting
events at half-price, on the same day of the performance. Tix4Tonight has four prime
ticket booth facilities, strategically placed at highly foot-trafficked locations
in Las Vegas. They include the Hawaiian Marketplace at the South end of the Strip;
the Fashion Show Mall in front of Neiman Marcus, directly across the street from
the new Wynn Resort at the middle of the Strip; North Strip, across from the Stardust
Hotel; and a new downtown Las Vegas facility in the Four Queens Hotel, fronting
onto the Fremont Street Experience.
Executive Director of Entertainment, Las Vegas
In 2006, Jason Gastwirth joined Las Vegas Sands, a
hotel, gaming, and resort development company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As Executive Director of Entertainment, Jason is responsible
for developing the global entertainment strategy and negotiating deals for engagements
at Las Vegas Sands' properties which include The Venetian Las Vegas, The Palazzo,
The Venetian Macao as well as other properties in development. In addition, he is
tasked with driving the growth and profitability of current shows at The Venetian
Las Vegas, such as Blue Man Group, Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular and Gordie
Remarkably, in his short-time with LVS, Jason has
already brought a number of opportunities to the various properties and was vital
in securing partnerships and limited engagements such as The Ultimate Blackjack
Tour (UBT), the NBA, Lionel Richie and Wayne Brady.
Prior to joining Las Vegas Sands Corp, Jason held
executive-level positions at Gap Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton and Goldman, Sachs &
Co. Jason has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School
of Business, where he was on the Dean's List and an A.B. from
Harvard University, where he was also on the Dean's List as a Harvard
College Scholar and Magna Cum Laude, June 1997.
Jason currently commutes in between Las Vegas, NV
and Scottsdale, AZ where he resides with his wife Vanessa and daughter Chloe.
Director of Ticket Office and Theater Operations, The
Mirage Hotel and Casino
Lori Guzzard is the Director of Ticket Office and
Theatre Operations at The Mirage. In this position, Lori oversees all theatre and
ticketing aspects for Danny Gans and the new Cirque du Soleil Production, LOVE.
Lori began her career at The Mirage in 2002 as a Ticket
Office Cashier. She was quickly promoted to Ticket Office Supervisor, and moved
through the management ranks to her current position. Lori earned a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in communications from Chapman University in Orange, California.
Bård Fossli Jensen
Bård Jensen has been working for more
than 10 years in the entertainment business both as a promoter and
in the secondary ticket market. Jensen and Atle Barlaup took over
Euroteam in 2003 and have since established it as one of the leading
European ticket agencies.
As well as working in the ticket industry,
Jensen has participated as a doctor in several reality television shows,
worked as a journalist, and is conducting research in clinical
communication. He is educated as a Medical Doctor with a
specialty in Pediatrics.
EVP, Wolfgang's Vault
Executive VP - Sales, Owner's Pass
Prior to joining Owner's Pass, Anthony Jones-DeBerry
held the position of Vice President, Premium Seat Sales for AEG Worldwide. His
department was the highest grossing revenue generator in the company. Mr. Jones-DeBerry
was responsible for revenue in excess of $120 million annually. Mr. Jones-DeBerry
developed the premium seating programs at a number of AEG venues including STAPLES
Center, Home Depot Center, Kodak Theatre, Bridgeview Stadium (Chicago), and
Sprint Center (Kansas City). He also promoted and sold premium seating for such
high profile events as the Rose Bowl, the Grammys, and the NBA and NHL All-Star
games. He started his career as an account executive with the Los Angeles Kings
Hockey club, selling season tickets and groups. Prior to being promoted to Vice
President he held the position of director of corporate and premium seat sales for
STAPLES Center. Mr. Jones-DeBerry is a 10 year veteran of the sports and entertainment
industry. Mr. Jones-DeBerry graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology. He lettered
in football at UCLA and the University of Notre Dame as a linebacker.
Associate Vice President, Business Development, TicketNetwork
Steve develops and manages new business programs for
TicketNetwork and is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of Ticket
Summit, the TicketNetwork Suites & Seats program, and the Better Ticketing Association.
Prior to joining TicketNetwork, Steve was a Product
Manager at InfoSpace where he led new software development for their mobile games
division. More recently, Steve worked on e-business strategy for Wells Fargo's wholesale
banking division in San Francisco.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics
and Government from Connecticut College
and his M.B.A. from Yale University.
Founder and Owner, Stubs4Sale.com
Mike has been a ticket stub collector for the last
5 years and has turned his obsession with tickets into a business. Over the last
2 years Mike has been dedicated to giving sports ticket stub collectors an online
marketplace dedicated to them. Stubs4sale.com specializes in selling World Series,
Super Bowl, college, and professional sporting stubs of all kinds. Mike has recently
started publishing a weekly article on ticket stubs, including “Ticket Stubs
vs. Baseball Cards”. Mike has also worked in the financial industry in outbound
sales and customer services for 3 years. When not working with ticket stubs Mike
enjoys attending sporting events in the Michigan area, and working on other business
CEO, Goldstar Events
Jim McCarthy is the CEO of Goldstar Events and is
responsible for marketing. He was hired by GeoCities in 1998 to head up the brand
new e-commerce portion of the business and developed programs which accounted for
more than half the company's revenue by the time of the acquisition by Yahoo! in
1999. Before that, Jim opened dozens of Noah's Bagels restaurants in Southern California.
He was the V.P. of marketing for venture-backed internet education site Kiko.com.
He's currently on the Board of the Harvard Club of Southern California, graduated
cum laude from Harvard College and the
Anderson School at UCLA (M.B.A.).
Director, Government Relations, TicketNetwork
As Director of Government Relations, April coordinates
a comprehensive program to affect policy and legislation at the state level. TicketNetwork's
government relations program is designed to promote the goal of a safe, transparent,
free market ticket industry that protects consumers. April builds grassroots advocacy
campaigns and interacts with legislators to further policies that improve the secondary
April earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political
Science from Yale University. Prior to joining
TicketNetwork, April ran a fundraising office for the Democratic National Committee
in New Haven, CT and organized MoveOn.org's "Leave No Voter Behind" campaign for
the state of Iowa in the 2004 Presidential Election.
Associate Vice President, Customer Service,
Matt is responsible for all aspects of customer service
at TicketNetwork. His team manages customer inquires from ticket buying customers
and ticket broker customers.
Before joining TicketNetwork Matt owned two businesses
and has a strong background in direct sales and marketing.
Matt graduated from
Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in
American Studies which included independent studies in American History and American
Chief Commercial Officer, Tickets.com
A 15-year veteran in the ticketing industry, Derek
Palmer is the fueling force behind Tickets.com's operational and sales organizations.
Now serving as Chief Commercial Officer, Derek has experienced first hand the different
facets of the business, and has successfully found ways to streamline and improve
efficiencies within his organizations. Over the course of his tenure with Tickets.com,
Derek has been involved with client support, training and installations, technical
service, consumer services, professional services and strategic operations.
Setting internal record history with new client integrations,
Derek has perfected this set-up process by aligning the right internal resources
and developing the appropriate execution teams launching clients such as Times Union
Center, formerly known as Pepsi Arena, 9:30 Club, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh
Pirates, and The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Additionally, Derek has major event experience working
as Ticketing Manager for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and a call
center trainer for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA.
Vice President of Special Events, RazorGator
Jason Parker joined RazorGator in October of 2005
when his company, Sports Tour Classics, was acquired by RazorGator Interactive Group
(RIG). With more than 12 years of industry experience, Mr. Parker currently serves
as Vice President of Special Events for RazorGator Experiences (RGE), RazorGator's
hospitality and event management division. Since coming to RGE, Mr. Parker has successfully
helped secure several multi-year official relationships with leading sports organizations
such as the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship and the Tournament of Roses
and their annual Rose Bowl game as their official ticket and hospitality partner.
Mr. Parker's primary focus is providing great
value and excellent customer service to the sponsors of major sporting events along
with the corporations that want to use these events as a vehicle to drive new business.
He continues to effectively build excellent relationships with many professional
sports teams, event organizers and industry leading corporations alike, who all
rely on the services provided by RGE in the sports and entertainment marketplace.
RazorGator Experiences is headquartered in Los Angeles,
Director, Enterprise Services, ScanAlert
As Director of Enterprise Services for ScanAlert,
Joseph Pierini is an expert in PCI compliance and the security issues facing online
merchants and financial institutions. A registered Certified Information Systems
Security Professional (CISSP), Joseph has been protecting ecommerce web sites for
over 9 years. In addition to his client facing duties, Joseph heads up the penetration
testing division of ScanAlert's Managed Services.
Managing Director, 1789 Sports & Entertainment
Mike is a sports industry consultant who has worked with
over a dozen professional sports teams and numerous sports-related companies on a variety
of strategic initiatives. In 2006 Mike served as CEO of Sports Shares, a fractional
luxury suite ownership club in Denver, and led the company through its development and
market launch. Prior to Sports Shares, Mike served as Director at Tickets.com, leading
the company’s business efforts in the Midwestern U.S, and was Director of Client Operations
at Ignite Sports Media, which built and managed websites for professional sports teams and
leagues. Mike began his career as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney, where, amongst
other roles, he led the firm’s Global Quality and Client Retention program.
Mike currently serves as an advisor to Evertec Corporation,
a subsidiary of Banco Popular that has recently launched its new TicketPop ticketing
platform. Mike holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and
resides in Chicago, IL.
Director , Suites & Seats
Brian Satran leads TicketNetwork's Suites & Seats program,
an initiative to help sports teams and venues maximize sales of per-event luxury suites
and other premium seating.
Prior to TicketNetwork, Brian came from the sports world,
with experience in areas such as ticket operations, event management, marketing, corporate
sponsorships, & media relations. He began managing athletic contests while attending the
University at Buffalo-and shortly after completed an internship in Media Relations for the
Buffalo Bisons, a renowned organization in the Cleveland Indians farm system. He later
worked for the New York Yankees, Bridgeport Bluefish, & Fairfield University-where he
assumed the position of Director of Marketing & Ticket Administrator and helped Fairfield
successfully host the Elite 8 Round of the 2006 Women's Basketball Championships in
Brian has an undergraduate degree in Communications from
the University at Buffalo and a Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Canisius College.
Jeffrey D. Scheman
Vice President of Business Development and Operations,
Jeff is responsible for the sales, marketing
and customer service functions within Ticket Network. Jeff has over 15 years of
professional experience in law, business development, merchandising, marketing and
Prior to joining TicketNetwork, Jeff was the executive vice president at My Corporation
Business Services LLC, an online business services company. Prior to My Corporation,
Jeff spent 7 years at Staples, Inc.
Jeff got his start in the ticket business at the
age of 13 when he manned the ticket booth for the New York Clippers, a men's professional
slow pitch softball team. The team managed to last one season before folding. The
highlight of that season was a trip to Detroit to play the Detroit Ceasar's, a team
owned by Mike Ilitch who owns Little Ceasar's Pizza. The Detroit team featured Al
Kaline and Norm Cash and outdrew the Detroit Tigers, a franchise that Ilitch subsequently
purchased along with the Detroit Red Wings.
Jeff has a J.D. in Law from
Harvard University and a B.S. in finance from the
University of Virginia.
Managing Director, NeedATicket.ie
Michael Scully is the Managing Director of Needaticket
Events Ltd. The company is focused primarily on the Irish and UK markets and was
founded in 2006. Needaticket has rapidly built a positive reputation for reliability
and customer service. Michael is responsible for business development and marketing.
Gretchen Shugart is CEO of TheaterMania.com, Inc.,
which owns and operates OvationTix, a web-based primary ticketing system, and www.theatermania.com,
an internet portal for theater and the performing arts. OvationTix powers box offices
and sells tickets online for arts, sports, museums and other organizations nationwide.
TheaterMania.com provides marketing, promotion and ticketing services to arts organizations
nationwide, and has over 1 million visitors each month perusing its editorial content
and purchasing tickets. Prior to joining TheaterMania, Gretchen was President of
eMediaCapital, an investment banking advisory firm focusing on media and telecommunications
companies. Ms. Shugart has Bachelor of Science degrees in Management and Economics
from New York University's Stern School of Business,
and serves on not-for-profit and foundation boards.
President, TSE Sports and Entertainment
Few executives in the sports & entertainment
marketing fields have made such an impact on their industries at such an early age
as Robert Tuchman; President of Manhattan-based TSE Sports & Entertainment.
A native of Westchester County, NY, Tuchman heads up a multi-faceted operation that
specializes in everything from planning and managing sports and entertainment hospitality
programs and corporate events to developing and implementing athlete marketing initiatives
and consumer promotions.
Slightly over a year ago, TSE was acquired by Pfingsten
Partners in Chicago and currently operates as a division of North America Sports
Media Inc., a holding company formed by Pfingsten as part of an initiative to build
a broad multimedia sports platform. With the agreement, Robert has remained President
of TSE and retained an equity ownership in the company.
Tuchman is a regular donor to the New York Junior
Tennis League, Tennis Hall of Fame, and several other sports related charities.
He is a member of Team in Training - an organization that runs triathlons
and marathons to raise money for Leukemia patients.
Among Tuchman's greatest interests away from the office
are writing and film. He also plays roller hockey and tons of pick-up hoops. He
currently resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
President and Founder, TicketNetwork
Don, the founder and President of Ticket Software LLC,
is responsible for guiding the tactical direction and business development of the
company and for developing strategic alliances.
Don has more than 25 years experience in the secondary
ticket market, including 10 years in industry-related software development. Don
currently serves as President and CEO of Metro Entertainment, which, through its
affiliate TicketsPlus.com is one of the largest ticket brokerage firms in the
United States. Prior to founding Metro Entertainment, Don was President of
TicketWorld of Springfield, Massachusetts, from 1983 to 1988, a company
which he has also founded.
Don is a founding member of the Connecticut Ticket
Association, created in 1985, and he later served as its President from 1989 to
1995. In addition He founded the Massachusetts Ticket Brokers Association and was
its First President. Don is also an active member of the National Association
of Ticket Brokers (NATB).
Product Evangelist, Google AdWords
Frederick Vallaeys is a Product Evangelist for Google
AdWords. In this role, he helps advertisers learn about which Google products can
best solve their marketing needs. He also represents the needs of advertisers with
the engineering and product management teams. His main product focus is on ads quality
and bulk tools like the AdWords Editor and the AdWords API.
Prior to Google, Frederick was an engineer at Sapient
and a part-time wedding photographer who found new customers through AdWords. He
joined Google in 2002 to help bring AdWords to the Dutch and Belgian markets. He
earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from
Stanford University in 2000.
Director of Customer Service, StubHub
At StubHub, John developed and continues to lead
the company's customer care department. John's team answers consumer questions,
guides customers through the buying and selling processes and provides post-purchase
updates and assistance.
Prior to StubHub, John worked as the National Manager
for Versity.com overseeing all marketing and operations on 80 college campuses across
the country. He managed a team of 8 regional managers and 80 district managers.
Before that he worked at US West (now Qwest) as a Field Supervisor and Project Manager.
He served in the Management Development Program that accelerated promotion of well-qualified
managers. He graduated from the University of Michigan
with a B.A. in Political Science, English, and History.
Co-Founder and CEO, yOOnew, Inc.
Gerry Wilson is co-founder and CEO of yOOnew. As one
of the original thought leaders behind yOOnew's unique product offering, Fantasy
Seats™, Gerry has spent the last three years developing the Fantasy Seats™
concept into a revolutionary marketplace. He provides strategic vision and leads
product development as yOOnew pioneers the world of ticket futures.
He holds an MBA from the
MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to attending Sloan, he founded OmniAnalytics,
a consulting firm specializing in business intelligence software solutions. Gerry
also holds a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from
Princeton University where he was a 3-year starting cornerback on the Tiger
Director of Business Development and Enterprise Sales, buySAFE
Tim Woda is buySAFE's Director of Business Development
& Enterprise Sales. In this capacity, Tim is responsible for establishing strategic
partnerships as well as leading buySAFE's sales and account management efforts. He
also plays a key role in the management of the buySAFE Impact Testing program, which
is designed to quantify the impact of using buySAFE on an Internet merchant's website
by analyzing various business metrics such as conversion, average order size, repeat
buyer rates, revenue and profitability. Mr. Woda was previously the Founder and CEO
of The Telecom Recruiter, an executive search firm that concentrated on telecommunications
and technology companies and had thirty-four affiliate offices and over two hundred
representatives nationwide. Prior to that, Mr. Woda was the Southeast Area Director
for MCI Direct where he managed five area offices and over one hundred employees.
Principal, VMW Public Relations
Viveca Woods provides strategic direction for media
exposure of TicketNetwork and its family of companies. With almost two decades of
experience in the public relations and media industries combined, Woods provides
a unique and effective approach to crafting enterprise messaging and facilitating
exposure in the press. She has enabled numerous enterprises in the general business
and technology sectors garner significant exposure in leading newspapers, magazines
and television outlets. Prior to dedicating her skills towards the public relations
industry, Woods spent almost a decade working on the assignment desks of two national
networks, ABC News and Fox Newschannel and a syndicated television station, WPIX-TV,
located in the #1 Nielsen rated market, New York City. She holds a Master of Science
degree from Columbia University's Graduate School
of Journalism. Woods speaks fluent Spanish.