Ticket brokers came away optimistic about the future of their market, following last week’s Ticket Summit 2007, the premiere convention for the secondary ticket industry.
Brokers learned about pending legislation, new products, emerging markets and discount ticketing, among other issues, during the expert panel discussions. In addition, the roughly 600 attendees were also treated to a rousing keynote address by Fred Rosen, Chairman of AudienceView and former CEO of Ticketmaster, and a hilarious stand-up routine by comedian Louie Anderson. . .
“I liked everything about it,” said Darrell Boyd, owner of TicketStubCentral.com, about the conference. “I went last year and enjoyed it, but this year was a thousand times better.”
Boyd said he came away impressed with the caliber of brokers and executives who now populate the industry and have helped end its “back alley” days. “The type of people in this business are creditable, very respectable people, and that’s good for the whole industry,” he said.
In addition to Rosen’s keynote address, the other highlight of the summit was the performance by Anderson, one of Las Vegas’ most popular entertainers. He was recently named one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time” by Comedy Central, and was voted Best New Entertainer for 2006 by the readers of Nevada Magazine.
Anderson, who first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1984, kicked off the convention Tuesday night on happy note with a wide-ranging routine that included some lighthearted digs at the ticket industry, and the tone he set stayed with attendees throughout.
“This was the best thing I could have done for my small business,” said Mike Luchies, owner of Stubs4Sale.com, sellers of ticket stubs to some of the most memorable sports events and shows.
Luchies said he was able to make several industry contacts, some of whom he’s already spoken to about potential deals, adding that he is looking forward to attending again next year.
“The conference was very well organized. Everything seemed to start on-time, which I appreciated,” he said.