“Goldman Sachs, Live Nation and Tickets.com to Address Ticket Industry at Ticket Summit 2009 in New York City”
VERNON, CT (TicketNetwork) October 7, 2008 — TicketNetwork.com, the leading source for the ticket industry’s most comprehensive inventory, today announced that the industry’s most influential experts will address Ticket Summit 2009 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, January 6-8th. The three-day event will include a list of marquis speakers as well as dynamic panel sessions and many vendor exhibits. High-profile attendees include representatives from Google, the NHL and the NCAA, in addition to companies representing the hospitality, ticket, entertainment and technology industries.
Mark Wienkes, financial analyst from The Goldman Sachs Group, Greg Bettinelli, executive vice president, business development and strategy at Live Nation, and Derek Palmer, chief commercial officer of Tickets.com, will address the overlap between the primary and secondary ticket markets in a panel titled “The New Paradigm.” This session is scheduled for Wednesdsay, January 7th, and is designed to educate Ticket Summit 2009 attendees on how the blurring line separating two ticket markets will affect a range of professionals in both sectors.
At Live Nation, Bettinelli is responsible for the strategic direction and partnerships for Live Nation’s ticket business. Prior to Live Nation, Bettinelli was Sr. Director of Business Development at StubHub where he spearheaded the company’s partnership with Major League Baseball. Before transitioning to StubHub, he led eBay.com’s Event Tickets and Media businesses and was a catalyst in eBay’s acquisition of StubHub in 2007.
Derek Palmer is the fueling force behind Tickets.com’s operational and sales organizations. Over the course of his 15-year tenure with Tickets.com, Palmer has launched 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, he has major event experience working as ticketing manager for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Palmer holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from George Mason University.
“Ticket Summit 2009 provides a unique platform for leading professionals whose business involves ticket sales to come together and share the latest developments and advancements in the secondary market,” said Don Vaccaro, CEO of TicketNetwork. “The evolving nature of the secondary ticket business and the high demand for a forum addressing current industry issues compelled us to launch a New York conference targeting theater, sports and entertainment professionals based on the east coast and Europe. We are pleased to host an elite gathering of key ticket industry decision makers at Ticket Summit 2009,” said Vaccaro.
Ticket Summit 2009 is the premier conference in the secondary ticket industry. A must-attend event, it presents a tremendous opportunity for an enhanced education on the ticket industry, and provides numerous networking opportunities for professionals aiming to expand or meet partners for the expansion of their ticket operations.
TicketNetwork is the leading source for the most comprehensive selection of tickets at competitive prices. It is the world’s leading provider of real-time ticket inventory and sells sought after tickets to concert, sporting, and theater events through North America. TicketNetwork’s inventory includes more than $1 billion in tickets to 82,000 events worldwide. TicketNetwork’s properties include: TicketLiquidator.com, TicketNetwork Direct, TicketNews, Ticket Summit 2009 and TicketNetwork point-of-sale solutions.
TicketNetwork.com was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Vernon, Connecticut. TicketNetwork is ranked 27th in the 2008 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. For more information, visit www.ticketnetwork.com.
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