Executives from eBay and NetChoice are among the panelists who are confirmed to speak during the Legislative Education & Advocacy Issues session at Ticket Summit, January 6-8 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.

Dustin Brighton, Senior Manager, Government Relations for eBay, and Braden Cox, Research & Policy Counsel for NetChoice are scheduled to participate in the panel discussion, which will focus on helping ticket brokers navigate the legislative landscape as it relates to the ticket industry. In addition, Chris Barnes, Managing Partner at Pulsar Research & Consulting, and Viveca Woods, Principal at VMW Public Relations, are also scheduled to participate. Dan Pullium Director of Government Relations for TicketNetwork, Ticket Summit’s parent company, will be the session’s moderator.

From the panel session’s description: Historic bailouts, an uncertain economy and the Presidential Election will change the political landscape. Why should you care? The answer could be the difference between growing your business or getting knocked out of the market entirely. One new law can change your life! Panelists from ticketing and other related industries will discuss navigating these legislative and legal minefields during these changing times.

“Government has the power to make or break your business,” Pullium said. “Staying in touch with your government representatives builds important relationships that allow you to communicate effectively. Our intent is to help ticketing professionals understand the process and promote good policy objectives for them and the industry.”

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In addition to the panelists above, invitations have also been extended to Gary Adler, Association Lobbyist & General Counsel for the National Association of Ticket Brokers, and Joe Freeman, General Counsel for Ticketmaster.

From their biographies:

Dustin Brighton is a Senior Manager of Government Relations for eBay, Inc. based out of Washington D.C. Prior to joining eBay Mr. Brighton was Director of Government Affairs – Southeast United States for Microsoft Corporation.

Other experience includes State Government Affairs Manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., CEO of the Arkansas Gas Association, and Vice-President of the Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association.

Braden Cox is policy counsel at NetChoice, a national coalition of online and e-commerce businesses that promotes choice, convenience, and commerce on the Net. He organizes efforts to support legislation that liberalizes ticket reselling and oppose price caps and other regulations that impede the tickets market. Cox has significant experience on a number of technology-related public policy issues, including while working for a think tank in Washington, DC. In addition, he has administrative and civil litigation law experience, and was in-house counsel for a start-up software venture.

Chris Barnes has lead groundbreaking projects on a wide array of policy topics. From consumer confidence and the housing crisis to energy and government budgets, these research projects have all shared a common goal – producing actionable information. Business leaders, policy makers and opinion leaders have used these studies to make real and effective changes.

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Viveca Woods provides strategic direction for media exposure of TicketNetwork and its subsidiaries. With almost two decades of experience in the public relations and media industries, Woods provides an effective approach to crafting enterprise messaging and facilitating exposure in the press. She has enabled numerous enterprises garner exposure in leading newspapers, magazines and television outlets.

Prior to dedicating her skills towards the public relations industry, Woods worked at the assignment desks of two national networks, ABC News and Fox Newschannel as well as a syndicated television station, WPIX-TV, located in New York City. She holds an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Dan Pullium serves as the Director of Government Relations at TicketNetwork and has over a decade’s worth of real-world legislative and political experience. Prior to joining TicketNetwork, Dan worked in the Connecticut General Assembly as a Policy Analyst and Researcher, and served as the Director of Computer Services.

Dan’s legislative work encompassed issues ranging from identity theft and gun safety to consumer protection. He also spearheaded the setup and operations of the Senate Majority Office’s redistricting efforts during the 2000 round of redistricting. Dan’s accomplishments include the creation of specialized databases and the coordination of computer services designed to streamline constituent services and increase access and customer service for a variety of local, state and federal politicians.

As a campaign staffer and volunteer, Dan has managed numerous campaign-related activities. His experiences include the coordination of phone banks and mailing services, and the organization of various campaign rallies for congressional, legislative and gubernatorial candidates throughout the state of Connecticut.

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