Curtis Cheng has been an innovator in the ticketing industry for almost 20 years—since he bought (and resold) a pair of Washington Wizards season tickets to capitalize on Michael Jordan coming out of retirement in 2001. That decision led to a successful 8-year run as a ticket broker.
Cheng took a short detour into the beverage distribution business, where he learned first-hand how a distributor can generate market power by aggregating a diverse mix of inventory. Realizing that ticketing was his passion, Cheng returned to the ticketing industry and joined Dreamtix in 2009. There, he and his partners quickly set about creating a B2B platform that could seamlessly connect to online secondary marketplaces via APIs—and DTI Management was born.
This new technology platform—when combined with dedicated customer service— enabled DTI to consolidate ticket inventory from an otherwise-fragmented group of brokers. As a result, DTI was able to generate the scale and market leverage that Cheng had first observed in beverage distribution. Today, Cheng continues to push the ticketing industry forward—through technological innovations and new deal structures that create “win-win” scenarios for rights holders, ticket brokers and marketplaces alike.
Ticket Summit will be held July 11-13, 2017 at The Venetian Las Vegas. All-Access Passes are just $799 and can be purchased on the Ticket Summit website. Ticket Summit will be jam-packed with keynotes, Workshops for Entrepreneurs, panels, the trade show, and much more.