Pollstar Live! 2018 Confirmed Speakers
As a respected veteran of the music industry, Josh Bernstein currently serves as the Director of Live Events for Townsquare Media, creating custom event solutions for their national brands such as XXL, Loudwire, Taste Of Country, Ultimate Classic Rock, PopCrush and Diffuser. Over the past decade he has co-created and produced the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, The Loudwire Music Awards, The Alternative Press Music Awards and the Rock & Roll Roast Series; working with top-tier talent like Metallica, Twenty One Pilots, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Depp, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Panic! At the Disco, Mötley Crüe, Fall Out Boy and Dave Grohl. He has also successfully created broadcast partnerships with Amazon, Twitch, VH1, MTV2, Apple Music, AXS TV, SiriusXM and Xbox LIVE. In addition, Josh serves on the GRAMMY selection committee for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.
Matt Blake is Head of Comedy Touring at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Blake works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading comedians, including Trevor Noah, Gabriel Iglesias, T.J. Miller, Ron White, Mike Epps, James Corden, Jo Koy, and Whitney Cummings, among others. Blake joined CAA in 2008 from The Gersh Agency, where he served as Vice President of the Comedy Department. Blake graduated from UCLA with a degree in mathematics and economics.
William J. Bratton is one of the world’s most respected and trusted experts on risk and security issues. During a 46-year career in law enforcement, he instituted progressive change and dramatic drops in crime while leading six police departments, including seven years as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and two nonconsecutive terms as the Police Commissioner of the City of New York. He is the only person ever to lead the police agencies of America’s two largest cities. As the Executive Chairman of Teneo Risk, Commissioner Bratton advises clients on risk identification, prevention, and response. Teneo Risk addresses six key areas: cyber security, infrastructure protection, counterterrorism, health advisory, internal threat mitigation and crisis management. His critically acclaimed autobiography Turnaround, with Peter Knobler, was published by Random House in 1998. In 2012, Mr. Bratton and Zachary Tumin, a senior researcher at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, co-authored a management leadership book, Collaborate or Perish, published by Random House.
Paul Bassman is a leading figure in the world of entertainment insurance and risk management services. He leads his staff with a mantra of integrity and an aim to best protect the assets of all clients, which together feature an extraordinary collection of hundreds of the top entertainment industry companies in North America.
Prior to the insurance business Paul spent 15 years in the music industry as a manager of platinum artists, A&R for Capitol Records, concert promoter and label owner – providing a hands on real world understanding of his clients’ business.
This multi-talented Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist, composer and actor is one of the most popular and successful rappers worldwide. Coolio, aka Artis Leon Ivey Jr, has sold over 30 million records globally and has performed in concerts to adoring fans across the world, from Africa to Japan. His 1995 hit ͚Gangsta͛s Paradise͛ catapulted Coolio onto the global stage, reaching #1 in the charts in USA, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and NewZealand. The track received several awards including Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards, and Best Rap Video and Best Video From A Film at the MTV Music Awards. Since his inauguration into the music industry, Coolio has produced and released five successful albums entitled It Takes A thief, Gangsta͛s Paradise, My Soul, El Cool Magnifico and The Return Of The Gangsta. His reputation spurred on major collaborations and releases that have received raving reviews and continued to capture the essence of Coolio͛s convincing talents. He͛s had an interesting career where he has made plenty of appearances in television and movies, mostly performing small roles or cameos. Such appearances include Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, Batman & Robin, The Nanny, Gang Warz, Daredevil, In Pursuit and On The Line with many more. As well as being a musical superstar, Coolio has also had numerous cameo roles intelevision and movies and also appeared in UK͛s Celebrity Big Brother. In the diversified hip hop industry, Coolio is one of the few rap artists who has been able to garner mainstream success and critical acclaim.
Since the age of 12, Mark Cuban has been a natural businessman. Selling garbage bags door to door, the seed was planted early on for what would eventually become long-term success. After graduating from Indiana University – where he briefly owned the most popular bar in town – Mark moved to Dallas. After a dispute with an employer who wanted him to clean instead of closing an important sale, Mark created MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service. He went on to later sell MicroSolutions in 1990 to CompuServe. In 1995, Mark and long-time friend Todd Wagner came up with an internet based solution to not being able to listen to Hoosiers Basketball games out in Texas. That solution was Broadcast.com – streaming audio over the internet. In just four short years, Broadcast.com (then Audionet) would be sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion dollars. Since his acquisition of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, he has overseen the Mavs competing in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2006 – and becoming NBA World Champions in 2011. They are currently listed as one of Forbes’ most valuable franchises in sports. In addition to the Mavs, Mark is chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of ABC’s “Sharks” on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. He lives in Dallas with wife Tiffany, daughters Alexis and Alyssa, and son Jake.
Eddy Cue is Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Eddy oversees Apple’s industry-leading content stores including the iTunes Store and Apple Music, as well as Apple Pay, Maps, Search Ads, Apple’s innovative iCloud services, and Apple’s productivity and creativity apps. Eddy also leads the newly created team responsible for developing all aspects of Apple’s worldwide video programming. Eddy’s team has an excellent track record of building and strengthening online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of Apple’s customers. He joined Apple in 1989 and leads a large organization of amazing people. Eddy was instrumental in creating the Apple online store in 1998, the iTunes Store in 2003 and the App Store in 2008. He also played a key role in developing Apple’s award-winning iLife suite of applications. In his early years at Apple, he was a successful manager of software engineering and customer support teams. Eddy was recognized by renowned cancer research center City of Hope with their 2014 Spirit of Life Award, honoring an individual whose work has fundamentally impacted the music, film and entertainment industry. Eddy earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics from Duke University.
Michael DOWNING | Chief SECURITY Officr, Oak View Group/PREVENT ADVISORS – an asset company building, managing, and securing Sport and Music Stadiums in North America
Michael P. Downing brings 35 years of experience to Prevent Advisors. Most recently he served as the Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department and Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau where he led five operational divisions: Major Crimes, Emergency Services Divisions, Metropolitan Division, Air Support Division, and Emergency Operations Division. These divisions include the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Section, Criminal Investigative Section, Organized Crime, Surveillance Section, Hazardous Devices Section, LAX Bomb K-9 Section, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Mounted Unit, Dive Teams, Emergency Preparedness and Response.
He has worked with the New Scotland Yard’s Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command SO 15. Deputy Chief Downing has testified before Congressional sub-committee’s relative to intelligence, homeland security, information sharing, and prison radicalization. In April 2010, Chief Downing served as a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council working group on developing a national strategy for countering violent extremism.
In October 2009, Deputy Chief Downing was appointed as the Interim Police Chief for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Deputy Chief Downing is an active member of the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) Alumni Association, working with alumni from the FBI’s LinCT Program to develop a global enterprise of networked counter-terrorism practitioners from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Deputy Chief Downing has also worked with the Department of Justice and State Department, traveling throughout South America, Africa, Turkey, Poland, India, and Kenya to transition large national police organizations into democratic civilian policing models and overlay counter-terrorism enterprises on top of cities. His work in counter-terrorism has taken him to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, Kenya, India, and France; all to examine smart practices and build a network of practitioners.
Deputy Chief Downing attended the University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1982 and completed POST Command College in 1997, the FBI’s Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) in 2008, the Post Naval Graduate Executive Program in 2009, and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston (SMIP PERF) in 2012. He is currently a Board Member at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Institute.
Chase Fiedler began his career in the music industry at ICM Talent Agency in 2011. Less than a year later, he was hired on to Insomniac’s talent department, where he has been since 2012. Chase is currently the Talent Director, West Coast for Insomniac Events, booking artists for the company’s festival brands, concerts and nightclubs – providing a diverse soundtrack to Insomniac’s festival experience.
Chase’s current and past projects include programming & bookings for EDC Las Vegas, HARD Summer, Life is Beautiful, Nocturnal Wonderland, Escape, Holy Ship!, Countdown NYE, Beyond Wonderland Southern California, Skyline, Crush, We Are NRG, Audio on the Bay, Audiotistic San Francisco, Create Nightclub, and Exchange LA.
Chase is also the GM for Cultivate MGMT – a full service artist management company under the umbrella of Insomniac Events.
Marc Geiger is WME’s Head of Music, leading the music industry’s top booking agency with the largest global footprint. Recognized by Billboard as one of the top 15 most influential executives in the music business, Geiger oversees a group of over 200 agents around the world. In 2016, WME’s Music division booked over 35,000 appearances worldwide, more than any other agency. This year, WME’s clients led the Grammy Awards with more than 20 wins; and a WME client also won the award for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards for the fifth consecutive year. Cited as a visionary for his ability to forecast trends in the music industry, Geiger consistently anticipates disruption and takes advantage of market shifts. He began his career as a concert promoter and worked as an agent at Triad Artists. He co-created the Lollapalooza tour in 1991, which eventually became the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Subsequently, he was hired by Rick Rubin and appointed Executive Vice President of A&R, Marketing and New Media at American Recordings. In 1994 Geiger recognized the Internet’s enormous potential to provide a link between artists and consumers. It was then that Geiger purchased a site called UBL.com and became one of the very first to plug the music industry into the digital space with the launch of ARTISTdirect. The site went on to become a media juggernaut, housing a talent agency, two record labels, a marketing solutions division and one of the most popular music destinations on the early Internet. He served as the company’s Chairman and CEO before joining the William Morris Agency in 2003. Geiger has led WME’s expansion into several growth areas. WME was the first major music agency to form an EDM division, playing an integral role in setting the genre’s live touring model through festivals and residencies. In addition, Geiger founded the first agency festival department, which has grown exponentially. Under his guidance, WME has made several key partnerships with leading music festivals throughout the world, including Lollapalooza which Geiger co-founded in 1991 and has since expanded to Argentina, Berlin, Brazil, Chile and Paris. In April 2015, WME acquired Australia’s top music booking agency Artist Voice, giving WME the largest global footprint of any music agency and providing access to Asia Pac’s accelerating live music business. Most recently, Geiger has led the charge on creating tours around WME’s digital talent, as well as ELeague, WME’s footprint in eSports. He has also helped several WME music clients successfully crossover into other businesses, including fashion, film, sports and television. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Geiger currently resides in Los Angeles.
Sascha Stone Guttfreund is an entrepreneur based in Austin, Texas. He is President and Cofounder of ScoreMore Shows. ScoreMore has made a name as a tastemaker, booking acts early in their careers in small clubs that have gone on to headline in arenas and amphitheaters. ScoreMore Shows currently routes tours through nine markets in the Southwest United States, producing more than 150 club shows per year. Guttfreund’s team at ScoreMore Shows is also behind some of Texas’ most beloved and fast-growing music festival properties, including JMBLYA, Mala Luna Music Festival and Neon Desert Music Festival. Guttfreund also oversaw one of the most successful and sought-after events in SXSW’s storied history, The ILLMORE, which concluded in 2016. Additionally, Guttfreund oversees a growing artist management division, which includes the acclaimed rapper/singer/songwriter Tory Lanez, whose debut album, I Told You, was released last Fall resulting in a 2017 Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist. Guttfreund has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. He was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2016, as well as Rolling Stone’s “17 Young Innovators Shaking Up the Music Industry”, with additional profiles in the New York Times, The FADER, Buzzfeed, Texas Monthly, Austin American-Statesman, Houston Press and more.
Rick Greenstein has been at The Gersh Agency since 1995, where he oversees a department of 20 people and a Comedy/PA roster of more than 170 clients. He is the responsible agent for Artists such as Dave Chappelle, John Oliver, Jamie Foxx, Drew Carey, Brian Regan, Kevin Nealon, Louie Anderson and Janeane Garofalo, among others. Before his time at Gersh, Rick ran his own music agency from 1983 until 1988, when he joined APA where he represented both music and comedic Artists. In 1991, he joined the William Morris Agency, where he ran the Personal Appearance Comedy Department for four years before starting the Comedy Department at Gersh. His current title is Senior Partner and Senior Executive Vice President of the agency.
Shirley Halperin is Executive Editor of Music at Variety, where she spearheads music coverage for the print magazine and Variety.com. Through her 20-year career, she has held staff positions at Entertainment Weekly, Teen People and Us Weekly and was also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone. Shirley joined the Hollywood Reporter (THR) as Music Editor in 2010, later adding sister magazine Billboard to her resume. Until 2017, she oversaw music news coverage for both publications, and in 2011, won a Best Personality Profile award from the Los Angeles Press Club for her THR cover story on Trent Reznor.
Carrie Davis is the Chief Communications Officer of Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV), the largest live entertainment company in the world, with 30,000 employees and $8.4 billion in 2016 revenue. Carrie assumed her current role in 2015, and she leads all internal and external communications globally. She reports to Live Nation Founder and CEO Michael Rapino. As CCO, she advises the C-suite on all corporate communications topics, including financial, M&A, legal, investor, governmental affairs and crisis communications. She also provides strategic leadership to all divisions of the company: Ticketmaster, Sponsorship and Media, Artist Nation, Concerts and Touring, and House of Blues. The publicity portfolio that she oversees reaches 70 million fans per year, and it includes 26,000 live events, more than 500 artists under management and 85 music festivals.
Previously, she served as Vice President of Communications for Disney Interactive, the digital entertainment division of the Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). She reported to the President of the division and to Disney’s Chief Communications Officer, and she managed a team of 20 public relations and events staffers. She led communications for Disney Interactive in all major functions: corporate, crisis, product, technology, B2B, executive, internal, events and social media. This included leading communications through Disney Interactive’s turnaround and first year of profitability, managing the response to legal issues, including criminal investigations and developing a strategy around workforce reductions and executive departures.
Before joining Disney, from 2010 to 2011, she held the role of Vice President of Communications at IAC-owned (Nasdaq: IAC) Match.com, the largest dating site in the world. In addition to her responsibility for communications and media relations for Match and its subsidiaries, she developed national campaigns to shift the perception of online dating as a whole and highlight Match.com’s specific brand differentiators.
From 2006 to 2010, she was the Director of Communications for Yahoo (NYSE: YHOO), leading communications for the company’s media group and overseeing public relations for its 15-property communications division. She led the division’s communications for functions such as M&A and quarterly earnings, and she managed PR efforts for media services launches and content/advertising partnerships. In 2005 she was named Account Supervisor for Marketing Communications and Corporate at Hill+Knowlton, where she was responsible for strategic planning and management of day-to-day activities for clients like Ford’s (NYSE: F) Race for the Cure, Sony Pictures (NYSE: SNE) and Adidas (ETR: ADS). She previously served as a Senior Account Executive at GolinHarris, where she developed full-service public relations programs for clients including Nintendo of America (TYO: 7974) and Nestle (VTX: NESN), from 2004 to 2005.
She began her career as the founder of Plugged In Public Relations, a boutique public relations firm from 1999 to 2004. There, she spearheaded media campaigns for entertainment and corporate clients, including Simmons Lathan Media Group, Universal Records, Epic Records and more. She also acted as publicist for Grammy-nominated artists Aaliyah, Timbaland, De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan and Everlast. She served on the Board of Directors for the Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.) Memorial Foundation alongside music industry executives such as Sean Combs, among others.
Carrie serves on the Board of Directors of Project Maverick, an experiential platform for girls, parents and allies created to inspire the next generation of independent thinkers and doers.
She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, leads SiriusXM’s programming and advertising sales for the largest radio company measured by revenue and one of the largest subscription media companies in the world. Since Greenstein joined SiriusXM in 2004, the company’s programming lineup has expanded to include more than 175 channels of commercial-free music, sports, news, comedy, talk and entertainment, broadcasting on the company’s satellite platform and SiriusXM streaming online.
Prior to SiriusXM, Greenstein served as Chairman of USA Films, and before that Co-President of October Films. Earlier, Greenstein served as Senior Vice President of Motion Pictures, Music, New Media and Publishing at Miramax Films.
Olivier Ropars, eBay Vice President and StubHub CMO
As Chief Marketing Officer at StubHub, Olivier oversees StubHub’s global marketing organization, advancing StubHub’s brand to appeal to a global audience across a wider range of live events and expanding the company’s vision to connect people through inspiring live events experiences. Olivier brings extensive global marketing experience to StubHub after spending six years at eBay. Most recently, he was eBay’s Head of Global Performance Marketing where he was instrumental in helping to drive significant global growth over a three-year period. Prior to that role, Olivier was the Senior Director of eBay’s European mobile shopping business. As an engineer with expertise in business, Olivier has also held various roles as a strategist and growth leader in the technology and retail sector, including McKinsey & Company and Motorola, Inc. Olivier is a graduate of UTC Compiegne in France and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Alan Krueger is the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He has published groundbreaking research on the gig economy, minimum wage, value of education, income inequality, terrorism, and rockonomics. Since 1987 he has held a joint appointment in the Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Professor Krueger served as Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a Member of the Cabinet from 2011 to 2013. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2009-10 and as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor in 2004-05. He was elected Vice President of the American Economic Association in 2016, and is the founding President of the Music Industry Research Association (MIRA). He was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1996, and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2005. He was awarded the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997 (for distinguished contributions to public policy analysis by someone under the age of 40) and the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal by the Indian Econometric Society in 2001. In 2002 Professor Krueger was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and in 2003 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2006. He was awarded the Moynihan Prize by the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2017. He received a B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1983, and A.M. and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987.
Steve Levine is a partner and the Head of Worldwide Music at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media. ICM Partners is one of the predominant agencies in the United States and Europe, with its principal offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Mr. Levine oversees all comedy, music and other personal appearances out of the agency’s Los Angeles office. The agency’s concerts department represents artists in all musical genres, including pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, indie and adult contemporary, as well as the world’s most recognizable comedians. Mr. Levine’s client list includes Jay Leno, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Howie Mandel, David Spade, Jim Belushi, Brad Garrett, Kristin Chenoweth, Paula Abdul and Vanessa Williams. The concerts department arranges global engagements and tours in a wide variety of settings and venues for the most popular performers and recording artists working today, whether in top arenas such as London’s O2 or at music festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, SXSW, Lilith Fair, Sasquatch, and Summerfest. The concerts department works in tandem with the agency’s Global Branded Entertainment division to secure tour sponsors for many of our domestic and international tours. Mr. Levine joined ICM in 1987 as a Booking Agent and was promoted to Head of the West Coast Music department in 1999. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) and on the Board of Directors for The American Comedy Fund Comedy Awards. Prior to ICM, Mr. Levine ran his own agency, Independent Artes and Concerts, which specialized in representing Latin American artists and booking concerts in Latin America. Mr. Levine got his start in the entertainment industry at Spotlight Entertainment, a small independent booking agency. Before that he was, by his own admission, a mediocre musician and a pretty good waiter. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Levine attended Widener College, Temple University and West Chester State College. He lives in Studio City with his wife, Linda. Their daughter, Sophie, is currently attending Chapman University.
Roger Lynch is the president and CEO of Pandora. Prior to joining the team at Pandora, he served as the founding CEO of Sling TV, where he led the creation and launch of the over-the-top streaming television service that delivers live sports, news and entertainment to broadband-connected devices. He joined DISH in 2009 where he led the launch of DishWorld (now Sling International). Prior to joining DISH, he served as Chairman and CEO of Video Networks International, Ltd., an IPTV technology company in the United Kingdom. While at Video Networks he won an Emmy for Scamp, an on-demand children’s channel, and a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and The Arts) for V:MX, a collection of on-demand music video channels. He also previously served as president and CEO of Chello Broadband N.V., a broadband Internet service provider with operations in ten European countries. Prior to Chello, Roger was a technology investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York, Silicon Valley and London. He began his career as a Member of the Technical Staff-Physics at the Hughes Aircraft Company, where he did R&D on infrared imaging and missile guidance systems. He received his Master of Business Administration with Highest Distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Southern California.
Two clients on the 2017 Forbes Highest Paid Comedians List. An international comedian with a new series, and multi-special Netflix deal. Launching one of the most talked about young comedians into her own network talent deal. Before comedy began its current renaissance, Judi Marmel was building multi-million-dollar careers for her clients through a combination of savvy marketing, calculated touring and good old fashioned funny. The founding Levity Entertainment Partner has taken Jeff Dunham and Sebastian Maniscalco to the Forbes Top 15 Earners in Comedy List – grossing upwards of 15 million a year each without the traditional big TV money – through creative alliances, expanding their base and more recently, a series of comedy specials. The thirty-year veteran – known for her exceptional eye for both talent and the market who will respond – has created a niche orchestrating career paths for clients which includes ownership of their content, book deals, residencies and expanding their audience in tangible ways. When comedy was considered “dead,” Marmel figured out how to help her clients connect and build a tangible base; now she is aligning with Gad Elmaleh to establish France’s premiere comedian as a truly global comic via both Netflix comedy specials and a series based on his adventures in establishing himself in the United States/on this continent. She successfully leveraged Maniscalco’s record-breaking ticket sales for an unprecedented fourth comedy special at Showtime that includes the development of a scripted series based on his stand-up. Most recently, Marmel is stewarding 23-year-old Taylor Tomlinson to the top levels of modern comedy. After a breakout appearance at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, Marmel navigated an unprecedented) bidding war for the fresh comedy voice that resulted in a wildly anticipated ABC scripted deal, which the young star will write, star, and Executive Produce alongside Marmel. It is her ability to see the less than obvious opportunities, respond to comedy that falls outside whatever is the current buzz and put in the work to build an audience that has made Marmel not only one of the most consistent managers in this arena, but also one of the most sought after. Not only do her clients work, they realize dreams. The late Ralphie May, on the brink of releasing his first book when he passed two weeks ago, had just won the Casino Comedian of the year from the Gaming Association recognizing the quality of his work over his ongoing Vegas residency at Harrah’s. As a founding partner at LEG, Marmel runs the talent management division. Her eye for curating talent mines the national stages of the comedy clubs that LEG owns and operates to discover the next generation of comedy stars. She works in sync with the LEG and Triage Production arms on both scripted and non-scripted programming. She is a Producer on the syndicated talk show “The Real” (with her client, Loni Love), Food Network’s “Incredible Edibles” (starring client Jeff Dunham) and executive produced comedy specials for Netflix with Dunham and Elmaleh this year. Additional clients: Loni Love, Bert Kreischer, Darci Lynn Farmer, Gina Brillon, Erik Rivera, Michael Loftus, Pete Correale, Leonard Outz and Jessemae Peluso.
Nick Nuciforo Is a Partner and head of Comedy Touring for United Talent Agency.
Shaun Clair started with the company on a full time basis in January of 2007 after graduating from Penn State University in 2006. He settled in as the Engineering Coordinator in 2009 after spending two years on tour with The Police. Shaun’s focus has been on growth and in 2010 he took on the role of Business Development for Clair Global. With a clear vision to merge the creative and technology worlds, Shaun assisted leadership as Clair Global diversified both in market and in product offerings adding backline, IT systems and communications across the Corporate, Festival, and Broadcast markets. He now holds position as VP of Sales.
Stacy Mark is a partner in WME’s personal appearance department. She represents leading comedians such as W. Kamau Bell, Hannibal Buress, Margaret Cho, Kevin James, Hari Kondabolu, Russell Peters, Joe Rogan, Martin Short, and Daniel Tosh. Mark began her career at William Morris Agency 24 years ago and transitioned to WME after the agency’s merger with Endeavor in 2009. A graduate of Emerson College, Mark currently resides in Los Angeles.
Michael Rapino has served as Live Nation Entertainment’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005. Rapino led the transformation of Live Nation into the number one live music brand in the world with operations in more than 40 countries and annual revenue exceeding $8 billion. Comprised of three market leading divisions – Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship – Live Nation annually issues over 480 million tickets, promotes 26,000 events, partners with over 900 sponsors and manages the careers of 500+ artists. Its ecommerce sites average 80 million unique monthly users.
In his role as President of KORE Planning & Insights (KPI), Russell Scibetti is building a business intelligence consulting division focused on the sports and entertainment industry to help teams, league, venues and providers take full advantage of emerging data and technology platforms. Russell spent his first three years at KORE as the Vice President of Product Strategy where he was responsible for the strategic vision, planning and development of the KORE Ticketing& Fan Engagement™, Sponsorship & Partner Engagement™, Suites &Premium™ and Data Warehouse & Analytics™ applications.
Prior to joining KORE, he was the Director of Relationship and Database Marketing for the New York Jets, where he managed a cross-departmental CRM initiative that connected ticketing, sales, service and marketing to execute multi-channel sales and retention campaigns and provide detailed insights into the team’s corporate and consumer business efforts. In addition to his work with KORE, Russell is the founder and primary author for TheBusinessOfSports.com, an industry blog that discusses practices in sports business and hosts industry networking events around the world. Russell earned his MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and his BS in Computer Science from Rutgers University.
After acting as producer of The Newport Folk Festival for the last nine years, Jay Sweet was recently named Executive Producer of The Newport Festivals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) which fosters the legacy and expands the impact of its Festivals through educational initiatives that celebrate innovation while preserving the deep traditions inherent in Jazz and Folk music. During his tenure, the Newport Folk Festival has won three Pollstar awards for “Music Festival Of The Year” and has regained its stature as one of the country’s premiere music events. A frequent keynote speaker at music conferences around the country including SXSW, Pollstar, Billboard, CMJ, Harvard, Berklee College of Music, as well as several of NPR’s syndicated programs such as “The Connection”, “On Point” and “All Songs Considered”, Jay also served as the Editor-at-Large for the acclaimed music and film magazine PASTE, nominated for the 2008 and 2009 National Magazine Award for General Excellence, where he wrote numerous features and cover stories on The Roots, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket and film director Wes Anderson. In his spare time, Jay has also managed to write and sell two major motion picture scripts and start a social benefits company called Humans for Oceans, which raises awareness to help save our oceans through an actions reward program.
Jay Williams is a well-known industry veteran and Partner at WME, a global leader in sports, entertainment, media and fashion. Williams began his agency career nearly two decades ago in the William Morris mailroom and quickly worked his way through the ranks, learning every aspect of the business from the ground up. He was named IEBA Talent Agent of The Year in 2014 and 2016. Most recently, he was named CMA SRO Agent of the Year for 2017. Williams has helped to guide the careers of country superstars Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, and Brothers Osborne, as well as countless others. Additionally, he works with numerous successful cross-genre artists including Dan Tyminski, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nikki Lane, Blackberry Smoke, J. Roddy Walston & The Business and many more. Williams’s passion for and dedication to the music industry extends far past the walls of the WME Nashville office and into the community. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Music Health Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to healthcare and health insurance solutions to music professionals. Under his leadership, in less than three years MHA has secured over $6.6 million in life-saving healthcare resources and served almost 2,000 clients across the nation. He is a member of the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Towalame Austin is a talented executive with over 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Ms. Austin has carved a niche in the charitable sector bridging the worlds of traditional philanthropy and entertainment philanthropy. In her current role as Executive of Philanthropy for Roc Nation, she is responsible for the development, implantation, and management of the philanthropic efforts of artists on Roc Nation’s roster. Ms. Austin set up and launched Rihanna’s charity venture, The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF). During her three-year tenure with CLF, she was responsible for overseeing fundraising, organization management, program development, research, and brand synergy analysis. Ms. Austin has since assisted with transitioning a new Executive Director for the organization. Additionally, she supports the philanthropic efforts of several Roc Nation artists working in close collaboration with the executive directors of their organizations.
Ms. Austin began her career in the non-profit sector with the Magic Johnson Foundation Inc., where she served as Director of Corporate Relations and Special Events nationwide, Executive Vice President, and President of the Foundation, respectively. In her first position, she successfully managed the Foundation’s partnerships with donors and corporations and expanded fundraising capacity nationwide. She also produced the organization’s highly visible fundraising events, including “A Midsummer Night’s Magic,” “A Salute to African American Designers,” and the “Zo and Magic 8 Ball Challenge” during the NBA All Star Weekend across the country.
As president, Ms. Austin played a pivotal role in the strategic leadership of one of the nation’s leading charitable organizations. While in this position she managed the daily operations, continued growth and sustainability for the organization by expanding the research base, solidified new partnerships while maintaining long standing supporters, secured millions of dollars in corporate sponsorship, cultivated individual and major donor groups, and coordinated innovative fundraising initiatives. She also played a critical role in establishing and maintaining partnerships with Abbott Laboratories, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Best Buy, American Airlines, Microsoft, California Community Foundation, American Express and Verizon to name a few.
The strength of Ms. Austin’s leadership is evident in the programs and campaigns implemented under her direction that are still presently in operation: six (6) AHF Magic Johnson Healthcare Clinics, ensuring access to complete medical care; the highly successful World Aids Day campaign, “I Stand with Magic”, testing over 80,000 at-risk individuals for HIV/AIDS and educating over 622,000 nationwide; Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program supporting over 850 minority high school students with college scholarships; and the Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Centers with 18 facilities nationwide in underserved communities.
In addition to her work with the Magic Johnson Foundation, Ms. Austin also worked closely with Magic Johnson Enterprises as a key contributor to business development and expansion for the Magic Johnson brand. She also utilized her business expertise in consulting Cookie Johnson’s brand, which resulted in the launch of a new premium denim line, CJ by Cookie Johnson, now available in stores nationwide.
Following her tenure with the Magic Johnson companies, Ms. Austin went on to serve as President for the Mourning Family Foundation, founded by retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning and his wife Tracy. The Mourning Family Foundation has a rich history of providing a platform of programs that inspire through advocacy, education, and enrichment to disadvantaged youth in Miami. Towalame was directly responsible for the rebranding, re-launch and program revitalization during her year with the organization. Initiatives spearheaded by Ms. Austin – program outreach, website launch, donor base cultivation and marketing strategy are major components of the organizations present infrastructure.
During her time in Miami, Ms. Austin also worked as a consultant for Dwyane Wade’s charitable enterprise, Wade’s World Foundation. In this role, she advised and facilitated the organizational structuring for day-to-day operations, implemented policies and procedures, developed job descriptions and responsibilities, as well as assisted with executive talent recruitment.
For her outstanding achievements in her career and community, Ms. Austin has received numerous awards of recognition including keys to cities in California and South Carolina, a Certificate of Commendation from the County of Los Angeles for community service, the Public Education Foundation’s Lifetime Educational Achievement Award, and a proclamation from the City of Eastover, South Carolina for the launch of its Community Power Center. Ms. Austin has been honored and recognized by a number of organizations such as the Black Business Association and the Palos Verdes Links organization.
She currently sits on the board for the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. She also serves on the Philanthropic/Advisory Board for her Alma Mater, California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for Legacy Ladies Inc., and Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)
Ms. Austin holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Marketing and a concentration in Women’s Studies from California State University Dominguez Hills.
Rodney Williams, CEO and Co-Founder of LISNR, the new standard for device-to-device connectivity using sound. LISNR is a secure local proxy for data transmission using sound with over +40 industry awards and currently powers over 30 million devices across numerous industries. As the CEO of LISNR, Rodney has been recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year in Connected World Communications by EY, the NAACP Inspiring Innovation 2017, the 2016 Black Enterprise Tech Entrepreneur of the Year and Breakout Star of the Year and named to Ad Age’s Top 40 under 40. Williams has grown LISNR from a single idea to a promising global standard, with over +40 industry awards, most notably named to the 2015 and 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 Lists, Cannes Gold Lion in Mobile Software Innovation and a 2017 CES Honoree in Mobile Software. An alum of the R/GA Accelerator powered by Techstars, Williams is an innovative and out-of-the-box strategic thinker, always looking for new ways to connect consumers more effectively with technology. His newest venture has been as a co-founder of SoLo funds, a peer-to-peer lending exchange for the underbanked population that provides affordable access to low-value funds.
Prior to LISNR, Rodney spent over four years at Procter & Gamble as a brand manager and is most noted as the first marketer there to co-write digital patents. Prior to P&G, Williams spent 2 years in New Business Development for Lockheed Martin and over 4 years leading a collegiate digital agency focusing on consumer acquisitions and CRM management. Rodney achieved these honors after earning four degrees in Finance and Economics, including an MBA from Howard University, by the age of 24.
Outside of Rodney’s pursuit professionally, he’s a celebrated speaker, mentor, and advisor to many. He currently sits on the board of VC funded startups Wyzerr and SoLo Funds and remains the youngest member of the Howard University School of Business Board of Advisors. Rodney is also currently serving on the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees and has been inducted into West Virginia University’s B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni and Procter & Gamble’s Roll of Distinguished Alumni. When Rodney is not leading or assisting, he’s teaching and was most recently chosen to be a Forbes contributing author – covering innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and disruptive technologies.
Sue Young leads the Facebook Events team, where she’s focused on helping people discover events, do more of what they’re passionate about, and spend time together in person. Launched in 2005, Facebook Events enables over 700 million people a month create, discover, and share events posted on Facebook. Since its launch, Facebook Events has brought people together all over the world— from performances and concerts, to birthday parties and family celebrations, and even sparking global movements.
Sue started at Facebook in 2012. Prior to leading the Events team, Sue led the first launch of Facebook Marketplace and worked on Facebook Places. She started her career at IBM and worked on the Obama primary and national election. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Planned Parenthood Northern California, which provides critical health care to people who need it most. She has an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Business and a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sue lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
Ant Taylor is the founder and CEO of Lyte. Lyte powers mobile ticketing solutions for event owners and fans, providing both a mobile-first alternative to resale websites. Since 2014, Lyte has partnered with over 300 top sports and entertainment brands, including BottleRock Music Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics, Mumford & Sons, Stagecoach Music Festival and more. Major ticketing platforms such as Eventbrite, Ticketfly, and Gingerbread Shed, owned by Goldenvoice, have integrated Lyte into their offering. Ant founded Lyte after observing the impact of the secondary ticket market on fans at the London Olympics. Hundreds of thousands of fans have since benefited from the Lyte solution. Before Lyte, Ant was an executive at ad technology pioneer Right Media, acquired by Yahoo in 2007 and ad cofounder of Moat, acquired by Oracle in 2017; two of the top five venture-backed exits in NYC history.
Jamie Cheek is an entertainment industry business manager and president of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy Inc., specializing in comprehensive business and financial management for a select roster of recording/touring artists. In 2017, Jamie was named one of Billboard’s Country Power Players. In 2016 and 2017, he was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Business Managers. Jamie was also the 2016 CMA Touring Awards Business Manager of the Year and was the 2013 CMA Standing Room Only (SRO) Business Manager of the Year. Jamie has been with FBMM since 1996.
Jamie is a graduate of the University of Richmond and received his MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He is a board member of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; treasurer for the Miles & Music Foundation; a former treasurer for the Nashville Film Festival; a graduate, former treasurer and past president of Leadership Music; a charter board member of Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for The Arts; and a member of NARAS, the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association and the Recording Academy.
Prior to joining Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy Inc., Jamie was an Examiner for the New York Stock Exchange.
Colin Evans joined Gametime in 2014 bringing critical experience of the ticket industry and marketplaces in the sports and entertainment space having helped found the very first one over 16 years ago.
After moving to San Francisco in 2000, Colin helped launch StubHub.com and served as its VP of Sales and Business Development during its formative years. Through his tenure, StubHub disrupted the ticket industry by creating a new category and democratizing access for fans to buy and also sell unused tickets. Colin was instrumental in the company’s growth and ultimate 2007 acquisition by eBay overseeing sports and music business development along with corporate sales and the large seller program.
Colin has split his career evenly between operational/board roles (StubHub, Bonobos, Spreecast, TicketLeap) and investing roles (TA Associates, BT Capital Partners). Prior to Gametime, Colin served as Vice President – Content & Business Development for Spreecast from 2011 to 2014. He’s invested in and/or advised dozens of online marketplaces and consumer platforms through his Sandwith Ventures, LLC.
Colin is a Pennsylvania native and remains a die-hard Eagles and Penn State fan. He went on to study Engineering and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania achieving dual BAS and BA
When Colin is not focused on Gametime, you can find him with his wife Amy and their two young sons, C.J. and Cooper.
Lisa Licht is the Chief Marketing Officer of US Concerts at Live Nation Entertainment, where she oversees digital marketing, creative, social media, email and promotional marketing as well as corporate marketing functions such as research and insights, strategic partnerships and corporate branding. This year she led the successful launch of the Festival Passport, the launch of the Live Nation Chat Bot as well as the most successful Summer Sale promotion to date. Lisa joined Live Nation last February 2016 as EVP of Marketing.
Licht was previously Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships at Yahoo! where she oversaw global video, news, sports, and lifestyle events and marketing campaigns as well as Live Nation’s live-streaming partnership. Before joining Yahoo, Licht held senior-level positions at both Hasbro and Twentieth Century Fox, setting the strategic direction for entertainment, licensing, and marketing initiatives. At both companies, she is credited with developing some of the largest promotional programs in their respective histories.
Lisa is married to Andy Licht and has 3 children, Lucy, Danny and Joey. Licht graduated from UC Santa Barbara and has an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Jared Smith was named president, Ticketmaster North America in December 2012. In this role, Jared is responsible for Ticketmaster’s world-leading ticketing software platforms and consumer businesses. Previously, Jared served as chief operating officer at Ticketmaster.
er since 2003. Under his leadership, Ticketmaster has continued to revolutionize the company’s approach to technology and fan engagement, particularly around using mobile tools to extend and enhance the live event experience. Always an instrumental part of innovative initiatives, Jared also led the transformation of the company’s client-facing sales and support organization and its focus on data-driven products, services and technology-driven marketing tools.
Prior to joining Ticketmaster, Jared held various roles in sports tourism and venue management. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa.
In July 2017, David Zedeck joined UTA as the Global Head of UTA Music, Partner and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors. A prominent music industry executive, with a track record of developing artists, and a passion for music, Zedeck oversees the company’s rapidly expanding worldwide music business. Previously, Zedeck served as Live Nation Entertainment’s Executive Vice President and President of Global Talent and Artist Development since 2012. At Live Nation, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s global touring initiatives, focusing on acquiring talent on behalf of their global business units and working with the company’s officers on global development. Prior to Live Nation, Zedeck worked at CAA where he represented artists including Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, Il Divo, among others. Earlier, Zedeck represented a multitude of artists which included Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Hilary Duff, Chaka Khan, “P. Diddy” Combs, and NSync.
Ben Tatta is Co-Founder and President of 605. He brings more than 25 years of media, technology and entertainment experience to his role at the company, where he leads strategy, business development, data and client solutions. Most recently, Ben served as President of Cablevision Media Sales, the television and digital sales division of Cablevision Systems Corporation, where he led the company’s overall media sales vision, strategy and plan including advanced advertising, product development and technology. During his tenure at Cablevision, Ben spearheaded the first system-wide deployment of household-level addressable advertising and pioneered breakthrough audience measurement and analytics solutions using census-level set-top box data. Prior to Cablevision Ben held senior leadership positions at such companies as USA Networks, IBM, ABC, Lagardere Media and eBay Enterprise Marketing. He received a B.A. in Economics from Villanova University.
Joe Atamian is an agent at Paradigm, based in Nashville, TN. He got his start booking shows for his friends’ bands in high school and continued his passion for the music industry as the head of the Student Activities Board/Concert Committee at Eastern Illinois University.
He was hired to Monterey Peninsula Artists (now Paradigm) in 2007, where he worked as a ticket counts coordinator and then Jonathan Levine’s assistant. He was promoted to agent in 2010 and since then has developed a diverse roster including The Lumineers, Sturgill Simpson, Big Gigantic, Cherub, Anderson East, Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, The Oh Hellos, and more.
Lee Anderson is an agent and a member of the Music Executive Group at Paradigm. He is a driving force behind the success of the agency, representing a diverse group of artists including Skrillex, Zedd, Disclosure, Claude VonStroke, Jacob Banks and Normani. Lee is also overseeing the growth of Paradigm’s hip-hop roster as well individually representing artists that include Gucci Mane, MadeinTYO and London On Da Track in the space. In 2017, he continued to sign and develop breakthrough artists such as Whethan, Berhana, and Westside Gunn & Conway.
Lee has twice been featured in Billboard’s “40 Under 40” list, as well as twice making their “Dance Power Players” list. He has also been nominated for Pollstar’s Bobby Brooks Award for Agent of the Year.
He has fifteen plus years of experience in the live music industry. Starting out as a music lover with a desire to create great events, he took on an internship booking shows while studying marketing at Champlain College in Vermont. This ultimately led to him launching his own concert production company. After six years of promoting concerts in the northeastern U.S., Lee joined boutique dance music agency AM Only in 2008. He rose to the level of vice president at AM Only, which was acquired by Paradigm in 2012 and came under the Paradigm name in 2017.
Jeff Castelaz is co-founder of The Pablove Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Jeff co-founded and served as CEO of Dangerbird Records and Publishing from 2003 to 2012. He then served as President of Warner Music Group’s Elektra Records, where he worked with Ed Sheeran, Fitz and the Tantrums, Saint Motel and Kaleo.
Jeff founded Cast Management in his hometown of Milwaukee. He has operated the company continuously since 1992. He manages Blues Traveler, Dropkick Murphys, KT Tunstall, Dead Sara, Violent Femmes, The Devil Makes Three and record producers Tony Hoffer, Matt Rollings and Justin Meldal-Johnsen.
Kevin McMahill began his career with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a police officer and promoted through the ranks. He was appointed undersheriff in November 2014. Kevin has been assigned in leadership positions over the Intelligence Led Policing Bureau, Patrol Division, and the Homeland Security Division.
As the second-in-command, he oversees day-to-day operations of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which includes the Clark County Detention Center. LVMPD has over 5,600 full time employees and a combined annual budget of one billion.
Kevin helped to lead the LVMPD through the implementation of its body worn camera roll-out, which enabled the department to increase its transparency to the community. The LVMPD was one of the first large police agencies to implement a body worn camera program and has become the model for other departments.
Kevin is a Leadership Las Vegas graduate, has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and is a graduate of both the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Program and the National Executive Institute.
Scott Aller started his career off as a professional touring musician. Today, he oversees the global marketing, branding, new market growth and lead generation efforts for KORE Software, a live entertainment data and analytics software company. He’s responsible for the commercialization of KORE Software and KORE Planning and Insights (KPI) through product positioning, communications, advertising, digital content, partnerships and promotions. Prior to joining KORE Software, Scott Aller was a Director of Client Development at Ticketmaster/LiveNation where he quarterbacked the support, strategy and growth plans for a portfolio of performing arts center clients.
Scott Goldman, Los Angeles, Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum. Goldman joined the Recording Academy as Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and the MusiCares Foundation in December 2005. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Development at City of Hope. From 1991 to 2005 he ran the organization’s fundraising efforts within the music and entertainment industries. He also oversaw City of Hope’s network of 10 regional fund raising offices around the country. Goldman joined City of Hope in 1989, serving in a variety of regional and national development positions. Throughout his tenure he lead the organization’s fundraising within music and entertainment industry. He began his fundraising career in 1983 with United Cerebral Palsy in Northern California. In 1985, he joined the March of Dimes Bay Area chapter as San Francisco Division Director. He went on to found the Northern California Chapter of the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness in 1987. Since spring 2009 he has hosted over 400 public programs at the GRAMMY Museum. Goldman became the Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum on February 1, 2017. A native of New York, Goldman received his Bachelor of Science degree in theatre from Skidmore College.016).
Lindsey Sokol, Festival Director at C3 Presents, started as an intern while attending The University of Texas and has been with the Austin-based company since 2008.
C3 creates, markets and produces live experiences, concerts and events worldwide. The C3 festival division produces some of the country’s top large-scale events including Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, The 56th and 57th Presidential Inauguration, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, Austin Food + Wine, and many more.
Outside of C3, Sokol currently serves as Founding Director of Austin Music People, an Austin nonprofit dedicated to advocating for the Austin Event community.
David Marcus is EVP, Head of Music for Ticketmaster, where he is responsible for the company’s largest business segment selling more than 60M concert tickets annually. Before joining Ticketmaster, Marcus was Chief Commercial Officer at ScoreBig, the country’s first name-your-own-price ticketing platform. Before Scorebig, Marcus spent 4 years as Warner Music Group’s SVP, Worldwide Artist Services, where he had direct oversight for the development of new lines of business for the music group, including global touring, ticketing, merchandising, and e-commerce. Previously, he was SVP, Global Music at Ticketmaster, LLC, where he built and led an international team that provided sales and marketing strategy and operational support to touring musical artists. Marcus began his career as an entertainment and intellectual property attorney at O’Melveny & Myers.
Kevin Lyman has shaped youth culture for over 35 years with his award winning expertise in the music and entertainment industry as well as business and philanthropic ventures. Lyman is best known as the creator of the Vans Warped Tour, going into its 24th and final year, which can be considered one of the most socially influential music tours in the United States.
He pioneered the successful integration of corporate sponsors with the extreme lifestyle, creating a blueprint for sponsorship integration widely duplicated in the marketplace today. Kevin’s production agency, 4Fini, uses this blueprint to produce some of the most influential events in the world including branded festivals and custom events.
Lately he has been involving himself with lifestyle start-ups like Saint Archer Brewery, Good Dye Young, Plus Ultra bamboo products & Villager Products.
For his philanthropic efforts, Lyman was recognized as the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year (2009), an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund Gala (2011 and 2014), was inducted into the Top Dog Touring Hall of Fame at the Tour Link Conference (2012) and received the TJ Martell Foundation Humanitarian Award (2016).
More commonly known by his stage persona “Clown”, Shawn Crahan is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, director and photographer. He is best known as one of the two custom percussionists and co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. When performing with Slipknot, he is also known as Number 6. Crahan is the only remaining founding member in Slipknot.
Crahan is the oldest member of Slipknot, and has been largely responsible for the band’s success with his extensive involvement in Slipknot’s media production, directing Slipknot’s music videos. Outside Slipknot, Crahan had two side project bands called To My Surprise and Dirty Little Rabbits. He also directed the 2016 film, Officer Downe.
Greg Patterson is Director, Venue Strategy at Eventbrite, where he leverages his seasoned history in live music to connect promoters, venues, and festival clients to killer technology that helps them pack their rooms, manage their shows, and connect artists with fans. Prior to Eventbrite, Greg created the music software company, Queue, in addition to co-founding two music companies: Artery Foundation, and Wonderful Union (formerly groundctrl) an artist services company which represents the digital needs of over two hundred acts, including Taylor Swift, Backstreet Boys, Drake, and Miley Cyrus.
Rit Venerus is the founder and President of Cal Financial Group. Founded in Charlottesville in 2003, the firm has additional offices in Nashville and New York. Cal Financial Group is a full service business management firm that serves entertainers in music film and television as well as professional athletes. Rit’s clients include the likes of Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Dead & Company as well as NBA All-Stars Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Brook Lopez.
James Rasmussen has been working with North American arenas and theatres for over a decade as a consultant, promoter and talent buyer. Currently, he is the Sr. Director of Arena Programming at Golden 1 Center, California’s newest world-class facility, active nearly 300 days a year, earning the venue Sports Business Journal’s Facility of the Year honors in 2017 after 5 months of operation.
He launched his career as a key member of the team that brought Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular to North America from Australia, where it grossed $90 million in 18 months. In 2009, he served as an Account Manager and Talent Buyer for ArenaNetwork managing day-to-day interaction with over 45 arenas and was eventually named Director of Marketing. In December of 2014, he joined the Sacramento Kings to guide the team’s booking business at Sleep Train Arena – Sacramento’s historic arena – and craft a world-class entertainment calendar at the downtown Golden 1 Center. As a Northern California native, he returned home to help make Sacramento Amplified after graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA in 2007