Foremost Ticket Resale Industry Experts Dr. Stephen Happel and Professor Marianne Jennings to Speak Exclusively at the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) Convention and Trade Show

Feb 21, 2008, 00:00 ET from National Association of Ticket Brokers

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association
 of Ticket Brokers (NATB) today announced that two of the foremost experts
 on the secondary market ticket broker industry -- Arizona State
 University's Dr. Stephen Happel and Professor Marianne Jennings -- will
 participate in an exclusive panel discussion at the 2008 Annual NATB
 Convention and Trade Show, July 17-19 at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel (the only
 casino resort to have the Mobil 5 Star and AAA 5 Diamond rating for its
 Tower Suites).
     "NATB is honored that Dr. Happel and Professor Jennings have agreed to
 this exclusive appearance at the largest and longest running secondary
 market ticket broker event," said Tom Patania, President, NATB. "Attendees
 at this year's NATB Convention and Trade Show will greatly benefit from Dr.
 Happel's and Professor Jennings' breadth of knowledge on the industry and
 their dedication to arguing for a free and open secondary market for ticket
     Dr. Stephen Happel is a Professor of Economics at the Arizona State
 University W.P Carey School of Business. His research focuses on applied
 microeconomics and population issues. He has written two textbooks and over
 60 articles in professional journals and popular outlets, including the
 Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor.
 This work covers arguments for free-market ticket scalping, defense of
 tenure, the rationale for slotting fees in supermarkets, and the snowbird
 lifestyle among retirees.
     Professor Marianne Jennings is a member of the Department of Management
 in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and is a
 professor of legal and ethical studies in business. At ASU she teaches
 graduate courses in the MBA program in business ethics and the legal
 environment of business. Her columns have been syndicated around the
 country, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago
 Tribune, the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Reader's Digest. A
 collection of her essays, Nobody Fixes Real Carrot Sticks Anymore, first
 published in 1994 is still being published. She was given an Arizona Press
 Club award in 1994 for her work as a feature columnist. She has been a
 commentator on business issues on All Things Considered for National Public
     NATB's 2008 Trade Show and Convention is three days and two nights of
 informative industry seminars and workshops, as well as entertaining
 networking events. Scheduled events include an opportunity to meet other
 industry leaders during the Thursday, July 17 NATB President's Welcome
 Reception. Friday, July 18 events include a keynote address by Ticketmaster
 President and Chief Executive Officer Sean Moriarty; a primary market panel
 discussion; featured speaker, business growth guru Verne Harnish; and the
 NATB legal fund dinner. The highlights of Saturday's scheduled events are a
 secondary market leadership panel and the NATB Annual Meeting. Other
 industry related workshops and breakout sessions are scheduled as well and
 social events during the Convention and Trade Show include: open bar
 throughout the trade show, breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and
 exclusive cocktail parties to meet industry professionals.
     Planning for the NATB convention and trade show, including additional
 guest speakers and social events is ongoing. Any questions regarding the
 NATB trade show should be directed to NATB's offices at (630) 510-4594 or
 by visiting the NATB Web site at, which will include
 regular updates.
     Register for the industry's largest and longest running trade show
 focused on the secondary market by reserving your spot via NATB's secure,
 online transaction form at:
     NATB has secured lower hotel room prices at the Wynn Las Vegas from
 last year's rate. The room rate for the Wynn single/double is $229.00 for
 NATB Convention and Trade Show attendees. For reservations please call
 1-866-770-7555 and mention NATB to receive our special rate. Don't wait
 until the last minute when no rooms are available at our price.
     The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) was formed in 1994 by
 a group of leading ticket brokers, involved in the sale of sports, concerts
 and theater admission tickets, for the purpose of establishing an
 industry-wide standard of conduct and to create ethical rules and
 procedures to educate the public concerning ticket-brokering services and
 to serve the primary goal of the NATB, promoting consumer protection. All
 members of the NATB are dedicated to the principle of assuring the public
 that dealings with NATB members are conducted with integrity, reliability
 and convenience. To this end, the NATB has created procedures that permit
 the public to report improper and unethical conduct by ticket brokers, and
 to disseminate consumer protection warnings and guidelines. Through
 self-governance, the NATB has provided many enhanced protections for
 ticket-buying consumers. The NATB has worked with law enforcement agencies
 across the country, state and federal legislators and the NFL and other
 professional sports leagues and teams, to accomplish these goals, and has
 been vital in the NFL's fight against counterfeit and stolen tickets. More
 information about the NATB is available at

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