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 resales." 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 Radio. 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 http://www.natb.org, 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: https://www.b-online.com/secure/natb/. 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 http://www.natb.org.
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