WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders of the secondary market ticket broker industry often wonder how their working relationship with primary sellers can improve. Attendees of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) 2008 Convention and Trade Show - the largest and longest running industry event - will have a rare opportunity to discuss the interplay between the primary and secondary market ticket industries during a July 18 International Ticketing Association (INTIX) - hosted panel with the many of the primary market's biggest names. INTIX President Jeffrey Larris will moderate the discussion (Friday, July 18 from 10:45am - 12:00pm) with confirmed panelists Greg Bettinelli - Executive Vice President for Business Development and Strategy, Live Nation; Dan DeMato - Founder, FutureTix and Former Senior Director of Ticket Operations, New York Mets; Joe Freeman - Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Ticketmaster; Josh Logan - Senior Director of Ticket Operations, Houston Rockets; and Derek Palmer - Chief Commercial Officer, Tickets.com. "As the primary seller and secondary market industries continue to converge, it is critical for both industries to better understand how greater cooperation and understanding is mutually beneficial," said Tom Patania, President, NATB. "This can't miss panel discussion will open a dialogue between leaders in both industries and allow NATB members and other secondary market ticket brokers to better understand how primary sellers view the ticket resale industry." Confirmed panelists for the July 18 INTIX-hosted Primary Market Panel Discussion include: Jeffrey Larris - President, International Ticketing Association (INTIX) As president of INTIX, a nonprofit trade and professional organization committed to the advancement of admission services as an industry and profession, Jeffrey Larris is responsible for the overall operations of the Association. His former positions were with the American Craft Council, the College Art Association and the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, giving him a 20 year background in association management with extensive experience in conferences, trade shows, educational seminars, marketing and communication, membership development and strategic planning. Greg Bettinelli - Executive Vice President for Business Development and Strategy, Live Nation Greg is responsible for strategic direction and key business partnerships for the Live Nation's ticketing business. He has been with Live Nation since 2008. Prior to joining Live Nation, Greg held a number of leadership positions at eBay, including Sr. Director of Business Development at StubHub, where he led business development, partnerships, sales and seller development, including spearheading StubHub's landmark relationship with Major League Baseball. Before transitioning to StubHub from eBay, Greg led eBay.com's Event Tickets and Media businesses (including half.com). Greg was the eBay business leader who led eBay's acquisition of StubHub in 2007. Dan DeMato - Founder, FutureTix and Former Senior Director of Ticket Operations, New York Mets Dan has recently left his long-term position with the New York Mets as Senior Director of Ticket Operations to operate his newly formed full-service ticketing consulting company, FutureTix, Inc. During his 23 year tenure with the New York Mets Dan had oversight of a high-tech, fast-paced ticketing operation that processed in excess of four million tickets per year. Dan's focus is implementing revenue generating ticketing initiatives while maintaining the integrity of operating controls. Dan's office has ticketed World Series and National League Championship baseball; Rolling Stones, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel concerts; as well as International Soccer and other events. He has conducted numerous multi-channeled high-volume single day 'on sales'. Joe Freeman - Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Ticketmaster Joe Freeman is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Ticketmaster, where he directs the company's government relations and intellectual property efforts. In his 20 months at Ticketmaster he has also led Ticketmaster's corporate communications group. Prior to joining Ticketmaster, he practiced law for over 12 years as an antitrust and intellectual property attorney, and was introduced to the ticketing business through the successful defense of Ticketmaster against antitrust claims brought by Tickets.com over five years ago. Josh Logan - Senior Director of Ticket Operations, Houston Rockets As Senior Director of Ticket Operations, Josh Logan oversees the ticket operations department for the Houston Rockets and the Toyota Center. Logan joined the organization in February of 2002 and was instrumental in the opening of the Toyota Center in 2003. In this role, Logan is the project manager for primary ticketing provider Veritix (Vertical Alliance) and led the companies' strategic direction in the secondary ticketing market. President of the Greater Houston Area Ticketing Association (GHATA) and a member of the International ticketing Association (INTIX) since 1999, he was chair of the 2007 INTIX national conference and a current member of the INTIX Board of Directors Derek Palmer - Chief Commercial Officer, Tickets.com A 15-year veteran in the ticketing industry, Derek Palmer is the fueling force behind Tickets.com's operational and sales organizations. Now serving as Chief Commercial Officer, Derek has experienced first hand the different facets of the business, and has successfully found ways to streamline and improve efficiencies within his organizations. Over the course of his tenure with Tickets.com, Derek has been involved with client support, training and installations, technical service, consumer services, professional services and strategic operations. Setting internal record history with new client integrations, Derek has perfected this set-up process by aligning the right internal resources and developing the appropriate execution teams launching clients such as Times Union Center, formerly known as Pepsi Arena, 9:30 Club, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. NATB's 2008 Convention and Trade Show 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 the keynote address by Ticketmaster President and Chief Executive Officer Sean Moriarty, the primary market panel discussion, and business growth guru Verne Harnish as the featured speaker. The highlights of Saturday's scheduled events are the secondary market leadership panel, a discussion with ticket resale experts Dr. Stephen Happel and Professor Marianne Jennings 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 HYPERLINK "http://www.natb.org" 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 (http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/) from last year's rate. The room rate for the Wynn single/double is $229.00 for NATB Convention and Trade Show attendees. Available rooms are limited, so please call Terry Stevenson at 630-510-4594 to reserve a room. About the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) 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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