WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) today announced that the association's Board of Directors elected Tom Patania as NATB President during the 2007 annual meeting in Las Vegas on July 21. Patania, formerly an elected NATB Secretary from 2006-2007 and owner of Select-A-Ticket in Riverdale, New Jersey, succeeds Russ Lindmark as the NATB President. "Tom Patania's experience as a NATB officer and his vast knowledge of state legislation and other issues impacting the secondary market ticket broker industry makes him the perfect choice as NATB's new president," said Russ Lindmark, former president, National Association of Ticket Brokers. "I am proud to have served as NATB President for the past year, during which time several states, including New York, enacted legislation to create a free, secondary market for ticket re-sales. As a board member for 2007-2008, I look forward to working with Tom Patania to ensure that any remaining states prohibiting or limiting the re-sale of tickets will enact similar, deregulating legislation." Tom Patania, a secondary market ticket broker since 1978, is a founding member of NATB. He also is a founding member and former president of the East Coast Ticket Brokers Association (ECTBA). Other NATB officers for 2007-2008 include Ken Solky, Vice President; Joel Schwartz, Vice President - Membership; Gerry Levenberg, Secretary; Ray Cooke, Treasurer; and Jason Berger, Past President. "The secondary market ticket broker industry is facing its toughest challenges and greatest opportunities," said Tom Patania, President, National Association of Ticket Brokers. "As NATB's president, I will ensure that the association continues its proud tradition fighting for the interests of secondary market ticket brokers and that the membership is properly prepared to face the industry's future." The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB), http://www.natb.org, was formed in 1994 by a group of concerned ticket brokers who desired to establish an industry-wide standard of conduct and to create ethical rules and procedures to protect the public and foster a positive perception of the industry. While the goals of the NATB are many, our primary goal is to represent the interests of legitimate ticket brokers by promoting consumer protection and educating the public about our industry. This is done by assuring the public that when dealing with an NATB member, they are working with an honest, reliable broker that will deliver what is promised. In addition, the NATB has created a platform that allows the public to report unethical conduct by ticket brokers. Through self-governance, the NATB has provided enhanced protections for ticket-buying consumers. NATB has worked with law enforcement agencies, state and federal legislators and professional sports leagues and teams. Indeed, NATB 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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