WASHINGTON, April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) today announced that the industry's biggest names have agreed to participate in the NATB Convention and Trade Show's Secondary Market Leadership Panel on Saturday, July 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. Confirmed panelists for this can't miss discussion are viagogo Founder and CEO Eric Baker, RazorGator CEO and President Jeff Lapin, Ticket Technology Founder Russ Lindmark, TicketsNow President and CEO Cheryl Rosner, and StubHub President/eBay Tickets General Manager Chris Tsakalakis. "NATB is thrilled to have this panel of industry all-stars share their vision of the secondary market's future," said Tom Patania, President, NATB. "Secondary market ticket brokers and other NATB Convention and Trade Show attendees will have a rare opportunity to discuss industry-related topics with these leaders." Eric Baker is founder & CEO of viagogo, the leading European secondary ticketing business. Prior to viagogo, Eric co-founded StubHub.com, the leading U.S. online secondary ticketing company for live events. Eric took StubHub from an idea on a sheet of paper to a rapidly growing, profitable business that revolutionized the way that fans buy tickets in the secondary market and was acquired by eBay for $307M. As President, Eric was primarily responsible for sales/business development, strategic planning, financing, and public relations. Jeffrey Lapin is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of RazorGator Interactive Group, an ecommerce company which sells secondary event tickets and related services. Mr. Lapin served as a private consultant to several companies from May 2004 through December 2006, including In-Fusio Group, Riverdeep, Ubisoft, Capcom, and Four Queens. Russ Lindmark is the founder of Ticket Technology, the first software company owned by, and created for, Ticket Brokers. Ticket Technology offers the secondary market ticket broker industry the most robust set of software tools to help make smarter business decisions and provides the highest level of integration and automation available in the industry today. Russ is the owner of Ticket Solutions, Inc., a ticket brokerage based in Overland Park, Kansas and is a former president of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB). Cheryl Rosner, President and CEO of TicketsNow, is responsible for the overall direction and management of TicketsNow and works closely with the company's executive team in developing strategies that will produce new offerings for consumers and foster future business growth. Joining TicketsNow in May 2007, Cheryl has more than 15 years experience in successfully leading burgeoning businesses, including Expedia and Hotels.com. Chris Tsakalakis, President of StubHub and General Manager of eBay Tickets, led eBay's acquisition of StubHub in 2007 and is General Manager of the combined eBay Tickets / StubHub business, responsible for full P&L and post-merger integration. Chris has been an eBay Marketplaces executive since 2003. Prior to joining eBay Tickets, Chris managed the Advanced Solutions Group which provides solutions for advanced buyers and sellers and includes eBay Stores, ProStores, Trading Platforms, Seller Marketing and Tools, the eBay Developers program and Shipping. 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, a 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 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. 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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