WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) today announced Ticketmaster President and Chief Executive Officer Sean Moriarty as keynote speaker for 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. In a transaction expected to finalize in the first quarter of 2008, Ticketmaster recently announced the acquisition of TicketsNow, an online marketplace for ticket resales. "As a leader in the primary ticket sales industry, Sean Moriarty has acknowledged that sports and entertainment fans have embraced ticket resale," said Tom Patania, President, NATB. "NATB is excited to have Sean Moriarty discuss his vision for the ticket resale industry." Sean Moriarty is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Ticketmaster. He is responsible for operational leadership of all aspects of Ticketmaster's worldwide business as well as global product and technology strategy and distribution channels across all business units. Mr. Moriarty was an early member of the original Citysearch technology team and served Ticketmaster's predecessor, Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch, as Director of Internet Systems for Citysearch and Vice President of Internet Systems for both Citysearch and Ticketmaster.com. Since 1997, Mr. Moriarty has held progressive roles in the two companies including, Executive Vice President, Technology for Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch, and President and Chief Operating Officer, Ticketmaster. Sean Moriarty serves on the Board of Directors of iLike.com as well as several technology advisory boards. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina, was an Exchange Fellow at the University of Warwick, Coventry UK, and attended graduate school at Boston University and the University of South Carolina. 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 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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