WASHINGTON, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association
of Ticket Brokers (NATB) today announced Washington Nationals President
Stan Kasten as keynote speaker for the 2007 Annual NATB Convention and
Trade Show, July 20-21 at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel -- the only 5-star
casino and hotel resort on the Las Vegas strip. Kasten will speak on July
20 during the lunch keynote address and is a participant of a panel
discussion regarding the interplay between teams and other primary sellers
and the secondary market following his address.
"Stan Kasten is an innovator and a leader in the sports industry," said
Russ Lindmark, President, NATB. "NATB is excited to have Stan Kasten
discuss his experiences as a successful executive and ideas for increased
cooperation between the secondary market ticket broker industry and primary
sellers, including sports franchises."
Stan Kasten, who was introduced as Nationals President by the Lerner
Group on May 3, 2006, brings an unrivaled resume to Washington. Best known
as serving as the President of three major sports franchises simultaneously
-- Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves, the National Basketball
Association's Atlanta Hawks, and the National Hockey League's Atlanta
Thrashers -- Kasten also served as Turner Broadcasting System's Vice
President of Sports Teams and as Chairman of Philips Arena. Kasten has also
served on various Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL committees, including
a stint as Chairman of the Player Personal Development Committee. He has
also served MLB on committees dealing with labor, realignment and
Perhaps most pertinent to Nationals fans, Kasten's leadership spawned
the most unique sports dynasty in all of sports. Under Kasten's watch, the
Braves established themselves as baseball's premier player development
machine. The results continue to this day, as Atlanta has captured 14
consecutive National League Division titles, which in turn led to five NL
pennants. Kasten earned a World Series ring in 1995, as Atlanta defeated
Cleveland in a six-game Fall Classic.
Mr. Kasten carries an expansive working knowledge of sports facilities
and their construction, as he spearheaded the conversion of Olympic Stadium
to Turner Field, which serves as the home of the Braves to this day. He
also oversaw the design of Philips Arena, the current home of Atlanta's
Hawks and Thrashers. Kasten brings a promising future to the Washington
Nationals, and Washington, D.C.
NATB's 2007 Convention and Trade Show focuses on "The Industry's
Future" and features seminars and workshops on managing a secondary market
ticket broker business and excelling in a changing industry, technology's
impact on the relationship between primary and secondary market ticket
brokers, combating negative state legislation impacting your business, and
working with the media to improve the industry and your business. 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
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/.
The NATB will host its annual trade show at the Wynn Las Vegas. The
room rate for the Wynn single/double is $249.00 for NATB Attendees. For
reservations please call 1-866-770-7555. Don't wait until the last minute
when no rooms are available at our price. Mention NATB when making
reservations to receive our special rate.
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. Towards 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.
SOURCE National Association of Ticket Brokers