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 expansion. 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 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/. 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.
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