Showcasing the future of live entertainment ticketing

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With seven years of continuous growth, the Forum is the world’s most important business meeting for ticketing leaders in sports and entertainment. More than ticketing, we encompass the entire ticketing ecosystem from digital marketing and discovery through to pricing, CRM, data and analytics. Join us in Manchester on 9-10 April as we get Connecting The Ticketing Ecosystem… Together.

The Speaker Line Up

  • Áron Farkas

    International Relations Sziget Cultural Management

    Áron Farkas

    International Relations , Sziget Cultural Management

    Áron is a member of the Sziget Cultural Management’s international relations team since 2014. Working on selling as many tickets as possible for Sziget Festival, Balaton Sound and VOLT Festival all over the world. Sziget Festival is one of the, if not the most international festival there is, with visitors coming from over 100 different countries and a total attendance of 565.000 over it’s 7 day period in 2018. 

  • Isabelle Chevalier

    Executive VP Europe Weezevent

    Isabelle Chevalier

    Executive VP Europe, Weezevent

    Isabelle Chevalier is leading the internationalisation of Weezevent, with a focus in Europe. She started her career at Sony Music Entertainment where she quickly progressed from Business Affairs Manager to Executive VP Business Development. Then she followed a change of career abroad with projects in Brazil and Spain to return to music and events at Intellitix for four years.

  • Paul Deason

    CEO Motorsport Live

    Paul Deason

    CEO, Motorsport Live

    Paul Deason is a graduate in Business Computing & IT. After graduating, he worked for an insurance start-up as a web technologies computer programmer.
    In his spare time, he set-up Bookf1.com, an independent ticketing reseller specialising in the motorsport ticketing market. In 2007, Paul left his employment to focus solely on Bookf1.com, which has now grown into one of the largest motorsport ticketing resellers in the UK. In 2018, Bookf1.com joined the Motorsport Network and Paul took on the role as CEO of Motorsport Live, a new division tasked with developing international ticketing, experience, and travel services.

  • Markus Laub

    Former General Manager FC Basel 1893

    Markus Laub

    Former General Manager , FC Basel 1893

    Marcus has over 20 years of experience in the development, setting-up, management and optimization of companies as well as departments of various sizes and industries. Broad, interdisciplinary expertise, “out of the box” thinking in strategy development and implementation with a strong analytical and ethical mindset. Outstanding strengths in achieving successes in “impossible” and exceptional situations and projects due to team spirit, enthusiasm and assertiveness.
    Continuous top lecture ratings in participant surveys at national and international level.

  • Rick Jurkiewicz

    Head of Ticketing & Data Protection Officer Rugby Football League

    Rick Jurkiewicz

    Head of Ticketing & Data Protection Officer, Rugby Football League

    Starting in 1997 at Way Ahead (now ‘SEE’) in Nottingham, Rick moved to lead Ticketmaster’s Client Services team in Manchester in 2004. 2012 saw Rick move to Ticketmaster’s International Sports division providing technical support for Euro2012, London Olympics, Rugby League and Rugby Union World Cups, before being presented with a rare opportunity to join Ticketmaster’s Business Development Team, reconnecting once again with music and theatre. Head of Ticketing at a National Governing Body was an obvious next step in his career spent focused on acquiring experience, and his subsequent appointment as Data Protection Officer was a natural extension to Rick’s work in ticketing.

  • Nick Dodds

    Director FEI (Festival & Events International)

    Nick Dodds

    Director, FEI (Festival & Events International)

    Nick is a leading UK expert on cultural venues, festivals and events and cultural development with 30 years’ experience as a Consultant, Chief Executive, COO and leader in both the commercial and public sectors. His company, FEI, specialises in strategic planning, governance, cultural programming, and business planning for venues, festivals and events internationally. Nick is currently advising the Georgian Government on developing festivals along the Black Sea coast; recently authored the major study Thundering Hooves 2.0: a ten year strategy to sustain the success of Edinburgh’s Festivals; and has advised governments and organisations worldwide. He was seconded to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, as Chief Operating Officer of the London 2012 Festival; was Chief Executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival for eight years; and Administrative Director of the Edinburgh International Festival for ten years. In 2015 he was given a life-time achievement award by the International Festivals and Events Association, USA, the industry’s highest honour.

  • Dawn Farrow

    Founder and CEO Boom Ents / Boom Sport

    Dawn Farrow

    Founder and CEO, Boom Ents / Boom Sport

    Dawn Farrow is a Performance Marketing Specialist for some of the best known entertainment brands, live events and experiences in the UK. She founded Boom in 2012 to become the first female agency CEO servicing not just theatre but also outdoor events and festivals, family theatre, immersive entertainment, consumer exhibitions, venues, visitor attractions and celebrity social media. Dawn’s success has been recognised by a series of high profile organisations. The business was awarded ‘Best New Business’, in the Top 100 UK Start-Up Awards in 2015 and was shortlisted in the top six ‘Best Small Agencies’ in the 2016 UK Agency Awards. Boom’s success has driven audiences of millions to more than 170 live events as diverse as The Luna Cinema, Grand Designs Live, BBC Countryfile Live, Dinner at The Twits, Thunderbirds, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Disney’s Fantasia, to name a few.

  • Mike Bohndiek

    Director/Consultant PTI Consulting

    Mike Bohndiek

    Director/Consultant, PTI Consulting

    Mike formed PTI Consulting with the aim of enabling clubs and venues to access industry specific technology leaders. In the current climate PTI address the considerable digital transformation and strategic technology needs in the sports and entertainment industry. Having worked across 23 venues in football, rugby, cricket, golf and venues in general over his 14-year career in the sector to date, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the ticketing, data and insight space from a provider and customer perspective, having built, deployed and operated the platforms behind several club operations and procured industry recognised systems.

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TheTicketingBusiness Awards were launched in order to recognise leadership, innovation & achievement in the application of ticketing across sports, performing arts, music, cinema, live entertainment and visitor attractions. Nominations for TheTicketingBusiness Awards are now closed - and winners will be announced at TheTicketingBusiness Forum in April.

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