VenuesNow Speakers

VenuesNow Conference will bring together thought-leaders and visionaries across our dynamic industry to speak about the myriad of opportunities and challenges that face our business.  The following individuals have been confirmed as speakers for VenuesNow 2017

– with more to be announced!


Day Three

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Bill Abercrombie

EVP and TBEP Business Development
Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment

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Paul Engl
 

General Manager
IMG/WME
 

Engl is the General Manager of IMG Los Angeles, overseeing brands/properties in college sports. The properties and asset mix that he represents include UCLA Athletics, the Rose Bowl Stadium, the UCLA Alumni Association, and UCLA Campus Life/Recreation. In his role, Engl manages some of the most iconic brands in Los Angeles which are visible through many forms of media on a local, regional, national and global level. He received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and his Master’s degree from Hollins University. His previous employment includes four seasons with the Oakland Raiders in the NFL and five years within the San Diego Padres organization. Engl is married to his wife Iwona with four children Aleksy, Christopher, Nickolas, and Ella.

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Tucker Kain

CFO
LA Dodgers

 

Tucker Kain enters his sixth year as CFO of the LA Dodgers and Managing Director of Guggenheim Baseball Management. Mr. Kain led the diligence effort in acquiring the Los Angeles Dodgers, the largest team sports transaction in history, 2012. Since the purchase, Mr. Kain was also instrumental in navigating the execution of the Dodgers’ 25-year agreement with then Time Warner Cable to monetize the club’s local television rights, which included the creation and operation of a newly formed Regional Sports Network, SportsNetLA. In 2015, under the direction of Mr. Kain, the Dodger ownership group launched a venture capital initiative to utilize the Dodger platform to create and participate in value and growth in the Sports and Entertainment industry. With a focus on technology, the Dodgers ran the first-ever Sports and Entertainment Accelerator, attracting over 575 applicants from 37 countries around the world. The 10 program companies selected participated in a 3-month acceleration program, culminating with a one-of-a-kind Demo Day at Dodger Stadium in early November, 2015. This program continued in 2016 with five companies and plans are underway for a 2017 accelerator. Previously, Mr. Kain was a Vice President at Guggenheim Partners in New York City, working in the corporate credit group overseeing an investment portfolio in excess of $2.0 billion. Mr. Kain grew up in Cleveland Ohio and received his B.A. degree in Economics from Williams College. Kain was selected by Sports Business Journal for its 40 under 40 Award in 2014. He and his wife, Ali, and daughter Palmer, reside in Brentwood.

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Dan Palmer
 

Director of Integration
L-Acoustics

 

Dan is Head of Integration for L-Acoustics Applications team and is based in Los Angeles, CA.  He is currently in his 13th year at L-Acoustics, a world class loudspeaker manufacturer based in Paris, France with US offices in Los Angeles. He leads L-Acoustics integration and bid spec projects, supporting sound designers, acousticians and venue managers on multi-use sound system integration for concert venues including PACs and Amphitheaters and major sport venues in the NBA, NHL, NFL, and NCAA.   Dan explains, “We work closely with sound design consultants, venue managers and L-Acoustics certified network or contractors to help advance L-Acoustics growth in the professional sound market in the US, Canada and internationally. We provide design support, budget optimization and high level client support as a requirement. I enjoy working with some extremely talented people both inside and outside of our company”.

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Rob Beckham

Partner & Co-Head Nashville
WME

 

ROB BECKHAM is a Partner at WME, a leading global entertainment agency.  In his role as Co-Head of WME’s Nashville office, Beckham steers the team of agents responsible for guiding the daily touring, television, motion picture, literary and sponsorship opportunities for some of the biggest names in country music. His client roster includes Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Chase Bryant, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann and many others.  Beckham has been named to Billboard’s Power 100 and Nashville Power Players Lists, and Variety Magazine named him one of the top Touring Agents in the country. An alumnus of the University of Montana, Beckham sits on the Board of Overseers for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and on the Board of Directors for the Country Music Association, the TJ Martell Foundation and Make-A-Wish for Middle Tennessee. He is a member of the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

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Dan Griffis
 

President
Narrative Partners
 

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Tim Leiweke

CEO
Oak View Group

 

Tim Leiweke founded Oak View Group (OVG) in 2015 and serves as the company’s CEO. With over 30 years of global sports and entertainment experience, Leiweke is a widely respected industry leader and has been deeply involved in the evolution of the NHL, NBA and MLS. Leiweke partnered with music industry titan Irving Azoff (Azoff Madison Square Garden Entertainment) to launch OVG, a development and investment company comprised of an Arena & Stadium Alliance, a sponsorship subsidiary, an advisory group and a venture fund division which recently invested in Miami Beckham United led by global soccer icon, David Beckham. Prior to OVG, Leiweke served as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). In his first year with MLSE, Leiweke led a transformation of the Toronto Raptors, which resulted in a record for wins and back-to-back Division Championships. With Toronto FC, Leiweke orchestrated a dramatic overhaul, which ignited the club’s first ever playoff berth in 2015. It was during this time that Leiweke ranked fifth on the Sports Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential and eighth on Billboard’s 100 Most Powerful in Music – the only President & CEO to rank on both lists. During his 18 years at the helm of AEG, Leiweke led the company’s evolution into a global live entertainment organization capable of developing, producing, marketing and managing sports and entertainment programming in its venues worldwide. It was through Leiweke’s vision that the $2.5 billion L.A. LIVE complex was built in Downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, Leiweke architected AEG’s global expansion, including development of O2 Arenas and stadiums in London, China and Germany. Leiweke then built AEG Live into the second largest promoter in the world with artists including; Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones, Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Chesney, Celine Dion, The Eagles and Katy Perry. AEG Live also became one of the world’s largest festival organizers through partnerships with the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals. Deeply committed to the community, Tim and his family dedicate their time to a range of charitable initiatives. Through their work the Leiwekes have been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League’s 2007 Humanitarian Award, Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Man of the Year. Tim is also a current member of the Pandora Board of Directors

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Chris Robinette

CEO
Prevent Advisors

 

With over a decade of experience in both the conventional Army and Special Forces community, Chris delivers a wealth of security and counterterrorism experience. Throughout his career, he has built partnerships across a wide spectrum of governmental and military leaders to improve stability, security, and capacity in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Chris has led teams in conflict zones ranging from the Middle East to Eastern Europe and methodically worked to build outcome based security solutions. Recognized for his professional excellence, Chris also served as an instructor with the Special Operations Training Detachment at the Joint Readiness Training Center, charged with training and preparing Special Forces units for global engagements. Following his military service, Chris worked at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s San Francisco office. He also holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPA from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.   Chris remains an unwavering fan of University of Michigan athletics and a proud member of the Boston Red Sox Nation.

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Dan Berkowitz

Founder / CEO
CID Entertainment


 

Dan Berkowitz is a firm believer in the transformative power of music and is dedicated to creating experiences that are equally immersive, unforgettable and seamless for his fellow diehard music lovers. Dan started in the music business like many before him, handing out flyers for his favorite bands and venues. He worked his way up, becoming the tour manager for The Disco Biscuits in 2004, overseeing their day-to-day operations. After leaving the road in 2006, Dan worked for Electric Factory Concerts, while laying the groundwork for what would later become CID Entertainment, creating unique travel packages and VIP experiences for marquee events in Philadelphia. In 2007, Dan left Electric Factory Concerts to focus full-time on CID Entertainment. Under his leadership, the company has experienced tremendous growth while maintaining excellence in program offerings and guest service. The company has expanded from a one-man operation to a team of 70 + hardworking, passionate, caring individuals that make CID Entertainment what it is today. Headquartered in Philadelphia with offices in Denver and Nashville, CID Entertainment offers enhanced live music and travel experiences at a wide array of events, festivals and tours worldwide. CID partners include Coachella, Bonnaroo, Kenny Chesney, MUSE, Blake Shelton, Bassnectar, My Morning Jacket and Kendrick Lamar, among others. In 2015, the company launched CID Presents, a boutique end-to-end event production branch of the company that offers superfans once-in-a-lifetime music destination events, including Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa, Phish: Riviera Maya, Los Muertos con Queso and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya.

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Peter Guber
 

Chairman & CEO
Mandalay Entertainment

Peter Guber is Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group. Prior to Mandalay, Peter was Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment, Chairman and CEO of Polygram Entertainment, Co-Founder of Casablanca Record & Films and President of Columbia Pictures. He produced or executive produced (personally or through his companies) films that garnered five Best Picture Academy Award nominations (winning for Rain Man) and box office hits that include The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Batman, Flashdance, The Kids Are All Right and Soul Surfer.   Peter Guber is operating Owner of the 2015 and 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Owner and Executive Chairman of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). He is Chairman of Dick Clark Productions and Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Board and an investor for NextVR. Peter is co-executive Chairman of Team Liquid in esports. Peter Guber is a Regent of the University of California, a full professor at UCLA, and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Tell to Win.

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Ben Lyons

ESPN


 

Ronan Wall
 

VP Strategy and Operations
Ticketmaster
 

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Dave Brooks
 

Senior Correspondent, Touring/Live Entertainment
Billboard
 

Bio: After a decade as an award-winning reporter and magazine editor for trade publication Venues Today, Dave ventured out on his own in 2014 to start Amplify, a member-driven news service covering the live music and concert industry. In 2017, Dave joined forces with Billboard, the world’s largest music brand, where today he works as a senior correspondent while continuing to oversee the editorial management and day-to-day responsibilities of Amplify Media. Dave grew up in Northern California’s East Bay and attended U.C. Santa Cruz where he studied political science and met his wife Kristen, mother to his son Wesley born in January of 2017. Dave has worked at several newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, serving in the company’s Orange County Headquarters.

Danny Hayes

Danny Wimmer Presents
 

Danny Hayes, CEO of DWP, has been a business advisor and attorney for Danny Wimmer Presents since 2007, joining full-time as CEO in July 2014.  A preeminent entertainment attorney and founding partner of consumer rewards website Swagbucks, Hayes oversees day-to-day operations and drives the company’s business development and growth initiatives. As an attorney, Hayes has represented iconic artists including Tool, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Paramore, Staind, Corey Taylor and Yanni.

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Mary Milne

SVP Guest Experience & Blue Ribbon Service
Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment

Tim Zulawski

SVP Chief Commercial Officer
AMB Sports + Entertainment

As SVP, Chief Commercial Officer Tim Zulawski is responsible for leading the strategy, growth and management of sponsorship and broadcast sales and service for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Additionally, Zulawski will oversee a newly created Mega Events division for Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the existing brokerage agreements between the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Dome and Georgia World Congress Center. Zulawski has over 13 years of experience with the organization, and previously served as Vice President of Sponsorship Sales & Service for AMBS+E. He’s responsible for developing the go to market sponsorship strategy for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium targeting local, regional, national and international corporations. Under his direction, the AMBS+E partnership team has achieved record breaking sponsorship revenue numbers and partnership satisfaction. Zulawski has been instrumental in negotiating many of AMBS+E’s most comprehensive partnership agreements including the Mercedes-Benz Stadium naming rights and Founding Partnerships with IBM, Equifax, Georgia Power, NCR, The Home Depot & American Family Insurance. Tim’s character and work ethic recently gained him acknowledgment by Sports Business Journal as he was named a recipient of their Forty under Forty for the class of 2016. Prior to joining the organization, Zulawski worked for Palace Sports and Entertainment where he negotiated sponsorships for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm and the St. Pete Times Forum. His sports marketing career started in public relations with the Buffalo Bills as a high school senior in 1993. A native of Buffalo, New York, Zulawski holds a Management Information Systems degree from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia and a Master’s degree in Sports Management from Springfield College. Tim and his wife Erika are active in various charitable organizations in the Atlanta community.

Dan is Head of Integration for L-Acoustics Applications team and is based in Los Angeles, CA.  He is currently in his 13th year at L-Acoustics, a world class loudspeaker manufacturer based in Paris, France with US offices in Los Angeles. He leads L-Acoustics integration and bid spec projects, supporting sound designers, acousticians and venue managers on multi-use sound system integration for concert venues including PACs and Amphitheaters and major sport venues in the NBA, NHL, NFL, and NCAA.   Dan explains, “We work closely with sound design consultants, venue managers and L-Acoustics certified network or contractors to help advance L-Acoustics growth in the professional sound market in the US, Canada and internationally. We provide design support, budget optimization and high level client support as a requirement. I enjoy working with some extremely talented people both inside and outside of our company”.