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About TicketNetwork.com Since its launch in 2007, TicketNetwork.com has helped connect thousands of live entertainment fans to the vast network of independent sellers that list tickets on the TicketNetwork(R) Online Exchange. The site's straightforward design ... more.
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Ticket Brokers
Better Ticketing Association
Central Connecticut State University
All things in Don Vaccaro's earth is recognized as ticket a specific thing-or-other.
It is an increasing, higher than average-technology business, but Mr. Vaccaro, burly and energetic at 46, is well aware of his streets beginnings. On just the excursion of his tchotchke-stuffed clinic someone newly released early morning, he aimed to a wonderful workspace light at the shape of a united states Native indian key. "That's my scalper," he said making use of a grin. Last month admission brokers collected on a Las Vegas hotel for the fourth yearly Solution Summit, a 3-moment smorgasbord of products, workshops and networking organized by Mr. Vaccaro. At sections like "Web 2.: Software to Expand Your Marketplace Base" and "Building a Publicity Plan" they rubbed elbows with World-wide-web marketers, Ph.D.'s, promoting advisors including staff of Broadway illustrates and significant competitive sports clubs. "Ex-enemies are generally neighbours," Mr. Vaccaro reported as he darted involving panels around subsequent day time. Mr. Vaccaro has a tendency to confidence himself on bridging the decades. He bought his get started with thirty years previously in typical Damone design as he snagged 20 tickets for a Jethro Tull show at Madison Rectangular Vegetable garden, and that he constructed his brokerage service the old-fashioned way. "I decided to buy and ended up selling seat tickets towards the st for quite a few years," he stated. System available significantly more significant prizes, but bear in mind, also in 2002 he launched TicketNetwork, that provides broker agents technology, Website layouts and permission to access its around the internet admission swaps. Mr. Vaccaro would not be confused with Steve Opportunities - he is keen on giving his dim tshirts unbuttoned at the very top, and mispronounces confident thoughts "amp-u-theater" - but they have possessed enviable prosperity along with his firm, which presently has 220 employees but will have $400 million in gross purchases this year, he said. "I could rarely ever gratify my aspirations in growing the ticket enterprise as a stock broker," he explained. "Nowadays with software system you can significantly degree your organization, and getting into the application venture is much simpler than finding yourself in the brokerage firm operation. He even now has a brokerage, Metro Recreation, which sells by TicketNetwork. Jason Berger, an innovative York stock broker and past president from the Federal Connection of Solution Brokers, recognized Mr. Vaccaro's solutions.
Don Vaccaro and the Rev. Boise Kimber have launched Grace Church Websites for churches and nonprofit organizations. (Photo courtesy of Allison Simoes)
Don Vaccaro and the Rev. Boise Kimber have launched Grace Church Websites for churches and nonprofit organizations. (Photo courtesy of Allison Simoes) In February, TicketNetwork executive Don Vaccaro started Grace Church Websites to meet a need he discovered while talking to his friend, the Rev. Boise Kimber of New Haven, Conn. "We had purchased a website for over $1,000 and the persons that we purchased the website from, they disappeared," said Kimber, of his predominantly black First Calvary Baptist Church. After a discussion with Vaccaro, Kimber's church now has a free website.
In response to that statement, Don Vaccaro, the CEO of TicketNetwork, says he sees no difference between Church's actions and that of resellers.
It's very deceptive to the average concert goer," said Vaccaro.
In addition to executives from Ticketmaster and Live Nation, secondary market representatives StubHub CEO Chris Tsakalakis, Barry's Tickets president Barry Rudin and TicketNetwork CEO Don Vaccaro are also among those slated to speak.
For Vaccaro, who has served as a Billboard panelist before, the conference is just as important as the conversation it fosters. "The Billboard Touring Conference is even more important after the dissolution of the Concert Industry Consortium," Vaccaro pointed out.
At the keynote panel on the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, Jeff Kline, president of Veritix, Doug Lyons, a vice president at Tickets.com, and Don Vaccaro, CEO and founder of TicketNetwork, discussed the impact of the industry's biggest merger and agreed that while there remains cause for concern, brokers may benefit significantly from the deal.
"Not all concert business is bad, I'm just saying that Live Nation's concert business is bad," Vaccaro said. "Brokers don't care about paperless tickets themselves, they care about transferability," Vaccaro said.