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An EAMC Podcast - Explore the personal journeys and experiences of people in the live entertainment industry. Join hosts Dave Redelberger and Paul Hooper as they talk with guests who work in live entertainment about what they are currently doing, their history in the industry, and the challenges they faced along the way to lead them to where they are today. Adventures In Venueland is a side project of the Event & Arena Marketing Conference, a non-profit organization bringing together people ...
 
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From west Philadelphia, born and raised, working with venues is how she spends most of her days. Join us for a discussion with Dr. Debonair Oates-Primus, VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Oak View Group. Hear about the work Dr. Deb is doing with OVG – working with venues to track diversity within their organization and with the businesses …
 
BONUS EPISODE – Having a ruff day? Furr-get your worries and head backstage for this paw-sitive, off-the-leash, episode with Live Nation Pawduction Manager, Backstage Bowie. 🐶 We chat with all around awesome person and Bowie’s owner, Lindsay Gjerde, who’s a regional Production Manager for Live Nation. Lindsey tells us about when she first started t…
 
Head with us to the sunny state of Arizona, where we catch up with Kelly Lovell-Taylor, Marketing & PR Officer at Tempe Center for the Arts. Kelly, who recently won the Impact Award at the 2022 EAMC Conference, talks about her involvement in the creation of the Tempe Black Employee Alliance, the first black employee group established in any governm…
 
Plunge into the Land of 1,000 Lakes with our very first LIVE episode of Adventures In Venueland, recorded in front of a live audience in the Twin Cities at the Event & Arena Marketing Conference. We chat with Kosha Irby, Chief Marketing Officer at Professional Bull Riding, and 2022 EAMC Hall of Fame Inductee. Kosha tells us all about his career jou…
 
Lalaland returns as we collect another guest from the City Of Angels with Samantha Marker, Social Media Manager at SoFi Stadium, YouTube Theater, and Hollywood Park. This episode rounds out our Adventures In Venueland team, as Samantha tells us about her involvement with the podcast as well as the Event & Arena Marketing Conference. She walks us th…
 
We hike down to the Grand Canyon State and catch up with Kate Girotti, Regional VP of Marketing for ASM Global and Assistant GM of Gila River Arena in Glendale, for this Venueland adventure. Kate tells us about her roles in ASM, which takes her around to venues all over the country and beyond to assist with marketing strategies, building openings, …
 
BONUS EPISODE – What's that around the corner? Is it an in-person EAMC conference for the first time in three years? We're only four weeks out from the return of the Event & Arena Marketing Conference, which brings together the brightest minds across live events and venues to discuss marketing, publicity, group sales, and more. For those unaware, A…
 
Start your engines, grab your skateboard, and get ready as we drop into an action sports filled interview with Jessi Armstrong, Director of Marketing & Fan Experience for Thrill One Sports & Entertainment, the company that produces properties such as Nitro Circus, Street League Skateboarding, Nitro Rallycross, and Ridiculousness' Thrill One Media. …
 
The stars at night are big and bright 👏👏👏 as we head deep into the heart of Austin, Texas to catch up with Jeff Nickler, SVP for Oak View Group, and project lead for the brand new Moody Center which opens with its first public event tonight! Hear how the country roads of West Virginia led Jeff’s career to the hotel industry in Miami, a cutting edge…
 
This is no desert mirage, we’re chatting with Gina Rotolo, VP of Marketing & Communications for Coachella Valley Firebirds, a freshly-hatched AHL team who will be nesting at Acrisure Arena, the brand new Oak View Group arena coming to Coachella Valley, California. Gina, who is currently in Texas but will soon relocate, tells us all about the new te…
 
Oaktown what’s good? For this episode we head to the Bay Area to talk with Lionel Bea, Director of Operations & Co-founder of Bay Area Productions, an urban event production company based in Oakland, with a focus on hip hop, R&B, gospel, blues and comedy acts. Lionel also serves as SVP of Black Promoters Collective, a coalition of six of the nation…
 
Kick on the lasers and wait for the bass to drop as we catch up with Jace Cohen, Co-founder of Versa. Jace’s company specializes in talent buying and festival experiences, and he shares how they have adapted and innovated over the last two years. Hear about how they launched the first major festival in Wuhan, China in 2018, bringing huge electronic…
 
BONUS EPISODE – Ready… set… race with us to the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as Joe Furin, General Manager, takes us behind-the-scenes of the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum. What’s it like to take a legendary venue that’s 100 years old and retrofit it to host the season kickoff for NASCAR? It’s just about as wild as it sounds. Joe talks …
 
BONUS EPISODE – Lace those skates and hit the ice with us as we talk with Michael Terry, Director, Communications and Media Strategy for U.S. Figure Skating as they head to Beijing to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Michael gives us an inside look into what it's like being involved in the big event, how things have changed due to the pand…
 
For this episode we head to sunny Savannah, Georgia and catch up with Monty Jones, Jr., General Manager for Enmarket Arena and Savannah Civic Center with Oak View Group. Monty tells us all about the brand new arena opening in Savannah next month, and their various initiatives, including having 75% of their event operating income go to local, minori…
 
BONUS EPISODE – Happy holidays Venuelanders! For this bonus episode, we asked people to call-in with their memorable event day stories. Enjoy a variety of anecdotes from previous guests, listeners, and maybe even a host or two. The tales range from Elton John hysterically laughing while riding around backstage to a taxidermied bear being rolled aro…
 
Learn the true meaning of ‘Minnesota nice’ as we catch up with Kelly McGrath, Director of Sales, Marketing and Public Relations for Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kelly tells us about the Twin Cities, the individuality each city has, and it’s place as a mecca for live music. She talks about plans for the upcoming NHL Winter Classic, whi…
 
Podcasters meet podcaster on this episode of Adventures In Venueland as Dave and Paul talk with Dionna Widder, Chief Revenue Officer for Houston Dynamo FC, Houston Dash, and PNC Stadium, as well as host of the industry podcast Women Blazers. Hear Dionna talk about her career journey, which took her to various cities and teams, and advice she gives …
 
Lone Star State love takes us deep into the heart of Austin, Texas to talk with Steve Sternschein, CEO and co-founder of Ad.Ventures, an agency representing nearly 100 independent venues, maximizing ancillary revenue through a collective sales approach. Steve talks about what the last year has been like owning and operating numerous venues in centr…
 
Windy City wonder meets hoop dreams as we talk with Brooke Weisbrod, ESPN Sports Broadcaster based in Chicago. Hear about how the sports broadcasting world has changed in the last year and a half, and how Brooke has adjusted to calling games from her home remotely. We learn all about her career journey, from playing basketball to calling basketball…
 
Rosin up your bow and join Dave and Paul as they head back to Nashville to explore the personal adventure of Camille Faulkner, touring and studio violinist, music licenser, and the audio editor and mixer for Adventures In Venueland! Camille tells us about challenges she’s faced throughout her career, the highs and lows of touring, the ins and outs …
 
For our 25th episode we head to Kansas City, aka “Paris of the Plains,” and talk with Shani Tate Ross, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for T-Mobile Center. We dive right into some of the current challenges facing the industry with its roaring return, and discuss silver linings and pitfalls the pandemic may have brought on. Hear all about Shani’…
 
Join us in the Deer District as we chat with Dustin Godsey, Chief Marketing Officer for the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dustin takes us through the wild ride the Bucks had over the last year and a half, from playing in the bubble to winning an NBA championship. He shares what the journey has been like from when he firs…
 
BONUS EPISODE – For this bonus episode, we talk with Tim Zulawski, the Chief Revenue Officer at AMB Sports & Entertainment including Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Tim walks us through the ideation, planning and execution on the venue side of Kanye West's DONDA events and residency at their stadium. Hear how their operations team adjusted and fl…
 
Grab your guitar and join us in music city as we talk with Lori Shapiro, Director of Digital Marketing at Outback Presents, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Hear Lori talk about what the last year and a half has been like on the promoter side and how they adapted and prepared for the return of events. She discusses starting on the venue side, her jou…
 
This episode we chat with industry legend Kim Bedier, Director of Venues & Events for the City of Tacoma, including the iconic Tacoma Dome, one of the largest wood domed structures in the world. Hear about Kim’s passions of promoting women in leadership roles, the importance of mentoring, and the value of career advancement through IAVM, the Intern…
 
This adventure introduces us to Jamie Vosmeier, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more about the theater side of the business and how Jamie’s venue often plays a duel role, operating as a performing arts venue and functioning like a small arena at times. In this episode, you’ll get to hear some of the his…
 
Today’s adventure introduces us to Ereka Brim, Senior Manager of Marketing, Advertising, Promotions and Public Relations for Spectrum Center’s concerts and special events based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. One thing her and her team are known for are setting the standard for artist welcomes and experiences and in this episode, you’ll get a cha…
 
Heading to State College, Pennsylvania, today’s episode introduces Kate Bean, Bryce Jordan Center’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Kate comes from a somewhat unique perspective, working at a venue that resides on a college campus, and debunks many of the stereotypes that come with that. She also describes the experience of having to pi…
 
Meet two-time WWE Champion, NXT Champion, Intercontinental Champion and two-time RAW Tag Team Champion, Drew McIntyre. He’s the first British World Champion in WWE history and the 31st Triple Crown Champion in professional wrestling. In this first of its kind live recorded episode, Dave and Paul had the opportunity to sit down and chat with the Sco…
 
This episode’s guest that Dave and Paul chat with is Julian “Zeus” McClurkin, who many may know through his time with the Harlem Globetrotters as a player and advance ambassador. Julian has been with the team for 11 years, turning his passion of “smiling and dunking” into his career. Hear from him on how he got to this point, growing up playing bas…
 
This adventure takes us to Corpus Christi, Texas where Dave and Paul talk with Samuel Guerrero, Digital Marketing Manager for Concrete Street Amphitheater. Coming to you with a bit of a different perspective compared to previous guests on the podcast, Samuel’s adventure is early in his career, as he is a young up-and-comer who got his start interni…
 
Today’s episode takes us to Music City where Dave & Paul chat with Claire Francis, the Sr. Marketing Director for Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators. Claire talks about the journey of increasing capacity within the building, the protocols in place, and what went into creating their Smashville SAFE plan. Having a strong relationship with …
 
We’re adding a new state to our adventures as Dave and Paul talk with Tammy Koolbeck based in Ames, Iowa who is the Executive Director for Stephens Auditorium, a multilevel theater at Iowa State University. Tammy is a standout in this industry and has truly done it all, from her time as past EAMC President from 1999-2004 to being past chair for the…
 
BONUS EPISODE – For this bonus episode, Dave and Paul talk with some of the key planners for EAMC Virtual 2021, the upcoming virtual conference presented by the Event & Arena Marketing Conference: Vanessa Kromer (Nederlander Concerts), Kirk Wingerson (Amway Center & Camping World Stadium), Paul Bee (Milwaukee Bucks), Jessica Runyon (Ticketmaster) a…
 
The next adventure takes us to the Windy City of Chicago, where Dave & Paul hear what the United Center has been up to. Meet Derrick Christian, Senior Marketing Manager for the venue, home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks. Derrick walks us through their amazing collaborations with the teams and local community, allowing for the state’s l…
 
Today’s adventure takes us to St. Augustine, Florida as Dave & Paul talk with Katie Root, Marketing Manager for St. Augustine Amphitheatre & Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Katie gives us insight into what it’s been like being one of the first outdoor amphitheatres to reopen, and using their venue upgrades (new lockable seats, infrared thermal temperatur…
 
We’re headed to Cleveland, the birthplace of rock and roll, to talk with Barry Gabel, SVP Marketing & Sponsorship Sales for Live Nation, and a true legend in this industry. Barry speaks about his work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his formative experience starting out at Belkin Productions in 1979, their evolution into joining Live Nation, all whi…
 
BONUS EPISODE – Detouring once again to Tampa Bay, Dave and Paul talk with Kevin Preast, Vice President of Event Management for Amalie Arena, the current residency home to the Toronto Raptors. Kevin gives us the inside scoop of what it’s like becoming a temporary home for an NBA team during the pandemic, the fan experience of welcoming the team to …
 
Meet Cassie Zebisch, jack-of-all-trades, and guest-of-this-episode! Listen as Cassie describes starting two new businesses during the pandemic, her time with AEG as Sr. Director of Communications, and lessons learned along the way of her career. She is co-founder for reBUILD20, an organization focusing on helping live events develop strategies and …
 
Get a dose of southern hospitality as we head to Atlanta, Georgia, and speak with Natacha McLeod, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She gives listeners a unique perspective on marketing for both their symphony and acting as an in-house promoter, as well as showcasing what they have done during this…
 
BONUS EPISODE – What goes into hosting and preparing for The Big Game during a pandemic? We head to Tampa, Florida for this special episode where we talk with Jenna Grooms, Director of Host Committee Events for the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee. In 2021, The Big Game is happening at Raymond James Stadium, marking a historic moment in NFL h…
 
Anjali Raval has touched the live entertainment industry in so many ways, from working as a tour manager, a concert promoter, her time spent at WME, to now acting as the head of marketing for the brand new SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Listen along as she talks about the groundbreaking of the first NFL stadium within the city, wha…
 
Meet Vanessa Kromer, VP of Communications for Nederlander Concerts. Listen as she dives into what Nederlander Concerts has been up to with their Drive in OC concert series from challenges they have faced, to lessons learned, as well as the marketing and operations that have gone into making this series a leading example of success in the current st…
 
BONUS EPISODE – Get an insider look into the field hospital and testing center at “The Dunk” as we talk with Cheryl Cohen, Director of Booking, Marketing & PR for Dunkin’ Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. In a world where live events have been on pause since March 2020, Cheryl talks about how they’ve transformed the co…
 
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