meet-the-team-Dec14

Ticketfly’s team has grown rapidly since 2009. We’re dedicated to technology, music, live events, and disrupting the status quo – all in the spirit of getting people to experience live events, keeping artists on tour and venues and festivals running smoothly. Here are just a few of the people who make the magic happen.

Management Team

Andrew Dreskin

Andrew Dreskin: Co-Founder & CEO

Andrew was the co-founder, president and CEO of TicketWeb, the first company to sell event tickets on the web. Andrew has had his hands in the music business for many years, as co-founder and producer of the Virgin Mobile Festival, General Manager of Beserkley Records, Director of Marketing at California Concerts, and as the largest shareholder in the Big Easy chain of concert venues, before it was acquired by Knitting Factory Entertainment. He holds a B.A. from Tulane University, where he is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He serves on numerous Boards of Directors including Headcount, a non-profit voter registration organization. He throws a damn good party and can be bothered for amazing music stories anytime.

 

Steve Oliver

Steve Oliver: COO

Steve is passionate about leading high-performing teams at innovative, customer-focused companies. As COO, Steve is responsible for the day-to-day business operations at Ticketfly and driving the company’s long-term strategy. He spent 9 years at Amazon in a variety of functional leadership and GM roles, most recently as the Country Manager for Canada, where he led the Amazon.ca business across all product lines. Steve received his MBA from Stanford and his BSBA from Ohio State. His most memorable live event experience was his first Dave Matthews concert, a three-hour set through a summer sunset. Steve currently lives in Piedmont, where he hikes and bikes just enough to burn off the calories from his love of cooking and frequenting fantastic local restaurants.

 

Barry Grant

Barry Grant: VP of Product

As our VP of Product, Barry ensures that Ticketfly stays laser-focused on delivering powerful, innovative products that clients and fans can’t live without. He has more than fifteen years of experience across Product Management, Marketing, and User Experience Design, expertise he honed while serving as a product executive at a number of successful Silicon Valley startups including BrightRoll, ShareThis, and Modria. Prior to joining the startup world, he worked at PayPal and Ford. Barry received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, his MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and his BS in Experimental Psychology from the University of Miami.

Based in San Francisco, Barry won’t let a little distance stand between him and his favorite acts: He once drove eight hours just to see Gotan Project play Coachella. In another life, this Jack Bauer of Product Management would have been a medevac helicopter pilot in Yosemite, but for now he’ll settle for frequent hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding adventures.

 

Nate Underwood

Nate Underwood: VP of Engineering

As head of Engineering, Nate’s job is to empower amazing technology teams to solve clients’ toughest problems and ensure that Ticketfly provides a robust, scalable, and exceptional platform for its users. Nate has more than 16 years of experience working in technology, operations, and engineering—including founding two companies, and spending nine years in executive roles at Sony and Livefyre—and is passionate about using people-centric approaches to business and technology problems. Nate received his B.A. in Italian Cultural Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

When he’s not front row at a Rush concert, Nate is spending time shuttling his kids around the Bay Area and assisting his wife with her floral design business. His other hobbies include medium format film photography, playing music, travel, and reading sci-fi (case in point: the last book he read was The Voyage of the Sable Keach by Neal Asher).

 

Kristina Wallender

Kristina Wallender: VP of Marketing

Kristina Wallender helps event promoters and venues leverage Ticketfly’s integrated digital marketing platform to grow their business. Before joining Ticketfly, Kristina spent 6 years at Amazon.com in B2B and B2C Marketing and Operations leadership roles. She has deep experience in digital marketing, using data to send the right message to the right customer at the right time. She is passionate about helping businesses succeed with actionable, data-based insights and automated marketing. Kristina received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 

Lori Medeiros

Lori Medeiros: VP of People

As VP of People, Lori is responsible for fostering a culture of creativity and recruiting, retaining and developing talent. Prior to Ticketfly, Lori was VP of Human Resources at Linden Lab, the makers of online simulation Second Life. Before that, Lori worked at companies like LeapFrog and Hotwire, where she helped grow the company from 70 to 200 employees and manage its spinoff under Expedia. Earlier in her career, Lori consulted on business process design at Accenture. Lori holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in accounting from Butler University, and despite years of piano lessons can barely play a note. She likes going to outdoor concerts, and her radio choices may be responsible for her six-year-old son’s love for Usher and Maroon 5.

 

Tom Ewald

Tom Ewald: VP of Sales & Client Relations

A native of Detroit, Tom (AKA The Schpeen) was Sales Director at both Ticketweb and Ticketmaster in the Bay Area and eventually shipped back out to the Midwest, settling in Chicago where he heads up national sales efforts. An MBA graduate of Wayne State University, Tom learned early that everyone in Detroit should know how to bowl. He’s also an avid football fan (both fantasy and professional) who used to work for the Detroit Red Wings. If he could book his dream festival, it would be headlined by The Replacements, The National, and Lucero. He lives in Chicago with two kids and his wife. If you had a BBQ, he’d make a mean rib eye, marinated in a secret red wine vinegar concoction.

 

Bruce Morrison

Bruce Morrison: GM, Ticketfly Canada

Before joining Ticketfly, Bruce ran ticket sales at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto, which he helped relaunch in 2010 after extensive renovations. Bruce also worked as an executive at Ticketmaster Canada, spending 13 years with the company in senior operations and management positions. He also served as director of ticketing for Concert Productions International, working with artists like the Rolling Stones, The Who, Barbra Streisand, and Genesis. Bruce holds a bachelors degree from Carleton University (Ottawa) and a Certificate in Box Office Standards and Ethics from the University of Ottawa. Defying all stereotypes of Canadians, he is an avid curler and enjoys watching hockey.

Andy DonnerAndy Donner: VP of Business and Corporate Development

As head of business and corporate development, Andy is responsible for driving Ticketfly’s growth through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Andy has nearly two decades of experience working and investing in IT, digital media, and consumer products. Before trading in his suit for a hoodie, Andy spent eight years in venture capital with Unilever Ventures and Physic Ventures, and two years in investment banking with Wasserstein Perella. He honed his operating skills by co-founding a digital marketing venture, heading product marketing at an enterprise software startup, and leading business development at both private and public companies. Andy received his BA from Duke University and his MBA from UC Berkeley, where he was a Haas Merit Scholar.

Andy’s most memorable live event moment was the Stones playing “Undercover of the Night” at Shea Stadium in 1989. These days, you’re most likely to find him mountain biking around northern California, skiing in Tahoe, or at home having a dance party with his wife, kids, and dog.