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.

 

Spencer Greene

Spencer Greene: VP of Product and Engineering

Spencer has more than 25 years of experience working in technology, and is the holder of more than 30 patents. Most recently, he built a US-based marketing & product management team for a New Zealand-headquartered network appliance company. Prior to that, Spencer spent 12 years at Juniper Networks in various roles, including Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Product Management, and Engineering. He was the cofounder of two companies in the 1990s, both of which were acquired. Spencer has a MSEE degree from Stanford, and both BSEE and BA/French from Rice.  At work, Spencer enjoys exploring the boundary between what customers need and what technology can do.  Outside of work, he collects midcentury furniture and enjoys traveling with his wife and young kids.

 

Craig Taylor

Craig Taylor: VP of Technology

Craig is passionate about guiding the team to deliver groundbreaking product design, elegant software, and efficient technical operations. As lead technologist, he is deeply involved in all aspects of scaling Ticketfly for the future. Craig has spent his career inspiring teams to deliver great results. From his early days at Sun Microsystems, to tablet computing at Go Corporation and co-founding a security startup, Craig has been at the forefront of innovative technology. Most recently, he spend 5 years at Yahoo developing extremely scalable applications and cloud services. Craig received a BS and MS in Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. Outside of work, Craig is a member of the local search and rescue community and enjoys climbing throughout the world.

 

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.

 

Valerie LeClair

Valerie LeClair: VP of Operations

Valerie leads client and consumer facing operations, helping event promoters to leverage Ticketfly’s broad set of ticketing, social marketing, and analytics tools. Val started in the ticketing industry in 2002 with TicketWeb/Ticketmaster as Operations Manager, where she climbed the proverbial ladder to General Manager. During her tenure, she earned several nicknames including “Leche,” “Choo Choo,” and “Boss Lady.” In 2010, she left TicketWeb to follow an obsession for food, joining Specialty’s Café and Bakery to lead nationwide sales during their biggest year of growth to date. She oversaw promotional efforts for new locations and indulged on some of the best cookies ever. Valerie got the call of duty to join Ticketfly in 2011. Unofficially, Valerie has played the role of mother, therapist, referee, maid, good cop, bad cop, party planner. When she’s not at work, she’s corralling three cats, three dogs, two chickens, and one husband at home.

 

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.

 

Aaron Moser

Aaron Moser: VP of Finance

Aaron has more than 12 years of experience in the world of finance and business. Prior to Ticketfly, Aaron was VP of Business Operations at Linden Lab, where he ran the business of Second Life, an online virtual world. Before that, he worked in Business Development for biofuel startup LS9, raising more than $50 million. Aaron cut his teeth in finance doing Mergers & Acquisitions for JPMorgan, then private equity investing at JLL Partners, both in NYC. When he’s not working to strengthen Ticketfly’s business, Aaron can be found chasing after his daughter, who has recently learned to crawl. Aaron holds a B.S. from Cornell University, summa cum laude, and received his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

 

Lisa Berry

Lisa Berry: VP of Business Affairs

As VP of Business Affairs, Lisa draws on over 20 years of legal and business development experience in Silicon Valley. Before joining Ticketfly, Lisa was general counsel at Linden Lab, where she was responsible for the legal, human resources, and customer service functions. She also spent two years as general counsel of Tellme Networks, and was part of the team responsible for Microsoft’s acquisition of the company. She was general counsel of Juniper Networks beginning with its 1999 IPO and during its growth to a billion dollars in annual revenue. Outside of work, Lisa is a big fan of motorsports. She holds an LLM in Taxation from the University of Florida School of Law, a JD from the University of Miami School of Law, and a BBA from the University of Miami.

 

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.

 

Brian Arnone

Brian Arnone: VP of Sales

Brian Arnone has been in the ticketing industry since 1996, and loves the opportunity to make meaningful connections with people through the power of live events. Brian has found himself in the role of leader, trainer, speaker and salesperson through numerous management positions in Client Services and Sales & Marketing, including Director of Client Services for TicketWeb, Vice President of Sales for MAXtix, and Vice President of Business Development for Enta USA. Brian has worked with a variety of organizations in his career, including music venues and promoters, professional sports teams, performing arts centers and theaters, museums, fairs, and festivals. If he could book his dream festival, it would be headlined by Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and U2. If it’s possible to have a simultaneous showing of any and all Pittsburgh sports teams, that would be ideal.

 

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.