Addicted to the shindig since 2008
Meet the Ticketfly crew: At more than 200 strong and based across the U.S. and Canada, Flyers are passionate about technology, music, their local venues, and all forms of live entertainment. We’re dedicated to serving our venue and promoter clients and getting more fans out to see the shows and artists they love. Here are just a few of the people who make the magic happen.
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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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 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.
Allison Brecklin, Head of Operations
As Head of Operations, Allison oversees the strategy and execution of Ticketfly’s Client Services and Customer Success teams, with the ultimate goal of ensuring venues, promoters, and fans have the best possible live event experience. She holds a Six Sigma certification and is passionate about helping people by improving the processes their jobs depend on.
Allison has more than 10 years of operations leadership experience. Prior to joining Ticketfly, she was responsible for driving revenue growth, customer satisfaction, and process improvement at Hertz. She has also led complex projects such as the fleet operations logistics for the AT&T Pebble Beach Golf Tournament. Allison received her MBA from City University of Seattle and her BA from Carroll University.
When she’s not filling the pages of her passport, Allison can be found brunching her way through the Bay Area. Her most memorable live event experience was Jack Johnson with a special appearance by Ben Harper at the first Bonnaroo in 2002, which she claims can best be described through the wise lyrics of Bob Marley: sun is shining, weather is sweet, make you want to move your dancing feet.