Dec. 01, 2011
Our executive team got some highly Fly-worthy additions this week. It’s hard to believe that in just over two years, Ticketfly has grown to over seventy employees, we’ve got Flyers in five different states, we’re now the number two ticketer in the country, working with hundreds of the country’s best clubs and promoters, and soon we’ll be moving into a third office where we now have two classic arcade games and zero pets (hopefully that number will change!). The Ticketfly family is still growing and now we’ve got a couple more experienced execs to help us lead the way.
Gannon Hall, who brings nearly two decades of product and marketing leadership experience within the consumer Internet, digital media, and Software-as-a-Service industries, will serve as senior vice president of marketing. Gannon will lead product and corporate marketing, communications, and sales enablement activities for the company. He has held a number of executive leadership positions, most recently as executive vice president of global marketing for KIT digital, the global leader in broadband TV solutions. There he successfully launched the company’s global brand and product line from the technology assets of over ten acquired companies and helped generate the awareness and demand to achieve a 45% global market share position. Perhaps the one major drawback to this switch is that he had to leave KIT’s HQ in Prague! (Let’s hope he’s still got friends we can all stay with.)
“We searched long and hard for a leader who would bring not only outstanding marketing wisdom to our team, but also an individual who shares the same commitment to reinventing what a ticketing company should be in an age of multi-device social engagement,” said Andrew Dreskin, Co-Founder & CEO of Ticketfly.
“I’m excited to be joining a company so uniquely capable of disrupting an industry,” adds Gannon Hall, incoming SVP of Marketing. “Fans, artists, and promoters are clearly dissatisfied with the status quo, and Ticketfly, as proven by their tremendous organic growth over the last two years, is poised to redefine the industry.”
Gannon is no stranger to disruption, as you might better recognize him as one of the frontline soldiers in the celebrated but controversial thrash/funk metal movement! With a name like Gannon, how could he NOT have been in a metal band? Yes sir, this is our new SVP of Marketing sporting a blonde mane that would give the Nelson brothers a run for their money. And who better to lead the marketing efforts at a music-focused ticketing company than someone who knows all too well the night-of-show routine, and how clubs, fans, and bands experience and share live music. He gets it! And he fits right in with the rest of us music nerds.
But wait, there’s more! Also joining the team is ticketing industry veteran Valerie LeClair. As vice president of operations, LeClair will lead client and consumer facing operations, most notably helping event promoters to best 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 GM. During her tenure, she earned several nicknames including “Leche,” “Choo Choo,” and “Boss Lady.” Eight years later, she left TicketWeb to follow an obsession for food and joined Specialty’s in 2010 to lead nationwide sales during their biggest year of growth to date. She oversaw promotional efforts for new location openings and over-indulged on some of the best cookies ever. Valerie got the the call of duty in 2011 to join the Fly and accepted!
“Valerie is no stranger to the ticketing industry or running successful businesses, having been a key leader at Ticketmaster for several years,” said Dan Teree, Co-Founder, President & COO of Ticketfly. “She understands what clients need to be successful in the live events business. We won’t waste a moment putting Valerie’s leadership talents and sheer energy to good use in continuing to build Ticketfly into a world class company.”
LeClair remarked, “I’m delighted to be back working with Dan and so many talented ticketing and event marketing veterans. There’s clearly something special happening at Ticketfly. The volume of quality clients is a testament to the company’s vision and the technology innovations they’ve brought to market. I’m excited to help build upon this momentum.”
Unofficially, Valerie has played the role of mother, therapist, referee, maid, good cop, bad cop, party planner (Which is great for us. We love to throw a good party!). When she’s not at work, she’s corralling three cats, three dogs, two chickens, and one husband at home. Hey Ticketfly staff, if you’re ever in hot water, keep in mind that Val can be won over with old cars, Scrabble, and apples. But no more cookies!
The addition of Hall and LeClair to the Ticketfly executive team comes on the heels of a banner year for our company. In 2011 to date, Ticketfly has more than doubled its client base. We have also continued a rapid pace of platform innovations, including a deep Facebook integration to increase ticket sales through social discoverability, and the release of the industry’s first real-time analytics dashboard, providing clients with the valuable insight they need to market their events.
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Check out the full press release and others on our releases page. Hey, Gannon and Valerie…