Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Monday Keynote Speakers

› Dave Butler ‹

President & CEO, Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement

Dave will address the state of the community, including trends, success stories, product roadmap highlights and the Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement community's future vision.


› Jane Kleinberger ‹

Founder, Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement

ane will discuss the changing landscape of the live entertainment industry and Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement community, including trends, best practices and Spectra initiatives.


› Oliver Luck ‹

Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Oliver will deliver Monday's general session keynote address. Oliver Luck has a wealth of experience from athletic, academic, and business sectors. Not only is Luck a noted athletic director and former professional football player, he earned his law degree and has held top administrative positions at pro sports organizations both in the United States and abroad.




› Scott Stricklin ‹

Athletic Director, University of Florida

Stricklin joined the University of Florida in November 2016, having previously served as the director of athletics at Mississippi State University. His 28-plus years of experience in intercollegiate athletics includes ~23 years in the Southeastern Conference. During his time at MSU, Stricklin oversaw record fundraising for Bulldog Athletics and helmed facility improvements of more than $140 million.


› Greg Byrne ‹

Athletic Director, University of Alabama

Byrne joins Alabama Athletics from the University of Arizona where he took over a multimillion-dollar sports expansion project. Byrne began his career as associate athletic director for external affairs at MSU. He had 15 years of professional experience before assuming an athletic director position, working his way up with professional and personal achievements along the way. Byrne also has athletics fundraising experience, having helped raise more than $200 million in gifts.



President, Spectra Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality

John will present the Pro Sports/Arenas keynote. Wentzell, a 30-year industry veteran, is responsible for all aspects of the Spectra's Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality division, including business development, finance, marketing, corporate partnerships, and operations. His primary focus is developing more and better ways to serve Spectra customers through new product development, improved operational performance and enhanced client satisfaction.




› Maureen Andersen ‹

President and CEO, International Ticketing Association (INTIX)

Maureen will deliver the performing arts keynote. Maureen Anderson has more than 35 years of experience spanning not-for-profit organizations, commercial arts, Broadway, regional ticketing, performing arts and colleges. From the ticket office to call centers, season tickets to group sales, marketing, fundraising and management, Andersen has experience spanning the breadth of the live event and ticketing industry.



› Josh Linkner ‹

Entrepreneur and Author

Josh will deliver the Tuesday morning general session keynote address. Josh Linkner is a true visionary. He is a four-time tech entrepreneur and hyper-growth CEO, driving a combined exit value of more than $200 million. Having started his career as a jazz guitarist, Linkner personifies creativity and disruptive innovation, pursuing opportunity at every turn.


› Bill Hancock ‹

Executive Director at College Football Playoff (CFP)

Bill will deliver the Tuesday afternoon general session keynote address. Bill Hancock has achieved an exceptional trifecta of firsts in intercollegiate athletics, serving as the first full-time director of the NCAA Final Four, first executive director of the bowl Championship Series, and his current role as the first executive director of the College Football Playoff.




› Mike Lorenc ‹

Head of Industry - Ticketing & Live Events, Google

Google is innovating at an incredible rate. Driverless cars, machine learning and countless innovations in digital and mobile marketing. But what does it mean for the live entertainment industry? Hear how artificial intelligence and other advanced technology can help to engage more qualified customers to sell tickets and fill seats at your events.