VenuesNow Speakers

VenuesNow Conference will bring together thought-leaders and visionaries across our dynamic industry to speak about the myriad of opportunities and challenges that face our business.  The following individuals have been confirmed as speakers for VenuesNow 2017

– with more to be announced!

Day One

Marcie Allen

MAC Presents


Marcie Allen leverages her more than 20 years of music industry experience to negotiate high- profile partnerships between the world’s leading brands and artists. Allen has brokered and executed multi-faceted programs on behalf of brands including: Sony, Southwest Airlines, YouTube, Microsoft, Verizon, Samsung, Citi, Delta, ATT and artists including Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, Green Day, Billy Joel, John Legend, Imagine Dragons, and Keith Urban. She is an eleven-time nominee and six-time winner of Billboard’s “Concert Marketing and Promotion Award” and has been named to Billboard’s “Women in Music” list every year since 2010. Allen was included in Billboard’s “Branding Power Players” list in 2016 and the publication’s “40 under 40” list in 2013 and has also received the publication’s “Humanitarian Award”. Variety selected Allen to its 2015 “Power of Women: New York Impact List,” representing the most powerful women in entertainment. Marcie is currently an adjunct professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where she teaches a course on branding in the music industry. Prior to starting MAC Presents, Allen owned and operated Nashville/Atlanta-based MAD Booking & Events, which produced more than 100 music festivals across the country including On the Bricks in Atlanta. Allen currently sits on the board of directors for The Country Music Association, serves on the advisory board for Berklee College of Music and recently completed terms with the board of directors for Global Poverty Project and Musicians on Call. Marcie was a member of the 2016 Cannes Lions Entertainment Music jury and served on the 2016 Clio Music jury.


Jed Corenthal



Jed Corenthal is an entrepreneur merging content with technology building companies in Real-time video streaming, OTT, mobile and branded emoji’s.  Mr. Corenthal spent his first 15 years in senior marketing and business development roles at Macy’s, SONY, the AVP and the NFL.  Currently, Mr. Corenthal serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at PhenixP2P. PhenixP2P is revolutionizing content delivery by building the world’s first and only real-time (not “live) video streaming platform with unprecedented low latency video able to reach millions of concurrent viewers.  Mr. Corenthal has a passion for technology and innovation and has been able to identify content development, distribution and technology trends well before they hit critical mass (e.g., real-time video streaming, OTT, mobile, emoji). Mr. Corenthal has managed and mentored small and large staffs and has over 10 years of operating experience. Mr. Corenthal has been a lecturer at the New York University School of Sports & Entertainment Marketing as well as The Wharton School Entertainment and Sports Marketing program; is a member of the American Cancer Society Sports & Entertainment Committee, Advertising Club of New York, and is the founder of The Entrepreneur’s Club. Mr. Corenthal received his B.A. from Ithaca College where he majored in Politics and studied music. Mr. Corenthal is an accomplished musician, an avid golfer and a budding chef. He was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Westport, CT with his wife and two children.


Tim Leiweke

Oak View Group

Tim Leiweke founded Oak View Group (OVG) in 2015 and serves as the company’s CEO. With over 30 years of global sports and entertainment experience, Leiweke is a widely respected industry leader and has been deeply involved in the evolution of the NHL, NBA and MLS. Leiweke partnered with music industry titan Irving Azoff (Azoff Madison Square Garden Entertainment) to launch OVG, a development and investment company comprised of an Arena & Stadium Alliance, a sponsorship subsidiary, an advisory group and a venture fund division which recently invested in Miami Beckham United led by global soccer icon, David Beckham. Prior to OVG, Leiweke served as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). In his first year with MLSE, Leiweke led a transformation of the Toronto Raptors, which resulted in a record for wins and back-to-back Division Championships. With Toronto FC, Leiweke orchestrated a dramatic overhaul, which ignited the club’s first ever playoff berth in 2015. It was during this time that Leiweke ranked fifth on the Sports Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential and eighth on Billboard’s 100 Most Powerful in Music – the only President & CEO to rank on both lists. During his 18 years at the helm of AEG, Leiweke led the company’s evolution into a global live entertainment organization capable of developing, producing, marketing and managing sports and entertainment programming in its venues worldwide. It was through Leiweke’s vision that the $2.5 billion L.A. LIVE complex was built in Downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the STAPLES Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, Leiweke architected AEG’s global expansion, including development of O2 Arenas and stadiums in London, China and Germany. Leiweke then built AEG Live into the second largest promoter in the world with artists including; Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones, Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Chesney, Celine Dion, The Eagles and Katy Perry. AEG Live also became one of the world’s largest festival organizers through partnerships with the Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals. Deeply committed to the community, Tim and his family dedicate their time to a range of charitable initiatives. Through their work the Leiwekes have been recognized by numerous organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League’s 2007 Humanitarian Award, Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Man of the Year. Tim is also a current member of the Pandora Board of Directors.


Nate Parienti

Live Alliance


Nate Parienti’s first foray into the early stages of digital streaming became known for its focus on the U.S. music festival scene, streaming footage from Lollapalooza, Hang-Out Festival, Voodoo Festival, and Austin City Limits Music Festival, among many others. Nate went on in 2011 to found Live Alliance utilizing a global approach to distribution through a mix of OTT and streaming, cinema, live Pay Per View, broadcast television and physical and downloadable product. Nate set the mark for the largest music Pay Per View event in history with the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well reunion shows in 2015.


Justin Toman

Senior Director, Sports Marketing

Justin oversees all of Pepsi’s sports partnerships including all league, team, sports media and athlete assets. He is responsible for delivering PepsiCo’s long term sports investment strategy as well as breakthrough sports marketing programs and platforms across all beverage brands. Justin joined PepsiCo in 2007 and held Marketing roles on brands including Mountain Dew, Propel and Pepsi. He joined the Sports Marketing team in 2013; first overseeing baseball, soccer and hockey, then transitioning to lead Pepsi’s NFL partnerships and currently oversees all sports. Justin has led Pepsi’s successful Super Bowl activations since 2014 and was recently named a Sports Business Journal ‘Forty Under 40,’ a group recognized as the best young talent in sports business. Prior to PepsiCo, Justin worked at the University of Michigan Athletic Department. He holds three degrees from Michigan (M.B.A., Masters of Sports Management and B.S.) and won three NCAA Gymnastics Championships. He was named the 1999 University of Michigan Male Athlete of the Year (over Tom Brady).


Executive Chairman


Leading NextVR's capital growth and partnerships is Brad Allen, Executive Chairman. Brad brings over 30 years of international finance and business development experience to accelerate NextVR from industry pioneer into industry leader. Tasked with capital development, partnerships, and financial outreach, for Brad NextVR is "like putting together a 10,000 piece puzzle." Yet through all the complexity, Brad was able to connect NextVR with the major players of sports and entertainment, inking multi-year partnerships with the NBA, FOX Sports, the ICC Champions Cup, and Live Nation, commitments unheard of until now. And more to come. Brad has years of experience raising capital and scaling companies while working at major investment firms from New York City to Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Brad has created relationships in Asia, which have fostered deep interest in NextVR throughout the region.


Walter FRYE

VP, Global Entertainment and Premiere Events
American Express

Walter Frye is Vice President of Sponsorship and Branded Entertainment where he leads programs that provide American Express Card members unparalleled access and experiences in the entertainment industry. Responsible for strategic development and execution of American Express’ U.S. marketing programs, Walter leads marketing programs with large scale entertainment partners, including Artist Nation, AEG, Coachella Music Festival, Panorama Music Festival, and more. Adding to his resume, Walter was responsible for producing American Express Unstaged, an award winning live-streaming concert series done in partnership with YourTube and VEVO that pairs popular music with iconic filmmakers to bring an in-concert experience to audience’s homes in an industry-defining streaming-engagement platform. In addition, Walter has forged partnerships with some of the industry’s most successful artist including Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, Tim McGraw, Usher, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, and Taylor Swift of whom he produced an Emmy Award Winning, Amex Unstaged app that enabled users to direct their own 360 degree experience of Taylor’s Blank Space music video.   Previously, Walter held a variety of marketing and general management roles at American Express prior to his current position. He obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School received a bachelor’s in Economics from Yale University.


Michael Metzger

Senior VP
Houlihan Lokey

Michael is a Senior Vice President at Houlihan Lokey and provides M&A and financing advisory services to Internet, media and technology companies. Previously, Michael was a Principal at MESA Global, a Co-Founder and Principal at Covert & Co, and held senior management and engineering positions at AT&T, IBM and Mindspeed. He holds 5 patents in the field of Communications and also serves as a Vice-Chair and Board Director of the German American Business Association (GABA). Michael received an MSEE from the University of Ulm, Germany and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Deepen Parikh

Courtside Ventures


Deepen is a Partner at Courtside Ventures, which is an early-stage VC fund, backed by Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers) and WPP. They focus on investing in technology companies across the sports, media and gaming verticals. Prior, he was a Partner at Interplay Ventures, a NY based incubator and early-stage investor. He co-founded NYVC Sports with the mission of bridging the gap between sports leagues, teams, investors, entrepreneurs, and media companies. Prior to joining Interplay, Deepen spent time working with a family office on the potential acquisition of a professional sports franchise. Deepen started his career as an Associate at UBS and earned his BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Chris Wagner

EVP Marketplace Strategy

Chris has been a driving force in the technology industry for over 20 years and has worked closely with executives from many major corporations and entrepreneurs who have relied on technology to support the growth of their businesses. His current position as Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion targets the revolution currently underway as the television and internet video industries converge. Chris has held numerous executive positions in the technology sector. Over the last seven years the growth of internet television on computers, tablets, mobile, and internet connected devices, has given Chris an opportunity to work closely with the largest brands in the sports and entertainment industry; the NFL, UFC, NBA, Univision Deportes and many others. He has also worked with several private equity and venture capital firms as their Chief Executive Officer, which includes Metiom, MetaMatrix, Exchange Applications and Digital Harbor. Chris has been on the Board of Directors of all of these companies.


Irving azoff

Chairman & CEO
Azoff MSG Entertainment


As Chairman of Full Stop Management (FSM), Irving Azoff is an American personal manager representing artists such as Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Journey, Van Halen, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Steely Dan, Chelsea Handler and Lindsey Buckingham. He also helms a joint venture with The Madison Square Garden Company, Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE), encompassing performance rights, facilities management and services, comedy and experiential marketing divisions in addition to FSM.   Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Ticketmaster Entertainment and Executive Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and CEO of Front Line Management. In 2012, he topped Billboard Magazine's Power 100 being named the most powerful person in the music industry.


Joe Belliotti

Head of Entertainment Marketing
The Coca-Cola Company

Joe Belliotti (@JoeBelliotti) is the Head of Global Music Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company. His passion is to expand and evolve the relationship Coca-Cola and music have had for over a century. His role is to create global music content, platforms, partnerships and strategies for brands across the company's portfolio.  His work includes developing music strategies and content for major Coca-Cola campaigns “Taste the Feeling”, FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games, Share a Coke and a Song and others. Also developing new ways to connect with music and audiences such as “First Taste Fridays” podcast with iHeart Media and the CokeMusicTV live streaming channel. Joe architected the multi-year, global strategic partnership between music service Spotify and The Coca-Cola Company. In 2013, 2014 & 2015 Joe was named as one of Billboard Magazine’s “Power 100” list of the most powerful players in the music business and Billboard’s 2016 Branding Power Players list   Previous, Joe was with the NYC based music marketing agency Brand Asset Group developing entertainment initiatives for several Fortune 500 brands, celebrity brands and product launches. Joe began his career in the music industry with the music publishing arm of Maverick where he worked to sign new talent and develop the catalog of artists. He also spent time supervising music for film & TV projects for Warner Bros TV, ABC and Miramax.


ANDY Georgescu

Lincoln Marketing Communications Manager
Ford Motor Company


Christos Karmis


Christos serves as President of Mobilitie and oversees all aspects of the company’s business. He is responsible for leading the company’s growth across its tower, small cell, DAS, fiber, and Wi-Fi solutions. Christos has led the Mobilitie team for the development of thousands of cell towers, DAS, and small cell nodes across the US and international markets. In addition, he has led the company’s public venue strategy which has resulted in the deployment of some of the largest in-building DAS and Wi-Fi networks in the country, and installations at stadiums and arenas across all major professional sporting leagues. Mobilitie has been a leader in deploying and operating wireless infrastructure. It has led the industry for the largest volume of new towers deployed, as well as the largest oDAS networks. It was the first infrastructure firm to deploy both outdoor and indoor small cell networks. Christos and the Mobilitie team recently set the record for carrying the most mobile data traffic on a DAS network during any event in history at the 2016 Kentucky Derby on Mobilitie’s Churchill Downs DAS network. Christos also oversaw the design and deployment of the world’s largest Wi-Fi network in Las Vegas. Christos also oversees the company’s professional services work for the wireless carriers, which is focused on helping carriers improve financial performance and lowering network costs, including capex, roaming, and backhaul. Before joining Mobilitie, Christos specialized in real estate advisory services and the wireless communications industry with Deloitte Consulting. While at Deloitte, he provided operational and network optimization strategies to the world’s largest wireless carriers. Christos holds an MBA from the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida, a Management Certificate from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.


John Paul

CEO & Founder


As CEO and Founder of VenueNext, John Paul is responsible for the company’s growth and operations, while leading the VenueNext team on its mission to transform venue experiences for guests and venue owners, using its innovative platform and the guest's smartphone. Prior to VenueNext, Paul spent over 35 years as a founder, CEO or executive leader of product and engineering teams at startups and major American technology companies.     Most recently, Paul was Senior Vice President at Dish Digital where he created "Sling TV," a continuation of his award winning work at Sling Media, with the Slingbox product line, which was acquired by Dish in 2007. In 2002, Paul founded and created one of the first photo sharing services named Our Pictures Inc., which was acquired by Simple Star Inc. in 2005. From 1996 through 1999, Paul was Senior VP and General Manager of the Server Division of Netscape, which was sold to Sun Microsystems for $1 billion. After AOL’s acquisition of Netscape, Paul remained at the company as Executive Vice President, leading acquisitions of smaller companies in the calendar, email, music, application server, and wallet categories, and successfully maintaining a high rate of talent retention post acquisition through his innovative organizational leadership style.    Before Netscape, Paul held leadership positions in companies including Banyan Systems, Compaq Computer, Siemens and Digital Equipment Corp. In 2016, Paul was named one of the 60 Most Powerful People in Sports by Worth Magazine for his innovative contributions to the industry. Paul graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois with a B.S.E.E in 1976.


Mark Weinstein

Senior Vice President & Global Head of Customer Engagement

Mark Weinstein serves as Senior Vice President & Global Head of Customer Engagement, Loyalty and Partnerships at Hilton, the world’s most hospitable company, comprising more than 5,000 hotels across 14 world-class brands in 104 countries and territories.    In this role, Mark inspires customers to explore, experience and fall in love with Hilton by creating innovative programs, products and partnerships that drive engagement and accelerate commercial performance.  He leads customer experience, strategic partnerships, CRM and personalization, and Hilton Honors, Hilton’s 63+ million member strong, award-winning guest-loyalty program.    Mark oversees Hilton’s global partnership strategy, curating a network of over 140 travel, financial services, music, entertainment, sports and food and wine strategic partners and managing the Hilton Honors credit card programs. Under Mark’s leadership, Hilton launched “Music Happens Here” – featuring once-in-a-lifetime exclusive experiences for Hilton Honors members and content created with partners Live Nation, The Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and Spotify.

ERIC Johnson



Eric is the CEO of LaneOne. LaneOne is reimagining the premium tier of the live event business. By combining best-in-class service with next generation technologies, LaneOne delivers unforgettable experiences to the discerning fan. Prior to LaneOne, Eric's career has spanned digital media, e-commerce, and finance with leadership positions at CBS Interactive, Wolfgang's Vault, and JPMorgan.


Mike Lorenc

Head of Industry, Ticketing and Live Events

Mike is a 14-year veteran of Google and has held multiple leadership roles on the revenue generating side of the business.  He's currently heading up Google's Sports & Live Events Group where he oversees Sales and Account Services Team responsible for fostering strategic relationships with key partners in Sports, Family Entertainment, Music and Ticketing Industries; and works closely with key stakeholders across Google's Family of Brands to develop new ad formats and products for the Live Events category. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor 11 years ago to help open Google's local offices,  Mike was involved in establishing Google's Operations in his native Poland.  He also ran Mid-Market Sales team for Google Canada.  Co-Owner of AFC Ann Arbor - Minor League Soccer Team in Ann Arbor, MI and a Head Coach of U-10 Boys Rec&Ed Soccer (his son's team) He also teaches Video and Digital Marketing courses at Michigan State University and acts as Executive In Residence at Eastern Michigan University's Center for Digital Engagement.   Marketing & International Business graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Mike currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI and considers himself extremely lucky to work in the cross-section of Sports/Entertainment and Online Marketing worlds.


Aaron Simon

Global Vice President of Talent Relations & Entertainment
Harman International Industries

Aaron Simon launched his career at MTV Networks. Following he then served in the marketing department at Jive Records, where he worked with such ground-breaking artists as Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and R. Kelly.   He later held senior marketing positions at both Atlantic/Lava Records and Virgin Records, working with artists like Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock, Blue Man Group, Daft Punk and others.  Simon then went on to run U.S. Entertainment partnerships for Roptus, Inc., a Touring/Management company specializing in top-grossing Latin recording artists.  Aaron Simon then got picked up by Disney Music Group/Hollywood Records as the head of Strategic Marketing & Promotions, handling such recording artists as Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus & Demi Lovato.  As of 2010, Aaron Simon was brought in to start a new division for HARMAN (a leader in audio/consumer electronics & home to legendary brands including JBL & Harman/Kardon) - as of 2017 HARMAN is a subsidiary of SAMSUNG) - as the Global Vice President of Talent Relations & Entertainment.  He has created partnerships with the likes of Maroon 5, Elton John,Sting, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney, Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, Slash, Quincy Jones, Demi Lovato, Tiesto, Mariano Rivera (Yankees), Jerome Boateng (MLS, World Cup winner), Coachella, GRAMMYS, Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame, name just a few.  In 2014, Simon was chosen for for Billboards ’40 under 40’ power players.             In 2015, Simon was included for                 Billboards 'Top Branding Power              Players'           In 2017, Simon was chosen as a member for the prestigious CLIO Awards music Jury He also serves on the West Coast board for TJ Martell Foundation.