SOURCE: TicketNetwork / Ticket Software LLC

June 19, 2008 12:55 ET

U.S. Department of Justice Representative to Provide Keynote at Ticket Summit 2008, the World's Largest Ticket Industry Conference

Avery Gardiner to Address the Legalization of Ticket Resales Nationwide

VERNON, CT--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) -, the leading source for the ticket industry's most comprehensive inventory and host to Ticket Summit 2008, the world's largest gathering of ticketing professionals, today announced that it has selected Avery W. Gardiner to provide the keynote address at Ticket Summit 2008. Gardiner serves as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ticket Summit 2008 will be held July 23-25 at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Event organizers expect over 800 industry professionals will attend the conference.

Gardiner has an extensive background in antitrust issues and has been a trial attorney at the Antitrust Division, during which time she handled merger and anticompetitive conduct investigations. Gardiner's expertise is primarily in the movies, ticketing, and real estate industries. Before joining the Department of Justice, she practiced antitrust law and general litigation with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C. Gardiner was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she focused on marketing and strategy issues. She holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

"It is fitting that a counselor from the Department of Justice headline Ticket Summit 2008," said Don Vaccaro, CEO of "Avery Gardiner is extremely knowledgeable about current ticket resale legislation efforts on the state and federal levels, and will expound upon antitrust issues that affect the secondary ticket market. Her expertise regarding the ticketing industry's movement towards a completely free market environment and the subsequent advantages due to new legislation for brokers, consumers and partners will be highlighted in her speech."

Additionally, several other dynamic ticket industry topics will be addressed including:

Forums Blogs & Social Networks

Online social networks are playing a significant role in steering the entertainment industry. This session will highlight how networks operate, their impact on business and event marketing, and how it can expand the ticket broker business.

Hard Tickets v. Paperless Tickets

This session will provide insight on the pros and cons of hard tickets versus paperless tickets, and how event ticketing has evolved in recent years. Discussions will include consumer preferences, new available technologies in the ticketing industry, and the significance of paper tickets and the collectibles market.

Emerging Markets: Europe

Europe's ticket resale industry is emerging on many levels. This session will highlight both the European and American markets and how they compare in size and growth and how to capitalize on potential opportunities to bridge these two markets in the near future.

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