Wednesday, September 11, 2019

8:30am- 4:30pm
2nd Floor West Pre-function

Never Forget: How Sept. 11, 2001 Forever Changed Public Assembly
Sponsored by Prevent Advisors
Gallery Ballroom, 4th Floor

After Sept. 11, 2001, the world was a different place, especially in the world of public assembly. On this solemn anniversary, a highly qualified panel of safety and security experts will discuss exactly how public safety in this business has changed post-9-11, including private/public partnerships, the role of law enforcement, how critical infrastructure can be protected, changes to strategic planning for managing risk and reducing harm, and how the design and construction of arenas, stadiums, and other venues (as well as hospitals, hotels, and other public gathering places) have changed since Sept. 11, 2001. Perspectives include federal and local law enforcement, the private sector, and the families, victims, and patrons who attend sports, music, and live entertainment events. Perhaps most importantly in this VNC3 exclusive, these experts will discuss how the industry should be planning as threats continue to evolve in terms of capability, intent, and motivation.

Moderated by:
Rikki Klieman, Legal Analyst, CBS News

Bill Bratton, Executive Chairmen, Teneo Risk
Cindy Coppola, Supervisory Special Resident Agent, FBI
Ali Soufan, CEO, The Soufan Group, Former Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Rebecca Weiner, Director of Intelligence, NYPD

Coffee Break
Sponsored by SunTrust
Gallery Pre-Function, 4th Floor

Innovation Spotlight/Venues 2030: Technology in Venues Decoded
feat. Tim Romani, Chief Executive Officer, CAA ICON and Robert Cordova, Chief Technology Officer, Milwaukee Bucks
Gallery Ballroom, 4th Floor

Have you ever wondered what phrases like “Smart Venue” and “Integrated Systems” really mean when it comes to venue technology? Have you been barraged with phone calls from vendors who all claim to be “best-in-class” and “futureproof?” This discussion will uncover the Why, What and How of venue technology to help us decode what it really means for your business now and in the future. Using case studies from the industry’s newest tech-forward venue, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee Bucks Chief Technology Officer Robert Cordova will discuss his point of view with venue development expert Tim Romani, Chief Executive Officer of CAA ICON, who will provide insights from a 30+ year career in the industry as they look to ideate the venue of the future.

Innovation Spotlight/Venues 2030: Reimagine Space with Immersive Experiences
Sponsored by: Hornall Anderson
Gallery Ballroom, 4th Floor

For today’s consumers, it’s all about the experience. All they want is more: more compelling entertainment, more engagement, and more immersive experiences. For producers and creators of content, it’s all about exceeding fan expectations with innovation and creativity. For venues, it’s about finding ways to maximize existing spaces—concourses, plazas, meeting rooms, even storage areas—and utilizing them to create immersive experiences for fans that keep them coming back. Whether these experiences are considered revenue-producers, added value, or both, they must be worth the commitment in terms of space, costs, and entertainment value. VNC3 hosts a unique look into this next generation wave of immersive entertainment from various perspectives, including ROI, innovation, costs/benefits, design, logistics, revenue, partnerships, promotion, challenges, sponsorship potential, launch and activation, and how it all fits into today’s fan expectations and the culture of live events.

Moderated by: David Touhey, President, Venues, Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President & Producer, Feld Entertainment Inc.
Melissa Hoffman, Principal/Studio Leader, LAB, Rockwell Group
Sean Saadeh, EVP, Entertainment, Prudential Center

Sponsor Spotlight Waste: Four Ways Every Venue Can Find Value In Sustainability
Gallery Ballroom, 4th Floor

Every venue thinks about sustainability differently. Waste Management will explain its shift toward purpose-driven sponsorships and outline four ways every venue and event can find value in sustainability. Four case studies from Waste Management’s Sustainability Services consulting group will illustrate development strategies and best practices for attendees to use at any venue.

Tom Carpenter, Senior Director, WM Energy and Environmental Services
Lee Spivak, Managing Principal, WM Sustainability Services

Sponsored by: Oak View Group Facilities
West Pre-Function, 2nd Floor, Gallery Pre-Function, 4th Floor

The Great Outdoors: Stadiums, Amphitheaters, Festivals, and the Evolution of the Open-Air Experience
Sponsored by Live Nation
Gallery Ballroom, 4th Floor

There is nothing like an outdoor show, be it a concert, sporting event, rodeo, or dirt event. Staging live events outdoors has its own set of issues, among them strategies around manifests and capacities, booking, sponsors, scheduling, ticketing, concessions, security, technology, and, of course, Mother Nature. Whether at a stadium, amphitheater, festival, or alternative venue, all open-air facilities share many of the same opportunities and challenges, and leaders from disparate venue types will discuss trends in outdoor events, market conditions, and the state-of-the-art in staging events in the Great Outdoors.

Moderated by: Rob Knapp, Managing Editor, VenuesNow

Laura Day, Chief Business Officer, EVP, Minnesota Twins/Target Field
Jason Miller, President, New York, Live Nation
Mike Luba, Madison House/Forest Hills Stadium
Stuart Pringle, Managing Director, Silverstone Circuits Ltd.
Tom Russell, Founders Entertainment

Clubs Of New York: The Competitive Landscape in a Microcosm
West Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Even as festivals and supporting slots compete for content that would historically play clubs and other small venues, the club business remains vital, serving as an important step on the career arc and a compelling under-play for well-established acts. Nowhere is the club scene more compelling—and competitive—than in New York City, where choices abound for both fans and agents. A panel of influential stakeholders in the New York small venue market will examine the current competitive landscape and evolving role of clubs in the overall live ecosystem, exploring the challenges of independents, they potential synergies of partnerships and branded venues, the sponsorship market, radius clauses, programming options, and the shifting revenue proposition.

Ray Waddell, President, Media & Conferences, Oak View Group

Carly James, Agent, Paradigm Agency
Josh Moore, Talent Buyer, Bowery Presents
Peter Shapiro, Founder, Brooklyn Bowl
Sean Striegel, SVP, Live Nation

Coffee Break
Sponsored by Prudential Center
Gallery Pre-Function, 4th Floor

Innovation Spotlight/Venues 2030: Concessions
A Sit-Down with the First Family of Concessions & Sports

One would be hard pressed to find a family more deeply immersed in the sports and live entertainment world—through the lens of concessions—than the Jacobs family of the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the 100-year-plus-year-old Delaware North. As the sons of legendary sports and entertainment pioneer Jerry Jacobs (owner of the Bruins), Jerry Jacobs Jr., co-CEO of Delaware North, and brother Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings and Alternate Governor of the Bruins, have been deeply engaged in the evolution and innovation of the contemporary facilities concessions industry. With contracts at some of the most famous and successful sports and live entertainment facilities in the world, including Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and Wembley Stadium in London, the Jacobs brothers understand passionate fans and how to serve them. Beyond that, the Jacobs brothers’ interests and stewardship extend far beyond concessions into real estate, broadcasting, philanthropy, and entertainment districts—The Hub on the Causeway, connected to Boston’s TD Garden, is one of the most ambitious arena-related developments in the country, including 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use retail and office space. VNC3 presents a rare opportunity to hear it firsthand from the First Family of Concessions.

Interviewed by: Don Muret, Senior Editor, VenuesNow

Charlie Jacobs, CEO, Delaware North’s Boston Holdings/ Alternate Governor, Delaware North/Boston Bruins
Jerry Jacobs Jr., Co-CEO, Delaware North

Sponsor Spotlight: Seats are Only the Start with Hornall Anderson

Creative agencies Sid Lee, Digital Kitchen & Hornall Anderson come together to talk about the art of moving people through rituals, experiences and content. How we work, play and live is increasingly about collectivism and community. To build, sustain and stay relevant, those communities need the fuel that only creativity provides – reasons to connect, ideas to engage with, stories to share, causes to get behind, new offerings to trade. Filling seats is only the start.

Nico Van Erum , Managing Partner, Sid Lee
Cam Levin, Chief Creative Officer, Digital Kitchen
Kevi Louis-Johnson, Creative Director, Hornall Anderson

Closing Q&A: Kim Pegula, President & CEO, Pegula Sports & Entertainment

As co-owner of the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL, along with a portfolio of minor league teams and even a Nashville-based record label in Black River Entertainment, Kim Pegula has proven herself to be a sports and entertainment executive of remarkable vision and impressive business acumen. But Kim Pegula is much more than that, successfully navigating the male-dominated landscape of professional sports with skill and aplomb, owning the respect of her contemporaries in sports and the passionate Buffalo sports fans alike. In what is sure to be a captivating discussion with Sports Innovation Lab co-founder Angela Ruggiero, a fierce innovator in her own right (and former Olympian), VNC3 closes with a powerful Q&A that will leave the audience with much to consider.

Interviewed by: Angela Ruggerio, CEO & Co-Founder, Sports Innovation Lab

Roundtable Sessions
NE Gallery, 4th Floor

Security: Facial Recognition, Drone Tech and the impact of Tech on Safety & Security
Mike Downing, Prevent Advisors
Bill Edwards, Associate Principal, Thorton Tomasetti
Mary Haskett, Founder & CEO, Blink Identity

Fan Engagement
Kate Lieberman, Vice President, Guest Services, Live Nation
Don White, CEO & Co-Founder, Satisfi Labs
Karri Zaremba, Founder & COO, Venuetize

Enhanced Audio
Chrystine Villarreal; VP, Business Development, Mixhalo
David Weil, FiveEleven Productions

Jeff Alpen, CEO, Hornall Anderson
Shawn Doss, EVP, Elevate Sports Ventures
Bryan Hinckley, President, Americas, Electrosonic

Crisis Management & PR
Barry Watkins, CEO, Clairvoyant Media Strategies
Matthew Hiltzik, President & CEO, Hiltzik Strategies

Diversity & Inclusion
Diana Busino, Managing Director, Turnkey Search

Mike Martin, Founder & CEO, r.Cup

Rick Abramson, Chief Customer Officer, Delaware North