Speakers

Jeff Apregan: President, Gridiron Stadium Network

Jeff Apregan has promoted, produced and executed live events throughout the world in venues ranging from clubs and theatres to NFL stadiums and motor speedways. Apregan Entertainment Group, founded in 1993, provides strategic planning, tour direction and talent buying services. Nitro Circus Live, the Gridiron Stadium Network, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and the Steamboat Strings Festival are among the company's clients. In 2005, Apregan founded Venue Coalition, which provides booking and strategic planning services to over 60 arenas in North America.

Ashley Capps : President, AC Entertainment

Ashley Capps changed the course of Rock & Roll history, according to Rolling Stone, in 2002 when he founded the Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival in Manchester, TN. In addition to his role of booking and overseeing festival operations, he spearheaded Bonnaroo's innovative, internet-based marketing strategies that have characterized the festival and have been emulated by other festivals and events around the world. Capps has always had a fascination with the synergies between the visual and musical arts and how they can complement each other and in 2008, that fascination was realized with the founding of the Big Ears Music Festival. The groundbreaking festival focuses on unique performances and collaborations crossing multiple genres. Partnering with Moog Music, AC Entertainment launched Moogfest in 2010 to celebrate the life and musical contributions of synthesizer progenitor Bob Moog.

Brantley Gilbert: Recording Artist/Songwriter

Dominating with the GOLD-certified JUST AS I AM , Brantley Gilbert scored his first #1 Billboard Country Albums debut and notched the third highest Top 200 album debut of 2014. The album produced the Platinum-certified #1 hit “Bottoms Up” and the Top 15 “Small Town Throwdown,”. The Georgia native has racked up five #1 singles, impressive album sales, multiple award show nominations from the CMA, ACM, ACA & CMT Music Awards and was named 2013 ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year. Brantley's previous project, the PLATINUM-certified HALFWAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE, produced GOLD-certified #1 hit “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do" and PLATINUM-certified “Country Must Be Country Wide.” As a celebrated songwriter, he has also penned #1 songs “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem” for Jason Aldean as well as his own “Country Must Be Country Wide” and Platinum-certified “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” The second leg of Brantley’s LET IT RIDE TOUR kicks off on September 19 in Austin, TX.

Allen Kovac: CEO, Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music Group

What others say isn’t possible, Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music/Five Seven Music founder/CEO Allen Kovac turns into reality. From resurrecting and expanding the careers of Luther Vandross, the Bee Gees, Duran Duran, Motley Crue, and Blondie, Kovac remains on the cutting edge by learning and bending the rules, but always pushing the envelope to create new, forward-thinking marketing concepts. Kovac stays current with his record companies by working with The Dirty Heads, Nico Vega and Nothing More and by constantly evolving his acts like Papa Roach and Escape The Fate. His mantra? “Create the message, control the content,” using the artist’s assets to open the doors.

Jonathan Levine: Executive Agent, Paradigm

Jonathan Levine is a Senior Executive Agent at the Paradigm Talent and Literary Agency and co-runs the Agency's Nashville office. As one of the leading agents in the music industry, JL's passion for partnering with artists to help them develop and achieve their goals was recently rewarded with the prestigious Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award, at the International Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. With over 25 years of experience, Jonathan has been privileged to have worked with many prestigious & legendary bands. Levine has been with the agency for 19 years, 17 of which were spent working in Monterey, California for Monterey Peninsula Artists which became Paradigm when the agencies merged in 2005 and officially became known as Paradigm in 2007. Levine relocated to Nashville with his family in 2012.

Ed Rubinstein : CEO, Arena Network

Ed Rubinstein has more than 40 years of experience in the live entertainment industry in CEO positions with the Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia, Target Center in Minneapolis, and BI-LO Center in Greenville (SC). Currently he is CEO of ArenaNetwork based in Los Angeles. ArenaNetwork is an association that consults with 35 arenas in the United States and Canada in the areas of content acquisition, event production, sponsorship sales, event marketing, and ticketing platforms. ArenaNetwork has promoted national tours of "Walking With Dinosaurs:The Live Experience", "2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars", "2004 TJ Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions", Dolly Parton, and various other live event spectaculars.

Dana Warg: VP of Entertainment, Olympia Entertainment

Dana Warg, a 31-year entertainment and sports facility operations expert directs one of the most diverse entertainment companies in the United States. Warg oversees the entertainment operations of Detroit’s fabulous Fox Theatre, as well as the Joe Louis Arena, home to the Detroit Red Wings, City Theatre and various other venues in Detroit and outside the market area. Warg also coordinates the concert bookings and related entertainment activity at Comerica Park, home to the 2012 American League Champion Detroit Tigers. Prior to joining AEG, Warg served as the Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for Nederlander Concerts. The 31-year industry veteran has also served as Vice President of Arena Operations for SFX Music Group and Clear Channel Entertainment, along with spending 11 years as the CEO of the Target Center in Minneapolis.