NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The 41st annual International Entertainment Buyers Association's in Nashville was one for the record books, breaking attendance figures for previous events.
The keynote this year was delivered by Ticketmaster's Nathan Hubbard and CEO of the world's third largest e-commerce site, who addressed the importance of keeping fans invested in the live sector.
The second class of the International Entertainment Buyers Association Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner was hosted by rising newcomer Laura Bell Bundy with live performances by Roy Clark and Don Schlitz and also featured live art creation by Michael Israel. Inductees included: Bobby Baker, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Jimmy Jay, Paul Moore, Tandy Rice, Lou Robin, Mike Smardak and Leroy Van Dyke. Inductees are honored for their exceptional contributions to the live entertainment industry.
"The evening exceeded all expectations. It was a once in a lifetime experience with the great Roy Clark and the many legends of our industy all in the room together. Laura Bell Bundy entertained and charmed everyone. It could not have been more perfect," said Tiffany Davis, Executive Director of IEBA.
Winners at this year's IEBA awards included:
Venue Executive of the Year
John Bolton – BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Talent Agent of the Year
Stan Barnett – Creative Artists Agency
Club Buyer of the Year
Ed Warm – Joe's Bar Chicago
College Buyer of the Year – Tie
Rick Stowe – East Coast Entertainment, Inc.
Adam Tobey – Concert Ideas
Corporate Entertainment Buyer of the Year
Paul Creighton – T Skorman Productions, Inc.
Casino Buyer of the Year
Robyn Smith – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Fair Buyer of the Year
Renee Pearson – Minnesota State Fair
Festival Buyer of the Year
Bonnaroo – Ashley Capps – AC Entertainment
International Buyer of the Year
Rob Waloschuk – Dauphin's Countryfest, Manitoba, Canada
-CelebrityAccess Staff Writers