Pat Benatar And Neil Giraldo To Be Inducted Into IEBA’s Hall Of Fame And 2015 Nominees

NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) – IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association) announces its 2015 Hall of Fame inductees and achievement honorees to be recognized at the close of its 45th Annual Conference on Oct. 13. IEBA’s Hall of Fame acknowledges elite entertainment industry professionals and includes Dick Clark and Lawrence Welk, Johnny Cash and The Doobie Brothers, Erv Woolsey and Dale Morris. This year, IEBA will induct four-time Grammy winner Pat Benatar and guitarist/songwriter/producer Neil Giraldo. IEBA will also honor Clint Black with a Career Achievement Award and Country Concert in Fort Loramie, Ohio with an Industry Achievement Award.


Pat Benatar remains a fearless leader for female singers from all genres. With musical partner, guitarist, and husband Neil Giraldo, celebrated the 35th anniversary of her debut album In the Heat of the Night with an extensive tour reaching well into 2015. A two-CD + DVD live recording of their 35th Anniversary tour was released April 2015. Hits like “Heartbreaker,” "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Love Is A Battlefield" made them MTV stars in the 1980s, and Benatar and Giraldo have sold over 26 million albums with 19 Top 40 hits.


Clint Black, singer-songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist/actor is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his first platinum album by releasing his first studio album in a decade. On Purpose will be released September 25th via Thirty Tigers. Black’s debut album Killin’ Time garnered the country music icon five ACM awards including Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year for “A Better Man.” Black won a Grammy Award in 1999 as well as the CMA’s Horizon Award and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1990. He also has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. To date, he had sold over 20 million albums, charted two dozen #1 singles and 30 Top 10 hits – all written by Black.


Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes in Fort Loramie, Ohio has been a family affair from its beginning over three decades ago. Over 300 country acts have played this beloved festival in its 35-year history. What began as a seasonal family campground, the Barhorst family has turned their 500-acre property into a premier festival site for one of the largest family-owned and operated events in the United States. 2015 headliners Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, The Band Perry – plus 20 more acts – drew over 60,000 fans for this year’s the 3-day event.


List of nominees below announced September 1st:


Casino of the Year
Agua Caliente Casino – Rancho Mirage, CA
Chumash Casino – Santa Ynez, CA
Fallsview Casino Resort – Niagara Falls, ON
Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
Peppermill Wendover – Wendover, NV
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Milwaukee, WI

Casino Buyer of the Year
Frank Deal – Choctaw Casino Resort
Laura Ishum – Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.
Terry Jenkins – Boyd Gaming
Nicci Lehto – Four Winds Entertainment, Inc.
Lori Otelsberg – Signature Entertainment
Joe Soper – Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun

Club Buyer of the Year
Johnny Beach – The Bowery Presents
Tom Loudermilk – Live Nation Inc.
Alan Presley – Kaleidoscope Promotions, Inc.
Chad Rodgers – Doc Roc Productions
Ed Warm – Joe's Bar and Bub City
Jay Wilson – Red Mountain Entertainment

Corporate Buyer of the Year
Steve Einzig – Booking Entertainment
Mark Felix – Drury Design
Scott Gartner – AEG Live
Gary Osier – Gary Osier Presents
Fred Suss – Talent Source
Barry Weisblatt – Whiteleaf Entertainment

Fair of the Year
Great Jones County Fair – Monticello, IA
Kansas State Fair – Hutchinson, KS
Orange County Fair – Costa Mesa, CA
San Diego County Fair – Del Mar, CA
Washington State Fair – Puyallup, WA
Wisconsin State Fair – West Allis, WI

Fair Buyer of the Year
Renee Alexander – Minnesota State Fair
Todd Boltin – Variety Attractions, Inc.
Pat Powelson – Jayson Promotions
Michelle Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group
Dave Snowden – Triangle Talent, Inc.
Suzanne Wilson – Wilson Events, Inc.

Festival of the Year
Austin City Limits – Austin, TX
Big Valley Jamboree – Camrose, AB
Coachella – Indio, CA
Firefly – Dover, DE
Stagecoach – Indio, CA
Watershed – George, WA

Festival Buyer of the Year
Bob Babisch – Milwaukee Summerfest
Amy Corbin – C3 Presents
Gil Cunningham – Neste Event Marketing
Anne Hankins – Country Music Concerts
Stacy Vee – Goldenvoice
Jonathan Wayland – Integrity Events


International Buyer of the Year
Steve Homer – Live Nation (UK)
Oliver Hoppe – Wizard Promotions (Germany)
Rob Potts – Entertainment Edge (Australia)
Judy Seale – Judy Seale International
Anna Sjölund – Live Nation (Sweden)
Chris York – SJM Concerts Ltd. (UK)


Venue of the Year
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center) – Phoenix, AZ

Venue Executive of the Year
David Farrar – Santander Arena
Gunnar Fox – PPL Center
Jeff Nickler – BOK Center
Bobby Rossi – Ruth Eckerd Hall
Rena Wasserman – Greek Theatre
Sally Williams – Ryman Auditorium


Promoter of the Year
Ben Farrell – Varnell Enterprises
Arthur Fogel – Live Nation
Brian O'Connell – Live Nation
Darin Lashinsky – NS2
Louis Messina – Messina Touring Group
Jerry Mickelson – JAM Productions


Talent Agent of the Year
Marc Geiger – WME
Adam Kornfeld – AGI
Jonathan Levine – Paradigm
Brian Manning – CAA
Nick Meinema – UTA
Darin Murphy – CAA
Kevin Neal – WME
Craig Newman – APA


Rookie of the Year
Boone Carter – NS2
Steve Gaches – WME
Michael Owens – BOK Center
Nate Ritches – Morris Higham Management / Dale Morris & Associates
Kylen Sharpe – CAA

IEBA will host its 45th Annual Conference October 10-13, 2015 at the Omni Nashville and Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Registration is open. For more information, please visit ieba.org or call 615-679-9601. IEBA’s Honors and Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 8pm at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. This is a free private event for Conference Attendees only.

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