IEBA Announces New Board Member

John Bolton

John Bolton

The members of IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association), a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, have elected John Bolton, Vice President of Entertainment for SMG, to their Board of Directors in the “Buyer/Promoter” category. He replaces outgoing director Leslie Master of Live Nation.

As part of the corporate team at SMG Entertainment, Bolton works with stadiums and arenas across the country to present over 28,000 live events annually. Bolton supervises a national network of regional marketing directors who are responsible for some 140 arena marketing professionals.

In addition to his role as General Manager for SMG in Tulsa, Bolton acted as Regional Vice President for SMG for its venues in Puerto Rico and the West Coast. Bolton was responsible for creating five new festivals and events in Tulsa that attract more than 200,000 people per year. Bolton earned “Venue Executive of the Year” recognition from IEBA in 2011 and from Pollstar in 2012, as well the “Venue Excellence Award” from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) in 2011.

He fulfilled two terms on IEBA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 2005 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2012. Bolton also serves as the current Chair of the Board of Directors for IAVM.

IEBA’s 44th annual conference will be held Sept. 27-30, 2014, at Nashville’s Omni Hotel. For more information, visit


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