IEBA Honors Top Touring Execs, Venues During 47th Annual Conference

IEBA Hall of Fame Inductees Keith Bugos and Kenny Rogers. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA

IEBA concluded its 47th annual conference Tuesday evening (Oct. 17) with its annual awards ceremony, as well as the induction of Kenny Rogers and tour manager Keith Bugos, booking agent Tony Conway and venue Ryman Auditorium into the IEBA Hall of Fame.

IEBA presented industry linchpin Barbara Hubbard with the Career Achievement Award and gifted a $10,000 donation to the Barbara Hubbard Scholarship at New Mexico State University from the newly-established IEBA Educational Outreach Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

IEBA’s 48th Annual Conference will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2018 at JW Marriott Nashville, which is scheduled to open Summer of 2018.

Hall of Fame Inductee Tony Conway. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA

2017 AWARD WINNERS:

Club of the Year: Joe’s Live – Rosemont, IL
Casino of the Year: Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
Theater of the Year: Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
Arena of the Year: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Amphitheater of the Year: Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO
Fair of the Year: State Fair of Texas – Dallas, TX
Festival of the Year: Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
Club Buyer of the Year: Adam Weiser – AEG Presents
Casino Buyer of the Year: Andrew Blank – C3 Presents
Corporate Buyer of the Year: Ron Pateras – Jam Entertainment & Creative Services
International Buyer of the Year: Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group (Canada)
Fair Buyer of the Year: Renee Alexander – Minnesota State Fair
Festival Buyer of the Year: Stacy Vee – Goldenvoice
Venue Executive of the Year: Becky Colwell – The Greek Theatre
Young Professional of the Year: Austin Neal – WME
Talent Agent of the Year: Adam Kornfeld – Artist Group International
Promoter of the Year: Louis Messina – MTG

IEBA Executive Director Pam Matthews and IEBA board members Barry Jeffrey (WME), Todd Boltin (Variety Attractions), and Jon Petrunak (Live Nation) present Barbara Hubbard with a $10,000 donation to her scholarship at New Mexico State University.

Ryman Auditorium staff backstage with their IEBA Hall of Fame plaque.

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