#IEBA2018 concludes with Honors & Awards Ceremony


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wednesday, October 3, 2018)

IEBA, the leading trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, concluded its 48th Annual Conference last evening (Oct. 2) with its Honors & Awards Ceremony. The winners of seventeen (17) IEBA Industry Awards, which celebrate those who work tirelessly behind the scenes of the concert business, were announced during the event. A full list of winners is below.

A special on-stage presentation announced the endowment of permanent scholarships at New York University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Belmont University through IEBA’s Educational Outreach Fund.

The magnificent ceremony also included the induction of four new IEBA Hall of Fame members, including southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, booking agents Ray Shelide and Bonnie Sugarman, and longtime marketing director and champion of the Great Allentown Fair Bonnie Brosious.

IEBA’s 49th Annual Conference will be held October 27-29, 2019 at the
JW Marriott Nashville.





Club of the Year – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

Casino of the Year – Talking Stick Resort and Casino – Scottsdale, AZ

Ryman Auditorium Theater of the Year – DPAC – Durham, NC

Arena of the Year – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK

Amphitheater of the Year – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Fair of the Year – Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN

Festival of the Year – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA

Club Buyer of the Year – Jim Mallonee – House of Blues

Casino Buyer of the Year (TIE) – Kell Houston – Houston Productions and

Randy Wright – Integrity Events

Corporate Buyer of the Year – Michael Boltzman – AEG Presents

International Buyer of the Year – Ron Sakamoto – Gold & Gold Productions

Fair Buyer of the Year – R.J. Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group

Festival Buyer of the Year – Roger LeBlanc – Madison Entertainment

Venue Executive of the Year – Kim Bedier – Tacoma Venues & Events

Young Professional of the Year – Paige Ryan – Paradigm Talent Agency

Talent Agent of the Year – Jay Williams – WME

Promoter of the Year – Ali Harnell – AEG Presents


For a full list of nominees, click here.