Skip Connors is the new CEO of TicketIQ.
Connors, who had been the company’s senior vice president of partnerships, succeeds founder Jesse Lawrence, who will continue to lead sales and strategic industry partnerships, a statement from the New York-based ticket company said.
As SVP, Connors implemented a strategic plan for university and professional team sales development. He brought in several former athletes and sports execs to act as company advisors on efforts like boosting market visibility and league relationships. Former New York Knicks forward Charles Smith was one of the advisors Connors wooed, as was Kevin Flynn, former pro soccer player and host of ESPN podcast Over the Ball.
“I look forward to driving the continued growth of TicketIQ, both through the consumer brand as well as our unique set of digital products and services to help rights holders compete in a rapidly evolving ticketing and distribution landscape,” Connors said in the statement.
Prior to TicketIQ, Connors was president and CEO of Newstec, a technology company focused on the newspaper advertising software business. He grew the business to profitability and led the sale of the business to Quipp Systems and Illinois Tool Works. He also was the general manager of Learfield Sports, where he handled all facets of monetization for NCAA partners, including sponsorship, TV and radio rights and ticketing.
Connors will continue the integration of TicketIQ’s purchase of secondary ticket platform San Antonio-based SeatSmart, working closely with recently-appointed COO Brett Cohen and CTO Aaron Pearson.
“Skip brings a depth of executive experience and industry relationships to the company that will help TicketIQ scale the business going forward,” Lawrence said. “Skip believes deeply in the TicketIQ model and is excited to help drive the overall growth of the business.”
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