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Wednesday, May 8 • 3:15pm - 3:55pm
The Changing Face of Sponsorships at Festivals

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The sponsorship ball keeps moving and the goal posts move with it. Competition is fierce and standards are high. How do festival sponsorship directors engage brands, ink deals, and activate and provide ROI in this landscape? Learn from our panel of experts. 

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Lisaann Dupont

Director of Communications, Opry Entertainment Group
As Director of Communications for Opry Entertainment Group Lisaann Dupont oversees all public relations strategy for the company’s iconic venues and brands including Ryman Auditorium, 650 AM WSM and the rapidly growing Ole Red brand with locations in Tishomingo, OK; Nashville, TN... Read More →

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Mike Thelin

Co-Founder, Feast Portland
Mike Thelin has a long and successful history of creating projects that grab attention and make big impact on neighborhoods, cities and regions. He is co-founder and co-owner of Hot Luck Live Food and Music Festival in Austin, the Portland-based experiential agency Team Feast Presents... Read More →
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Beau Blanchard

Corporate Development Manager, California Film Institute | Mill Valley Film Festival | DocLands
Professional Duties: Beau started at the nonprofit California Film Institute in 2009 as the Development Coordinator for the 32nd Mill Valley Film Festival and has since risen to his current position of Corporate Development Manager, now responsible for over $4M annually in cash and... Read More →
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Maureen Valker-Barlow

Senior Vice President of Business Development and Brand Alliances, Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE)
Maureen Valker-Barlow is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Brand Alliances at Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE). For almost a decade, Maureen has been at the helm of negotiating partnerships for SGE's catalog of over 50 music and lifestyle festival brands... Read More →
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Bill Grisolia

Founder, New Blues Festival
Bill Grisolia presents the New Blues Festival since 2014 in the cities of Long Beach, Adelanto and Huntington Beach, California with tens of thousands in attendance.  Individual Social Media Posts have reached over a million people.  In 2018, the New Blues Festival received the... Read More →
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Caroline Burruss

Vice President, AEG Global Partnerships
Caroline Burruss is a vice president for the Global Partnerships division of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. Acting as an internal agency for AEG, Global Partnerships oversees worldwide sponsorship sales and activation for over 135 world-class platforms... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 3:15pm - 3:55pm PDT
The Lodge at the Regency Center 1290 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109