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Ticketing Technology Forum 2013 Advisory Panel takes shape

The Ticketing Technology Forum 2013 Advisory Panel has been further strengthened with the appointments of Michael Hauser (Managing Director, apareo) and Andrew McManus (IT Director, NEC Group / The Ticket Factory); respectively covering the ‘European Market’ and ‘Live Entertainment Venues’ aspects of the ticketing sector.

Set to be launched in London next March (19-20 March 2013), Ticketing Technology Forum is a high-level networking and knowledge exchange event designed to address the specific needs of key executives engaged in the development of entertainment ticketing solutions.

Organised by Xperiology – the specialist events, training and advisory agency for the sports and entertainment facilities sector – in conjunction with, Ticketing Technology Forum’s content, programming and discussions will be guided by the strategic input of a specialist Advisory Panel.

The latest two additions join Simon Klinkhamer (Founder, KB Group UK Ltd) and Jake Grimley (Managing Director, Made Media) who were appointed to the Panel last month.

About the new appointments:

Michael Hauser, Managing Director, apareo
Michael is Founder and Managing Director of mhm consult GmbH; a German based management consultancy for the sports and entertainment industry, specializing in advising on a range of ticketing and new media solutions. He is also Managing Director of apareo; an international startup focused on combining ‘old economy business’ with new digital platforms in the sports, leisure and entertainment sector. Before establishing his corporate consulting firm, he worked for more than twelve years in the ticketing, media and telecommunications industry, with roles at organisations including O2, BMW, telegate AG and Ticket Online. Joining the Ticketing Technology Forum Advisory Panel as our European Market specialist, Michael brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in ticketing, business development, consulting and cutting edge technologies and trends.

Andrew McManus, IT Director, NEC Group
Andrew McManus has over 20 years’ experience in the IT Industry, and is now responsible for all technology matters at the NEC Group. The NEC Group operates and manages two concert venues (the LG Arena and the National Indoor Arena), the UK’s largest Exhibition Centre (the NEC), the International Convention Centre in Birmingham and the Convention Centre in Dublin, as well as an external Catering Business, Amadeus. For the past 5 years, with the adoption of technology within the group increasing dramatically, Andrew’s focus has been on introducing a number of innovative solutions in support of the many live events that use the NEC Group venues. Andrew also works closely with many external live events businesses to integrate their systems into those of the NEC Group’s venues.

“I am delighted to welcome Michael Hauser and Andrew McManus to the TTF Advisory Panel,” comments John Pinchbeck, Founder,, and Chair of the Advisory Panel.

“Michael has a wide range of Central and Eastern European ticketing industry experience, primarily within the Sports and Concerts sectors, and on both the Technical and Commercial sides of the business. Michael also has a keen interest in developing trends in social media, and will bring his European perspective to the Panel.”

“Meanwhile, Andrew runs an extensive IT Department at one of the UK’s largest entertainment complexes, primarily catering for Concerts, Live Events and Visitor Exhibitions. The NEC Group has many additional interests including a National ticket agency, all of which gives Andrew great insight into the array of technical and commercial partnerships serving the UK Live Events industry.”

Ticketing Technology Forum 2013 will take place in London, 19-20 March 2013.




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