Meet the staff
Dream Concert: "The St. Vincent-Nirvana combination that played at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance, performing at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kan."
Rob joined VenuesNow in early 2018 after 19 years at Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. Before that he made stops at newspapers in Charlotte, N.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; Lexington, Ky; and the Kansas City area, in addition to selling clothing and working in a baseball card store (for cards rather than money). He loves good stories, good writing and working with good people. Rob lives and dies with his Kansas Jayhawks and treasures his time with his wife and two daughters, who are all pretty awesome.
Rob can be reached at (704) 662-2897 or email@example.com
Dream Concert: "James Taylor and Carole King under the stars and the moon at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Oh, that’s been done. How about James Taylor and the Traveling Wilburys?"
Founder & Senior Editor
Linda founded VenuesNow, formerly Venues Today, in 2002 after nearly 30 years with the now defunct Amusement Business and, briefly, Billboard magazine. She loves the industry. Her friends are in the industry. Her expertise is in writing about the venues industry. She started more traditionally, graduating with a degree in journalism from Indiana University, and working in the consumer press until landing at AB. She grew up on the East Coast in Annandale, Va., and lived in San Francisco, Mansfield, Ohio, Nashville, Tenn., and Huntington Beach, Calif. As managing editor of AB and now editor of VenuesNow, she has met an extraordinary group of leaders and visionaries in venue management and looks forward to meeting many more. Most importantly, she works with a great staff.
Linda can be reached at (714) 378-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dream Concert: "Frank Zappa with Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Stones and the original Grateful Dead. "
Don Muret has been a reporter for 35 years, including 25 years in trade journalism at SportsBusiness Journal and the old Amusement Business magazine before joining VenuesNow in December 2017. Previously, he worked 10 years as a sports writer for multiple daily and weekly newspapers. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native has a journalism degree from Drake University and attended graduate school at the University of Iowa. He’s a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and loves live music. Muret lives in Charlotte with his wife, Dana, and their two teenage daughters, Madeline and Carolyn.
Don can be reached at (704) 877-7399 or email@example.com
Dream Concert: "Elvis Costello followed by Green Day, front and center under the stars the Hollywood Bowl."
Brad joined VenuesNow after a long career in celebrity journalism. He has been on staff at The National Enquirer, Star Magazine, Woman's Day, Australia, NW and Famous. He's written numerous article and conducted celebrity interviews for magazines across the globe including Heat, Grazia, New Ideas, In Touch, Entertainment Weekly, Daily Mirror and Bild. When he's not working Brad can be found snowboarding, playing blackjack or getting worked up over news and current events. Brad has lived around the world and only recently returned to the USA with his partner of 15 years Christian, dogs Lucy and TJ and Selma the cat.
Brad can be reached at (714) 329-8261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dream Concert: "DePeche Mode, Chicago Theatre or Théâtre des Célestins, Lyon, France."
Samantha has been with VenuesNow since 2009. She strives to strengthen the international presence of Venues Today and promote the magazine through various marketing efforts. Whether it’s creating marketing collateral, planning for the next tradeshow and award reception or handling production issues, she enjoys having fun at work. Prior to joining VenuesNow, she spent nine years in the action sports industry and GES Expo Services. “It’s a treat to check out the cool and creative ads submitted before everyone else sees it — it’s a new surprise every month!“
Samantha can be reached at email@example.com
Dream Concert: "Freddie Mercury, James Brown and Prince all on one stage singing “We Are The Champions.”"
VP of Sales, OVG Media & Conferences
Veteran industry trade sales and sponsorships executive Aki Kaneko comes to OVG after nearly 20 years at Billboard, most recently as executive director of entertainment for the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group. Aki is steering international advertising and sponsorship across all OVG media platforms and conferences, including Pollstar, Pollstar.com, Pollstar Daily Pulse, VenuesNow, VenuesNow.com, VenuesNow Pulse, and SportTechie. He is also steering sponsorships sales for the PollstarLive! Conference & Awards, which will mark its 30th anniversary in 2019, and the VenuesNow Conference, which ran June 19-20, 2018.
Aki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dream Concert: "Missing Persons, No Doubt & Billy Idol @ the Hollywood Bowl under the stars."
Karmen joined VenuesNow in August 2015. Through the years, she worked various accounting jobs, from junior accounting clerk to accounts payable and accounts receivable. A fun job she had was when she worked for an educational company from 2002 to 2013. They were a school that taught people to trade in the stock market. (Stocks (Equity), Forex, E Mini & Options Trading) She started in the company 2002 when there were 5 employees. Karmen has done everything from booking all travel for instructors, classroom implementation to setting up sales seminars on site and off site in different Hotels and banquet rooms. She is currently attending Cal State Long Beach to complete her BA degree in Business Management with a minor in Marketing.
Karmen can be reached at email@example.com
Dream Concert: "The Killers, Train and and a bottle of 2006 Bond Cabernet Sauvignon at Greek Theatre in beautiful Griffith Park."
Account Executive — Northeast, West and International
Rich is continuing to push the global brand of Venues Today forward. After creating successful regional spotlights for Colorado, California and much of the Midwest, Rich has been instrumental in facilitating Venues Today’s growth overseas, signing the magazine’s first spotlight in Shanghai.
Rich can be reached at (310) 429-3678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dream Concert: "The Beatles after the Abbey Road album, supported by Nirvana."
Director of Sales & Marketing, Pollstar / VenuesNow (UK)
Alongside working for Pollstar, Brij is working hard to push the global brand of VenuesNow and strengthen its relationships with the international venues. Manning the UK office, he attends the leading global conferences, and is responsible for sales & marketing and developing partnerships. Brij has a strong background and passion in the live music industry, and enjoys going to see many shows during the year. He loves traveling the world, meeting new people and taking in as much culture from all corners of the globe.
Brij can be reached at + 44(0)207 359 1110 or email@example.com