Meet the staff

Office Staff

Linda Deckard, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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?"

Linda Deckard

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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 linda@venuesnow.com

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Dream Concert: "Elvis Costello followed by Green Day, front and center under the stars the Hollywood Bowl."

Brad Weissberg

Staff Reporter

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 brad@venuesnow.com

Samantha Le, Marketing & Sales Associate

Dream Concert: "DePeche Mode, Chicago Theatre or Théâtre des Célestins, Lyon, France."

Samantha Le

Marketing Director

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 samantha@venuesnow.com

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Dream Concert: "Metallica, Megadeath, Rob Zombie, Billy Idol, Massive Attack and Portishead at the House of Blues, Anaheim, Calif. Yea, I know its a weird line-up but hey, it would be one hell of a concert in a great venue atmosphere.

Rob Ocampo

Dir. of Operations

An individual wearing many hats, Rob works alongside the team ensuring that all daily functions are in progress and goals are being met in addition to overseeing the production and growth of the Venues Now Resource Guide department. He carries a bachelors degree in Business Management and has plans to receive a masters degree in International Business. Rob joined VenuesNow in 2006 and continues to grow and develop a strong foundation and vision.

Rob can be reached at  rob@venuesnow.com

 
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Dream Concert: "Missing Persons, No Doubt & Billy Idol @ the Hollywood Bowl under the stars."

 

Karmen White

Accounting Manager

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 karmen@venuesnow.com

 

Outside Team

 
Rich DiGiacomo, Account Executive, Northeast, Midwest, West and International

Dream Concert: "The Killers, Train and and a bottle of 2006 Bond Cabernet Sauvignon at Greek Theatre in beautiful Griffith Park."

Rich DiGiacomo

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 rich@venuesnow.com