Congratulations 2017 Women of Influence winners!

  • by VT Staff
  • Published: June 12, 2017

Venues Today will feature their accomplishments in the July issue and present awards at our reception during IAVM VenueConnect in Nashville, Tenn.Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 5:30-7:00pm at Music City Center.


Kim Damron
Paciolan, Irvine, Calif.
Kim Damron’s recent promotion to president of Paciolan is the culmination of her longstanding strong leadership, extraordinary vision and expertise. She has worked in growing capacities to achieve the company’s goals for the last 12 years; she particularly champions and exemplifies equality and the positive impact of female influence. One of Damron’s first moves as president was to elevate key team members to pivotal roles to best position the company for longterm success. She has been instrumental in the company’s growth, including the organization’s key alliance with StubHub. She has overseen customer service, technology operations, commerce, marketing, the client partner team and strategic partnerships. She is also leading the company through its exciting acquisition by and partnership with Learfield.

Donna Julian
Senior Vice President of Arena & Events Ops & GM
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.

Donna Julian has been the lead executive for Spectrum Center since its inception, construction and grand opening in 2005 at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. She is overseeing a $27.5-million Arena Enhancement Plan at the 19,000-seat Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets, which includes a new state-of-the art scoreboard. During her 30 + years in the sports and entertainment business, she has hosted a multitude of events including NCAA Basketball Tournaments and 2012 Democratic National Convention. Prior to coming to Charlotte, she worked for SMG as the General Manager of the Baltimore Arena. She is on the Executive Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Charlotte and is a member of the Women’s InterCultural Exchange and the Charlotte Women’s Executive Organization.

Michele Montague
Assistant General Manager & Vice President, Events
Verizon Center, Washington
Michele Montague is the epitome of influence both in the District of Columbia and in the industry overall.  She has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University for the past five years, teaching both an undergraduate and graduate class each year.  Her classes are very popular with students, but what is even more impressive is the number of students that stay in touch with her over the years. At Verizon Center, she schedules the vast array of events that are held in the building and oversees event production, the box office and takes the lead on many high profile events such as AIPAC.

Marla Ostroff
EVP of Arts and Theatre and Strategic Accounts
Ticketmaster, New York City

Marla Ostroff started with Ticketmaster 29 years ago as GM of Boston, then took over as SVP of the Northeast before becoming executive vice president. She has shown strong leadership and mentoring skills and loyalty to the company. She loves that every day is different and that Ticketmaster is constantly reinventing itself. The technology she can bring to her client base is ever evolving.

Debra Rathwell
Senior Vice President
AEG Live, New York
Debra Rathwell has run the New York office for AEG for about 15 years. She also brought such great international tours as Justin Bieber, American Idol, Carrie Underwood and Celine Dion to AEG. She has been in the Billboard Top 100 Women in the Music Business consistently. She consistently and successfully has built AEG touring from the ground up. Innovative booking of everything from top rock acts and Broadway to creating tours for successful reality music series like “American Idol” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Before that, she was the lead booker for Metropolitan Entertainment during the peak of their success.

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  • by VT Staff
  • Published: June 12, 2017