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AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception at The Venue in Scottsdale.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2014 are:

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D, senior vice president and chief research officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Trish Bear, president and CEO, I-ology
Dr. Amy Beiter, president and CEO, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
Janet G. Betts, member, Sherman & Howard
Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, Cramer-Krasselt
Delia Carlyle, councilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Luci Chen, partner, Arizona Center for Cancer Care
Mary Collum, senior vice president, National Bank of Arizona
Kathy Coover, co-founder, Isagenix International
Janna Day, managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Karen Dickinson, shareholder, Polsinelli
Michele Finney, CEO, Abrazo Health
Susan Frank, CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Leah Freed, managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors, Gila River Casinos
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
Deb Gullett, senior specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Diane Haller, partner, Quarles & Brady
Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Catherine Hayes, principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc.
Camille Hill, president, Merestone
Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Heidi Jannenga, founder, WebPT
Kara Kalkbrenner, acting fire chief, City of Phoenix
Lynne King Smith, CEO, TicketForce
Joan Koerber Walker, CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association
Karen Kravitz, president and head of conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Jessica Langbaum, PhD, principal scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Georgia Lord, mayor, City of Goodyear
Sherry Lund, founder, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
Teresa Mandelin, CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Shirley Mays, dean, Arizona Summit Law School
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, vice president, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns
Marcia L. Mintz, president, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Martha C. Patrick, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Stephanie J. Quincy, partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer, GoDaddy
Marian Rhodes, senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joyce Santis, chief operating officer, Sonora Quest Laboratories
Gena Sluga, partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Scarlett Spring, president, VisionGate
Patrice Strong-Register, managing partner, JatroBiofuels
Sarah A. Strunk, director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Marie Sullivan, president and CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Dana Vela, president, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Alicia Wadas, COO, The Lavidge Company
Ginger Ward, CEO, Southwest Human Development

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Anca Bec, 36, business development officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alison R. Christian, 32, shareholder, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Jaime Daddona, 38, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Nancy Kim, 36, owner, Spectrum Dermatology
Jami Reagan, 35, owner, Shine Factory Public Relations

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

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Lynne King Smith – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Lynne King SmithCEO, TicketForce
Smith co-founded TicketForce in 2003 and manages daily operations.

Greatest accomplishment: “I took over as CEO in 2010 when the economy was still shaky. I made some deep budget cuts … We remained strong, had no layoffs and were set for the next several years of solid growth.”

Surprising fact: “My mom was born Amish – I’m thankful her parents left and became Mennonites, a faith I still feel connected to in many ways.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

Click here to see all of the 2014 Most Influential Women.

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Mesa’s TicketForce Celebrates 10 Years in Ticketing Technology

In 10 years of business, Lynne King Smith and Brad Smith, co-founders of TicketForce, have successfully helped thousands of venues and promoters drastically increase ticketing revenues and control their patron data. Since its incorporation in 2003, TicketForce, a leading provider of ticketing solutions in the U.S. and Canada, has serviced over 3,000 venues and promoters in 49 states and Canada.

In 2012 alone, TicketForce clients created more than $20 million in ticketing revenue utilizing the company’s solutions.

Lynne and her husband, Brad’s, passion for the industry and for providing real results to clients has resulted in major growth for their company; in fact, TicketForce has doubled its revenue every year for the first five years with private funding – and has increased revenue ever year since inception. Ticket sales in 2012 totaled $52 million.

“Brad and I both have non-profit experience, and love the live event market,” said Lynne. “As event planners and promoters in the 90’s, we were always streamlining processes and finding creative solutions for our clients. We still love finding solutions today!”

The company started with just two employees, Lynne and Brad, and a single client in their garage office in 2002. Today, the company has employed over 50 people. That first client, Extreme Faith Productions, is still a client today, 10 years later. In fact, the company retains 99 percent of its clients year after year.

TicketForce is known for its scalable, full suite of ticketing solutions, including private label, full-service, social and mobile ticketing options. Featuring a customer-centric buying experience, TicketForce’s ticketing solutions include event/client branding, video clips, social media sharing and more. The company offers its services at a much lower fee per ticket than its publically held competitors and delivers a more personal level of customer service.

“Our clients appreciate that they can pick up the phone and call us at any time,” said Lynne. “What’s more – they have access to myself and Brad, not just our employees. We take pride in that accessibility that clients have to us, and we make it a priority to get to know our clients face-to-face whenever possible. Many of them have become friends.”

The company is widely known as one of the most innovative ticketing solutions across multiple genres including performing arts, universities, arenas, civic venues, concert halls, casinos, racing, fairs, rodeos and festivals. So far in 2013, TicketForce has signed more than $500,000 in new business across many of those sectors.

Lynne says that TicketForce differentiates itself further by offering marketing tools to help its clients sell more tickets – a feature that many other companies promise to deliver but never actually execute.

“We offer free monthly social media webinars, toolkits, LinkedIn discussions, complete analytics and consulting to ensure that our clients have the know-how to utilize the latest marketing tools to truly sell more tickets,” said Lynne. “We have found that our investment in those resources generate real results for our clients, and in turn, for TicketForce.”

The company has become a true family business over the past decade. Brad’s mom was TicketForce’s first call center employee and all three of the pair’s daughters have worked for the company at some point over the past decade. Today, Lynne’s brother, Ron King, is one of TicketForce’s IT specialists and her oldest daughter, Joanna, has returned full-time as a business administrator.

“Our employees are like family – we take trips, have monthly lunches, and have an atmosphere of collaboration and acceptance,” said Lynne. “You’ll never find them throwing each other under the bus – it’s a tight group. And that’s what brings me to work every day. Tickets are secondary to creating a fantastic place to work.”

For more information about TicketForce, visit www.ticketforce.com.

frequent flier miles - airline tickets to fulfill wishes

Mesa's TicketForce Celebrates 10 Years in Ticketing Technology

In 10 years of business, Lynne King Smith and Brad Smith, co-founders of TicketForce, have successfully helped thousands of venues and promoters drastically increase ticketing revenues and control their patron data. Since its incorporation in 2003, TicketForce, a leading provider of ticketing solutions in the U.S. and Canada, has serviced over 3,000 venues and promoters in 49 states and Canada.

In 2012 alone, TicketForce clients created more than $20 million in ticketing revenue utilizing the company’s solutions.

Lynne and her husband, Brad’s, passion for the industry and for providing real results to clients has resulted in major growth for their company; in fact, TicketForce has doubled its revenue every year for the first five years with private funding – and has increased revenue ever year since inception. Ticket sales in 2012 totaled $52 million.

“Brad and I both have non-profit experience, and love the live event market,” said Lynne. “As event planners and promoters in the 90’s, we were always streamlining processes and finding creative solutions for our clients. We still love finding solutions today!”

The company started with just two employees, Lynne and Brad, and a single client in their garage office in 2002. Today, the company has employed over 50 people. That first client, Extreme Faith Productions, is still a client today, 10 years later. In fact, the company retains 99 percent of its clients year after year.

TicketForce is known for its scalable, full suite of ticketing solutions, including private label, full-service, social and mobile ticketing options. Featuring a customer-centric buying experience, TicketForce’s ticketing solutions include event/client branding, video clips, social media sharing and more. The company offers its services at a much lower fee per ticket than its publically held competitors and delivers a more personal level of customer service.

“Our clients appreciate that they can pick up the phone and call us at any time,” said Lynne. “What’s more – they have access to myself and Brad, not just our employees. We take pride in that accessibility that clients have to us, and we make it a priority to get to know our clients face-to-face whenever possible. Many of them have become friends.”

The company is widely known as one of the most innovative ticketing solutions across multiple genres including performing arts, universities, arenas, civic venues, concert halls, casinos, racing, fairs, rodeos and festivals. So far in 2013, TicketForce has signed more than $500,000 in new business across many of those sectors.

Lynne says that TicketForce differentiates itself further by offering marketing tools to help its clients sell more tickets – a feature that many other companies promise to deliver but never actually execute.

“We offer free monthly social media webinars, toolkits, LinkedIn discussions, complete analytics and consulting to ensure that our clients have the know-how to utilize the latest marketing tools to truly sell more tickets,” said Lynne. “We have found that our investment in those resources generate real results for our clients, and in turn, for TicketForce.”

The company has become a true family business over the past decade. Brad’s mom was TicketForce’s first call center employee and all three of the pair’s daughters have worked for the company at some point over the past decade. Today, Lynne’s brother, Ron King, is one of TicketForce’s IT specialists and her oldest daughter, Joanna, has returned full-time as a business administrator.

“Our employees are like family – we take trips, have monthly lunches, and have an atmosphere of collaboration and acceptance,” said Lynne. “You’ll never find them throwing each other under the bus – it’s a tight group. And that’s what brings me to work every day. Tickets are secondary to creating a fantastic place to work.”

For more information about TicketForce, visit www.ticketforce.com.

Lynne King Smith, CEO of TicketForce

TicketForce Jumps Ahead Of Competition With Facebook App

For all you concert junkies, Facebook now meets concerts as TicketForce has just made purchasing tickets online even easier, joining forces with said social media platform.

Lynne King Smith, CEO of TicketForce, announced they will be merging ticket sales with the social media powerhouse in hopes to create an all-inclusive process for potential concert goers.

“We push the mark,” Smith said. “[We] take it a step further and have everything right in front you – [a] buy tickets tab.”

TicketForce acknowledges the impact of social media, as Facebook has jumped to the No. 2 spot in all U.S. Internet traffic in 2010 — just behind powerhouse Google, according to Alexa.com.

ConcertTicketForce’s website advocates to “Take your ticketing Social,” and that’s exactly what they’re doing with Facebook. The social media giant Facebook has crossed borders other social media sites such as Myspace and Friendster never have.  Facebook — in comparison to Myspace and Friendster — provide users a more professional and legitimate medium for online marketing and sales.

Smith strongly acknowledged the influence of the social media explosion in recent years, which allows TicketForce to be “very fluid and flexible…the company is able to respond [to customers] instantaneously.”

Smith said TicketForce initially developed the idea a year and a half ago but just recently gathered the company and developers together to make it a reality.  As this Mesa-based company continues to grow, they recognize the downfall of many ticketing agencies.

Smith made the point of minimal processing fees, which over the years Ticketmaster has increased.

However, TicketForce utilizes white label ticketing solutions, which in effect removes private agencies from the purchasing process and “makes the ticketing process more relationship based,” Smith said.  This allows for minimal fees, usually between $.50 and $2.00.

TicketForce offers an all-inclusive website where customers can utilize a user-friendly guide to shows playing nearby, a live Twitter stream and links to various other social media sites including Facebook.

“Our approach to business is to stay out of the way,” Smith said, and she stresses how important positive customer relations is for their business.

TicketForce has truly expanded their influence in the ticketing world far beyond Maricopa County.  They offer tickets in 48 states and Canada, and show no signs of slowing down.

TicketForce

For more information, visit www.Ticketforce.com, or check them out on Facebook.