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ShowClix Surpasses $1 Billion in Ticket Sales, Looks to the Future

Industry-leading event ticketing and technology partner, ShowClix, a brand of Patron Technology, announced today that it has officially processed over $1 billion in total ticket sales.

“Reaching $1 billion in total sales processed through our platform is an incredible milestone, and I speak on behalf of our entire organization when I say we’re only getting started,” said Brian Arnone, President and COO of ShowClix and CRO of Patron Technology. “As our team and platform continue to expand, you’re only going to be hearing more about ShowClix and Patron Technology.”

The Pittsburgh-based company was first launched in 2007 as an event registration database. Over the following decade, ShowClix grew into a major player in the event technology industry, thanks to a client-focused team and a constantly evolving platform. ShowClix now handles ticket sales, marketing, and on-site operations for conventions, museums, attractions, and festivals around the world. The company also became part of Patron Technology in 2017, which served to expedite this already impressive growth.

“Becoming a flagship brand of Patron Technology has cemented our role as industry leaders,” Arnone said. “Now that we’re part of this larger family, we can’t wait to see where the future will take us.”

About ShowClix

ShowClix, a brand of Patron Technology, is a full-service event technology provider of ticketing, marketing, and on-site operations to the live events industry. ShowClix operates in over 20 countries with its platform localized for each market. ShowClix events include fandom conventions, museums, festivals, attractions, and consumer shows. Iconic brands such as New York Comic Con, Brooklyn Museum, The Daily Show, and PAX choose ShowClix to power their events. For more information visit: www.showclix.com/ticketing.

About Patron Technology

Patron Technology provides integrated, industry-leading technology that enables its live event organizers to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters. Under the investment umbrella of Providence Strategic Growth, Patron Technology’s brands include PatronManager, ShowClix, Ticketleap, SeatAdvisor, and Greencopper. The company is actively engaged in building a broad platform that addresses other sectors of the ticketing and CRM market in the U.S. and abroad. For more information visit: www.patrontechnology.com.

ShowClix Media Contact

Amy Mrazek, Director of Marketing
press@showclix.com

ShowClix Builds Momentum in Canada with New Toronto-based Team

Industry-leading event ticketing and technology partner, ShowClix, a brand of Patron Technology, has recently established a Toronto-based team to help even more Canadian event organizers sell more tickets and create memorable experiences for their attendees.

“ShowClix is looking forward to providing more Canadian event organizers with a robust and growing solution serviced by a team located in Canada,” said Bruce Morrison, General Manager of ShowClix Canada.

Morrison, who comes to ShowClix with decades of ticketing experience including past leadership roles at Ticketmaster and Ticketfly, is himself slated to present on a panel this week titled, “Who’s Got Tickets? (And How Did They Get Them?): The Industry Answers Back,” at this year’s Canadian Music Week Music Summit.

With a diverse roster of existing Canadian partners including Edmonton Airshow, NXNE Festival, Calgary Fringe Festival, and international events like Ice Castles and IMATS, ShowClix continues to make its mark in Canada and beyond.

“ShowClix provides a powerful system and a well-equipped team of client service experts to ensure the success of Canadian events of all kinds,” said Brian Arnone, President and COO of ShowClix and CRO of Patron Technology. “From event setup, to facilitating high-demand ticket on-sales, to on-site operations, it’s clear why event organizers continue to choose ShowClix as their ticketing and technology partner.”

About ShowClix

ShowClix, a brand of Patron Technology, is a full-service event technology provider of ticketing, marketing, and on-site operations to the live events industry. ShowClix operates in over 20 countries with its platform localized for each market. ShowClix clients include fandom conventions, museums, festivals, attractions, and consumer shows. Iconic brands such as New York Comic Con, Brooklyn Museum, The Daily Show, and PAX choose ShowClix to power their events. For more information visit: www.showclix.com/ticketing.

About Patron Technology

Patron Technology provides innovative and industry-leading technology that enables its live event customers to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters. Under the investment umbrella of Providence Strategic Growth, Patron Technology’s brands include PatronManager, ShowClix, Ticketleap, SeatAdvisor, and Greencopper. The company is actively engaged in building a broad platform that addresses other sectors of the ticketing and CRM market in the U.S. and abroad. For more information visit: www.patrontechnology.com.

ShowClix Media Contact

Amy Mrazek, Director of Marketing
press@showclix.com

Patron Technology Acquires Greencopper

Patron Technology, an industry-leading ticketing and event experience software company, today announced it has acquired Greencopper, a global provider of mobile and web technologies for live events. Greencopper will continue to service its clients with innovative technology and outstanding customer service as the company becomes integrated as a part of the growing Patron Technology platform. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Greencopper helps live event goers engage more deeply with the events they attend through mobile apps and web tools. Greencopper’s innovations also offer interactive maps, messaging and music discovery tools that foster deeper connections with fans throughout the live event to enhance their experience.

According to Patron Technology CEO Marc Jenkins, “Greencopper’s innovative technology perfectly aligns with our mission to enable Patron Technology’s clients to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters. Greencopper extends Patron Technology’s product offerings by providing an increasingly important and innovative technology component for live events. We look forward to working with Gwenaël and the Greencopper team to build Greencopper’s presence on a worldwide basis.”

Greencopper’s clients range from small festivals to some of the world’s largest live events including Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Roskilde Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Bottlerock, Pitchfork Music Festival and Stagecoach Festival. The company is based in Montreal with a local presence in France, the United States, Denmark and the Netherlands and now provides digital solutions for more than 300 events in over 25 countries annually.

“We are thrilled to join Patron Technology,” said Gwenaël Le Bodic, Greencopper founder and CEO. “Greencopper looks forward to providing its unique mobile expertise to the group with an international reach into more than 25 countries. By combining Patron Technology’s assets with those of Greencopper, our company will be able to offer its 300+ event portfolio an extended set of services and technologies.”

About Greencopper

Greencopper provides engaging technology solutions to some of the most prestigious music festivals around the world. Innovations range from cutting-edge mobile apps to powerful web and social media engines, as well as interactive music discovery tools. Greencopper’s best-in-class technology guides fans throughout the entire festival experience— before, during and after the festival. In 2017, more than 15 million people at 300 festivals worldwide used Greencopper and Fast Company ranked the company among the World’s 10 Most Innovative Companies in Live Events.

About Patron Technology

Patron Technology provides innovative and industry-leading technology that enables its live event customers to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters. Under the investment umbrella of Providence Strategic Growth, Patron Technology’s products include PatronManager, ShowClix, Ticketleap, SeatAdvisor, and Greencopper. The company is actively engaged in building a broad platform that addresses other sectors of the ticketing & CRM market in the U.S. and abroad. www.patrontechnology.com

Contacts

Patron Technology

Anupam Palit
646-380-4603

Greencopper

Gwenaël Le Bodic
438-792-6276

Patron Technology Hires Betsy Grider as Chief Strategy Officer

Patron Technology CEO Marc Jenkins today announced that Betsy Grider has joined the company as Chief Strategy Officer. Grider joins Patron Technology from her role as Managing Director of Technology Development and Integration for NASCAR where she led a cross-functional team to enhance NASCAR’s entire operation through the strategic integration of new technology. Most recently, she focused on Virtual and Augmented Reality, Visual AI, Data Science, and Digital Transformation.

Grider’s hiring rounds out an experienced leadership team and will accelerate Patron Technology’s ability to innovate and invest in building a premiere live event enterprise technology platform. The company, which received an investment in June 2017 from Providence Strategic Growth, the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity, now includes PatronManager, ShowClix, Ticketleap, and SeatAdvisor.

“We are excited to add Betsy’s strategic approach and high energy for growth to a strong management team,” said Jenkins. “Pairing Betsy with the investment resources of Patron Technology through Providence Strategic Growth will be a powerful combination as we build an innovative live experience and ticketing company.”

According to Grider: “This is a dream opportunity to work across strategy, technology, and corporate development to build amazing live event experiences.”

Grider joins the Patron Technology team effective today, and will work from her office in Charlotte, NC.

About Betsy Grider

Betsy Grider is an executive who thrives at the intersection of strategy and technology in the sports and entertainment industry. Prior to joining Patron Technology, she built, launched, and led NASCAR’s Technology Development and Integration division. During her tenure at NASCAR, she led projects to bring Vision AI into Pit Road Officiating, launched Twitter’s first sports partnership, and played an integral role in building the NASCAR Digital Media business. Most recently, her team built and launched a Race Management platform with Microsoft, a Credentialing Platform with Allegiant Airlines and Lixar, and partnered with The Weather Company and IBM to build Weather Track.

Prior to launching Technology Development, Betsy’s Strategic Development team served as the internal “launch squad” to structure and seed strategic platforms including the NASCAR Industry Action Plan.

Betsy started in the Business Operations and Strategy team when she joined NASCAR in 2008. That work led to a role in Global Media Rights Strategy with a focus on the strategy, development, structuring, and negotiation of media rights relationships.

Betsy is a frequent keynote speaker on Sports Innovation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Strategic Alliances, and Women in Sports and Technology.

About Patron Technology

Patron Technology provides innovative and industry-leading technology that enables its customers to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters. Under the investment umbrella of PSG, Patron Technology now includes the Pittsburgh-based ShowClix, Philadelphia-based Ticketleap and San Diego-based SeatAdvisor. The company is actively engaged in building out a broader platform that addresses other sectors of the ticketing & CRM market in the U.S. and abroad. www.patrontechnology.com

About Providence Strategic Growth

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C. (“PSG”) is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C. (“Providence”). Established in 2014, PSG focuses on growth equity investments in lower middle market software and technology-enabled service companies, primarily in North America. Providence is a premier, global asset management firm with more than $50 billion in capital under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. For more information on PSG, please visit provequity.com/private-equity/psg, and for more information on Providence Equity, visit provequity.com.

Contacts

Patron Technology

Anupam Palit
646-380-4603

Providence Equity

Sard Verbinnen & Co
Patrick Scanlan
212-687-8080

Patron Technology Announces Growth Leadership Team

Patron Technology Founder and CEO Eugene Carr, along with Providence Strategic Growth, today announced leadership changes as part of Patron Technology’s evolution to leader in live event enterprise technology. The company, which received an investment from Providence Strategic Growth in June 2017, now includes PatronManager, ShowClix, Ticketleap and SeatAdvisor.

Marc Jenkins has been named Chief Executive Officer of Patron Technology and will assume the post February 1. Carr has been named to the newly created position of President, responsible for the operations and integration of the growing company. Other members of the company’s leadership team are Brian Arnone, Chief Revenue Officer; Nate Good, Chief Technology Officer; Dave Esposito, SVP Engineering; and Anupam Palit, Chief Financial Officer.

Jenkins joins Patron Technology from his role as Chief Operating Officer of Learfield Communications, a leader in integrated sports and entertainment solutions. In that role, he was responsible for development and oversight of the marketing, branding, and venue solutions business units.

“We are thrilled to have Marc Jenkins lead our team,” said Carr. “He’s a seasoned executive who has had a dynamic career of scaling live-event related businesses on a global scale. His leadership will emphasize the continued rapid development of our overall growth strategy and our investments in our core technology platform.”

According to Jenkins, “This is a fantastic opportunity to leverage the investment resources of Providence Strategic Growth to build an innovative world-class ticketing and event experience company. I could not be more pleased to be working with Gene, Brian, and the executive team and join the Patron Technology family.”

In his new role as President, Carr will be directly responsible for the operations of each of the portfolio companies and those to be acquired, ensuring the continued delivery of outstanding client service and innovation in the live events market. “We are focused on helping our clients build stronger and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters,” said Carr.

Arnone, as CRO, leads the company’s sales strategy worldwide and continues in his role as President and COO of ShowClix. According to Arnone, “Marc is a respected leader and a strong addition to our executive team. We are excited and share his vision of building this company into a leading platform in our industry.”

Gopi Vaddi, Managing Director of Providence Strategic Growth, added, “We are excited to bring Marc on board as CEO. These changes put a world-class team of experienced executives with highly diverse and complementary skill sets at the helm of Patron Technology. We believe they are the right team to transform Patron into a leader in event experience with industry-leading capabilities in ticketing, CRM, and live event management.”

About Marc Jenkins

Marc Jenkins is a seasoned executive in the sports and entertainment industry. Prior to joining Patron Technology, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Learfield Communications, Inc. In that role, Jenkins was responsible for the Marketing Solutions, Brand Solutions, and Venue Solutions business units. These units include Paciolan, SIDEARM Sports, Mogo Interactive, Learfield Licensing Partners, SME, ANC, GoVision, IMG-Learfield Ticket Solutions, and Learfield Levy Foodservice.

Prior to joining Learfield, Jenkins was Vice President, Digital Media for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). In that role, he led the efforts of NASCAR across the entire digital media spectrum. Prior to leading the Digital Media group, Jenkins led the Global Media Rights Strategy and Development group responsible for the strategy, development, structuring, and negotiation of media rights relationships for NASCAR.

Prior to his time at NASCAR, Jenkins served as general counsel of the Chicago White Sox, where he played a major role in the structuring of the stadium naming rights deal with U.S. Cellular, the formation of Comcast SportsNet Chicago (now NBC Sports Chicago), the negotiation of the MLB Advanced Media rights agreement, and the extension of the MLB agency agreement.

Before entering the sports industry, Jenkins worked in corporate finance with Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income division, specializing in currency derivatives. He started his career at the corporate law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, in New York, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and complex financial transactions.

About Eugene Carr

Eugene Carr is an entrepreneur who has been a visionary in bringing internet-based technology solutions to arts and cultural organizations since the early days of the consumer web. Carr’s first technology company, in 1995, was the groundbreaking national arts listing site Culturefinder.com, funded by AOL Ventures and Comcast. He has also worked in arts management, serving as Executive Director of the American Symphony Orchestra and Concordia Orchestras. Prior to that, he worked in management positions at American Express. Carr then became a co-founder and the CEO of Patron Technology in 2001, which initially offered PatronMail and then PatronManager. He is also the co-chairman of LaunchU, an alumni-led program he initiated for entrepreneurship at Oberlin College as a member of the President’s Advisory Board.

Carr is a co-author of Breaking the Fifth Wall: Rethinking Arts Marketing for the 21st Century, which describes how customer relationship management would change the way arts organizations build relationships with ticket buyers and donors. Previously, he wrote three books on e-marketing: Wired for Culture: How Email Is Revolutionizing Arts Marketing, Sign-Up for Culture: The Arts Marketer’s Guide to Building an Effective Email List, and Web Sites for Culture: Essential Principles for Great Arts Web Sites.

About Brian Arnone

Brian Arnone is a recognized leader in the ticketing industry. Throughout his career he has managed sales, client support, and marketing teams and has a track record of leading businesses to success. Arnone’s ticketing career began with BASS Tickets in 1996, where he provided client support to professional sports teams, including the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, and Oakland Raiders. In 2000, he moved to online ticketing pioneer TicketWeb, where he managed the Client Services and Customer Support teams. Prior to joining ShowClix as its COO in 2015, Arnone was SVP of Sales for Ticketfly for five years, where he led a 20-plus-person sales team to unprecedented growth in the music ticketing industry.

Today, Arnone is President of ShowClix and CRO of Patron Technology. He is responsible for leading the development and execution of ShowClix’s strategy and the overall operation of the company. For Patron Technology, his focus is on growing the business as one of the leading event technology businesses in the world.

About Patron Technology

Patron Technology provides innovative and industry-leading technology that enables its customers to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters. Under the investment umbrella of PSG, Patron Technology now includes the Pittsburgh-based ShowClix and Philadelphia-based Ticketleap and is actively engaged in building out a broader platform that addresses other sectors of the ticketing & CRM market in the U.S. and abroad. www.patrontechnology.com

About Providence Strategic Growth

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C. (“PSG”) is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C. (“Providence”). Established in 2014, PSG focuses on growth equity investments in lower middle market software and technology-enabled service companies, primarily in North America. Providence is a premier, global asset management firm with more than $50 billion in capital under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. For more information on PSG, please visit provequity.com/private-equity/psg, and for more information on Providence Equity, visit provequity.com.

Contacts

Patron Technology

Anupam Palit
646-380-4603

Providence Equity

Sard Verbinnen & Co
Patrick Scanlan
212-687-8080

Patron Technology Acquires SeatAdvisor

Patron Technology, an industry-leading ticketing and event experience software company announced it has acquired SeatAdvisor, Inc., a global ticketing software company. Patron Technology is a portfolio company of Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity, a global private equity firm with more than $50 billion in assets under management. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

SeatAdvisor delivers a ticketing and patron management solution that helps venues worldwide nurture and grow their audiences. An early innovator in the ticketing space, SeatAdvisor has continued to evolve its powerful and easy-to-use ticketing system with integrated fundraising, analytics, and marketing capabilities. With global headquarters in San Diego, CA and significant reseller networks in Europe and Australia, thousands of venues worldwide have chosen SeatAdvisor to sell over 100 million tickets. SeatAdvisor supports a range of customers including performing arts, universities, high schools, hotels, race tracks, sports organizations, and festivals.

“SeatAdvisor’s global reach strengthens Patron Technology’s presence in the U.S. while enabling us to broaden the Company’s scope further across Europe and into Australia,” said Eugene Carr, CEO of Patron Technology. “This acquisition is the third for Patron Technology and will help further our strategic vision to help our partners create deeper and more profitable relationships with their patrons.”

“Patron Technology enables SeatAdvisor to further execute on its commitment to helping performing arts and other live event venues reach their business goals,” said Brent Miller, President and CEO of SeatAdvisor. “Patron Technology is the perfect home for SeatAdvisor, and we look forward to leveraging its industry expertise, as well as the ability to collaborate with its expanding portfolio of top-flight ticketing brands.”

About Patron Technology

www.patrontechnology.com

Patron Technology provides innovative and industry-leading technology that enables its customers to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters. Under the investment umbrella of PSG, Patron Technology now includes the Pittsburgh-based ShowClix and Philadelphia-based Ticketleap and is actively engaged in building out a broader platform that addresses other sectors of the ticketing & CRM market in the U.S. and abroad.

 

About SeatAdvisor

www.seatadvisor.com

SeatAdvisor, Inc. is a San Diego, California-based global ticketing software company dedicated to providing businesses, organizations, and venues with an affordable, efficient, and powerful enterprise-level ticketing solution called SABO. SABO is the acronym for its cloud-based software (SeatAdvisor Box Office). which is used by thousands of venues worldwide. SeatAdvisor has clients in the U.S., Australia, Europe, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, the Middle East, Panama, Colombia, Mexico and the Caribbean.

 

About Providence Strategic Growth

www.provequity.com/private-equity/psg

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C. (“PSG”) is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C. (“Providence”). Established in 2014, PSG focuses on growth equity investments in lower middle market software and technology-enabled service companies, primarily in North America. Providence is a premier, global asset management firm with more than $50 billion in capital under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. For more information on PSG, please visit provequity.com/private-equity/psg, and for more information on Providence Equity, visit provequity.com.

Contacts

Patron Technology

Anupam Palit
646-380-4603

Providence Equity

Sard Verbinnen & Co
Patrick Scanlan
212-687-8080

Patron Technology Established as Parent Company of PatronManager, ShowClix

Announces First Acquisition in Ticketleap

Sponsored by Providence Strategic Growth, Platform Well-Positioned for Continued Success and Expansion

Patron Technology, formerly the name of the producer of PatronManager, has been established as a new parent company for the brands of PatronManager, the fastest growing ticketing and CRM platform for arts & culture organizations in the U.S., and ShowClix, the leading full-service event technology platform for fandom and consumer conventions, museums, attractions, and festivals. With the combined knowledge, tools, and passion of premier event ticketing and technology companies, Patron Technology enables its customers to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters.

Patron Technology will be led by CEO Eugene Carr and CFO Anupam Palit, both of whom will retain their identical titles at PatronManager. Brian Arnone will serve as CRO of Patron Technology and retain his title of President & COO of ShowClix. Patron Technology is a portfolio company of Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity, a global private equity firm with more than $50 billion in assets under management.

Additionally, Patron Technology has announced its first acquisition in Ticketleap, a leading self-service ticketing platform. Ticketleap will operate independently under Patron Technology and will be led by General Manager Chrisse Dragon.

“Patron Technology drives momentum across the digital ticketing industry,” said Mr. Carr. “The approach of aligning complementary platforms provides each company the ability to focus on growth within each of their key industry segments while continuing to foster their clients’ development of stronger relationships with their patrons. We are excited about our new structure, our new partners, and our unwavering support from Providence, and believe that all of these elements will only accelerate our success.”

“Patron Technology serves as the ideal platform for Ticketleap to accelerate its position in the marketplace and continue to build on its strong customer relationships,” said Ms. Dragon. “We look forward to our continued growth in the DIY ticketing business and pursuing this unique opportunity to work alongside leading companies such as ShowClix and PatronManager.”

“Patron Technology’s product suite empowers venues and event organizers to manage experiences across various customer interactions, including ticketing, CRM, social media engagement, and in-event experience itself,” said Gopi Vaddi, Managing Director at Providence Strategic Growth. “We will continue to actively engage with Patron Technology’s leadership team to drive and capitalize on the significant disruption within the various sectors of this market.”

Mr. Arnone added, “Patron Technology’s curated approach supports the key target verticals for each organization within our new structure. This dynamic translates directly to increased sales on all ticketing platforms, putting us in a leading position across the entire industry.”

 

About Patron Technology

www.patrontechnology.com

Patron Technology provides innovative and industry-leading technology that enables its customers to create deeper and more profitable relationships with their ticket buyers, fans, and supporters. Under the investment umbrella of PSG, Patron Technology is actively engaged in building out a broader platform that addresses other sectors of the broader ticketing & CRM market in the U.S. and abroad.

 

About Ticketleap

www.ticketleap.com

Ticketleap is an online DIY ticket sales and event marking company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company has a strongly held belief that companies and teams that really “get social” are those that make it a point to build relationships the old fashioned way: in person. One of the best ways to do that is through events. For over 10 years the company has helped event creators sell over 30 million tickets to various events by providing DIY box office solutions to customers across the United States, Canada,
Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

 

About PatronManager

www.patronmanager.com

PatronManager’s mission is to revolutionize the ticketing industry by providing arts, culture, and live entertainment organizations with integrated world-class customer relationship management, box office ticketing, fundraising, and marketing solutions. Patron’s co-founder and CEO is Eugene Carr, a cellist who trained professionally at the Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School, and subsequently served as the Executive Director of the American Symphony Orchestra and in management positions at American
Express. Mr. Carr is an entrepreneur whose first technology company was the groundbreaking national arts listing and ticketing site Culturefinder.com, backed by AOL and Comcast. Today, the PatronManager solution is an integrated box office, ticketing, marketing, and development system built entirely on the world’s most advanced cloud-based CRM platform – Salesforce.com. PatronManager is used by over 700 organizations in the U.S. and Canada, including symphony orchestras, theatres, opera companies, dance companies, university performing arts centers, and museums.

 

About ShowClix

www.showclix.com

ShowClix, Inc. provides full-service event ticketing and access control solutions to professional event organizers around the world. Founded in 2007, ShowClix is dedicated to enhancing its cloud-based software with dedicated account managers, an in-house call center, and experienced on-site teams. The platform, which can be tailored for any event, aims to help professionals sell more tickets and create memorable experiences for their customers. For more information on ShowClix, visit showclix.com/ticketing.

 

About Providence Strategic Growth

www.provequity.com/private-equity/psg

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C. (“PSG”) is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C (“Providence”). Established in 2014, PSG focuses on growth equity investments in lower middle market software and technology-enabled service companies, primarily in North America. Providence is a premier, global asset management firm with more than $50 billion in capital under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. For more information on PSG, visit provequity.com/private-equity/psg and for more information on Providence Equity, please visit provequity.com.

Contacts

Patron Technology

Anupam Palit
646-380-4603

Providence Equity

Sard Verbinnen & Co
Patrick Scanlan
212-687-8080

Providence Strategic Growth Invests in ShowClix

ShowClix, Inc., the leading cloud-based provider of fullservice event ticketing, today announced it has received a strategic investment by Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity, a global private equity firm with more than $50 billion in assets under management. In connection with the investment, ShowClix CEO Tom Costa will be retiring, and Brian Arnone, will be promoted to the title of President and COO. Tom will continue to assist the ShowClix team as a senior advisor.

ShowClix has a rich history of bringing to its customers industry leading innovations, such as the first iOS ticket scanner, a first of its kind handheld RFID admissions solution, and Agent, the industry’s first automated digital assistant. ShowClix recently launched several analytical tools that deliver actionable insights that help live event organizers manage participant engagement and grow their business. Founded in 2007, ShowClix has processed over a billion dollars in ticket sales across 37 countries with its internationalized ticketing platform.

“We’ve dedicated ourselves to going beyond simple event ticketing and ensuring the success of our clients and it is energizing to find a partner like PSG who shares our commitment to the growth of the event technology industry,” said Mr. Arnone. “We’re looking forward to leveraging PSG’s knowledge, resources and deep expertise in the segment in order to further enhance our customer commitment, accelerate our growth and continue our strong track record of innovation.”

Gopi Vaddi, Managing Director, Providence Strategic Growth said, “ShowClix offers a compelling technology platform that helps its customers manage their event experience, and has a category leadership position in the rapidly expanding event industry. They are well-positioned to continue their product innovation momentum and expansion into new markets. We look forward to partnering with Brian and the rest of the ShowClix team as they enter their next phase of growth.”

“Brian is a proven and capable leader and I am pleased to leave the company in such good hands,” said Tom Costa, former ShowClix CEO. “Further, having spent time with Gopi and the PSG team during this transaction, I have no doubt that they are the right partners for ShowClix. Their knowledge of our space and the opportunity in front of ShowClix coupled with their investment approach made the transaction a simple and enjoyable process. I look forward to them bringing the same skills to bear for ShowClix and look forward to its success.” SEG Capital Advisors acted as exclusive financial advisor and Pepper Hamilton LLP acted as legal counsel to ShowClix. Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP acted as legal counsel to PSG.

About ShowClix

ShowClix, Inc. provides event technology and access control solutions to professional event organizers around the world. Founded in 2007, ShowClix is dedicated to enhancing its cloud-based software with dedicated client success managers, an in-house call center, marketing support, and experienced on-site teams. The platform, which can be tailored for any event, aims to help professionals sell more tickets and create memorable experiences for their customers. For more information on ShowClix, visit showclix.com/ticketing.

Client Testimonials

“ShowClix is a great partner with The Washington Auto Show. They developed innovative strategies for efficiency, enabled us to sell more tickets, and provided excellent
on-site support. We look forward to working together in 2018.”

ISABEL GARCIA
Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association


“As Emerald City Comicon continues to grow and provide the best experience we can for some of the best fans in the business, it is critical we have partners like ShowClix that provide us with the support we need and great people that give it that personal touch.”

MARYKATE GOODWIN
ReedPOP


“We love working with ShowClix because their team goes above and beyond providing excellent customer service. These guys don’t quit until they’ve done everything they can to make our jobs easier. We consider them part of our team.”

MIKE RUBINO
Arcade Comedy Theater


“ShowClix is a great partner for our Fantasy in Lights event. They have the timed entry ticketing and marketing tools we need and provide excellent support and guidance. It’s been a pleasure to work with them.”

JANICE GRANT
Callaway Gardens

About Providence Strategic Growth

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C. (“PSG”) is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C (“Providence”). Established in 2014, PSG focuses on growth equity investments in lower middle market software and technology-enabled service companies, primarily in North America. Providence is a premier, global asset management firm with more than $50 billion in capital under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. For more information on PSG, visit provequity.com/private-equity/psg and for more information on Providence Equity, please visit provequity.com.

Contacts

ShowClix

Amy Mrazek
press@showclix.com

Providence Equity

Patrick Scanlan
Sard Verbinnen & Co
212-687-8080

Patron Technology Announces Strategic Majority Investment by Providence Equity

Patron Technology (“Patron”), a leading provider of technology solutions for arts and culture organizations, today announced a strategic majority investment by Providence Strategic Growth (“PSG”), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity, a global private equity firm with more than $50 billion in assets under management. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Patron aims to revolutionize the arts and entertainment industry through its cloud-based CRM solution, PatronManager, which seamlessly integrates box office ticketing, marketing and fundraising. Launched in 2010, PatronManager has been the fastest growing platform for arts and culture organizations in the U.S., enabling Patron’s diverse customer base of over 700 organizations to build stronger and more profitable relationships with their patrons.

“PSG is the ideal partner for Patron as we look to further our mission and accelerate our growth,” said Eugene Carr, co-founder and CEO of Patron Technology. “PSG supports our strategic vision with an outstanding track record of growing software and technology-enabled service companies similar to Patron. We look forward to leveraging their considerable resources and expertise as we pursue both organic and inorganic growth opportunities.”

“We believe there is significant opportunity in the rapid evolution of ticketing, donor management, and adjacent services on digital platforms of arts and culture organizations, and have been impressed by Patron’s growing offering, talented team, and deep customer relationships,” said Gopi Vaddi, Managing Director, Providence Strategic Growth. “Gene and his team have built a robust technology platform that delivers a holistic view of a patron and have pioneered the idea of cloud-based CRM in the arts. We are excited to partner with Patron and help them build on their success.”

Patron’s clients are leading arts and cultural organizations, including The Juilliard School, The Second City, Goodspeed Musicals, The Des Moines Playhouse, Washington Ballet and The Moth.

“Since we started with PatronManager four years ago, we have not only been amazed at the transformation in our ability to build relationships with patrons and donors, we have also been continually impressed by the innovation and collaboration of the PatronManager team,” said Amy Wratchford, Managing Director of the American Shakespeare Center.

Rory Baker, Executive Director of Interlochen Presents, added, “PatronManager continues to be an extremely valuable partner with Interlochen. In addition to leveraging the strength of the Salesforce.com platform and providing a great experience for our patrons, we value their dedicated customer service and support team.”

KPMG Corporate Finance acted as financial advisor and Brenner Saltzman & Wallman LLP acted as legal counsel to Patron Technology. Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP acted as legal counsel to PSG.

About Patron Technology

Patron Technology’s mission is to revolutionize the ticketing industry by providing arts, culture, and live entertainment organizations with integrated world-class customer relationship management, box office ticketing, fundraising, and marketing solutions. Patron’s co-founder and CEO is Eugene Carr, a cellist who trained professionally at the Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School, and subsequently served as the Executive Director of the American Symphony Orchestra and in management positions at American Express. Mr. Carr is a seasoned entrepreneur whose first technology company was the groundbreaking national arts listing and ticketing site Culturefinder.com, backed by AOL and Comcast. Today, Patron Technology’s PatronManager solution is an integrated box office, ticketing, marketing, and development solution built entirely on the world’s most advanced cloud-based CRM platform – Salesforce.com. PatronManager is used by over 700 organizations in the U.S. and Canada, including symphony orchestras, theatres, opera companies, dance companies, university performing arts centers, and museums.

About Providence Strategic Growth

Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners L.L.C. (“PSG”) is an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C. (“Providence”). Established in 2014, PSG focuses on growth equity investments in lower middle market software and technology-enabled service companies, primarily in North America. Providence is a premier, global asset management firm with more than $50 billion in capital under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. For more information on PSG, visit provequity.com/private-equity/psg and for more information on Providence Equity, please visit provequity.com.

Contacts

Patron Technology

Anupam Palit
646-380-4603

Providence Equity

Sard Verbinnen & Co
Patrick Scanlan
212-687-8080

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