Written by Joanna Smith, business administrator at TicketForce.

They say that New Orleans is the city of the dead. Yet to the TicketForce team, New Orleans was the city of festivity.

During the last weekend of July, our team travelled to NOLA for the International Association of Venue Management (IAVM)’s annual trade show, VenueConnect. For TicketForce, this was no ordinary trade show; rather, it was a celebration of 10 innovative years of ticketing. We decided to make our mark and revere in how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. In culmination with the launch of our rebranding and new website, our team was able to laud our accomplishments with a party-style exhibition. And because New Orleans is no ordinary city, our exhibit booth was no ordinary party. Enter: the Great Gatsby.

Our Great Gatsby theme included elegantly dressed TicketForce staff members commemorating 20s party attire, a photo booth complete with 20s-inspired costumes, custom TicketForce themed cocktails (Apple Martinis on Saturday, and Old Fashioneds on Sunday), and fun giveaways, such as custom TicketForce martini glasses and a Windows 8™ tablet! [Congratulations to Wendy Riggs with the City of Tuscaloosa on winning the tablet!]

[photo montage: booth, cocktail, glass, photo booth]

We had a blast celebrating with clients both new and committed: from Dennis Andres with Morris Performing Arts Center, Kathy Lowrey and Tricia Collins with Northshore Harbor Center, Mark Mettes with Herberger Theatre, Wendy Riggs and the Alabama entourage with Tuscaloosa, to Patrick Rice and George Langdon with Boise Centre.

[Brad and Dave from Venues Today Magazine]

Our favorite memories include:

  • Watching the Mardi Gras mini parade waltz through the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and catching beaded necklaces that then became part of our booth decor

  • The Mardi Gras themed closing ceremony and reception Monday evening – we are proud to say that the TicketForce team were among the last to leave!

  • Enjoying meals out on the town with our clients, including at the wonderful Maurepas

  • Networking with and enjoying the trade show with the many people who graced our booth

Thank you for celebrating 10 amazing years with us!