Ticketmaster Developing Plan For Event Organizers To Implement COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing Guidelines

first_imgWhile the industry has gone to great, inventive lengths to survive in the age of social distancing, it has been clear since the beginning of the pandemic that live music would not be able to return to any semblance of the “old normal” until the coronavirus is effectively contained. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer delivered some promising news on that front on Monday when it announced that “an early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine was robustly effective in preventing COVID-19.”We still need to wait for further review of the results and review of its long-term safety, not to mention carry out the actual task of administering a vaccine to a critical mass of people. However, the existence of a vaccine would represent something of a “light at the end of the tunnel” for live music leading into 2021.A report by Billboard on Wednesday outlined what ticketing giant Ticketmaster is doing to develop a “framework for post-pandemic fan safety that uses smart phones to verify fans’ vaccination status or whether they’ve tested negative for the coronavirus within a 72 hour window.” The vaccine/testing framework/technology being discussed would be offered by Ticketmaster as an option for individual event organizers on a case-by-case basis. The general goal of the system, according to the report, “is for fans to take care of vaccines and testing prior to the concert and not show up hoping to be tested onsite.”The plan, per Billboard, would be comprised of three main components: “the Ticketmaster digital ticket app, third party health information companies like CLEAR Health Pass or IBM’s Digital Health Pass, and testing and vaccine distribution providers like Labcorp and the CVS Minute Clinic.”If approved, the system being discussed would require ticket-buyers to either verify that they have been vaccinated (which would provide roughly one year of COVID-19 protection) or show proof of a negative coronavirus test between one and three days prior to the concert, depending on local/regional health guidelines.If going the testing route, ticket-holders would instruct the lab to deliver their negative results to their health pass company (i.e. the aforementioned entities like CLEAR or IBM). If the ticket-holder’s vaccine/testing status meets the requirements, the health pass company would confirm their COVID-19 status to Ticketmaster, which would then issue the ticket-buyer the required credential for entry to the event.As Billboard notes, “Ticketmaster would not store or have access to fans’ medical records and would only receive verification of whether a fan is cleared to attend an event on a given date. Different states will have different requirements. The main role of companies like health pass companies will be to collect data from testing and medical providers and deliver status updates to partner companies in a secure, encrypted way that complies with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).”As Ticketmaster president Mark Yovich explained to Billboard, “We’re already seeing many third-party health care providers prepare to handle the vetting—whether that is getting a vaccine, taking a test, or other methods of review and approval—which could then be linked via a digital ticket so everyone entering the event is verified. Ticketmaster’s goal is to provide enough flexibility and options that venues and fans have multiple paths to return to events, and is working to create integrations to our API and leading digital ticketing technology as we will look to tap into the top solutions based on what’s green-lit by officials and desired by clients.”Ticketmaster is also working on implementing a digital ticketing technology which would eliminate paper tickets as well as its new SmartEvent system, which aims to help event organizers and attendees “manage social distancing, delayed entry and provide possible opportunities for contact tracing.” Read more about Ticketmaster’s SmartEvent system here.Related: COVID-19 Concert Cancellation Tracker: Gauging How Long The Event Shutdown Will Last [Updates]As Marianne Herman, the co-founder and principal reBUILD20, which focuses on helping entertainment and live events companies develop COVID-19 strategies, told Billboard, “In order for live events to return, technology and science are going to play huge roles in establishing integrated protocols so that fans, artists, and employees feel safe returning to venues. Integrating ticketing platforms with the guests’ verified testing results is one key way to reimagine how we’re going to get fans back to live events. The experience of attending live events will look completely different, but innovation married with consistent implementation will provide a framework to get the live sports and event industry back to work.”Correction: An earlier version of this article used the headline, “Ticketmaster Reportedly Developing Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing Guidelines For Concert Attendance.” That is potentially misleading. Ticketmaster is developing this framework for event promoters to employ if they choose, but the company does not have the power to set policies surrounding security/safety requirements, which include vaccine/testing protocols.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

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NAHBS 2016 – Caletti takes home Best Finish award for amazing Road Race Special…

first_imgThe shoes and helmet are from Giro, but the slingshot is all Caletti. After seeing some made by Hunter Cycles, he used spare titanium tubes to put a couple together. This one’s the last of them, and it’s yours for $250. He machined the ends to hold the sling, and the handle is a hollow chamber for storing ammo with a wine cork as a plug. John Caletti had a few new models on display, but the real showstopper was his Road Race Special steel road bike custom painted by Jeremiah Kille.The painstakingly detailed design covers everything and even extends to the helmet, shoes and another fun accessory. It’s a customer’s bike, like many of the frames at the show, so it’s not just an art piece. But it did send Caletti home with the Best Finish award. Check out all the angles, plus his new 29er, adventure and city bikes, below… Road Race Special, shown here with more traditional custom paint, is his version of a crit racer. It’s stiff thanks to oversized steel tubes that are a mix of Columbus Life and True Temper S3 top and down tubes.New Scrambler is a moto inspired town bike that’ll come in stock sizes and be more affordable than his custom bikes.It’s set up to run single speed, internally geared or a normal 1x drivetrain. Caletti said, where possible, there’s an emphasis on US made components with stem and post from Thomson, Chris King headset and Jones Precision Wheels. The complete bikes will sell for $5,150.His new adventure road bike in titanium fills in for a gravel bike, something almost every builder had in one incarnation or another.It gets flat mount brakes and the ENVE GRD fork. Kille did the graphics here, too.He’s also got a new 29er, also in ti. It’s got modern geometry with long top tube for a short stem to get proper cockpit length and a slacker head angle for 120mm fork 69°.last_img read more

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Cooper-Standard Automotive Names Glenn Dong to Vice President and Corporate Treasurer

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement NOVI, Mich. — Cooper-Standard Automotive recently named Glenn Dong to vice president and corporate treasurer, responsible for directing the management of the Global Treasury operations unit, including cash management, debt funding, foreign exchange and risk management. In this role, Dong — who brings extensive banking and capital markets experience — will report to Allen Campbell, chief financial officer for the company.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “Glenn’s previous success in managing global automotive companies’ banking, credit and liquidity functions made him an ideal candidate for this position,” Campbell said. “We are pleased to welcome Glenn to the Cooper-Standard team and are confident he will be an integral part of our future success.” Prior to joining Cooper-Standard, Dong served as vice president and treasurer at International Automotive Components Group North America in Dearborn, Mich., where he was responsible for the company’s treasury activities. From 2000 to 2007, he served as corporate treasurer for Dura Automotive Systems in Rochester Hills, Mich. and, prior to this, served as assistant treasurer for Meritor Automotive in Troy, Mich. (now ArvinMeritor) at the corporate level for the North American and Asia Pacific regions.   Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility at LucasVarity Light Vehicle Braking Systems (currently TRW Automotive) in Livonia, Mich. and Varity Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y. Dong earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York and a master’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University Graduate School of Business in Queens, N.Y.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

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