INTIX President and CEO Search Update

We wanted to take this opportunity to update the membership on the Association’s search for a new CEO.  In the past weeks we have created a Search Charter as well as a  Search Committee, led by Past-Chair Gary Lustig and Co-Chaired by Chair-Elect Jane Kleinberger(Spectra Ticketing and Fan Engagement). The Search Committee is comprised of Board members Kay Burnham (Segerstrom Center for the Arts), Alison Barry (SUNY-Fredonia) and Debbie Ballentine (Grand Ole Opry), representing the general membership; Dusty Kurtz (TicketsWest) representing the Nominating Committee, and Derek Palmer ( representing other Industry stakeholders.  The Committee has been meeting regularly.  As a first task a thorough review of potential search firms was conducted by the Committee and based on a recommendation from the Search Committee, the Board of Directors has approved funding and has hired Searchwide to help recruit our new President and CEO.  Searchwide is a full service executive search firm headquartered in the Twin Cities.  Mark Gnatovic, Senior Vice-President of Searchwide, will lead the Association’s search. Mark provides executive search services to convention centers/PAF/Stadium/arena, associations, exhibition and event companies, destination marketing organizations and to companies within, and adjacent to, the hospitality industry.

The recruiting process will have various phases including needs assessment, candidate recruitment, and interviews as well as the eventual offer and negotiation process.  The needs assessment phase has begun and will include interviews with the Board of Directors, Search Committee members and other INTIX members and stakeholders.  

Any person who may be interested in the position should visit the Searchwide site at this link.  Other questions about the Search can be directed to Gary Lustig at