International Ticketing Association began as a conversation
between Patricia Spira and Richard Carter at an IAAM regional meeting in
Milwaukee. A continuation of this dialogue developed into a three-day
conference focusing exclusively on box office management at the Performing Arts
Center in Milwaukee in 1980. At that time, Box Office Management International
or BOMI was formed. BOMI was incorporated as a nonprofit trade association in
1982 with a $65 membership fee.
From those early days of the association, annual conference
attendance grew from 65 persons to the current level of over 1,000. Conferences
have been held in numerous cities in the United States and Canada. From the
very beginning, there was a strong interest from those living overseas and the
Europe Talks Tickets conference was conceived in 1990 in response to that
demand. Conferences were also held in Australia in 1989 and 1996. To meet the
needs of those members who could not attend a January meeting, summer programs
were created to focusing on specific themes or aspects of ticketing.
Over the years, additional programs and member services were
added including an association newsletter, one-day seminars, career services,
and in 2003, INTIXIntensive, advanced educational programming based on the
INTIX Body of Knowledge.
In 1997, reflecting dramatic changes in box office
management and ticket sales, the name of the organization was changed to the
International Ticketing Association or INTIX. This name change was recognition
that ticketing now encompassed such diverse responsibilities as technology,
marketing, finance, customer service, and facility management and security.
Today, INTIX’s roughly 1,100 members include those who have prime
responsibility for these functions as well as general management, operations
As the leadership organization for entertainment ticketing,
INTIX continues to offer programs and services that meet the needs of this
constantly changing industry. And by doing so, INTIX will always be a valued
resource for its membership.