Organizers of TEDxBroadway:
Damian Bazadona founded Situation Interactive (formerly, Situation Marketing) in 2001 and oversees the strategic direction for the company. Situation has managed the online marketing strategy for more than 200 live event productions and currently represents many theatrical brands across the country including Disney, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Billy Elliot, Blue Man Group, Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, along with many others.
Prior to forming Situation Interactive, Damian was partner and chief marketing officer of Cyber-NY Interactive where he was responsible for new business development and strategic initiatives for the firm. His work was instrumental in leading the firm to a 600 percent increase in sales, acquisition of Fortune 1000 clients, and inclusion in Ernst & Young and MIT’s Internet 500. He is an active contributor and source for leading Internet and business publications including The New York Times, Variety, Associated Press, Fortune Small Business and many more. In addition, he has served as a speaker and source for university research studies relating to online marketing for Yale University, New York University, Brooklyn College and Fordham University’s graduate level programs. Damian holds a B.S., Business Administration from University at Albany.
Jim McCarthy is the co-founder and CEO of Goldstar (www.goldstar.com), a company that sells millions of tickets to millions of people on behalf of more than 5,000 venues and producers each year. A 15-year veteran of the Internet and e-commerce, Jim has spent his entire career in high-growth businesses and likes to share his knowledge and insight with others. He’s the editor and main contributor to SellingOut.com, a website for live entertainment and arts marketers. He’s the curator and co-founder of TEDxBroadway. He’s spoken at conferences all over the world, including TED, SXSW, INTIX and more. His articles have been in Forbes, Fast Company and Business Insider. Jim studied English at Harvard University and received an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. He’s a certified lifeguard, a soccer coach and writes ghost stories.
Ken Davenport (originating co-founder)
TEDxBroadway Young Professionals Team Leaders:
TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.