Jeff Apregan - President
Jeff Apregan has promoted, produced and executed live events throughout the world in venues ranging from clubs and theatres to NFL stadiums and motor speedways. He has had the opportunity to experience the live events industry from a variety of perspectives over a span of nearly 30 years, as a venue operator, artist manager, promoter representative, talent buyer, tour promoter, tour director and venue booking consultant.
As a tour promoter with the original Concerts West, Jeff toured throughout North America with John Denver, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and The Blues Brothers. Later, he acted as Executive Director of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre and was directly responsible for venue operations at the 16,000 capacity amphitheatre in Southern California. As Vice President of Business Affairs for Avalon Attractions, he was directly responsible for managing strategic relationships and company operations. In 1993 Apregan started his own firm, Apregan Group, Inc.
Today, Apregan Group provides a variety of entertainment services, including talent buying, tour direction, venue consulting and strategic planning for artists, venues, promoters producers and organizations. Jeff has continued to work with Neil Diamond as his Tour Director, overseeing global touring operations.
Recent projects / events:
- Neil Diamond 2008 - 2009 World Tour
- Van Halen - 2007 North American Tour
- Motorola Special Events - Diana Ross (2006), Michael Bolton (2007) Lionel Richie (2008)
- Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort - Mammoth Festival / Mammoth Night of Lights
Andrew Prince - Executive Vice President
A savvy music business professional in an innovative environment, Andrew Prince brings extensive knowledge of the live entertainment industry as a promoter, talent buyer, and venue booking consultant. Andrew is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Venue Coalition and is focused on identifying new business and programming opportunities for its participating member venues. He has been instrumental in the development of the organization since its inception.
Prior to his career at Venue Coalition, Andrew has worked with Apregan Group, Arch Angel Concerts (Neil Diamond), Shoreline Amphitheater, and Bill Graham Presents. Through his work at Venue Coalition, Andrew earned recognition as one of Billboard Magazine's top 30 executives under 30 years of age in the world. He is also a graduate of IAVM's Public Assembly Facility Management School and has a great passion for live events and confirming shows!
Eric Gardner - Booking / Operations Manager
Booking / Operations Manager Eric Gardner has an extensive background in music with experience in concert promotion, tour management, artist management, radio programming, and concert booking.
Born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, he developed a love for music at a young age starting on the piano, later picking up the guitar and bass, while focusing his attention on the saxophone. His passion for music led him to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he earned degrees in Business and Jazz Composition.
Since graduating from Berklee, Eric has managed several artists and organized/executed multiple tours across North America, Asia, and Europe.
Andrew Saunders - Booking Coordinator
Andrew Saunders is a graduate of USC's Music Business and Entrepreneurship programs. He has experience in venue operations, talent buying, concert production, and entertainment promotion.
Andrew was a founding member of Canyon Crest Academy's "Envision Conservatory," where he focused on trombone performance. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue studies in Music Business and Entrepreneurship. While at USC, Andrew focused his efforts on founding and managing Tommy's Place, which is the newest performance venue on campus. In addition to his experience on-campus at USC, Andrew held internships at El Rey Theatre/Goldenvoice and Dick Clark Productions.
Andrew joined Venue Coalition in March 2012, where he is responsible for managing booking details along with collecting, summarizing and distributing information to the members and content providers.
Justin Karch - Booking Assistant
Justin Karch brings a knowledge of talent buying, concert promotion, artist management, and large scale event planning. Originally from the Chicago-land area, Justin's passion for music began on the performance and production side, producing and recording for local college acts at Illinois State University. While earning a degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University, Justin was elected Chairman of ISU's live event programming organization, Redbird Entertainment. Following his term as Chairman, he went on to work with U.S. Cellular Coliseum to assist with the booking and promotion of live events.
In addition to his work with Illinois State University and U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Justin has held positions with: Apple, Live Nation Entertainment, Cornerstone Promotion, and APA Talent & Literary Agency.
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