Summerfest’s V.P. of Entertainment, Bob Babisch, wins Festival Buyer of the Year Award at the 2016 IEBA Conference in Nashville, TN
IEBA is the leading not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals who buy, book and sell talent.
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials are proud to announce that Bob Babisch, V.P. of Entertainment for Summerfest, has won the 2016 Festival Buyer of the Year Award at the IEBA’s (International Entertainment Buyers Association) 46th annual Conference. In the category of “Festival Buyer of the Year,” Babisch competed against major buyers that book for some of the biggest festivals in the industry including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Coachella, Bonnaroo and The Governor’s Ball. Summerfest’s recognition is due to the efforts of Babisch’s entire entertainment team including Scott Ziel, Associate Booking Director, Vic Thomas, Associate Entertainment Director, Whit Lehnberg, Productions/Contracts/Stage Management and David Silbaugh, Entertainment Booker.
“As we prepare to celebrate the rich history of Summerfest with the 50th edition in 2017, it’s an honor for Bob Babisch and our entire entertainment department to be recognized by industry professionals for the high quality of entertainment the festival provides year after year,” said Don Smiley, President & CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “We compete nationally and internationally and our team continually proves they are best in class.”
IEBA is the leading not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals who buy, book and sell talent; a network that represents billions of dollars in buying power. IEBA and its annual conference stand alone in the entertainment industry by showcasing a diverse and uniquely-crafted lineup of live entertainment through staged discussions with the entertainment industry’s leading innovators and decision makers. The 2016 annual conference took place October 9-11 in Nashville, TN and welcomed prominent talent buyers from all over the world.
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