Chief Executive Officer
Marc Jenkins is a seasoned executive in the sports and entertainment industry. Prior to joining Patron Technology, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Learfield Communications, Inc. In that role, Jenkins was responsible for the Marketing Solutions, Brand Solutions, and Venue Solutions business units. These units include Paciolan, SIDEARM Sports, Mogo Interactive, Learfield Licensing Partners, SME, ANC, GoVision, IMG-Learfield Ticket Solutions, and Learfield Levy Foodservice.
Prior to joining Learfield, Jenkins was Vice President, Digital Media for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). In that role, he led the efforts of NASCAR across the entire digital media spectrum. Prior to leading the Digital Media group, Jenkins led the Global Media Rights Strategy and Development group responsible for the strategy, development, structuring, and negotiation of media rights relationships for NASCAR.
Prior to his time at NASCAR, Jenkins served as general counsel of the Chicago White Sox, where he played a major role in the structuring of the stadium naming rights deal with U.S. Cellular, the formation of Comcast SportsNet Chicago (now NBC Sports Chicago), the negotiation of the MLB Advanced Media rights agreement, and the extension of the MLB agency agreement.
Before entering the sports industry, Jenkins worked in corporate finance with Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income division, specializing in currency derivatives. He started his career at the corporate law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, in New York, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and complex financial transactions.
Chief Strategy Officer
Betsy Grider is an executive who thrives at the intersection of strategy and technology in the sports and entertainment industry. As she joins Patron Technology, she will focus on strategic planning, corporate development, and opportunities to grow a premier live event enterprise technology platform.
Prior to joining Patron Technology, she built, launched, and led NASCAR’s Technology Development and Integration division. During her tenure at NASCAR, she led projects to bring Vision AI into Pit Road Officiating, launched Twitter’s first sports partnership, and played an integral role in building the NASCAR Digital Media business. In 2017, her team built and launched a Race Management platform with Microsoft, a Credentialing Platform with Allegiant Airlines and Lixar, and partnered with The Weather Company and IBM to build Weather Track.
Prior to launching Technology Development, Betsy’s Strategic Development team served as the internal “launch squad” to structure and seed strategic platforms including the NASCAR Industry Action Plan.
Betsy’s sports career began at Duke University where she served as the Sports Photography Editor for The Chronicle. She then managed Advertising for the Chicago White Sox prior to joining NASCAR.
Betsy is a frequent keynote speaker on Sports Innovation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Strategic Alliances, and Women in Sports and Technology.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael is a proven leader with executive-level operational, sales, and marketing experience driving profitable growth across multiple technology and media companies. Prior to joining Patron Technology, he was COO at the venture-backed Managed by Q, where he was responsible for rapidly scaling revenue growth and delivering operational excellence to a client base of over 1,500 of the world’s best companies using Q’s technology-enabled office management services.
Previously, Michael served as SVP & GM at Care.com, where he was also a member of the management team that took the company public (NYSE: CRCM) via an IPO in 2014. In his role at Care.com, Michael oversaw global operations, consumer payments, and all domestic and international business-to-business products and services including Care@Work, the enterprise arm focused on helping companies support their working families.
Michael has held various senior roles in the digital media, gaming, sports, and mobile industries. Before venturing into the tech industry, he was an officer in the U.S. Army, leading 100+ soldiers through a successful combat tour as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Business School, Michael has been recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40 Military/Veteran” and is a recipient of the George C. Marshall Foundation Leadership Award. He and his wife, Emily, are the proud parents of their daughter (Kyla) and son (Ryan).
Chief Revenue Officer
Brian is a recognized leader in the ticketing industry. Throughout his career he has managed Sales, Client Support, and Marketing teams and has a track record of leading businesses to success. Brian’s ticketing career began with BASS Tickets in 1996, where he provided client support to professional sports teams including the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s, and Oakland Raiders. In 2000, he moved to online ticketing pioneer, TicketWeb, where he managed the Client Services and Customer Support teams. Prior to joining ShowClix as their COO in 2015, Brian was SVP of Sales for Ticketfly for five years, where he led a 20+ person sales team to unprecedented growth in the music ticketing industry.
Brian’s focus is on growing Patron Technology as one of the leading event technology businesses in each of their defined verticals.
Chief Technology Officer
As the CTO of Patron Technology, Nate leads a team of talented technologists, including software engineers, system architects, data scientists with a history of delivering industry firsts. Nate, an original architect of the ShowClix product, now focuses most of his efforts on product strategy, system architecture, and team development for Patron Technology. Nate’s career prior to Patron Technology included NIST, the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, and a handful of startups spanning healthcare, marketing, and social gaming.
Nate is very active in the tech community outside of Patron Technology. His data analysis and visualizations have been featured in the Washington Post and NPR. He is the founder of First Bytes Society, an organization that introduces tweens in low-income communities to programming. He is also the author of several popular open source libraries. His projects have garnered over a million installs.
VP, Corporate Development
VP, Core Product Management, Arts & Culture
VP, Music & Comedy
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VP, Sales Operations
VP, Corporate Controller
VP, Virtual Events
VP, Integrated Services
Patron Technology’s virtually limitless event technology solution is redefining what it means to be an event creator. With our ever-evolving suite of tools, you’ll take control of your entire event, transform the attendee experience, and be a leader in your industry. Whether you want to create an in-person event, a fully virtual experience, or anything in between, our technology and team are fully equipped with everything you need.