Ron Bension serves as President of House of Blues Entertainment for Live Nation. Ron is focused on consolidating the 34 venues that he directly manages into a national platform, creating new touring products and improved consumer experiences. Prior to this role, Ron was CEO of TicketsNow, working with the team at Ticketmaster to restructure the resale site’s operations and business initiatives. During his more than 30-year career, he has led several major e-commerce, recreation and entertainment companies to financial and strategic success.
Previously, Ron was CEO of WMG’s Sportnet, the leading developer and operator of action sports websites in the country. He also held principal roles as CEO of Tickets.com, where he restructured the fledgling online ticketing technology and service provider. He helped raise more than $20 million in new capital, installed a marquee management team, integrated 11 acquired companies and implemented multiple leading-edge digital ticketing technologies, resulting in significant cost savings, exponential revenue growth and increased market share. Ron also managed the company’s relationships with the 2002 Winter Olympics and the World Series. He then oversaw Tickets.com’s 2005 sale to Major League Baseball.
Prior to Tickets.com, Ron was President and CEO of Sega GameWorks, a multi-unit, location-based entertainment company founded by Steven Spielberg. During his two and a half years at the company’s helm, he engineered a dramatic increase in revenue and growth. He was honored for his achievements with the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001. Ron also served as Chairman and CEO of Universal Studios Recreation Group, a division of Universal Studios, where he oversaw the $1 billion global leisure recreation company through its international expansion plans.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles. He is the founder of Discover A Star Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to financially challenged, high-achieving high school graduates.