Paciolan Announces Chris Del Conte as a Keynote Speaker at PACnet '15 Conference

TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics to Address Paciolan Community

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 6, 2014) - Paciolan, an industry-leading provider of ticketing, marketing, fundraising and sales automation solutions to more than 500 live entertainment organizations, today announced that Chris Del Conte, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas Christian University (TCU) will deliver a general session keynote address at its annual PACnet community conference, to be held Feb. 8-11, 2015 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Beach, Calif.

Del Conte will deliver his keynote on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The keynote will also be streamed live to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) community for its membership. Paciolan is a subsidiary of the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor.

"It is a privilege to address the hundreds of peers and partners attending to share strategies and philosophies that resonate throughout live entertainment," said Chris Del Conte, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at TCU. "I look forward to the opportunity to share ideas, personal experiences and discuss opportunities in the vibrant landscape of college athletics and live entertainment."

Del Conte was appointed TCU's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in October 2009, and since his arrival, he has overseen a series of historic moments in TCU's athletics history that include the 2012 entrance into the Big 12 and nearly $230 million in construction projects.

Under Del Conte, a new $164 million Amon G. Carter Stadium opened in September 2012, a $59 million rebuild of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum began in 2014, Jane Justin Fieldhouse at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium opened in 2010, the G. Malcolm Louden Player Development Center for baseball, and an expansion of baseball's Lupton Stadium and debut of the Physical Performance Center in 2011. Other facility projects under Del Conte include the opening of a new football locker room, sports medicine center and equipment room. Within the sports medicine center, TCU is the only school in the nation to have its own cryo sauna.

In 2013, TCU sold out of football season tickets for the second straight year with a new record total of 31,636. Football, baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, soccer, men's tennis, track and field and volleyball have set either season ticket or attendance records in the last two years.

During fiscal years 2012-13 and 2013-14 TCU's athletics fundraising produced the top-two marks in history with TCU supporters having contributed nearly $90 million in total athletics giving during that time, including almost $22 million for the Frog Club. In each of the last two years, and for the first time ever, TCU has been able to cover all scholarship costs for its student-athletes. Additionally, TCU student-athletes have recorded their highest cumulative grade-point average since tracking began in 1998, with 15-of-20 sports having posted team GPAs over 3.0. TCU's overall Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes is 88 percent.

Del Conte was a recipient of the 2010 Bobby Dodd Division I-A Athletic Director's Award, and was also one of five finalists for the Sports Business Journal's Athletic Director of the Year.

Del Conte previous served as Director of Athletics at Rice University (Rice) from 2006-09 where he was responsible for 16 intercollegiate programs, 350 student-athletes, along with coaches and staff. Prior to Rice, Del Conte was the senior associate athletics director for external operations and sports programs at the University of Arizona (Arizona) from 2000-06, where he was responsible for the planning, management and oversight of the day-to-day operation for the department of intercollegiate athletics. He also functioned as the chief financial officer. Del Conte also served as assistant athletics director for external operations at both Washington State University (Washington State) from 1998-99 and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) from 1994-98.

Del Conte served on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and currently assists with the Davey O'Brien Foundation Board and the National Sports Marketing Network Board. His other professional committee involvement and associations include the Division I-A Athletics Directors Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Del Conte received a bachelor's of arts degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in education, administration and supervision from Washington State.

"Chris Del Conte has significantly impacted TCU and expanded the footprint of athletics through pioneering technological change and innovative techniques for growth," said Dave Butler, Chief Executive Officer of Paciolan. "Paciolan is honored to have Chris address the community and share his vision, industry-changing strategies and wealth of experience at PACnet '15."

PACnet '15 provides educational sessions covering executive trends, fan engagement, social media, consumer marketing, Customer Relationship Management, ticketing, and fundraising, all aimed at helping teams and venues sell more and maximize revenue streams. 

About Paciolan
Founded in 1980, Paciolan is the leader in venue enablement, powering ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions for leading organizations across North America. Collectively, Paciolan powers over 500 live entertainment organizations that sell over 120 million tickets annually. Primary markets include college athletics, professional sports, performing arts and arenas. Paciolan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor. 

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