John Bolton

IEBA Vice President

John Bolton

Vice President
SMG Entertainment

John Bolton, CFE, serves as Vice President of Entertainment for SMG.   In this position, Bolton works with SMG Arenas and Stadiums in the presentation of some 32,000 live events annually.   Additionally, he utilizes his previous venue marketing experience to provide marketing and public relations support to more than 140 SMG arena marketing professionals.  Prior to his Vice President role with SMG, he served as Regional Vice President for SMG’s venues in Puerto Rico and the West Coast United States as well as National Director of Marketing for SMG.


In 2006, Bolton was entrusted to oversee the final phases of construction and grand opening of one of SMG’s premier venues – Tulsa’s BOK Center. Through his vision, this previously underserved market became a “must play” stop for national touring artists and family shows. His effort led to a nomination for Pollstar’s Best New Major Concert Venue (2008) and subsequent nominations for Pollstar’s Arena of the Year every year he managed the venue (2009 – 2012). In 2011, Bolton and the BOK Center were awarded the prestigious IAVM Venue Excellence Award.


He has been awarded numerous other industry honors including Venue Executive of the Year by Pollstar Magazine and the International Entertainment Buyers Association. He is also a three-time winner of Venues Today Hall of Headlines Award (2008, 2013 and 2015).


Bolton recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors (2013-14) for the International Association of Venue Managers.   Bolton also serves on the International Entertainment Buyers Association Board of Directors.


Bolton is a long-time supporter EAMC, sending his venue marketing teams annually to the conference. In 2013, he co-launched the annual SMG marketing conference, intentionally planning the conference to precede EAMC, enabling SMG marketers to attend both conferences.   This tradition continued in 2014, 2015, and for the upcoming EAMC conference in Nashville in June.