IRVINE, Calif. — Paciolan has announced that Jane Kleinberger will retire from the company she co-founded after nearly four decades.

Since founding Paciolan in 1980, Kleinberger helped grow the company into the second-largest primary ticketing solution provider in North America. Today, Paciolan is a force in ticketing as the largest provider in college athletics, with over 135 clients, along with a large footprint in arenas, professional sports, and performing arts.

Kleinberger was the first female CEO of a major ticketing company, and her strong legacy is upheld today by President and CEO, Kim Damron, along with CFO, Kim Boren, and many other talented female leaders at Paciolan.

Kleinberger has long been a ticketing industry icon. She served as a board member and eventual chairperson for the International Ticketing Association (INTIX), worked as a member and active participant of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), was a regular guest lecturer on the university circuit and worked closely with many other industry organizations throughout her career.

The recipient of several prestigious industry awards, Kleinberger was recognized in the inaugural class of Sports Business Journal Game Changers, and she received IAVM’s Joseph J. Anzivino Distinguished Allied Award, the Venues Now Woman of Influence Award and the Patricia G. Spira Lifetime Achievement Award from INTIX. 

“Jane has been an inspiration as a founder and leader in the ticketing industry and we are grateful for all of her accomplishments,” said Damron. “Her vision and perseverance helped grow Paciolan into the thriving business that it is today by forging long-term relationships with clients and our community.”

Paciolan was the first ticketing company to introduce the “venue enablement model” providing teams and venues with the ability to sell directly to customers under their own brand. This model continues to grow as a strong opportunity for live entertainment organizations to increase revenue and build lifetime customer relationships.

“I’ve known Jane for my entire career and her passion and vision is what brought me to Paciolan over sixteen years ago,” said Steve Demots, CRO of Paciolan. “It has been an honor working alongside her to help grow the business.”

Although she is retiring from the advisory role that she held for the past two years at Paciolan, Jane plans to stay close to the live entertainment space, look for opportunities to give back, and provide guidance to the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“I am so very proud of what Paciolan has become and the exceptional team of diverse leaders that continue to drive it forward,” Kleinberger said. “It has been my privilege to work with them as well as so many wonderful clients and friends in this industry that means so much to me.”

Paciolan has been part of Learfield IMG College since 2017.