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Krannert Executive Forum - Dave Lucas

Dave Lucas

Dave Lucas

Chief Executive Officer
Live360 Group

David Lucas is currently the CEO of Live 360 Group; established in 2005. From 2007-2010, Live-360 was a partnership venture between Lucas, AEG Facilities and Irving Azoff of TicketmasterIFront Line Management and had consulting contracts with 15 venues across the United States. In late 2010, Live 360 Group became an independent entity again and has a booking agreement with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for their venues, the 12,500 capacity Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park and the 6,600 capacity 'Classic' Chastain Park Amphitheater. Live 360 Group also has a multi-year consulting agreement with Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  Lucas produces the Rib America Festival in Indianapolis and St. Louis drawing 100,000 and 60,000 respectively.

Lucas is the former Co-CEO/President - North America for Clear Channel Entertainment - Music (now known as Live Nation). The company recorded record profits in 2002, 2003 and 2004 under Lucas' direction.  Clear Channel Entertainment/Live Nation is the world's leading producer and presenter of live entertainment. From 1999-2001, Mr. Lucas served as the President and CEO of SFX Music/Clear Channel Entertainment - Central Region which covers Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Iowa, West Virginia, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Western Pennsylvania, and Southern Illinois.

Mr. Lucas was the founder of Sunshine Promotions, Inc. in 1971, which became one of the largest concert promoters in the United States. Mr. Lucas has founded many other companies within the music industry throughout his career, including TourDesign Creative Services in 1982 (provide radio, television, and print materials for touring industries) and Suntex Acquisition LP in 1986 (a custom embroidery and screen-printing company).

Mr. Lucas developed his first amphitheater known then as Deer Creek Music Center in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1989 - a 24,000 seat outdoor amphitheater.   The venue is now known as Verizon Wireless Music Center.  It is one of the premier performance amphitheaters in the United States, attracting approximately 400,000 patrons annually. Following the success of Deer Creek, Mr. Lucas developed and built Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus, Ohio in 1994 - a 20,000 seat outdoor amphitheater. In 2004, Lucas opened The Lawn at White River State Park, a 5,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater in Indianapolis.

In the mid-to-late 90's, Mr. Lucas began to renovate two historic theaters in Louisville, Kentucky and in Indianapolis, Indiana. The historic Louisville Palace Theater was completely renovated in 1994 and the 2,700 seat theater re-opened its doors. The success of the theater in Louisville led to Mr. Lucas' development and renovation of the historic Murat Centre in downtown Indianapolis in 1996. The Murat Centre is a complete multi­ purpose entertainment facility featuring the Murat Theatre and Murat Egyptian Room.

Over the past three decades, David Lucas has been supportive of, and played an active role in, numerous not-for-profit and charitable causes such as, the Boys and Girls Club, Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis, March of Dimes, Farm Aid, Easter  Seals, numerous health related foundations (St. Vincent's Women's Hospital, Pediatrics, etc.), Boy Scouts of America, and more. Mr. Lucas has also been instrumental in his support in the fund raising efforts of numerous children's organizations throughout his career.

Mr. Lucas also serves and has represented many groups over the years and received numerous awards including:

  • Member, Organization (YPO), Indiana Chapter;
  • Member, World Presidents Organization (WPO);
  • Recipient, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 1999;
  • Sagamore of the Wabash (awarded by Governor Robert Orr);
  • Director, Metro Bank Corporation;  
  • Board Member,  International Pianist Association;  
  • Advisory Member, Indiana Convention and Visitor's Association;
  • Board  Member, Ballet International;
  • Board Member, Eiteljorg Museum;
  • Advisory Board Member, Boy Scouts of Indiana;
  • Emeritus Chairperson, Three Cheers for Education (benefiting Indianapolis Public Schools, Martin University, and Indianapolis Chapter of Indiana Black Expo).