Randy Cohen has more than 20 years of CEO experience and significant expertise in entrepreneurial ventures. He grew his current company from infancy to $50M in revenue, attaining high profitability and global prominence as a market leader.
Cohen focuses on entrepreneurs running companies from startups to $100M+ in revenue. He has particular expertise in negotiations, marketing and branding. An avid student of leadership and human motivation, Cohen is known for what he calls the “woo-woo philosophy”—that CEO stands for Chief Energizing Officer! Living what he teaches, he has parlayed his enthusiastic approach into a $50M a year business. He is now an in-demand speaker, guest lecturer, and seminar presenter.
Cohen is a dynamic and technologically savvy entrepreneur. As head of one of the most successful companies in the secondary ticket market, he has led his company, TicketCity, to become the go-to source for premium seating at any major ticketed event around the world.
Under Cohen’s guidance as CEO, TicketCity has become one of the largest and most prominent online ticket brokerages, serving 250,000 clients in 17 countries. Today this global company buys and sells tickets to all major events worldwide. It specializes in premium seating to sold-out events, including premier sports championships and tournaments such as the Super Bowl, the Final Four and the Masters. TicketCity has won numerous awards and made the Inc. 5,000 list. The Austin Business Journal has named it one of Austin’s “Fab 50” fastest growing companies six times and the best place to work in Austin twice.
On his way to becoming a well-known author, Cohen’s second book Ticket to the Limit was published in 2009. It is a rags-to-riches personal account of how he drove with passion, purpose and performance to build a thriving enterprise.
Cohen founded TicketCity in 1990, after growing his ticketing agency since the mid-80s. Six years later, he launched the ticket industry’s first e-commerce website devoted to major sporting and entertainment events. He has combined automation and proprietary software to sustain significant profitability in what has become a highly competitive market.
A passionate champion of the S of SOLID—Service—Cohen credits much of TicketCity’s success to personalized service. He has leveraged his cheerleading style to maintain extraordinary customer service despite his company’s meteoric rise and exponential growth. In 1988, Cohen’s service-oriented style also led to success in his first job—a sales leader with Wallace Computer Services.
Cohen holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas, is a graduate of MIT’s Birthing of Giants program and is regularly involved with its renowned Gathering of Titans. An active member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, he also has served on the Ethics Board of the Texas Ticket Brokers Association and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Ticket Brokers.
Cohen is active in his community, and recently started a charity, The Loop of Love. It is aimed at assisting underprivileged high school students, pairing them with CEO mentors through attendance at athletic contests. He is also currently serving a three-year term on the board of the Austin Chamber of Commerce