DEAN MACCHI - President & Founder
Dean is the President and Founder of That's My Ticket, LLC. His background is the perfect combination of all the key areas required to lead TMT including marketing, management, picture framing, art, and music.
Prior to starting That's My Ticket in 2003, Dean spent 12 years in the direct marketing industry. He was the Director of Lycos Direct, the direct marketing services division of the Internet portal Lycos. He has held director level positions at email marketing companies Wired Empire and Naviant (acquired by Equifax). Additional experience comes from one of the nations largest direct marketing agencies, Digitas, as well as Appleseed's, a specialty cataloger.
As both a part-time business and a hobby, Dean perfected his picture-framing skills for more than 10 years prior starting That's My Ticket. He has completed numerous framing courses through PFM Seminars. Throughout the years he has designed and framed thousands of complex sports and music memorabilia pieces.
Dean has collected tickets since attending his first baseball game at Fenway Park in 1977 (ticket right). His first concert was the Cars at the Hartford Civic Center in 1982 (ticket below). Since then he has kept every ticket to every sports event and concert he has attended. From James Taylor to Metallica and everything in between, he has seen several hundred concerts. A New England Patriots season-ticket holder since 1994 and a Boston Bruins season ticket holder for five seasons, Dean has also been to several hundred sports events. He's is proud to be a spoiled Boston sports fan who has had the rare and amazing fortune of witnessing all of his favorite sports teams win championships; Patriots in 2001 (Super Bowl 36), Red Sox in 2004, Celtics in 2008 and Bruins in 2011. Of course he has a Ticket Frame for each.
Shortly after college Dean began collecting sports tickets. Today his combined personal and business collection numbers in the tens of thousands. He compiled one of the top five complete sets of PSA graded Super Bowl ticket stubs in the country and is considered an expert in the area of ticket collecting. He is currently working on a set of tickets from every game in which Jerry Rice scored a touch down.
Dean holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Art from Salem State College and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, ranked the #1 MBA program in the U.S. for Entrepreneurship for the 20th consecutive year according to U.S. News & World Report's ranking of Best Graduate Schools. Dean, his wife Kimberly and their three daughters live in Medfield, MA.
That's My Ticket is the ultimate dream company for Dean as it combines his passion of business, sports, music, and art. That passion is what drives the dedication of ensuring That's My Ticket provides its customers with the ultimate items for capturing their own sporting and concert memories.
KEITH GENTILI - Vice President, Sales
With more than 16 years of experience in the sports collectibles industry, Keith Gentili holds the reins of the That’s My Ticket sales division.
Gentili joined That’s My Ticket after spending nearly four years (1999-'03) with Pacific Trading Cards in Lynnwood, Wa. As Pacific’s director of hobby sales he worked with a nationwide network of sports collectibles distributors; regularly visiting their offices as well as calling on their customers. He also developed and implemented an in-store program called Pacific Nights that was nominated for Best Hobby Program/Initiative Award by Krause Publications.
Keith spent four years (1995-'99) with Tuff Stuff Publications in Richmond, Va. As Tuff Stuff's senior editor he assembled the editorial content for Tuff Stuff magazine as well as many of the company’s special issues including fantasy sports titles. Gentili also covered the nation’s leading sports collectibles shows and events such as the NFL Experience/Super Bowl, MLB FanFest/All-Star Game, and the National Sports Collectors Convention. He conducted exclusive interviews with athletes ranging from Bill Russell and Kobe Bryant to Nolan Ryan and Jerry Rice. During the home-run chase of 1998, he was one of USA Today’s leading sources on Mark McGwire’s and Sammy Sosa’s impact on the sports collectibles business. Gentili also worked closely with Tuff Stuff’s show department; quarterbacking/hosting sports collectibles seminars and assisting autograph guests from Alex Rodriguez and Chipper Jones to Peyton Manning and Jim Kelley.
Gentili’s publishing career includes two years on the island of Nantucket, Ma., as sports editor for the Nantucket Beacon. His section was twice named “Sports Pages of the Year” by the Massachusetts Press Association and it was honored by the New England Press Association. Gentili’s work as a sports columnist also won awards from both organizations.
Gentili is a contributing writer and editor to the Antiques Roadshow Insider, a monthly publication produced in conjunction with the PBS television show. He has authored feature stories on subjects ranging from license plates and rock’n’roll posters to breweriana and Coleman lanterns.
An avid Boston sports fan, he has attended three New England Patriots appearances in the Super Bowl and many of the Red Sox postseason games. In addition to the Patriots Super Bowl 36 & 38 wins, his favorite sports moments include attending a private signing with Muhammad Ali, standing on the finish line of the Boston Marathon, covering the NFL Quarterback Challenge, and working Fenway Park for the first time. And, of course, the 2004 Boston Red Sox championship ride.
As for music, Gentili has seen more than 100 live performances including more than 20 Grateful Dead concerts as well as 30+ Widespread Panic shows. However, it seems Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift make their way into the CD player more often than Jerry Garcia these days.
A lifelong Stratomatic baseball player, Gentili’s Philadelphia A’s broke a 15-year championship drought by capturing their second World Series title in 2008. He also juggles three fantasy baseball teams past their prime and a lousy fantasy football club. A graduate of Fitchburg State College, Gentili lives in New Boston, NH with wife Carrie and daughters Julia and Sarah.
Stephen Patkin - Chairman and Founder, Autopart International.
Stephen Patkin started Autopart International in 1957 when he took a summer job sourcing parts for his family's Fiat, Renault car dealership. The need for these hard-to-source parts was the catalyst for the start in the aftermarket parts business. Patkin steadily grew the company over the years. Prior to selling the company to Advance Autopart in 2005, annual sales topped $90 million. Today, Autopart International remains one of the industry's fastest growing and most stable companies. It employs more than 1,700 people, and maintain in excess of 360,000 square feet of triple-height warehousing capacity at its central distribution facility alone.
Glenn Thompson - Former President & Owner, Thompson Products
Thompson Products, established in 1906, provided the photographic imaging industry with the finest quality American-made photo storage solutions available. Thompson Products offered a complete line of archival-quality photo albums, photo/video storage boxes, picture frames, scrapbook kits, page refill packs and accessories and generated annual sales up to $40 million per year. The company was sold in 2006.