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    Brown United is IMFCON Keynote Sponsor 


    December 8-10, 2013

    The Hyatt Regency
    Austin, Texas

    Register Today!


    About IMFCON

    Founded in 2009, the IMFCON provides the only annual conference & symposium for music festival professionals and entertainment executives to network, learn from
    one another, establish partnerships, and understand the latest trends in festival operations.


    Brown United – Our Keynote Sponsor is one of the Premier Staging Companies in the World. 

    John Brown will be introducing the  Opening KeynoteThe Pursuit of Excellence, a conversation with Arthur Fogel on Sunday, Dec. 8th from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm.

    John Brown, the CEO and Founder of The Brown United Companies, in his youth toured with the Rolling Stones and the Eagles.  He has worked with many of the music greats of our times – and more than a few political leaders as well, including U.S. presidents.

     But John is not known for what he does on stage, but instead for building the stages and structures on which superstars perform, political stars present and thousands of moving, cheering fans review.

    After touring as a stage hand years ago, John decided to come home to transform his business into one of the world’s leading event structure providers.  At age 14, he began working with his father on scaffold assembly where he eventually gained his father’s reputation for faultless and farsighted planning.  He started Brown United at just 17 years of age. John has steadily expanded the business to handle more than 800 projects per year providing equipment to The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Elton John, Green Day, Kiss, Eminem, Dave Mathews Band, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and most recently Paul McCartney and Jay-Z/ Justin Timberlake.

    Today his firm is a regular provider to top acts across all types of sporting events and across all genres of music including continuing support to classic music concert festivals such as Coachella, Stagecoach, Firefly, Tomorrow World, The Country Music Festival, Outside Lands and Bonnaroo. Recent television clients include Disney, Sony, Universal, and the ESPN X Games, with which he has been associated with for 17 years.

     2013 Parnelli Award Winner for Staging Company of the Year, Brown United remains a principal supplier to users and he applies tough, regulated industrial standards to the structures erected for audiences around the world.  John is also a founding and board member of the Event Safety Alliance, a group of prominent entertainment industry and event management companies determined to press for universal safety standards for the production of live events. He credits Jim Digby, Production Manager for Linkin Park and Executive Director of the ESA ( as his inspiration and motivation in this effort.