Los Angeles-based live entertainment promoter AEG Live has tapped John Valentino to head up its newly opened regional office in West Palm Beach, Fla. Valentino previously served as executive VP at Florida-based independent concert promotions company Fantasma Productions, whose president Jon Stoll died in January after an extended illness.

In his new role at AEG Live Florida, Valentino will oversee a staff that includes many former Fantasma Productions co-workers, including George Perley (director of productions), Kathy Bohan (office manager/regional comptroller) and Amanda Ances (marketing manager).

"We look forward to carrying on the spirit of the way we did business with Fantasma founder Jon Stoll for more than a quarter century," Valentino said in a statement.

With a presence in such cities as Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis and Nashville, West Palm Beach marks AEG Live's 13th regional office in the United States.

Fantasma promoted concerts throughout the country, particularly in the South, and books acts for such venues as the 3,500-capacity Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Fla., and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

The company produced more than 500 concerts and events per year during Valentino's 30 years at the company. He has worked with a number of touring giants, including the Police, Eric Clapton, the Eagles, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Cher and Elton John, among others.

In related news, Live Nation recently signed a binding letter of intent to purchase the majority of Stoll's live entertainment assets. The deal includes Mizner Park Amphitheater and the 2,900-capacity Pompano Beach (Fla.) Amphitheatre, as well as the Fantasma name and current inventory of shows, and two music festivals produced by Fantasma.

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