Don Vaccaro is an American business magnate and philanthropist. A serial entrepreneur, Vaccaro has started and owns several successful companies. He has also been a driving force in the ticketing industry as a founding member and former president of several ticket brokers associations, as well as the founder of the largest ticket broker conference in the industry.
His companies provide employment and business opportunities for hundreds of families both at home and internationally. His passion does not begin or end with starting businesses to make more money, but instead to provide a place for others to grow their talents and fulfill their potential. This enthusiasm for providing opportunities and giving back grew out of the values he learned from his parents. His mother Ruth has an office at his company and provides invaluable insight.
Don Vaccaro started his business almost by accident. As a very young man he was in line to purchase tickets to a concert. The prices for the tickets were so good that he had a few dollars left over. He decided to purchase a few extra and sell them for a profit, giving birth to Ticket World, his first company which he sold for a hefty profit a few years later. He eventually co-founded and is the CEO of TicketNetwork®, Inc., one of the leading online ticket exchanges in the country. Vaccaro has more than 30 years of experience in the secondary ticket market, including 10 years in industry-related software development, pioneering the creation of the company’s signature software – TicketNetwork® Point-of-Sale. Vaccaro is also the founder of Ticket Galaxy, one of the largest ticket brokerage firms in the country. He is a founding member and former president of the Connecticut Ticket Brokers Association, and was also founder and first president of the Massachusetts Ticket Brokers Association. He is the founder of Ticket Summit, the leading conference and trade show for ticketing and live entertainment executives. Don is also the Founder and CEO of RCN Capital.
Don Vaccaro’s success has blessed him with means to help others in a meaningful way. In addition to his company’s three areas of focus – assistance to those affected by cancer, wounded warriors and urban development – he also continues to support causes of importance to him, including youth organizations, the arts, education, and the disabled.
He also is a strong supporter of protecting the environment, and has nurtured several ventures including an animal sanctuary, community garden and farm on his property, and has recently started a tree farm. In 2014 TicketNetwork was awarded the Beautification Award for its garden and farm, and Business of the Year by the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce.