Slater became a key figure at the core of SFX Entertainment’s business, being elevated to executive vice president and said to be continuing to work with SFX head Robert Sillerman even after the “roll up king” sold his business to Clear Channel Entertainment, the precursor company to what is now Live Nation.
Prior to joining Delsener, Slater was director of booking at Madison Square Garden.
He also became the board president of LifeBeat, a music and end entertainment industry nonprofit focused on sexual health that was started as a response to the AIDS epedmic in the 1980s.
Slater acquired Metropolitan Entertainment Group in 2002, and sold it to Clear Channel Entertainment after less than a year, bringing in MEG staff including Debra Rathwell, now an exec with AEG Presents, and Donna DiBenedetto. Other notables who came through the Delsener / Slater company include Amy Morrison, Nicole Neal, Melissa Ormond and Ali Harnell.
DiBenedetto told Venues Today “They taught me to be more thick-skinned and not take anything personallyl I learn to trust my instincts more. Mitch taught me how to pick up the phone and get the show confirmed.”
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