Adam launched Tickets For Joy in 2009 along with good friend Nathaniel Gentry also of Albuquerque, NM. In 2009, Adam attended an Arizona Cardinal playoff game in Glendale, Arizona. During the game, Adam had been complaining of the the ability to resell his season tickets and the constant fact of taking losses on the resale. As the words rolled off his tongue, he observed a father with a special needs child cherishing their time together at the game.
Adam was moved by seeing the boy and his father finding such joy in a one time event. It inspired Adam to create a vehicle for other season ticket holders of any type of live event to donate tickets they would not be able to use or sell for face value to a charity. The charity became Tickets For Joy.
Professionally, Adam is President and Qualifying Broker of TAL Realty Inc. in Albuquerque, NM. A recipient of 2010 SBA Young Entrepreneur of the year award, Adam spends majority of his time focusing on his small business and pushing the success of Tickets For Joy. Adam still enjoys playing rugby with local club teams, scuba diving, and golf.
A native New Mexican, Nate Gentry has made a career out of serving New Mexico. After college, Nate went to work for Senator Pete Domenici in Washington, DC. His tenure with Sen. Domenici furthered his interest in politics and the law, and Nate returned home to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law. After becoming a member of the New Mexico Bar, Nate returned to Washington to continue his work for New Mexicans in the U.S. Senate.
After too many years away from fresh green chile, Nate returned home in 2007 with his best friend and wife, Erin Gentry. He continues to practice law, and in 2008, Nate welcomed the birth of his first daughter and New Mexico native, Chloe Caroline Gentry. This he considers his greatest accomplishment and his inspiration for running for the New Mexico Legislature.
As a co-founder of Tickets for Joy, Nate wants to be sure that he gives back to a community that has given so much to him.
John Richard Frank Nichols is an Albuquerque, New Mexico native. A University of Texas alum, John maintained a very distinguished career with Morgan Stanley as a Senior VP Wealth Advisor from 1993-2015. John has been and continues to be a force of nature within his community and nationally on the philanthropic scene. John has personally raised over $1,000,000 and personally donated over $1,000,000 in the past 20 plus years.
John will always be a driving force for local non-profits, with a deep personal love of New Day. John continues to be an active board member with New Day since 2003. Partnering with Tickets For Joy in 2018, John spearheaded the intense campaign of Craft For Causes.
Craft for Causes was a collaborative campaign for the live music and craft beer industry featuring The Tedechi Trucks Band. The campaign raised money for numerous causes with the main being Mr.Hollands Opus (Over $50,000) and New Day of New Mexico.
John is very active in many aspects of the live music industry including 5 Cent Productions, Music in the Park, and an Aspen Live Partner.
John begins each day taking his best friend Aretha for her morning walk.
Email – Nichols@craftforcauses.org
Ed Mazel is actively involved in the State Bar of New Mexico. Ed regularly participates in the Wills for Heroes program and provides pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Attorney Program. In addition, Ed is part of the 2017-2018 Leadership New Mexico Connect Program Class. Ed has a big heart and has moved the needle in his community. Along with the professional and community involvement, Ed is an avid endurance athlete and slow pitch softball player. In 2018, Ed Mazel became an Ironman with a finish in Cozumel and an ultra runner with the Jemez Mountain 50k. In 2020, Ed will attempt to complete UltraMan Arizona. A triathlon consisting of over 2 iron triathlon distances in 3 days.
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jason Garcia attended Sandia High School and the University of New Mexico where he majored in Economics. An avid basketball player with a slick shot, Jason Garcia spent the last 15 years within the umbrella of Drivetime and their affiliated companies. Jason worked near the top of the corporate ladder in numerous leadership roles. For example, Jason was Director of Sales, a national position that required longevity and personal grit. Jason has always had a big heart with the desire to enrich his community. HIs father’s passing from pulmonary hypertension, inspired Jason to hold several “Breathe Easy 5k” events in Albqueurque. These events raised thousands of dollars for the PHA Foundation in memory of his father. Along side with Tickets For Joy, Jason put together campaigns to distribute Albuquerque Isotope tickets to La Luz Elementary School families. For Drivetime, Jason oversaw major school supply drives that benefited deserving Albuquerque public school children and addressing their lack of funding for school resources. In 2018-2019, Jason is spearheading Mental Health Matters, an Arizona non-profit that raises awareness and educates about mental health needs in corporate America and resources available.