2017 Moderators and Panelists
Lee Andersen Paradigm Music Agent Lee Anderson has nearly fifteen years of experience in the live music industry. After spending six years promoting concerts in the Northeast region of the US, Lee joined forces with AM Only in 2008. Lee became a driving force behind the success of AM Only and the artists he represents including Skrillex, Zedd, Disclosure, Rudimental, DJ Mustard, and Claude VonStroke. In 2014, Lee had the distinction of being nominated for Pollstar’s Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award.
Maureen Andersen has 35-plus years of experience spanning not-for-profit, commercial arts, Broadway, regional ticketing, performing arts and colleges. She has experience that spans the ticket office, call centers, season tickets, group sales, marketing, fundraising and management. Prior to joining INTIX Maureen had a rich career including VP of Arts & Entertainment at AudienceView, INTIX’s interim president, senior business consultant at Spectra and spent 23 years with The Denver Center for the Performing Arts as director of ticketing services.
Ken Ashley is a music agent at CAA, working out of the Los Angeles headquarters. He began his career at the agency in 2006.
David Avila is director of security for Staples Center and has been employed at its Security Department since the building opened in 1999. He is responsible for the security planning and staffing for all events at Staples Center including awards shows, concerts, and sporting events like the NBA/NHL championships.
As Senior Vice President of Entertainment Booking and Development for MGM Resorts International, Chris Baldizan oversees entertainment programming for all MGM Resorts’ venues. In addition, Baldizan oversees development in new and emerging markets domestically and internationally with regard to entertainment.
Josh Baron is a ticketing industry expert and a member of the business development team for Songkick. He works closely with artists and management teams to ensure they’re utilizing the platform to sell more tickets to fans through enhanced discovery and direct-to-fan ticketing. Baron is also the co-author of Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped.
Rob Beckham is a WME partner and co-head of its Nashville office. In this role, he is responsible for guiding the daily touring, television, motion picture, literary and sponsorship opportunities for some of the biggest names in the country music industry. His client roster includes Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chase Bryant, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, and Jerrod Niemann.
Kim Bedier is Director of Venues and Events for the City of Tacoma, Wash., where her portfolio includes the 22,000-seat Tacoma Dome, the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Cheney Stadium and several historic theaters. A Certified Facilities Executive, she is past chair of the International Association of Venue Managers and a longtime instructor at the USA and Asia-Pacific (Australia) Venue Management Schools. Kim is a Woman of Influence, was named one of 10 Leading Women Venue Executives in 2016 and one of 10 Women Buyers You Should Know by Amplify in 2015.
Dan Berkowitz is the CEO and founder of CID Entertainment, which develops and operates enhanced ticketing and travel experiences at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Desert Trip and with artists like Kenny Chesney, Metallica, Muse, Kelly Clarkson, and The Killers. In 2015, Berkowitz and his team launched CID Presents, an end-to-end production branch of the company.
Jake Berry started is touring career in 1975 as a drum tech for Rick Wakemen. In 1979, he became production manager for AC/DC. Since then, he has worked for some of the most successful tours of all time, including Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Cher, Tina Turner to name a few. Berry is currently production manager with U2 and a production consultant for Insomniac.
Ayappa Biddanda is senior director, grassroots & video promotion/tour & events marketing at Concord Music Group. Under this broad umbrella, he works with terrestrial and online radio as well as video and tour promotion.
Troy Blakely worked at ICM from 1986 to 1998. In 1998 he joined the agency for the performing arts (APA), bringing along with him Poison, Brett Michaels, Boston and The Black Crowes. In 1998 he moved to the Los Angeles office to become the Head of Music for the agency. While at APA he signed Robert Plant, Fleetwood Mac, Sammy Hagar, Heart, The Go-Go’s, Lenny Kravitz, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society, Ratt, Cinderella, Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Lita Ford.
On November 18, 2010, Troy was presented with a Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award dusing the 20th Annual LA Music Awards.
ESL’s Vice President of Pro Gaming Michal Blicharz is an award-winning gaming journalist, player and manager of Intel Extreme Masters, ESL’s most prestigious global product. Blicharz helped organize one of the first-ever major stadium events for competitive gaming and presided over more than 50 esports events all over the world.
Michael Boltzman is VP of special events and entertainment at AEG LIVE, producing custom-designed corporate events worldwide. With more than 20 years of talent buying and production experience, Michael has worked with brands such as Adobe, Citrix, Northern Trust, Fiserv, Heineken, Verizon, and Toshiba.
David Born is the senior director of security for Staples Center and served in executive security and facility positions with StubHub Center, Scottrade Center, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
Jon Bow is the entertainment manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, Calif., overseeing the entertainment department and has been working with the casino for 14 years.
As Chief Growth Officer and Interim CFO of Pasquale Rotella’s Insomniac Events, John Boyle leads the company’s international expansion efforts. Flagship brand Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), whose Las Vegas edition is the largest single-weekend festival in North America with 420,000 attendees, continues to grow worldwide with shows in London, Mexico City, Sao Paolo and Tokyo. Boyle also oversees Insomniac Records and serves as Executive Producer of the EDMbiz Conference. Previously, Boyle was as an A&R and marketing executive at Giant, Virgin, and Warner Bros. Records. As a talent manager, he represented acts including actor and platinum rapper Xzibit, multi-platinum rock band Alien Ant Farm, and hip-hop legends Blackalicious. Boyle begin his career producing concerts for events such as the X Games and the US Open of Surfing, which led to helping launch the Vans Warped Tour and founding winter music festival SnoCore. Boyle holds a dual MBA from Columbia Business School and UC Berkeley.
John Branigan, a Senior Agent at WME / IMG has worked at the Agency for 28 years. John is known for his unwavering loyalty to his clients and respected for his personal integrity within the Business.
Billy Brill of Billy Alan Productions handles the talent buying at casinos in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, developing successful entertainment, marketing and promotional strategies.
Dave Brooks is the Founder and Editor of Amplify Media, covering the music business through his must-read newsletter The Real. Dave grew up in the Bay Area, graduated from UC Santa Cruz and moved south to LA in 2004 to work as a staff reporter for the LA Times Co. He was the managing editor of Venues Today for eight years, leaving in 2014 to launch ampthemag.com. A year later, Amplify became Powered by Pollstar, paving the way for The Real to appear weekly in Pollstar’s print magazine.
After touring as a stage hand years ago, John Brown decided to come home to transform his business into one of the world’s leading event structure providers. 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 The Desert Trip Festival
Owner of Insight Mgt, which specializes in grass roots marketing in the live entertainment field, Maria Brunner has employment roots with Concerts West (ten years), has been and is a college instructor (CSU – Camarillo, University of Montana,) and a core founder of the University of Montana Entertainment Management program.
She has designed and implemented major promotion campaigns for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads events, Chick Corea, Bela Fleck, Robert Earl Keen,Ozomatli, George Thorogood and many others. Her company, Insight Mgt., provides marketing services for Talking Stick Resort Arena, SMG, as well as fairs and festivals nationwide.
She is also active in various non-profits including board positions with Tony La Russa’s ARF, St. Jude Children’s Hospital (Country Cares) and has established a program that repurposes left over catering from concert events in Phoenix for the homeless vets as well as The Mana House and Concordia School (poverty level charter school).
Her biggest project is the care taking of her three rescue dogs, Cole, Jon Jon and Pebbles, who can be heard on various conference calls.
Chris Burke has led the corporate/special events department at WME | IMG for over 30 years. Personal clients include Kenny Loggins, Roger Daltrey, The Tenors, Smokey Robinson, Gordie Brown & others.
Bredan Buckley has been the Vice President of Booking at Columbus, Arena, Sports & Entertainment (CASE) since 2011. CASE manages the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University, and Nationwide Arena, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. Prior to moving to Ohio in 2004, he worked at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bredan lives in Dublin, OH with his wife Tifanie, and two children.
Ben Conway likes to build things and he’s got the scars to prove it. Legos, erector sets, companies, hologram machines – you name it. He loves to come up with an idea and then come hell or high water or emergency room visit, find a way to make it happen. He spends his time between working in the warehouse with the VNTANA operations team to build the world’s most scalable (and fun) holographic displays and managing the finances, operations, and personnel of the company.
Adam Cook serves as the executive director of perations for Seafair, Seattle’s iconic summer festival series. Seafair touches more than two million people through 75 sanctioned events and nine signature events including Seafair Weekend featuring Unlimited Hydroplane racing and the Blue Angels airshow. Adam previously served as the VP and GM for the Rose Quarter in Portland and GM for Rexall Place and the Edmonton EXPO Centre in Alberta.
Alice Cooper is Shep Gordon’s first client and they still work together even as Shep maintains some semblance of retirement. Known as the creator of the shock-rock, Alice is embarking on his 2017 tour in April and has several projects on his itinerary, including The Hollywood Vampires, narrating the CD/interactive iPhone and iPad app “Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood,” and contributing guest vocals on an orchestral reimagining of Pink Floyd’s music called “Wish You Were Here Symphonic.” He’s also talked about writing songs with former band members for a new Alice Cooper album, recorded by Bob Ezrin, this winter. There’s also his nightly radio show, “Nights With Alice Cooper,” available in 100 cities worldwide.
Keith Crutchfield is Founder and CEO of Flaregun- an Augmented Reality Friend Finder. As veteran Executive Creative Director he has worked for some of Hollywood’s top film/television studios and networks, primarily 20th Century Fox. During the early years of FX, he was part of the network’s internal creative team that put the young network on the map. Keith went on to lead a creative consulting agency that served major national brands and became an early innovator in AR/VR/360 with Heineken, Major League Soccer and Goldenvoice. Keith began his professional life as a drummer in his early teens and continues to be an active member of the Los Angeles music community.
Paul Davis is the VP of booking for MGM Resorts International. MGM Resorts International recently launched the 5,300-seat Park Theater in Las Vegas and the 4,000-seat Theater at MGM National Harbor in the DC market. In 2017, they will assume management and booking responsibilities for the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass., where they are launching a new hotel/casino in 2018. Paul has seven, soon to be eight, properties that he interacts with on a regular basis.
Ken Deans is the Production Logistics Director at Coachella, Desert Trip and Stagecoach for Goldenvoice, Labor Coordinator for BottleRock, and a festival consultant who bridges the worlds of entertainment, consumer goods, sponsorships and experiential outreach.
Jim Digby is a 30-plus year veteran of the entertainment industry. He is the founder and chairman of the Event Safety Alliance and owner of Collaborative Endeavor Group (CEG), providing international touring strategies and complete production solutions for the live entertainment industry. He currently serves a director of touring and production for Linkin Park. He is a four-time recipient of Tour Link’s Top Dog “Production Manager of the Year” award, as well as Parnelli’s “Production Manager of the Year” award.
Wendy Dio is president and owner of Niji Entertainment, an exclusive personal management company. Her career spans more than three decades and includes leading production and creative design of album covers, music videos, concert support media and stage sets. She has received top industry awards for stage set design and concert video production, as well as numerous gold and platinum album awards and executive producer credits. One of the original founders of Los Angeles Women in Music and the motivating force behind the “Hear N Aid” charity project which raised over three million dollars. She received a Grammy in 2014 for Executive Producer in the category Best Metal Performance.
Before partnering with Vita Motus Design Studio in 2013, Elliott Dunwody spent nine years with electronic touring phenomenon Bassnectar. During that time, he was hired on by C3 Presents where he served four years in the management division, specializing in touring and special events for acts such as Beats Antique, Shpongle, and Thievery Corporation.
Justin Dragoo is a founding partner at Latitude 38 Entertainment, producer of the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival. He oversees the festival experience including VIP programs and production, and also serves as the company’s CFO. Justin previously ran a luxury wine estate in Napa Valley and spent more than 13 years in the technology industry allowing him to work throughout the world.
Andrew Dreskin is the co-founder and CEO of Ticketfly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pandora (P: NYSE). Prior to Ticketfly, Andrew was the co-founder, president and CEO of TicketWeb, the first company to sell event tickets on the web. Andrew has had his hands in the music business for many years, as co-founder and producer of the Virgin Mobile Festival, GM of Beserkley Records, director of marketing at California Concerts, and as the largest shareholder in the Big Easy chain of concert venues before it was acquired by Knitting Factory Entertainment. He throws a damn good party and can be bothered for amazing music stories anytime.
Bruce Eskowitz is the COO of Red Light Management, which has offices in London, New York, Charlottesville, Nashville, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In addition to overseeing all of RLM’s management activities, Bruce manages an impressive lineup of artists including Lionel Richie and Tiesto.
AJ Fardella is the CIO of Black Diamond Data, leading the Site Networking Operations for their company Rock N Roll Networks. RnR Networks is a leader in site networking in the U.S., providing public facing WiFi and IT services for music festivals, public gatherings and sporting events. A.J. has 40 years in the production game starting work for Bill Graham Presents in 1977 and touring with Journey in 1981.
As Vice President of Premium Ticketing, Marc Feinberg oversees premium ticketing initiatives for AEG Live’s global touring divisions. Feinberg’s extensive background covers a vast catalog of tours, venues, one-offs, festivals and sporting events. Prior to joining AEG Live, he held several key positions leading ticket operations at a number of distinguished AEG entities including STAPLES Center, StubHub Center (formerly Home Depot Center) and concert promoter Goldenvoice.
Wayne Forte’s extensive background includes booking and producing David Bowie’s “Serious Moonlight Tour” and “Glass Spider Tour,” Duran Duran’s stadium tour during the height of their ‘80s fame, and booking arena tours around the world for acks like Pink Floyd, The Cure, Genesis, and Roger Waters.
Fred Frank is co-owner, COO and Marketing Director of Madison-based Frank Productions, Inc. As one of the largest independent concert promoters in the United States, Frank Productions has produced and promoted club, theater, arena and stadium concerts for rock, adult contemporary, mainstream and country artists, plus outdoor music festivals, children’s shows and touring Broadway productions. Frank Productions and its affiliated companies produce over 700 shows per year and are also involved in ticketing, marketing, sponsorships, food and beverage operations and logistics for many of these shows.
As Marketing Director, Fred is responsible for oversight of the company’s marketing department. Fred helps establish a brand identity for the company that is recognizable to the types of people the company most desires as customers, and also supervises and coaches the company’s marketing team as they market concerts in clubs, theaters and arenas across the U.S. In his capacity as COO Fred is responsible for co-managing the day-to-day operations of Frank Productions, Inc. and providing advisory services to its 4 affiliated companies located in Nashville, Madison and Boise. Fred is directly responsible for the oversight of Madison Ticket Agency, a division which provides local and national ticketing services.
Fred and his brother Larry have been nominated 3 times for Independent Promoter of the Year by Pollstar magazine.
Marla Meyer Frank, CPA is the CFO for Frank Productions, Inc., the parent company of Frank Productions Concerts, National Shows 2, CMoore Live and ABI Management. Her responsibilities include financial management of touring projects and management of Human Resources for all affiliated companies.
Renee Frank is a marketing manager for Madison, Wis.-based Frank Productions, creating, developing, implementing and executing strategic marketing plans, media buys and branding strategies.
Brian Furano is a music industry expert, specializing in virtual reality and entertainment tech. He is a co-founder of VR/New Media company Riot.House and Vertical Mass and currently serves as an adviser and celebrity liaison for several VR and media companies.
Jason Gastwirth is senior VP of marketing and entertainment at Caesars Entertainment and is responsible for programming the company’s 40-plus venues as well as its brand alliances/sponsorship and TV and film production divisions. Gastwirth spearheaded the launch of the The Axis at Planet Hollywood, home to the Britney Spears residency, among others.
Grant Gelt joined Fullscreen in January 2016 to lead business development and account relations for the recently acquired fan management and engagement platform StageBloc, now rebranded as Fullscreen Direct. Gelt has doubled the accounts team, expanded the roster by 165 percent and secured accounts across a wide range of business sectors, artists and brands, including Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Iver, Steve Aoki, Giada De Laurentiis, and Pepsi.
Gelt spent over a decade working as an artist manager, providing strategic and business guidance on multiple activities and fostering career growth for a broad roster of artists including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Kasabian.
Jeremy Gocke is the founder & CEO of Ampsy, a category-leading hyperlocal social analytics platform serving high profile clients like Jimmy Kimmel Live, American Idols Tour, Red Bull, AT&T, AC/DC, and hundreds more. The venture is the latest in a decade of successful entrepreneurial pursuits including building growing a $10 million boutique land development firm to one with $100 million asset value.
Paul Gongaware is a founder of AEG Live. He is Co-CEO of Concerts West, an AEG Live company producing and promoting concert tours worldwide.
Andrew Goodfriend has been the President of TKO, one of the music industry’s premier boutique booking agencies, since April 2010. Boasting a diverse roster of more than 75 artists, the agency is home to some of the biggest names and best emerging talent in music. Prior to joining TKO, Andrew was a Booking Agent with The Agency Group for more than a decade. Today, the roster of acts he represents includes Buckcherry, Drowning Pool, Fuel, LIT, Living Colour, Islander, Marcy Playground, P.O.D. and Robby Krieger of The Doors.
Russell Gordon began working with Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live) before the venue even opened its doors in April 2007. As Senior Manager, Event & Guest Services, he was responsible for the hiring, training and overall management of all ushers, ticket takers, and guest services representatives opening the venue. In 2012, he was promoted to Senior Director, Events & Venue Operations, where his responsibilities include management of the venue’s operations department and overall event logistics.
Shep Gordon has been responsible for managing the careers of Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, and countless others. He’s also credited as creating the celebrity chef, which revolutionized the food industry and turned the culinary arts into the multibillion-dollar industry it is today. His clients include Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Nobu, Daniel Boulud and many more. He’s also highly regarded for his philanthropic endeavors. Shep was the subject of Mike Myers’ 2013 documentary “Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon” and Anthony Bourdain ECCO published “They Call Me Supermensch A Backstage Pass To The Amazing World Of Film, Food, and Rock ’N’ Roll” in September.
Erick Greene began his 10-year journey in entertainment marketing with Live Nation at House of Blues New Orleans and is currently tour marketing manager for Huka Entertainment where his team oversees concerts and tours in multiple markets and venues throughout the Southeast and Canada as well as Hell Yes Fest comedy festival in New Orleans. He enjoys bowling, coffee, and brief phone calls.
Sid Greenfeig has been senior VP of arena booking for MGM Resorts International since February 2015 and is responsible for securing programming and events for each of MGM’s three arenas and coordinating key bookings at the company’s other venues. Prior to MGM, Greenfeig worked for Madison Square Garden Company, where he was instrumental in reopening the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Edward Guidero began his career with AEG at Staples Center as a security officer in 2002 and is currently the senior security manager of Microsoft Theater, where he has worked since 2007.
Stephen T. Gudis, is currently President and Executive In Charge of Production at The Production Department,LLC. During his lengthy career in the music industry, Gudis has served in several capacities, including Television Stage Manager for Farm Aid; Production stage manager for several high profile artists such as Toby Keith, Keith Urban, Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart and Tour Manager for Straight No Chase in 2016.
Leizer Guss of OCESA/CIE in Mexico handles the Dance music department including being the Executive Producer / Promoter for EDC Mexico. Besides Dance music he is also part of the talent buying team and helps book and promote other shows and festivals like Corona Capital, Live Out and Revolution Fest.
Rosa Guzmán is a Miami-based music agent. She has handled all aspects of live music touring for clients such as Nicky Jam, Laura Pausini, Il Volo, Ha*Ash, and Fonseca among a roster of more than 14 clients from both the Latin and general market.
Andrew Hampp is the VP brand strategist at MAC Presents, which specializes in music sponsorship and experiential agency. MAC has produced award-winning partnerships and programs with top artists including Foo Fighters, Chance The Rapper, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones and Imagine Dragons, and brand clients including Citi, Samsung, AT&T, Bud Light and H&M.
Chris Harris is an artist manager at Rainmaker Music Management. He has been involved in artist and record label management since 1998. During this time he has been involved with the release of multiple Grammy and IBMA Award winning albums, has seen the artists he works with reach many career milestones, was involved in the creation of DelFest, and is proud to represent great musicians and great people. He is also a 2013 Leadership Music graduate.
Working in a niche business has afforded him the opportunity to handle all aspects of the music business from label, management, publishing, promotion, publicity, and event production.
Evan Harrison is the CEO of Huka Entertainment, leading the promotion company that produces the Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia and Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale as well as an expanding touring division.
Julia Hartz is the cofounder and CEO of Eventbrite, which powers more than 2 million annual events globally. Under her leadership, the company has generated billions in gross ticket sales, processes more than 2 million tickets per week in 180 countries. Julia has been honored as one of Fortune’s 2015 40 Under 40 business leaders, Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014, and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013. She began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks.
Charlie Hernandez is the world-renowned production manager and president of QED Productions. The longtime production manager of Farm Aid has worked with artists such as Sting, The Police, David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones and is the founder of nonprofit organization JustABunchOfRoadies.org.
Nate Herweyer is an agent in Paradigm Talent Agency in Nashville, TN. Originally from Michigan, he moved to Nashville in 2004 and has been with Paradigm since 2006. In 2008 he helped start the agency’s Casino Division and today is responsible for booking all Paradigm artists exclusively in Casinos for most of N. America as well as Internationally.
Alex Hodges has cultivated an illustrious career in the music industry, serving not only as a concert promoter and agent but as a personal manager and corporate executive. As CEO for Nederlander Concerts, Hodges oversees the day-to-day management of the company including its booking and promotion of live concerts and special events at all Nederlander exclusively booked and operated concert venues and third party facilities throughout the country.
Marty Hom is the longtime tour director for acts as diverse as Barbra Streisand, Van Halen, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, and Backstreet Boys, to name a few, with his most recent accomplishment being the touring director for Beyoncé’s stadium jaunt.
Multi-genre virtuoso Sierra Hull, freshly nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Folk Album category with her release Weighted Mind (Rounder/Concord), will be the featured artist at this year’s Pollstar Live! lead session “Marketing Musical Chairs.” During this session, attendees will be able to collaborate with one another and with industry leaders to create an artist-specific marketing plan. Signed to Rounder when she was 13, the now 25-year-old Hull is the first female to ever win the IBMA award for Mandolin Player of the Year. 27-time Grammy winner Alison Krauss (who holds the record for most GRAMMYs won by a female artist) says of Hull: “I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.” Listen for yourself to Sierra, accompanied by Krauss, producer/banjo player Béla Fleck, Rhiannon Giddens, and Abigail Washburn on her single “Black River”: https://youtu.be/heTA2FGlu8s
Rich Holtzman has been the head of music business development for StubHub since 2015, bringing more than 20 years of experience running record labels, managing bands and developing artists. Rich leads all new business efforts in the music space for StubHub, including promoter, manager, venue and artist relationships, and integrations with relevant brands. He is a veteran of Red Light Management and a former partner at The Artists Organization.
Bruce Houghton is the founder and president of longstanding boutique booking agency Skyline Artists Agency (formerly Skyline Music); as well as the publisher and editor of top-rated music industry and technology site Hypebot.com. Houghton also consults music tech startups, serves on the advisory boards of SXSW Accelerator and V2Ventures, and teaches in the business of music program of Berklee College.
Forrest Hunt is the Executive Producer for Insomniac, the producers of the world’s premier electronic dance music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival. Over the course of his 13 years with Insomniac, he has been responsible for coordinating and executing large and small scale events.
Sam Hunt is an agent at the Windish Agency, handling Major Lazer/Diplo, Flying Lotus, A-Trak, Chromeo, Run the Jewels, Jamie xx, and more. He is based in Oakland, Calif., and has been with the Windish Agency since 2004.
Greg Janese runs the corporate and special event division of Paradigm Talent Agency and is responsible for booking the agency’s roster for corporate events, private parties and special appearances. He is the former president of TBA Entertainment Corporation, which bought talent for corporate meetings and special events, and co-founder of Avalon Entertainment Group.
Eric Jones began his career in music as a touring musician signed to Photo Finish / Atlantic Records called The Downtown Fiction. Eventually, Eric left the band to start Sidestep – a live event merchandise company that allows fans an opportunity to pre-order official concert merchandise for easy pickup or delivery. Some artists using the platform include Beyonce, Adele, Selena Gomez, Guns N Roses, Fall Out Boy, and many more.
Brian Karol has been with Felix Lighting since 2001. Currently, he is a Project Manager where he oversees stage rigs and special projects including EDC, Coachella, Desert Trip and Outside Lands.
Mr. Gabe is the longtime tour and production manager for Cold War Kids.
Jane Kleinberger co-founded Paciolan in 1980 and has served in multiple capacities during her tenure, including CEO and chairman of the board. Under Kleinberger’s leadership, the company expanded its domain to include fundraising and marketing solutions in addition to its core ticketing systems. Jane is also the current Board Chair of INTIX, the International Ticketing Association.
Vanessa Kromer oversees all aspects of public relations for Nederlander Concerts and the artists who play the organization’s core venues, including Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Statesman Skyline Theatre in Austin, City National Civic of San Jose and City National Grove of Anaheim, plus third-party facilities across the country. She coordinates publicity campaigns, provides strategic counsel for the company and manages all corporate communications.
Noel Largess is the West Coast agent in the Adult Contemporary department at APA in Beverly Hills, Calif., booking artists in venues ranging from clubs to casinos to amphitheatres, but her heart lies with theatres and the performing arts.
Darin Lashinsky , a Los Angeles native and third generation concert promoter, is the CEO of National Shows 2. In 1998, Lashinsky helped launch Outback Concerts and later became the Sr. Vice President until he left in 2010 to form NS2 with business partners Larry and Fred Frank of Frank Productions. NS2 pays homage to the original National Shows, which was owned and operated by his late father, Philip, and uncle Gary.
Bill Leabody After graduating the London South Bank University where he studied building and engineering, Bill Leabody went on his first tour in 1977 as backline tech with The Damned. This tour was followed by tours with such arstists as Elvis Costello, Ian Dury and The Pretenders. During this period, he also acted as guitar tech for U2’s The Edge. Leabody has worked in various capacities with some of the biggest superstars in music including Tina Turner, U2, David Bowie, Kanye West, The Dixie Chicks, Van Halen and Coldplay, to name a few.
David Levine is a partner and an agent in the Personal Appearance department where he specializes in contemporary music and digital influencers. Some of his top clients include Goo Goo Dolls, Colbie Caillat, Cameron Dallas, Lilly Singh, Lindsey Stirling, Switchfoot, Smokey Robinson and Magcon. Levine began his career in 1986 as an intern at Triad Artist. From there, he moved to William Morris Agency, now known as William Morris Endeavor. Levine has been an agent at the company for 27 years. A graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara, Levine is originally from Malibu and currently resides in Brentwood, CA with his wife, LaReine, and four kids, Blake, Casey, Bella and Sofia.
Charlie Levy has promoted shows since his days at Arizona State and at Evening Star Productions before heading out on his own to book Nita’s Hideaway in Tempe. He currently runs Phoenix-based Stateside Presents, Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar and the soon-to-open Van Buren.
Stephen Lieberman is the president of SJ Lighting; a design firm based in Southern California specializing in nightclubs and festival environments.
SJ Lighting’s clients include some of the most successful properties and events across the country.
Brande Lindsey is the President of L.A.-based Global Access Immigration Services, Inc., which she founded in 1993 and now provides four service divisions to assist with the immigration and work permit needs of the live tour and events industries. Global Access specializes in U.S. and International Visas, Passports, Special Entry Clearances, and provides entertainment immigration consulting services. Her company expertise provides smart solutions to simplify complex immigration logistics for her clientele including headline artists: Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Linkin Park, Damian Marley, Pearl Jam, and Twenty One Pilots, as well as, working with management firms, agencies, promoters, and labels around the world.
Nick Lippman is a partner at Lippman Entertainment. At Nick’s urging, Matchbox Twenty became the first band in history to sell a full-length album, Exile on Mainstream, on a USB wristband in the mass market in 2007. The record debuted at No. 3 and was quickly certified Gold. The group continues to sell wristbands at all live shows.
Blair Martin – is a veteran of the media space, with nearly a decade of experience in digital media, broadcast radio, print, and broadcast television. Martin’s passion for live music and her background in advertising connected to bring about her recent move to the Music Makers team at Pandora, focusing on live music.
A recovering Wall Street investment banker, Michael Martin is founder and CEO of Effect Partners. He has been an innovator in sustainability for close to 30 years, starting with the nonprofit Concerts for the Environment. His company operates at the intersection of culture and impact to create game-changing campaigns around social good. Over the years, among other things, Michael helped make Earth Day an annual event, created the first-ever national global warming campaign and has created and implemented many of the greening conventions used in the music industry today.
A recovering Wall Street investment banker, Matt Maust , bassist and visual director for Cold War Kids, formed the band with friend Nathan Willett in 2004. Maust hit upon the band’s name while Traveling in Eastern Europe. Maust and Willett will be taking their band on the road in Spring, 2017.
Randy Mayer is the Director of Concert Touring for Screenworks NEP based out of Santa Monica, California. He has been in the entertainment industry since 2000, where he started as an inside sales rep for High End Systems Lighting, in Austin, TX. In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles to take over the Regional Manager position at High End, which he held until 2010. In Los Angeles Randy met Danny O’Bryen and decided to get into the production side of the business. Mayer’s main focus is the concert touring world but he has been heavily focused on the festival world, and especially the EDM festivals. Randy and his team have done the video production and LED screens for most of the biggest festivals in the U.S.including some of the largest stage productions of the last several years.
Lalo Medina has been a tour manager for 20 long years, the last 10 with Jack White and all of his band incarnations. For the last eight, he’s been at a cushy desk job overseeing touring for Monotone clients including The Shins, Foster The People, Miike Snow, Pete Yorn and Jack White. Lalo is also, and perhaps more importantly, a lifelong Dodger fan.
John Meglen is a founder of AEG Live. He is President & Co-CEO Concerts West, an AEG Live company producing and promoting concert tours worldwide.
Peter Melican is Director of Partnerships of Major League Gaming, a division of Activision Blizzard, devoted to creating the best esports experiences for fans across games, platforms and geographies. Pete oversees sponsorship sales, and strategic partnerships.
Kurt Melien As President of Live Nation Las Vegas, Kurt Melien plays a key role in identifying the landscape of content that defines Las Vegas as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Live Nation produces residencies at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino that include Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, Backstreet Boys and Pitbull, as well as Bruno Mars and Ricky Martin at Park Theater at Monte Carlo, and Kurt promotes in many of the city’s other premier concert venues including T-Mobile Arena, Mandalay Bay Events Center, MGM Grand Garden Arena.
For over a decade, Jason Miller worked at talent agency powerhouse Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Currently, Jason serves as the Senior Vice President International & Emerging Markets for Live Nation Entertainment. Miller is responsible for leading talent buying in the Middle East, Africa, and across all nine of Live Nation’s Asian offices.
Richard “Scott” Mitchem serves as the Protective Security Advisor (PSA) for the Los Angeles District. He ensures all Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) critical infrastructure protection programs and services are delivered to state, local, and tribal stakeholders and private sector owners and operators.
Neal Morgan has been the entertainment manager at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, N.C., for 13 years, booking entertainment and managing a full-time staff.
Jackie Nalpant worked at Island Records, various clubs and then at Mangage This! before settling down at Monterey Peninsula Artists where she worked under Fred Bohlander, Dan Weiner and Chip Hooper and has remained with the company through its transition into Paradigm Talent Agency. Her client roster includes Walk The Moon, Cold War Kids, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, Sylvan Esso, Saint Motel, The Strumbellas, FIDLAR, Punch Brothers, JR JR, Vulfpeck, Moses Sumney, Tash Sultana and others. She prides herself in artist development and a personal approach to the booking process.
Robert Norman is a Music Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Norman oversees the agency’s Private and Corporate Event group and works day to day with a number of artists, including Diana Ross, John Fogerty, The Moody Blues, Jeff Beck, and John Cleese.
There’s no way to summarize the career of this international superstar producer and DJ but here a few fun facts: He was once an A&R rep at Champion Records and credited with signing DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince as well as Salt-n-Pepa. He also became promoter and British agent for the Beastie Boys and Run DMC. He’s produced for acts like U2 and Madonna, including her latest release, Celebration. Paul Oakenfold’s newest artist album, Pop Killer, is scheduled for imminent release featuring The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gnarls Barkley, OneRepublic and B.o.B. Keeping with his roots, he has continued a weekly residency at Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas.
Brian O’Boyle is the Executive Producer & Vice President of Programming of State Theatre New Jersey. Prior to joining the State Theatre, Brian worked at two of New York City’s most prestigious venues, Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden, as well as with legendary concert promoter John Scher’s Metropolitan Entertainment.
Danny O’Bryen has been synonymous with video production for decades, starting with putting together a video package for Madonna’s tour in 1989. From there it was working with everyone from The Rolling Stones to AC/DC to Metallica, and music is only 40 percent of the company’s business which also includes corporate and sporting events. Screenworks/NEP has won Pollstar’s Video Company Of The Year award three times.
Brian O’Connell President of Country Music Touring for Live Nation Brian O’Connell is first and foremost a massive fan. His passion for the artist, live shows and the fan experience remains engrained in his award-winning career of more than 25 years.
O’Connell not only has a hand in some of the most important careers in country music, but has helped to revolutionize country touring. Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and many more are part of his growing tour legacy. He developed the ultra-successful Country Megaticket, and continues to grow a vibrant festival division, including Watershed, Faster Horses, LakeShake and RT91 Harvest.
O’Connell’s no-holds-barred approach and strong commitment to country music touring has earned him high industry honors. He is a seven-time winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Promoter of the Year award – more than any other promoter. He is a three-time winner of the Country Music Association’s Talent Buyer/Promoter of the Year award. In 2013 was named Promoter of the Year by IEBA (the international Entertainment Buyers Association) and recognized by the industry’s leading tour source Pollstar with the 2006 Bill Graham Promoter of the Year Award, as well as the 2013 and 2014 Talent Buyer of the Year award.
Meeting and developing young acts on the rise and seeing the creative process in gear are two of the fringe benefits O’Connell enjoys the most. He spends most of the year on the road supporting his shows and getting in touch with the fans.
Eric Osuna founded LatinLife, Inc in October 2014. LatinLife.com is a social content mobile platform that focuses on the emerging U.S. Latino Millennial. LatinLife is the leading Latino mobile platform focused on entertainment, culture and viral trends. Eric is a longtime veteran of Spanish Broadcasting System and Univision Radio.
Bryan Perez was named CEO & President of AXS in the Fall of 2014. The company is an international leader in ticketing, with clients including marquee venues such London’s The O2, Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center and leading U.S. promoters Goldenvoice and The Bowery Presents. Through the deployment of its innovative digital ticketing solution Flash Seats, the company has achieved a leading presence in North American sports with 25 percent of the NBA and 30 percent of MLS as clients.
Jeff Pezzuti is CEO of Eyellusion, leading the company’s work to bring the most authentic and realistic holograms to the live music market. He oversees Eyellusion’s collaborative work with artists and management to design, create and tour hologram-based productions that meet fan demand, open new revenue opportunities and preserve artist legacies.
Luke Pierce is a manager at Works Entertainment representing artists include Home Free, Alex & Sierra, and Brian Culbertson. He has a love of fine Wine and the West Wing. He is the co-host of the Promoter101 podcast.
Mark Pinkus is President of Rhino Entertainment. He oversees all day-to-day operations at Rhino and U.S. catalog management for all of Warner Music Group’s recorded music. In his 25 years with Rhino, Mark has worked in many different capacities, from founding the Rhino Special Products division, to launching the Rhino Vinyl LP imprint, to running the sync licensing and web properties divisions.
Huston Powell, as talent buyer at C3, books Lollapalooza Chicago, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Berlin and Paris. Huston owns three beagles named Morty Weenuts, Penny Lane and The Reverend Ed Rooney Dean of Beagles (Revie.) He also wishes festival tickets were soft tickets.
Stephen Prendergast is a founder of Turnstile Live, the fan engagement mobile platform for live events that can be launched in hours and provides d2fan communication in real time with geo location functionality. A former artist manager and booking agent with The Agency Group, Stephen was most recently EVP at Live Nation Studios and previously VP of International & Artist Development at BMG Music in LA and Nashville. Turnstile has just completed its beta phase providing user data and revenue for clients Kendrick Lamar/TDE, Linkin Park, 5B Management (Slipknot) and in sports LA Kiss Arena Football and the Los Angeles Lakers organization.
Chuck Randall is one of the industry’s best-known tour managers-slash-tour accountants. He’s currently touring and crunching numbers for Alice In Chains, KORN and The Cult, with a resume that includes Grateful Dead, Goo Goo Dolls, Creed, and the salad days of Duran Duran. Along with conducting nightly show settlements, Chuck’s experience includes hiring touring staff and production vendors, coordinating the sound, lighting, staging, buses and trucks and developing tour budgets and analyzing costs.
Joe Reinartz is the news editor for Pollstar magazine. He may not know much about live production or moderating but there is certainly one thing he does know: how to write his own bio.
Joe Reinartz is the news editor for Pollstar magazine.
Bobby Reynolds serves as the senior VP of booking for AEG Live and has been with the company for 11 years. He is responsible for bringing blockbuster artists to many different venues in the city of Las Vegas, and has lived there since 2007.
Kristen Reynolds is a Talent Buyer at C3 Presents in Austin, TX, and has been booking live music concerts at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas since it opened in December 2010. Prior to C3, Reynolds worked in Music Business Affairs at WME in Los Angeles.
Matt Rodriguez ran off to the rave at an early age and has been involved in dance music as a fan, a promoter (producing events around the globe with Spundae Worldwide and Godskitchen North America), and agent. Matt joined AM Only in 2004 and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to open the agency’s first West Coast operation. As of January 2017, AM Only officially became Paradigm Talent Agency, where Matt continues to look after a diverse roster that includes some artists such as Above & Beyond, Dada Life, Grey, JAUZ, Krewella, Paul Oakenfold, Seven Lions, and Slushii.
Jon Romero has been pushing the envelope in music marketing since the early days of MySpace and uses his knowledge and passion to lead the digital marketing team at Vector Management. Romero is responsible for strategizing the full promotional landscape across the Vector roster, maximizing not only digital/social efforts, but incorporating touring, brand partnerships, traditional press/media and more.
Scott Ross’ illustrious film career has spanned more than three decades of digital media, production and effects. He is currently the CEO of Virtuosity a virtual reality startup which offers VR solutions to major brands and studios. An industry visionary and thought leader, Scott is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has worked on over 100 of the world’s largest special effects films. During his career, he held a range of senior positions with Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic and co-founded Digital Domain with James Cameron and Stan Winston. Scott’s vast production expertise puts Hollywood in the corner of every Eyellusion client, limiting each project to only the imagination.
Stuart Ross became world famous for walking out of settlements when he didn’t agree with the results. He wrote settlement riders that caused promoter heads to explode. He demanded that all of management client Tom Waits’ shows become scalper free, which resulted in the development of paperless tickets. He was the COO of Festivals for AEG / Goldenvoice and now works with Coran Capshaw and Bruce Eskowitz at Red Light Management. Current and past job titles include tour manager, tour accountant, festival producer, licensed agent, conference partner and personal manager, sometimes all at the same time.
Pasquale Rotella is the founder of Insomniac and its massive flagship event Electric Daisy Carnival, which draws hundreds of thousands of EDM lovers to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway each year. Other events include Beyond Wonderland, Electric Forest, Life Is Beautiful and the new Middlelands. That’s not all: Insomniac events are a worldwide phenomenon with versions of the EDC in Orlando, Mexico, UK, Japan, and India.
Jim Runge is a tour manager based in Nashville. In his 20-year career, Jim has worked with and managed artists from all genres, including The Black Keys, Major Lazer, Wilco, The Replacements, eels, Son Volt, and Rickie Lee Jones. Jim has been recognized as Pollstar’s “Road Warrior of the Year” and has won several other accolades.
Ety Rybak is an executive at CAA Premium Experience, a division of global entertainment and sports agency CAA. Prior to CAAPE, Rybak co-founded Inside Sports & Entertainment Group which specialized in developing and offering VIP hospitality programs and once-in-a-lifetime entertainment opportunities to corporations and individuals at the world’s premier sporting and entertainment events.
Rich Schaefer and Rich Cohen founded LoyalT Management last year after two years as a partner at Mick Manages. He continues to manage Animal Collective, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Olivia O’Brien, Aurora (NA) and Sigrid as well we overseeing touring for Frank Ocean, Chromeo and Soundgarden
Joe Schuetz is the Security Director for L.A. Live Properties, LLC. Prior to L.A. Live Joe was a Branch Manager for Securitas Security Services USA managing several high level accounts within the Entertainment Area.
Allen Scott runs the concert division of Another Planet Entertainment, overseeing shows ranging from 400 capacity to Outside Lands, Treasure Island Music Festival and Life Is Beautiful. He is the co-founder of The Independent, presenting 300 shows annually, and is the first promoter to headline Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Alabama Shakes, among others, in the Bay Area.
Fabrice Sergent is the managing partner of Bandsintown and a tech entrepreneur with experiences in the music and digital media industries. He has spent 10 years in Europe and equal time in the US, leading two startups from inception to more than $100 million in revenues. Fabrice is also a director of the Mobile Giving Foundation since 2009, serving 800 charities in the US and Canada.
Keith Shackleford is an agent at Paradigm Talent Agency in Nashville, TN. A 20 year music veteran, he joined Paradigm Talent Agency in 2008 and heads up the agencies Festival Division.
Tobias Sherman is the head of eSports at WME | IMG, working to increase the compensation for eSports teams and talent, and helping to double salaries across the last five years. He has been instrumental in initiatives like ELEAGUE and the eSports training center IMG Academy in Florida, where competitors train in the same fashion as athletes.
Moe Shalizi is a music manager and entrepreneur. He began his career in sales with one of the world’s largest tech companies but quickly realized he needed to follow his real passion: music. In 2013, while studying finance at the University of California Riverside, he began organizing some of the largest dance music events in the Riverside area. It was through these events that he was exposed to a potential career in artist management. Armed with his passion and ambition, Moe left his full-time job in sales to pursue management. In 2015, he brought his already buzzing roster over to talent powerhouse Red Light Management.
His expanding and dynamic roster today is a collection of some of the biggest superstars in dance music and beyond: Marshmello, Jauz, Ookay, Slushii, Maejor, Dotcom, Sikdope, Borgeous and Ghastly are all members. Moe has been essential in creating strategic and organic excitement for his new clients and has been instrumental in fostering their careers from the beginning onward and bringing their artistic visions to light.
Seth Shomes A proud native of Western Massachusetts, Seth is one of the touring world’s premier independent music agents. After graduating cum laude from Tufts University in Boston, his career started in March 1995 in the mailroom at the esteemed Associated Booking Corporation (ABC) in New York where he trained under legendary agent Oscar Cohen. In November of 1996, he opened Day After Day Productions where he now oversees a diverse client roster of the world’s greatest artists, entertainers, personalities and theatrical productions. A pioneer within the casino entertainment and marketing field, Seth utilizes his vast relationships to formalize and execute contemporary entertainment strategies for artists and casinos alike that sell tickets as well as drive retail packages and high roller gaming. Throughout his 18 years in the casino industry, Seth has produced events on a special project basis for entertainers from Snoop Dogg to Robert, implemented casino radio promotions for rock icons such as Pearl Jam and Green Day, and launched a new album from The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas for Collective Soul. Through his efforts, Seth has received praise from the highest level of casino executives, managers, and record and PR executives for his ingenuity in developing unique marketing strategies that have proven to be more successful on multiple levels than those of his contemporaries.
Todd Singerman is the owner of Singerman Entertainment. Over the past 25 years, Todd has helped shaped the careers of some of rock’s most influential bands, including Motörhead, Anthrax, Zebrahead, Sepultura, Ratt, Quiet Riot, The Misfits and Coal Chamber.
Brian Smith is a Los Angeles native who specializes in curated events. His responsibilities include Greek Theatre, Palladium, The Forum, and Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
He previously worked with Goldenvoice, Knitting Factory and The Troubadour.
Jared Smith was named president, Ticketmaster North America in December 2012. In this role, Jared is responsible for Ticketmaster’s world-leading ticketing software platforms and consumer businesses. Previously, Jared served as chief operating officer at Ticketmaster.
Jared has been at Ticketmaster since 2003. Under his leadership, Ticketmaster has continued to revolutionize the company’s approach to technology and fan engagement, particularly around using mobile tools to extend and enhance the live event experience. Always an instrumental part of innovative initiatives, Jared also led the transformation of the company’s client-facing sales and support organization and its focus on data-driven products, services and technology-driven marketing tools.
Prior to joining Ticketmaster, Jared held various roles in sports tourism and venue management. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa.
Lynne King Smith is a writer, blogger, lover of social media, and loves to share ideas about using technology across markets. She helped to found and ran the communications for a non-profit from 1996-2002 and worked as a senior writer and web-content manager for ten years. She holds a BS/Business degree with an E-business concentration and manages the online presence for TicketForce, where she is the CEO since 2010. Her blog, The Whole Business is a casual conversation on life and business.
Lauren Spahn is an associate attorney of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton LLP in the Firm’s Nashville office. She represents the legal and business interests of recording artists, songwriters, promoters, managers and agents, among others and also handles complex transactional and litigation matters related to copyright, trademark and intellectual property law.
Debbie Speer is Pollstar’s Associate News Editor and a reporter since 2000. During that time, she has covered many of the concert industry’s top executives, artists, and news events. Before arriving at Pollstar, Debbie was a sportswriter at the Fresno Bee. A native of Bakersfield, Calif., Debbie attended college in Los Angeles and Fresno, and is a lifelong live music and Los Angeles Dodgers fan.
Dan “Steiny” Steinberg, co-founder of Emporium Presents, has plenty of accolades under his belt including moderating lively discussions at Pollstar Live! for three years. He has been nominated for Pollstar’s Independent Promoter of the Year seven times and this time around is in the running for the Bill Graham Promoter Of The Year Award. Emporium Presents, founded with Jason Zink, can tout several recent promotional highlights including Keith Urban, Eric Church, Dolly Parton, and The Black Keys.
Mark Stroman is senior VP marketing and sales at McGhee Entertainment, helping marketers harness the emotional power of music, solving business challenges with entertainment solutions and delivering a tangible ROI for clients. Mark has been traveling the world with KISS since 2011, building and executing its brand strategy.
Ryan Taalbi brings fresh thinking to one of LA’s oldest & most historic stages, The Mint. His expertise in Director of Marketing traces back to his days as an artist manager & touring musician. Today, Ryan borrows techniques from the startup world to activate The Mint’s outstanding reputation as a hub for music lovers and artists.
Steve Tadlock As Regional Vice President for SMG, Steve has oversight responsibilities for a variety of SMG-managed arenas, theaters, amphitheaters, convention centers and ice rinks in Western US markets including Fresno, Stockton, Ontario, and Los Angeles, CA, Kent, WA, Fairbanks and Anchorage, AK. He offers booking, marketing, operational and financial support to these facilities from his home location of Save Mart Center at Fresno State, where he also serves as the venue’s General Manager. Additionally, Steve serves as SMG’s West Regional Booking Director, assisting in booking efforts in 13 markets in the Western US and Canada.
Steve has 27 years of industry experience, 16 of them with SMG. Steve was directly involved on sight in opening two of SMG’s arenas, CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, LA and the Save Mart Center at Fresno State, and served as corporate regional oversight for the opening of ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. He received his B.A in Sports Administration, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.
Andrew Tenenbaum is a manager, entrepreneur, producer and co-founder of VIP provider Future Beat. Andrew began his career with MBST Entertainment, then founded Creative Management and Productions as well as Future Beat, the leading provider of VIP and backstage experiences in the music industry, producing VIP for more than 115 tours in 2016.
Peter Tempkins specializes in insurance placement and risk management services for all aspects of the music industry, namely concert tours, festivals, venues, promoters, clubs and music industry vendors. His festival clients include The Warped Tour, Outside Lands and Forecastle Music Festival and he is broker of choice for bands such as AC/DC, Arcade Fire, and promoters such as AC Entertainment and Square Peg Concerts.
As head of Strategic Partnerships for the Creator Team at Spotify, Shane Tobin is focused on creating and delivering new opportunities, data insights, and additional value for artists, managers, labels and the entire music ecosystem. Tobin previously ran business development and partnerships for The Echo Nest from 2011 until they were acquired by Spotify in March of 2014.
When he’s not working on music, Shane plays golf, snowboards, travels with his camera and visits the city of New Orleans as much as possible. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.
Dwayne Ulloa is the president of AKA Productions. AKA focuses on artists and events in the Mexican Regional music genre and has brought their artists to such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Kaufman Center and the CSO. In 2013, AKA Productions provided the headline talent for the “Camino Americano” held on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Jorge Vazquez is the executive director for the office of special events at the University of Texas at El Paso and GM of the Sun Bowl Stadium, Don Haskins Center arena and Magoffin Auditorium since 2010. He previously worked for renowned event promoter Lazaro Megret and for Cardenas Fernandez and Associates, specializing in Latin concert production and event marketing.
Los Angeles-based journalist Michael Walker has written about popular culture and the music industry for the New York Times and many other publications. He is the author of the national bestseller, Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood (Farrar Straus & Giroux) and What You Want Is in the Limo: On the Road with Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper and the Who in 1973, the Year the Sixties Died and the Modern Rock Star Was Born (Spiegel & Grau/Random House).
Kevin White is a veteran in the corporate entertainment business for 20-plus years who has secured, managed and produced corporate shows with Steven Tyler, Duran Duran, Don Henley, Train, Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, Fitz & The Tantrums, OneRepublic, Bruno Mars, Kid Rock and many more. He also manages one of the most popular corporate acts, the all-star band World Classic Rockers.
Nathan Willett hails from Southern California. Willett is lead guitarist and front man for Cold War Kids. Willett formed the band in 2004 with friends Dann Gallucci, Matt Maust, Joe Plummer and Matthew Schwartz. Willett and band will hit the road in Spring, 2017.
Brett Williams started his career in music at the age of 19 interning at Interscope records. In 2003 his friends from college formed a band that eventually became Cold War Kids. In 2004 he graduated college and began to manage Cold War Kids full-time. From 2004-2006 he grew his practice and worked with Delta Spirit & Dawes. In the fall of 2006, Brett joined Ian Monotone’s, Monotone Inc. Since joining the company Brett, alongside Ian, has expanded the roster to include: Cold War Kids, Foster the People, Dirty Projectors, Banks, LCD Soundsystem, Ratatat, Miike Snow, Empress Of & others…
Rick Han Ye is CEO of SPM Entertainment. A Graduate of Maharishi University of Management, Mr. Ye has participated in the operation and management of Shenzhen Glory Century Investment Foundation, the first fund in China to focus on the electronic music market and concerts. He is currently involved in crossover industries between finance and cultural industry in China.
Brian Yost is President On Site Products, North American Concerts, for Live Nation, handling ancillary revenue streams for the company’s 42 amphitheaters and six select clubs and theaters. A veteran of nearly 35 years in the hospitality industry, Brian has held senior leadership roles with Marriott International, Disney, Universal and Harrah’s (now Caesars) Entertainment.
Zeeshan Zaidi is SVP/General Manager of OnTour, Ticketmaster’s Concert and touring division. Zeeshan works with artists, managers, agents, promoters and labels to help make tours more successful through leveraging Ticketmaster’s marketing reach, data insights, and commerce opportunities. Zeeshan also manages Ticketmaster’s Premium Ticketing business (Platinum, VIP) Commerce business (music and merchandise bundles and upsells), BigChampagne media measurement, and Subscription Fan Club business (clients include U2, Maroon 5, Madonna, Zac Brown Band, Guns N’ Roses and many others). Before joining Ticketmaster he spent several years in the startup world in various capacities, and was previously in the recorded music industry at Sony BMG in numerous roles, including VP, Digital for RCA and Senior Director, Marketing for Arista Records.
After 11 years at The Agency Group, Rob Zifarelli joined UTA in September of 2015. In 2016 Rob was recognized by his peers, winning Agent of the Year at the Live Music Industry Awards. During his career he has worked with dozens of artists that span the globe, working in territories all over the world, with artists such as City and Colour, Feist, Vance Joy, Phantogram, Alexisonfire, Dashboard Confessional, James Vincent McMorrow, Broken Social Scene and many more.
Danny Zelisko has been bringing shows to the Southwestern USA since 1974, making this his 43rd year as a concert promoter. He founded and ran Evening Star Productions up until 2001 when he sold his beloved company, and has been back on his own for the last 3 years, happily booking great shows. For more info: www.dannyzeliskopresents.com