Marcie Allen / @MarcieAllen: President, MAC Presents
Allen leverages her eighteen years of music industry experience to negotiate high profile sponsorships between the world’s leading brands and artists. Emerging as a leader in the world of music sponsorship, Allen is a seven time nominee and two time winner of Billboard Magazine's Concert Marketing and Promotion Award. Allen has executed numerous partnerships on behalf of brands including: Jeep’s sponsorship of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul Tour. Tim McGraw's tour, sponsored by KC Masterpiece/Kingsford, John Mayer's tour sponsored by BlackBerry and AT&T , Brita's endorsement with Lady Antebellum Keith Urban's tour, sponsored by KC Masterpiece/Kingsford, Foo Fighters Garage Tour sponsored by Blackberry (2011), Keith Urban's presenting tour sponsorship and endorsement with Samsung/AT&T , fashion label rag & bone and Samsung/AT&T, Nokia Music/AT&T and Green Day , Citi/Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players, Citi/Queens of the Stone Age, Citi/John Mayer, and Citi/Rolling Stones .
Lee Anderson: Agent, AM Only
Lee Anderson has over a decade of experience in the live music industry. After spending nearly six years promoting shows in the Northeast, he joined AM Only in 2008. His list of clients includes Skrillex, SBTRKT, Zedd, Disclosure, and Tommy Trash. In 2012 Billboard Magazine featured Anderson as one of their 40 executives under the age of 40.
Dennis Arfa: President, Artists Group International
Dennis Arfa began his career as an independent agent, booking global concert tours and personal appearances, when he formed Home Run Agency in 1976. After five years and with clients such as Billy Joel, Rodney Dangerfield and The Beach Boys, he was hired by William Morris Agency to head up their Music Department. In 1986 his entrepreneurial spirit called again, and he left to form QBQ Entertainment.Thirteen years later, QBQ was sold to SFX Entertainment/ The Marquee Group. When ClearChannel Entertainment purchased the conglomerate shortly thereafter, Dennis took his client roster and staff from QBQ Entertainment and opened the doors of the newly-formed Artist Group International.
Dan Arcy / @Shell: OEM Technical Manager, Shell Lubricants
Dan Arcy is responsible for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) technical support. Dan works closely with OEMs to help develop new specifications and lubrication products. Dan is also the Shell representative to heavy duty engine oil technical committees and is the primary media spokesperson for technical matters for Shell Rotella engine oils and Shell Lubricants products. Dan has more than 20 years of experience in the lubricants business. He has held a number of positions within Shell including: Product Manager for Heavy Duty Engine Oils, Technical Marketing Manager, Field Technical Service Manager and Director of Business Development. Dan’s responsibilities have included product development, lubricant formulation, public relations and training.
Jonathan Azu: GM, Red Light Management
In his role as General Manager at Red Light Management, Jonathan oversees organizational planning and development for the company’s portfolio of managers, clients and shared services staff. Red Light's roster includes artists such as the Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, Phish, Tiësto, Ben Harper, R. Kelly, Kool & the Gang and many more. Additionally, as Executive Vice President, Jonathan works with Red Light's sister companies, Green Light Media & Marketing, ATO Records, TBD Records, Star Hill Presents and more, to initiate and execute inter-company synergies as well as new business opportunities.
Paul Bassman / @AscendInsurance: President, Ascend Insurance Brokerage
Paul’s clients are some of the largest and best known concert promoters, touring artists, concert venues and production companies in the country. As a specialist in entertainment business insurance he understands his clients’ needs and risks though his real world hands on experience in their business. Prior to joining Doodson, now Ascend Insurance Brokerage, Paul spent more than 15 years in the music industry. During this time, Paul touched just about every facet of the music industry as manager of several successful major label bands, A&R for Capitol Records, Sony/RED distributed label owner and a concert promoter.
Ashley Bradbury / @facebook: Client Partner, Entertainment, Facebook
In her role as Client Partner for Live Events at Facebook, Ashley oversees the strategic and media relationships for live event promoters and sports leagues including Live Nation, Ticketmaster and AEG amongst many others. Prior to joining Facebook, she worked at Ticketmaster in client marketing and co-founded the Entertainment Group at Gilt City where she focused on music partnerships.
Robert Beckham / @robbeckhamwme: VP, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Nashville
Rob Beckham’s career with WME has spanned more than 20 years in Nashville and he is the Co-Head of the Nashville WME office. He is responsible for the daily touring, television, motion picture, literary and sponsorship opportunities for Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Gary Allan,The Band Perry, Chris Young, Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann among others. He is also on the CMA and Make-A-Wish Boards.
Brad Bissell: Agent, CAA
Brad Bissell is a music agent at Creative Artists Agency. He works in the Nashville office, booking arenas, amphitheaters, theatres and casinos on the West Coast. A native of California, after receiving his degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Bissell moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a talent agent.
Greg Bostrom: Director, Firefly
Greg is the director of Firefly Music Festival, which has roared onto the U.S. festival scene with over 60,000 daily attendees in just its second year. In two years, Firefly has featured over 100 acts, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and The Killers, and has drawn attendees from all 50 states and 24 countries to Dover, DE for the three-day festival.
Jennifer Breithaupt : Senior VP, Entertainment Marketing, Citi
In 2012, the Citi entertainment access program offered access to over 10,000 events in the categories of music, sports, culinary, family entertainment, theater and lifestyle. Jennifer and her team have created and managed some of the most exciting, marketing and branded entertainment programs in the financial services industry, including: Traveling Through Life Concert Series with Dave Matthews, Prince, Mary J Blige, Aerosmith and Maroon 5; Private Pass®, Citi’s award winning entertainment access program, and exclusive content and advertising partnerships with Beyonce, Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, Giada De Laurentiis, David Ortiz, Dwayne Wade, Madonna, Alicia Keys and The Rolling Stones. Additionally, Jennifer has oversight of Citi’s key alliance with Live Nation and is responsible for strategic development and execution of all branded entertainment properties and initiatives.
Ashley Capps: Owner, AC Entertainment
A passion for music and performance led Ashley Capps to begin promoting concerts independently in the late 1970s, while still a student at The University of Tennessee. Now recognized as one of the foremost independent promoters in the United States, Mr. Capps and his company, AC Entertainment, founded in 1991, create, produce, book, and present hundreds of concerts and events every year including internationally recognized festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Forecastle, Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, & Big Ears. Capps and his team have also managed and programmed The Historic Tennessee Theatre, the official State Theatre of Tennessee, since 1995 and were instrumental in the $25 million renovation of the facility in 2004. A second historic venue, the Bijou Theatre, was renovated and re-opened in 2006 under his leadership.
Coran Capshaw / @redlightmgmt: Founder/Owner, Red Light Management
Coran Capshaw founded Red Light Management in 1991 at the beginning of his role as the personal manager of Dave Matthews Band. Capshaw is a three-time winner of Pollstar’s Personal Manager of the Year award and was recognized by the Music Managers Forum on their International Manager Roll of Honour in 2007. In 2011 the Billboard Touring Awards honored Capshaw with their Humanitarian Award, the first of its kind to be presented to a manager. He personally manages Tim McGraw, Dave Matthews Band, Tiësto, The Band Perry, and Phish. Capshaw also founded sister company Starr Hill Presents to promote live music on a regional and national level. The company has an equity position in large-scale music festivals including the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival. Capshaw is a founder of Starr Hill Beer, one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the U.S.
Cody Chapman: Agent, AM Only
After working as a promoter in Eastern Canada from 2006-2009, Cody started an independent management & booking agency out of Toronto. He was instrumental in developing the careers of several acts including Zeds Dead and Mt Eden, booking their first tours outside of their home countries. In 2011 Cody began working with AM Only, bringing his roster with him. His clients now include acts like Zeds Dead, Ryan Hemsworth, I Am Legion, Cyril Hahn, UZ, KOAN Sound, DJ Snake, Figure, Destructo, & many more.
Jamie Cheek: Business Manager, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy Inc.
Jamie Cheek is an entertainment industry business manager with Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy Inc., specializing in comprehensive business and financial management for a select roster of recording artists including: Pearl Jam, Butch Vig, Wynonna, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Dierks Bentley, Shirley Manson/Garbage, Kaki King, Mason Jennings, Hot Chelle Rae, Mona and Eric Church. Jamie is a graduate of the University of Richmond and received his MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He is former Treasurer for the Nashville Film Festival; a graduate, former treasurer and past president of Leadership Music, board member of CASA, Inc., charter board member of TN Volunteer Lawyers for The Arts, an active volunteer for the Nashville Humane Association and a member of both NARAS and the Country Music Association. Prior to joining Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy Inc., Jamie was an audit consultant for the New York Stock Exchange.
Jon Cohen / @faderfam: Owner, Cornerstone
In 1997, Jon Cohen became Co-CEO alongside Rob Stone of Cornerstone: a NYC-based agency that has grown globally and opened offices in Los Angeles, Nashville and London with a dedicated staff of over 100 employees. Today, Cornerstone is a full-service agency led by Cohen and Stone who have created a new style of marketing. Billboard Magazine declared “Cornerstone sits on the nexus of branding and music, and are arguably the pioneers in the movement.” Clients include Microsoft, Diageo, Pepsi, Converse and Nike. In 1998, Cohen and Stone launched The FADER, an ahead-of-the-curve music and lifestyle magazine The New York Times calls a “music and fashion bible,” which has become the unofficial guide to “what’s next in the music business.” Additionally, they co-founded FADER Label, which has released critically acclaimed albums by Matt & Kim, Editors, and Saul Williams.
Bobby Cory: Music Agent, CAA
Bobby Cory is a Music Agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Cory is based in the New York office and represents many of the world’s leading musicians, including Two Door Cinema Club, The Wanted, Cody Simpson, Wavves, Phoenix, Sky Ferreira, MS MR, Lianne La Havas, and Mayer Hawthorne, among others. Prior to joining CAA in 2006, Cory worked as a marketing representative for Sony/BMG Entertainment. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama with a degree in Corporate Finance.
Josh Dick / @theagencygroup: Agent, The Agency Group
Joshua Dick joined The Agency Group in 2000 and currently represents numerous hip hop acts, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Yelawolf, A$AP Ferg and Trinidad Jame$. He began his career as an assistant under Nick Caris and Steve Martin. After becoming an agent, Dick, alongside Peter Schwartz, has helped build one of the most acclaimed hip hop rosters in the industry. Dick is a graduate of Binghamton University.
Andrew Dreskin / @ticketfly: Founder & CEO, Ticketfly
Andrew Dreskin is the co-founder and CEO of Ticketfly, the leading technology provider to the live events industry. He is also a founder and producer of the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the largest recurring free music festival in the country. Andrew was the co-founder, president and CEO of TicketWeb, the first company to sell event tickets online. Prior to founding TicketWeb, Andrew was the general manager of Beserkley Records. Until its acquisition by Knitting Factory Entertainment, Andrew was the largest outside shareholder in the Big Easy Concert House chain of venues. He serves on numerous boards of directors including Headcount, a non-profit voter registration organization.
Seth England / @SethEngland: General Manager, Big Loud Shirt
Seth England is currently a Partner in Big Loud Mountain, an independent music company that provides in-house publishing, management and production. Developing from a unique partnership with Big Loud Shirt Publishing, the groundbreaking company is lead by four partners: award-winning songwriter Craig Wiseman, producer Joey Moi, veteran manager Kevin “Chief” Zaruk and Seth England. Big Loud Mountain successfully launched the career of Florida Georgia Line, who started as an independent duo and skyrocketed to stardom since releasing consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the GOLD-certified “Round Here,” PLATINUM-certified “Get Your Shine On” and MULTI-PLATINUM “Cruise,” which combined with the remix featuring Nelly has sold over 5.8 million downloads in the US alone.
Jeff Epstein: Co-Owner/Agent, Universal Attractions
Jeff Epstein got his start in the music business in the early 90’s at Focus Business Management / Sanctuary Music (Dream Theatre, Wasp, Iron Maiden, Buffalo Tom) and then went on to be an agent at Associated Booking Corporation (ABC) where he represented artists such as Anita Baker, BB King, The O’Jays, and Dr. John. In 1996, Epstein joined Universal as an agent and helped expand the UAA roster to include gospel (Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, etc), jazz (Roy Ayers, Billy Cobham, etc) and hip hop (MC Hammer, Salt N Pepa, Naughty By Nature, etc). In 2007, Epstein, along with Jeff Allen, purchased Universal from then owner Jack Bart. From 2007 to today, Epstein has worked to continue the growth of the company and boasts a bourgeoning staff of 30 employees. Epstein remains responsible agent to MC Hammer, Salt N Pepa, Bell Biv Devoe and co-RA to George Clinton & Parliament Funkaldelic and Mary Mary.
Lori Feldman / @Loribethfeldman: SVP Brand Partnerships & Music Licensing, Warner Bros. Records
Her expertise is finding alternative methods of marketing music, and creating strategic opportunities which further develop artist’s careers, through television, film, games, events and brand partnerships. Feldman is constantly excited by new and emerging technologies, and how her company and the artists can utilize these, to get their music and their message to their fans, while at the same time, seeking out new audiences and building businesses together. Lori began her career at Virgin Records, working with legendary artists including Lenny Kravitz, Janet Jackson, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie. She has been at Warner Bros. Records for the past 15 years, and has been an integral part of the careers of many artists including Goo Goo Dolls, Linkin Park, The Black Keys, Green Day and the next generation of developing stars including Tegan and Sara, Atlas Genius, Kimbra, Theophilus London, LP, and Gary Clark Jr.
Jordan Feldstein: CEO, Career Artist Management/ Maroon 5
You may know Jordan Feldstein as the manager of Maroon 5, which has generated more than a bit of attention lately – thanks to their recent album Overexposed. Top 20 and in around 1.45 million sold and a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop/Duo/Group Performance for single “Payphone” f/Wiz Khalifa) as well as frontman Adam Levine’s celebrity as a judge on The Voice.The head of Career Artist Management also shepherds the careers of Gavin DeGraw and Sara Bareilles, of course, and recently added soul-pop singer Robin Thicke to his roster. In partnership with Rich Egan in Nashville, he guides up-and-coming country-rocker Brantley Gilbert; partner Mark Adelman, meanwhile, oversees metal mongers Megadeth. Feldstein is also the brother of actor Jonah Hill.
Dave Frey / @DuFru: Partner, Lockn’ Festival
Dave is a former stage-collapse-survivor turned concert-safety-activist who co-founded and ran HORDE Festival and managed Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Brazilian Girls, and others. Long ago he worked for New Music Seminar, Ron Delsener Presents, and Bill Graham Management. Currently Dave co-owns/operates Lockn' Festival in Central VA with Peter Shapiro and oversees all things Ramones (authorized).
Matt Galle / @MattGalle: Agent, Paradigm Talent
At Paradigm, he made his name as a career-building agent for such acts as Bruno Mars, Ke$ha, My Chemical Romance, fun., Taking Back Sunday, Boys Like Girls and We the Kings, as well as recent Paradigm signings Timeflies and Austin Mahone. Galle, 35, is also the co-founder of New Jersey’s Bamboozle Festival and, in 2006, he launched Photo Finish Records, which now boasts sales of more than 10 million singles and 1 million album equivalents, according to the label. Galle also co-manages Matt Squire (who has produced, engineered and/or written tracks for Ke$ha, Demi Lovato, One Direction, Selena Gomez and others) and is a senior artist consultant for Island/Def Jam, to which he moved his Photo Finish imprint from Atlantic a year ago, and where he signed Timeflies. Galle says he always tries to treat everyone with respect.
Marc Geiger / @WME: Head of Music, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Marc Geiger is a board member and head of the music department at WME. Under his oversight, WME’s industry-leading music division booked over 27,000 dates worldwide in 2012. Named one of Billboard’s Power 100 in 2013, Geiger’s diverse client roster includes artists such as Black Sabbath, Roger Waters, Pixies, Lady Gaga, and Trent Reznor among others. A Connecticut native, Geiger became one of the first to plug the music industry into the Internet when he launched ARTISTdirect, where he served as the company’s Chairman and CEO.
Steve Gerstman: President, Steve Gerstman Services
Steve did time at Winterland, Signatures and Brockum. Since 2001 he's run his own company, merchandising every kind of tour from Dora the Explorer to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Jordan Glazier: CEO, Eventful
JORDAN GLAZIER is CEO of Eventful, the leading service connecting fans with entertainment and local events. Over 20 million people rely on Eventful every month to discover what's happening and decide what to do. Artists, labels, managers, promoters, agents and venues work with Eventful to promote shows and drive ticket sales. Millions of fans have used Eventful’s unique Demand it!® service to get their favorite artists to come to their city. Prior to Eventful, Jordan has held executive roles with eBay, Client Shop, GATX and Boston Consulting Group. Jordan earned degrees from Michigan and Kellogg. He is originally from Chicago but now lives in San Diego, CA
Elliot Groffman: Partner, Carroll, Guido & Groffman LLP
Elliot Groffman is a founding partner of Carroll, Guido & Groffman, a firm specializing in the representation of artists and entrepreneurs in the music industry. Artist clients include Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Strokes, Tiesto, Arcade Fire, Decemberists, Patti Smith, David Byrne, and up-and-coming bands like Grouplove and Of Monsters and Men.Carroll, Guido & Groffman also represents a wide array of independent labels such as The Beggars Banquet Group (including XL Records) and ATO Records. The firm is also a leader in the live event field and represents concert promoters such as Bowery Presents and the promoters of festivals and touring properties such as Bonnaroo and Wanderlust.
Gogi Gupta / @guptamedia: Founder, Gupta Media
Gogi Gupta is the Founder of Gupta Media and is one of the most well-known marketers in the music industry. Gogi is responsible for client’s media strategy, cultivating Gupta Media’s design department and leveraging technology to improve our client’s experience with the agency. In addition to Gupta Media, Gogi has lead the development of smartURL, a technology platform designed to simplify global marketing. As the head of the agency, Gogi sits at the nexus of the media, design and technology departments, working closely with team members and driving each department forward. Under Gogi’s guidance, Gupta Media has grown from an agency focused on search engine marketing to a full-service agency supporting all of the major record labels, major live events, venues and festivals such as MSG, Bonnaroo and television networks
Rob Hallett: President International Touring, AEG Live
With more than 30 years experience in the music industry, Rob Hallett is recognised as one of Europe’s most successful music promoters. From touring the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z, Justin Beiber, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus in the UK and Europe for the first time, to bringing the Rolling Stones back to Hyde Park twice in 2013, Rob continues to, unitie International acts with millions of fans around the world. Hooked on music since seeing Gerry and The Pacemakers in 1963 as a 5 year old, and subsequently Cliff Richard, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones amongst others Rob is one of the very few executives who has experience across the whole spectrum of the music industry. Enjoying a plethora of roles, Rob has seen success as an agent, promoter and manager, festival programmer,music publisher, record label MD and owning his own recording studios.
Andrew Hampp / @ahampp: Senior Correspondent-Branding, Billboard
Andrew Hampp has been Billboard's senior correspondent - branding since 2011. Prior to that, he spent five years covering media, entertainment and marketing for Advertising Age, where he most recently served as L.A. bureau chief from 2009 to 2011. He has also contributed stories to The Hollywood Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch, Crain's New York Business and Adweek.
Ali Harnell: Promoter, AEG Live/TMG
ALI HARNELL is an integral and active part of the music industry, both on a professional level and as a passionate fundraiser for her community. Based in Nashville, Harnell has served as Senior Vice President of AEG Live/The Messina Group since 2004, managing operations and bookings in the Southeastern region as well as overseeing Hunter Hayes national tours and AEG's touring activity for hit-making country music duo Sugarland and superstar Keith Urban. In addition, in 2012 Harnell launched her own management firm, EvolveMgmt, guiding flagship client Holly Williams (granddaughter of Hank) through the debut of her critically-acclaimed third album, The Highway. She is currently co-managing Sugarland’s Kristian Bush (along with Red Light Management).
Jimmy Harnen: President, Republic Nashville, EVP, Big Machine Label Group
Pennsylvania native Jimmy Harnen began his musical journey singing and performing around the Northeast corridor of the US as part of the touring company "Tony Grant Stars of Tomorrow." In his high school years, Harnen was active in marching, concert and stage bands as a multi-instrumentalist playing trumpet, clarinet and drums. That initial passion led to him fronting the 80's pop band Synch, who landed a deal with CBS Records. Harnen penned the group’s hit single, “Where Are You Now?,” which garnered a Billboard Top 10 Hot 100 and #3 Billboard Adult Contemporary. Synch toured the country opening for acts such as Bon Jovi, Michael Bolton, Bad English, The Hooters, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band as well as several other successful acts of the day.
Warren Haynes: Guitarist, The Allman Brothers, The Dead, Gov't Mule
Visionary Grammy® Award-winning artist Warren Haynes is a true American treasure and a member of three of the greatest live groups in rock history: The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead and his own Gov’t Mule, which will be releasing a star-studded, double-disc album Shout! on September 24 on Blue Note Records. Named in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Haynes is lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era. He is a beacon of creativity and excellence that inspires fans as well as fellow musicians, evidenced by the diverse array of artists that he has performed and recorded with. Through his legendary Christmas Jam benefit concert, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, Haynes has raised 1.6 million dollars for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity in his hometown of Asheville, NC.
Trent Hemphill: President/CEO, Hemphill Bros. Coach
Trent Hemphill, co-founder of Hemphill Brothers Coach Company with his brother Joey Hemphill, has been in the bus business for over 30 years. Located in Nashville, TN Hemphill Brothers Coach Company provides custom built tour buses to musicians in rock and roll, pop and country as well as politicians, theatrical performances, movie stars, sports teams and anyone needing a luxury tour bus. Some recent clients of Hemphill Brothers include Beyoncé, Keith Urban, Justin Timberlake, Pink, just to name a few. Trent and his brother, Joey, have appeared on Oprah, VH1-The Fabulous Life of Pop Stars, HGTV and are regularly featured on the new Travel Channel series, “Extreme RVs.” The two have also been included in American Profile and Billboard magazines.
Chip Hooper: Head of the Music Division, Paradigm Talent
Chip Hooper joined Monterey Peninsula Artists, now Paradigm, in 1988. During his twenty-five years with MPA /Paradigm, he has won eight “Bobby Brooks Award / Agent of the Year” awards from Pollstar Magazine. He represents Dave Matthews Band, Phish (as well as the members solo projects), Ray LaMontagne, O.A.R., and The Smashing Pumpkins. As the Head of the Music Department at Paradigm, Chip oversees a team of 59 agents in offices in Monterey, CA, Beverley Hills, CA, New York, NY and Nashville, TN, who represent an impressive roster of Artists, which includes Coldplay, Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Furthur, The Lumineers, The National, Walk The Moon, LocalNatives, Black Eyed Peas, Toby Keith, fun. and Aerosmith. Chip also oversees Paradigm’s partnership with AM Only who represent a tremendous roster of electronic dance music Artists, including Tiesto, Skrillex, Dave Guetta, Hardwell, Above & Beyond and Krewella.
Tyler Hubbard/ @THubbmusic: Florida Georgia Line
The duo's multi-week #1 single, "Cruise," hit the Top 10 just 14 weeks after its release, faster than any debut since Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man.” It's the kind of affirmation few young artists ever experience, and yet was just the cap on a year that saw Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard thrill audiences on tour dates with Alabama, Brantley Gilbert and Jake Owen; cut an EP and their first album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES with producer Joey Moi (Nickelback, Jake Owen) and sign a label deal with Republic Nashville -- after selling nearly 200,000 digital downloads independently. To date, “Cruise,” alone has sold well over two million, garnering DOUBLE PLATINUM certification; reached #1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart and helped secure them a spot on Luke Bryan’s “DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR” in 2013.
Sam Hunt: Agent, The Windish Agency
Sam Hunt is an agent at the Windish Agency representing acts such as Animal Collective, Chromeo, Diplo, A-Trak, Girl Talk, Matt & Kim, and more. He has been with the company since it started and is currently based in Oakland, California.
Laura Hutfless: Music Sponsorship Agent, CAA
Laura Hutfless is an Agent in the Music Partnership department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Hutfless works in the Nashville office and helps develop innovative partnerships between CAA clients and corporate brands that go above and beyond traditional tour sponsorships and endorsement deals. She has worked with many of the world’s leading brands including Anheuser-Busch, Kraft, AT&T, Dr. Pepper, ConAgra Foods Inc., Beringer Wines, Country Financial, RAM Trucks, Hallmark, and more to develop 360 degree entertainment platforms that utilize CAA talent and properties. Programs developed by Laura have received back-to-back Billboard Concert Marketing & Promotion Nominations (Ram Trucks & Zac Brown “Letters for Lyrics” Campaign) in 2011 and (Hallmark & Demi Lovato Text Band Launch) in 2012. The Letters for Lyrics program also won the Gold Ex Marketing Award in 2011.
Liana Huth / @JustLiana: SVP Partnerships & Events, FUSE
Liana Huth is the SVP of partnerships and events at Fuse, the national music television network of the Madison Square Garden Company. Liana oversees the growth of Fuse’s festival business to develop it into a significant music and sponsorship platform as Fuse further connects with fans and artists. Liana works closely with all departments and plays a key role in expanding the Company’s brand across a range of partners in the music industry. She manages Fuse’s day to day partnership with MSG Entertainment (MSGE) fostering synergies that benefit both divisions.
Larry Jacobson: President, World Audience
Larry Jacobson is Founder and CEO of World Audience, a Los Angeles-based talent management company. Since 2002, Jacobson and World Audience have developed a reputation for identifying and developing uniquely talented bands, including Avenged Sevenfold, and establishing a strong and sustainable sense of global brand identity for their clientele. His record of success in this regard has been recognized by Billboard Magazine, which labeled Jacobson one of the music industry’s ‘Super-Managers.’ Jacobson’s company has also produced the 48 Hours Festival in Las Vegas.Over the years, Jacobson has worked with some of the most iconic artists in the history of recorded music from nearly every imaginable genre – pop, rock, country, and more – who have collectively sold over 250,000,000 million records, headlined stadiums and major festivals (including the Olympics), and have won Grammy’s, MTV Awards, and other industry honors.
Brock Jones / @GlobalSpectrum: VP of Booking, Global Spectrum
Brock focuses on growing the event content for all Global Spectrum-managed venues and assists Paciolan venue clients in seeking booking opportunities. Through a combination of self promoting events and enhancing independent promoter relationships with the venues Brock has substantially increased Global Spectrum’s profile within the Entertainment Industry. Prior to Brock joining Global Spectrum he was responsible for the acquisition, scheduling and oversight of all events at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Now in his twenty sixth year in the industry, Brock began his career booking acts throughout the Western United States as an independent promoter before entering venue management. In addition, Brock sits on the IEBA Board of Director’s, serves on the Nashville chapters Board of Director’s for the T.J. Martell Foundation and is an active Alumni of Leadership Music.
Charlie Jones: Partner & Executive Producer, C3 Presents
C3 Presents, the premiere producer of mass gathering events in outdoor, urban settings. The “big idea” role he nurtures daily at C3 focuses on event concept and viability, site selection, customer experience, and perhaps most critical, relationship building within communities, sharpened by 19 years of entertainment experience. Charlie’s vision for creating and producing extraordinary, large-scale events began with the City of Austin’s millennial celebration for 260,000 — the largest mass gathering in the state. He is the executive producer of two of the top US destination festivals, Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas — which he founded — and Lollapalooza in Chicago. President-Elect Barack Obama’s team turned to Charlie and C3 to produce an election night rally for hundreds of thousands in Chicago’s Grant Park in 2008.
Brian Kelley/ @PlayBkPlay: Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line has skyrocketed since releasing back-to-back, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada with the PLATINUM-certified “Get Your Shine On” and QUADRUPLE PLATINUM “Cruise,” which combined with the Top 10-and-climbing (Top 40 Charts) remix featuring Nelly, has sold nearly 5 million downloads. Dominating Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart with “Cruise” for 19 straight weeks, the longest stretch for any song in the past 50 years, the record–breaking duo is also the first in 21 years to top the Billboard Country airplay charts with their first two singles. Featured on their GOLD-certified, chart-topping Republic Nashville debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES, FGL’s current single “Round Here” is Top 20-and-rising at Country radio.
Paul Korzilius: Manager, Bon Jovi Management
Paul Korzilius is a widely respected and successful senior Entertainment and Sports executive with over 30 years in the business and has been responsible for the success of some of the biggest selling albums and tours in music history. Since 1992, he has managed the career of super-star rock group Bon Jovi. Mr. Korzilius has also managed the touring careers of Cher, Queen, Skid Row, The Alarm, Scorpions, Billy Squier, Debbie Gibson, and Cheap Trick.
Matthew Lazarus-Hall / @chuggent: Managing Director, Chugg Entertainment
Matthew Lazarus-Hall joined Chugg Entertainment as Managing Director in 2004, bringing to his role a strong background in entertainment and events production, including wide experience in ticketing operations.After a brief period in television, Matthew moved into working with major venues, and became the Operations Director for the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, a position he held for three years.In 2000 Matthew was headhunted to the position of Operations Director for Ticketek, Australia’s largest ticketing agency. In this role he oversaw marquee events such as the Olympic Games, Goodwill Games, and Rugby World Cup, and major tours such as Kylie Minogue.
Tim Leiweke / @leafsports: President & CEO, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Tim Leiweke was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) on April 26, 2013. Leiweke brings more than 30 years of sports and entertainment experience to MLSE, having been deeply involved in the growth and development of the NHL, NBA and MLS. Leiweke joins MLSE after 17 years with AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. In 2013, he ranked fifth on the Sports Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business and eighth on Billboard’s 100 Most Powerful Music Industry Executives – the only President & CEO to rank on both lists.One of Leiweke’s first moves upon officially taking the reins at MLSE on June 3, 2013, was hiring the 2012-13 NBA Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri as President and General Manager, Basketball Operations of the Toronto Raptors.
Jonathan Levine: Agent, Paradigm
Jonathan Levine is one of the leading agents in the music industry with a love and appreciation of music that is driven by his intense passion and commitment for partnering with artists to fully realize their vision and enable them achieve their career goals. In 2012, Jonathan was rewarded with the prestigious Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award, at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.With over 25 years of experience, Jonathan has been privileged to have worked with many prestigious & legendary bands. Today he represents a talented list of Artists who’s breadth and styles cover the entire musical spectrum, including the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, The Black Crowes, The Dead, Furthur featuring Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & RatDog, Herbie Hancock, The Lone Bellow, The Milk Carton Kids, Joan Osborne and others.
Rob Light: Managing Partner/Head of Music, Creative Artists Agency
Rob Light is Head of the Music department, a Partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency. Under his leadership, CAA’s Music department represents many of the world’s most popular and talented musical artists and comedians, from established acts performing in arenas and stadiums, to emerging acts breaking out of social media and the club scene. Light also provides strategic counsel and execution for concert tours and event bookings worldwide, as well as overall career development for clients.
Kevin Lyman / @KevinLyman: Founder, 4fini Presents
Kevin Lyman began his career booking bands for his university and as a roadie for then unknown acts such as the Untouchables, The Bangles and Bad Religion. After college, Lyman began working with Goldenvoice, as a promoter rep for seminal punk rock and metal bands such as The Germs, Circle Jerks, Anthrax and Jane's Addiction, working in legendary LA clubs like The Whisky, The Roxy, The Palladium and many long since forgotten. Kevin is best known as the producer and creator of the hugely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music and extreme sports festival in the world today. Preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014, the tour reaches nearly 600,000 kids each summer. With the Vans Warped Tour, Lyman pioneered the successful integration of corporate sponsors with the extreme lifestyle, creating a blueprint for sponsorship integration widely duplicated in the marketplace today.
Adam Lynn: Managing Partner, Prime Social Group
Adam Lynn got started in the live promotions business at a young age. At just 19 years old and a junior at the University of Michigan, Adam financed and promoted a Nas concert to his classmates with a huge turnout. Before graduating in 2010 Adam was responsible for bringing Deadmau5, Skrillex, LMFAO and Kid Cudi to his campus. Fast-forward a few years, Adam has since partnered up with formal rival Zach Ruben to create Prime Social Group based out of Columbus, OH. With 14 employees and counting the company now produces over 100 shows a year and 6 unique festivals including Breakaway, #FEST and Electro Beach.
David Marcus : SVP, partnerships, ScoreBig
An accomplished entertainment industry executive, David Marcus excels at developing and leading transformative business initiatives for companies in the live entertainment, digital media and recorded music industries. At ScoreBig, David leads the company's sales and partner management efforts, working with primary and secondary ticket suppliers across categories including concerts, sports, Broadway, family, attractions and Las Vegas. As Warner Music Group’s SVP, Worldwide Artist Services, he had direct oversight for WMG's transformation from multinational record company to global music entertainment company and was responsible for development of new areas of business including global touring, ticketing, merchandising and e-commerce. Previously, David was SVP, Global Music at Ticketmaster, LLC, where he built and led an international team that provided sales and marketing strategy and operational support to touring musical artists.
Eric Mayers / @Eric_Mayers: VP, Operations, CID Entertainment
Eric Mayers is the Vice President of Operations, for CID Entertainment in Philadelphia, PA. CID Entertainment strives to provide fans of live music the best, hassle free service available for their music travel needs. CID Entertainment
provides guests with a "one stop shop" that not only saves time, but money when traveling to see music. VIP tickets and travel packages offer unprecedented service and experiences to a wide variety of guests. Mayers currently owns Ladd Circle Productions, LLC where he co-manages Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek with Jason Colton of Red Light Management.
Michael McDonald: President, Mick Management
Michael McDonald has been involved in the music industry for over 15 years. After six years as the tour manager for Dave Matthews Band, he co-founded ATO records and his own artist management company, Mick Management. In 2008, he left ATO Records to focus exclusively on management. Mick Management represents John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, Walk the Moon, Brett Dennen, Deer Tick, White Denim, Justin Townes Earle, The Walkmen, Kat Edmonson, Fort Lean, Real Estate, Sharon Van Etten, Passion Pit, St. Lucia, Lord Huron and Tokyo Police Club.
Keith Miller: Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
After graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration, Keith went to work as an agent for the Good Music Agency based in Missoula, MT. In 1981 he purchased the Northwest Branch of GMA and operated it until 1987, when he established Entertainment USA in Phoenix. In November of 1991, he was hired by World Class Talent in Nashville, where he handled the West Coast. In September of 1992, he was hired by Triad Artists to handle the East Coast. After William Morris Agency purchased Triad Artists, Keith became a territorial agent, initially handling the upper Midwest and Canada. In August of 2009, William Morris Agency merged with Endeavor creating William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
Julien Mitelberg: COO, Cellfish & CEO, Bandsintown
Julien Mitelberg is the Co-Founder and COO for Cellfish, a New York-based publisher of innovative mobile and social applications reaching over 150 million music, sports and entertainment fans around the world. Mitelberg also serves as CEO of Bandsintown, the largest concert discovery app in the world with over 7M registered users, powering the tour dates for over 170K artists and reaching 30M fans per month. Bandsintown provides a personalized way for music fans to track their favorite artists so they never miss a live concert and to discover new touring artists, based on their musical preferences and location. Julien has led Bandsintown’s expansion onto mobile platforms (iOS, Android and Spotify) and new geographic markets (210 countries) with the position to serve any artist, any size, any genre, anywhere in the world for free.
Kevin Neal: President, Buddy Lee Attractions
Kevin Neal is President of Buddy Lee Attractions in Nashville, TN and is a 30 year veteran of the music industry. His roster includes Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Parmalee, Rachel Farley and Bush Hawg among others. He is on the board of the CMA and IEBA and is the three time winner of the IEBA Talent Agent of the Year.
Ryan Okum / @mrokum: SVP, Social Media, Live Nation
As Senior Vice President of Social Media, Ryan Okum oversees the content and media strategy for 200+ social media channels for Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company. With more than five million fans and followers, Live Nation Entertainment has the largest community of concert goers across all social networks. Okum works closely with national and local digital marketing departments, LiveNation.com product teams as well as customer service to establish the best in class methodologies for targeted advertising campaigns and improved customer experiences. He has more than 15 years experience working with artist clients, big brands and agency partners on award-winning digital marketing campaigns and interactive entertainment products. Okum was born, raised and resides in Los Angeles with his wife Kathleen and their two French Bulldogs, Weezy & Adele.
Greg Oswald: Co-Head Nashville, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Greg Oswald's successful career in the music industry spans over three decades. He began as a concert promoter in Southern California and the Southwest region of the United States before moving to Nashville in 1989. He became a talent agent in 1985 and his agency tenure includes World Class Talent, Triad Artists, William Morris Agency and now WME, where he serves as co-head of the Nashville office. He is on the board of the Academy of Country Music and has been voted CMA/SRO Agent of the Year. His clients include: Randy Houser, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kix Brooks, Pat Green, 38 Special, John Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Big & Rich, Thompson Square, James Otto, The Judds, Wynonna, Hank Williams Jr. and a number of other high profile country artists.
Gregg Perloff: CEO, Another Planet Entertainment
In 1981, Gregg was responsible for booking the US tour of the Rolling Stones. Two years later, Gregg produced Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak’s US Festival. In 1985, Bill Graham and Gregg booked and produced LIVE AID in Philadelphia. In 1992, Gregg brought WOMAD to San Francisco, the largest paid concert in the world that year. In 2001, Gregg booked the first concert at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco with the Dave Matthews Band. Gregg has produced over 15,000 live entertainment events. In August 2003, Another Planet, presented its first concert featuring Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at Pacific Bell Park in SF. APE is the only independent, locally owned and operated full service concert promotion company in the Bay Area, and is the exclusive promoter for the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, The Independent nightclub in SF, Harvey’s Outdoor Amphitheatre Lake Tahoe, The Fox Theater in Oakland and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Anthony Piedmonte / @Piedmonte: Head Of Digital Initiatives, Bon Jovi Management
Anthony Piedmonte is an American music manager with extensive experience in the touring industry & use of disruptive technologies as an innovative marketing tool and pathway to alternate revenue streams. In 2010 he joined Bon Jovi Management. Bon Jovi started off the year with a #1 record and is currently the largest grossing tour in the world for 2013.
Sean Porter: Senior Director of Product & Platform, Eventbrite
Sean Porter has worked at the intersection of events and technology for nearly 10 years. As the senior director of platform and product at Eventbrite, he is driving the strategy for Eventbrite's growing product suite and platform capabilities, which has processed over $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales. Prior to Eventbrite, Sean was CTO at Ticketfly, where he defined the strategic vision and was responsible for the technology team at the company. Prior to Ticketfly's acquisition of Gigbot, he built Gigbot Pro, the first integrated marketing and ticketing system for live music. Originally from the cornfields of Iowa, Sean now lives (and enjoys the variety of cuisines) in San Francisco. He enjoys spending time with his children and making colorful analogies to explain things to people who are less nerdy.
Michael Rapino / @LiveNation: CEO, Live Nation Entertainment
Michael Rapino has served as Live Nation Entertainment’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005. Rapino led the transformation of Live Nation into the number one live music brand in the world with operations in more than 40 countries and annual revenue exceeding $5 billion.
Comprised of four market leading divisions -Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, ArtistNation and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship- Live Nation issues 450 million tickets, promotes 22,000 concerts, manages the careers of 230+ artists and partners with nearly 800 sponsors, annually. Its ecommerce sites average 34 million unique monthly users.
Debra Rathwell / @aeglivenyc: SVP, AEG Live NYC
Debra Rathwell is the Senior Vice President of AEG-LIVE, based in New York, and is responsible for concerts in a territory comprised of the Carolinas, the Northeast U.S., and Canada. AEG-LIVE NY produces shows in the most prominent venues throughout the Northeast in addition to operating the Best Buy Theater Times Square and Highline Ballroom in New York City, Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and booking the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Williamsburg Park in Brooklyn, New York. Debra has been responsible for the booking and all “live” aspects of the business for AEG since 2003 when the New York office was established. In 2005 and 2010, Debra won the Pollstar – Bill Graham Promoter of the Year award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a promoter for their body of work in a given year.
Mitch Rose: Head of Contemporary Music, CAA
Mitch Rose is Head of the Contemporary Music Department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Rose represents many of the world’s most prominent and talented artists, serving as a consultant on their overall brand strategy and career trajectory. Rose has helped expand the reach and service of CAA’s music department to clients through marketing, tour sponsorship, and corporate consulting. He works with an array of artists, including Katy Perry, One Direction, KISS, Bill Maher, Harry Connick, Jr., Steely Dan, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Seal, and John Mellencamp, among others.
Doug Rountree: President, Pioneer Coach
Doug Rountree is founder and president of Pioneer Coach, a leading entertainment coach leasing company and Pioneer Coach Interiors, a high-end custom conversion shop, both based in Nashville Tennessee. Pioneer Coach Interiors, which Doug formed in 2006, specializes in designing and building custom coach interiors. Both Pioneer Coach and Pioneer Coach Interiors strive to serve the touring community through exceptional customer service and creative deal-making. Doug serves on the advisory board for the Billboard Touring Conference, held each November in New York City, and is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and civic leadership counsels.
Sloane Scott: Partner, Fishbowl Spirits
Sloane has a colorful past, from running restaurants like Ed Debevic’s in Chicago and Nashville’s Wildhorse, to a brief stint selling office furniture with Herman Miller. While at the latter, she talked Marko into buying a zillion dollars worth of Aeron Chairs, then threw one at him for being so smart-alecky. This promptly landed her a gig with him at echomusic before it sold to IAC/Ticketmaster. Sloane is an expert entertainment dealmaker. As a co-founder of George P. Johnson's G7 Entertainment Group, she worked with the G7 team to build the company’s sponsorship portfolio to a $8.5M business. Clients included BlackBerry, Cover Girl, KC Masterpiece, RAM Trucks, and Jeep. Sloane is also a social media strategist of the first echelon. She put together GPJ’s LEAP (Listen, Engage, Act Program), a social media monitoring and reputation toolkit that allows brands to monitor and douse potentially disastrous social media wildfires.
Rock Scully: Manager, The Grateful Dead (1965-1985)
Rock Scully was the manager of The Grateful Dead from 1965 to 1985. He is the co-author with David Dalton of the book Living With The Dead. Living in The Haight before and during the Summer of Love, Scully first saw the band play at one of Ken Kesey's Acid Tests under the name "The Warlocks". He signed on as the band's manager almost immediately. He started to book the band at small local venues like The Fillmore, a place where many bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service got their start. After 1967, the Dead started to hit it off big and Scully began to move up in the music industry, even getting the Dead into concerts like Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival, although the Grateful Dead performance at Woodstock has never been released reportedly due to Scully's handling of their appearance there, though most believe it was more a result of the rain and electrical problems that occurred during their set.
Seth Seigle / @WME: Agent, WME
Seth Seigle is a music agent at WME and has been at the agency for 9 years. He has a diverse client roster which includes such artists as Fitz & The Tantrums, Gary Clark Jr., Rufus Wainwright, The Airborne Toxic Event and film director Kevin Smith. In 2010 he spearheaded Conan O'Brien's Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television tour and was also featured in Billboard Magazine's 30 Under 30. He graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in finance.
Ron Shirley : VP, Music & Live Entertainment, CAPS
Vice President of Music & Live Entertainment for CAPS, Ron Shirley, overseas payroll operations for over 700 major music tours, festivals, venues and live production companies throughout the US, ensuring crews are paid properly and productions are free of federal and state tax scrutiny. As a former partner/owner of his own business management firm, with over 13 years of working within the music industry and 32 years as a licensed CPA Ron has dealt with a wide array of finance related issues and uses his experience and range of knowledge to guide CAPS clients through the changing and often complicated areas of labor law and entertainment payroll. Prior to his work at CAPS, Ron acted as CFO for The California Angels of Anaheim as well as the Grand Prix of Long Beach along with spending 9 years with a Big 4 public accounting firm, achieving Senior Manager status.
Skrillex: Electronic DJ/Recording Artist
Skrillex is the downtown Los Angeles native who broke out in 2010 with his platinum-smash EP Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites and has toured the globe since, performing at nearly every conceivable festival in The US and abroad and releasing several critically acclaimed EPs, including Bangarang which won 2 Grammy awards in 2013 - Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronica Album. His label, OWSLA, is spoken of in the same breath as many of the most reputed indie dance labels to date. The unique, diverse approach that Skrillex brings to his sets, featuring a broad spectrum of musical styles and acclaimed live production, is reflected in his curatorial approach to signings and collaborations.
Janine Small: Attorney, Carroll Guido & Groffman
Janine Small has specialized in entertainment law for nearly 20 years and is a partner at Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP, a prominent full-service music business law firm. With an exclusive focus in music she has worked with some of the industry's most notable artists including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Dave Matthews Band, The Strokes, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and O.A.R. Ms. Small's practice incorporates work for Grammy winning composers, record labels, writers, producers, industry professionals, promoters, venue owners and music festivals, including the top grossing Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Don Vaccaro / @TicketNetwork: CEO, TicketNetwork
Don Vaccaro is the founder and 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 Metro Entertainment, 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.
Marsha Vlasic: SVP, Concerts/Head of Contemporary Rock, ICM Partners
Marsha Vlasic is senior vice president, concerts for ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media.Vlasic oversees the contemporary rock division. She represents many of the most distinctive voices in music, including Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Strokes, Muse, Moby, Band of Horses, Cage The Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Regina Spektor and Iggy and The Stooges. Vlasic booked the Neil Young & Crazy Horse North American Tour including the band’s headlining appearance at Farm Aid 2013; Muse’s successful North American Tour, with Cage The Elephant providing support for the band on the 4th leg of their U.S. Tour; Band of Horses’ U.S. Tour including festival performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Squamish (Canada) and Southern Ground Fest.
Ray Waddell: Exec. Dir.of Content & Programming, Touring & Live, Billboard
Ray Waddell has covered the live entertainment business for Billboard for more than 25 years. He authors Billboard’s weekly On The Road column, and provides features and news coverage on the global touring industry for Billboard, Billboard.com, Billboard.biz, and Billboard Bulletin. Waddell also works with the Billboard Events team in producing the annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, now in its 10th year, in New York City.
Russell Wallach: President of Alliances, Live Nation
As President of Live Nation Network, Russell Wallach brings over 20 years of marketing experience and oversees all sponsorship, media and marketing partnerships across venue, online, mobile and artist platforms at Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company. Under his leadership, Live Nation has successfully developed a broad range of multimillion-dollar, integrated marketing programs with some of the biggest global brands, including Citi, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Starwood Hotels, Hertz and Kellogg’s. He manages a team of over 150 across North America.
Kristina Wallender / @ticketfly: Senior Director, Marketing, Ticketfly
Kristina is passionate about helping businesses succeed with actionable, data-based insights and automated marketing. As head of Marketing at Ticketfly, she is responsible for helping clients grow their business using Ticketfly’s integrated digital marketing tools. Before joining Ticketfly, Kristina spent 6 years at Amazon.com in Marketing, Product, and Operations leadership roles. Most recently, she led B2B Marketing for Amazon's product advertising program, making Amazon a discovery portal for incremental selection sold on other eCommerce websites. Kristina received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Cornell University. Her most memorable live event experience was playing frisbee on the lawn at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center during Peter Gabriel's epic 1993 WOMAD festival.
Roger Waters: Co-founder & principal songwriter Pink Floyd
Roger Waters is the co-founder and principal songwriter of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Pink Floyd and one of the most influential touring and recording artists of all time with worldwide sales of 200 million. Waters is currently wrapping up the final European leg of his groundbreaking tour of The Wall Live, a conceptual rock ‘n roll masterpiece that is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed tours in history. Throughout his career, Waters is known for engaging fans and pushing the aural and visual boundaries of the live experience, and The Wall Live, which captured Top Tour honors at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards, is no exception. Waters was a finalist in four categories at last year’s awards –Top Tour, Top Draw, Top Boxscore and Top Manager- winning Top Tour and Top Manager with Mark Fenwick.
Drew Wellborn / @WME: Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Drew Welborn is a comedy agent at WME in their New York City office. A native of St. Louis, he has been working in the comedy business since the age of 16. He represents comedians such as Pete Holmes, W. Kamau Bell, Jenny Slate, JB Smoove, Rosie O’Donnell, Dana Gould, Rob Riggle, and The Onion among others. Drew is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and has been a part of the WME team since 2009.
Bill Werde / @Bwerde : Editorial Director, Billboard
As Billboard’s Editorial Director, Bill Werde leads the editorial strategy and vision for the brand, which includes the weekly print publication, leading music fan site Billboard.com, business site Billboard.biz and other digital content offerings, as well as industry-leading conferences and events. Mr.Werde frequently appears as a guest expert on the music industry for CNN, NPR, Today show, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, MSNBC, Fox Business, the O'Reilly Factor and others.
Tom Windish: President, The Windish Agency
Tom Windish first dived into the music industry by booking concerts and hosting college radio shows while attending State University of New York at Binghamton in upstate New York. Soon after, he began booking tours for bands, some of which he had booked to play at his college a few months or years earlier. Originally starting in his apartment in Chicago, The Windish Agency began with minimum expectations and the desire to be the best agency possible for artists that he loved. After close to ten years, the agency has expanded it’s offices to six cities, 25 agents and over 60 employees. The agency continues to keep the goals and needs of the artists at the center of its business by finding inventive and thoughtfully constructed ways to bring their live performances to fans.
Jordan Wolowitz: Partner, Founders Entertainment (Governors Ball)
Jordan is a Partner at Founders Entertainment, who own and produce The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City. Established in 2011, Gov Ball had their biggest year to date in 2013, attracting nearly 150,000 fans over 3 days in June. Jordan got his start in the music business while attending George Washington University. While at GW, Jordan was a music critic for the school newspaper, The Hatchet, which gave him the opportunity to immerse himself in DC’s live music scene. In 2005, Jordan was given an internship in the office of Jason Flom, then Chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records Group. After graduating from GW, Jordan went to work for Paradigm in Monterey, CA. After 2 years at Paradigm, Jordan joined ICM’s Music Division, working in the office of Marsha Vlasic. While at ICM, Jordan oversaw day to day booking operations for Ms. Vlasic’s clients, which includes Neil Young, Muse, and The Strokes.
Tom Worcester: Head of Music Sponsorships, CAA
Tom Worcester is Head of the Music Partnership department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. Worcester is based in the New York office and structures sponsorship deals for many of the world’s leading musicians, including One Direction, Katy Perry, and Zac Brown Band. Prior to joining CAA, Worcester was Senior VP and Managing Director, U.S. Business Development at IMG where he helped orchestrate a partnership between Turner Sports and CBS for the NCAA's March Madness tournament that has generated more than $500 million in sponsorship and media sales. He previously worked for Major League Baseball and NBC Olympics. He joined CAA in 2011.Worcester graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in Marketing.
Lee Zeidman / @LeeZeidman: GM, STAPLES Center- Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
As Sr. Vice President and General Manager of STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and L.A. LIVE, Zeidman is responsible for both of the venue’s and the downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district’s event services and operations including event production, changeovers, broadcast and telecommunications, housekeeping, environmental services, as well as event operations, including guest services, booking, box office, marketing and communications, event security, event staffing, guest relations, facility presentations, hospitalities and food and beverage services at STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, and L.A. LIVE. Zeidman and his staff also oversee STAPLES Center’s overall day-to-day support for its tenants, promoters, clients and partners including the venues four professional sports franchises, the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.