Josiah Albertsen: Financial Advisor for Music, Entertainment, Raymond James

Josiah Albertsen, AAMS® is a Financial Advisor and Accredited Asset Management Specialist with Raymond James in Denver. He previously toured, worked with indie labels, and ran a venue (small but it had a cool disco ball). For the past five years he has helped clients around the world manage millions in stocks, bonds, and alternative investments – in addition to assisting them with any other financial planning needs.

He has organized and moderated panel discussions about the music industry and financial planning for SXSW Music, the Denver Music Summit, UMS, and many others. 

Adam Alpert: CEO, Disruptor Records & Management, Selector Songs Publshing

Adam Alpert is CEO of Disruptor Records, Disruptor Management, and Selector Songs, a three division umbrella of services from joint ventures with Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which serves as a “one-stop shop” for artists. The list of diverse musical acts is steady growing and includes powerhouse DJ duo The Chainsmokers, British Pop band Life of Dillon, Lost Kings, Vanic, and more. The artists signed to Disruptor are continuing to make a name for themselves in the music world with the industry power player’s guidance and years of expertise. His focus with the companies is to streamline management and label capabilities with a uniform strategic goal of long term artist development, and to use forward-thinking, progressive marketing methods revolving around genuine, non-commercialized promotion and direct artist-fan communication/relationships to build artist careers.

John Amato: President, Guggenheim Entertainment Group

John Amato, an entrepreneur and media executive, is co-president of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group. Amato oversees revenue, strategy and operations for the media properties Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, which reach a combined global audience of more than 22 million online readers each month. Prior to his leadership at Guggenhem Media’s Entertainment Group, Amato was the chairman and chief executive officer of Backstage, LLC. There he led the company’s operations and strategic direction, which included orchestrating the 2011 buyout of Backstage from Prometheus Global Media, and leading the 2013 acquisition of Sonicbids. The December 2013 sale of Backstage to RZ Capital, a New York-based growth Private Equity firm, was also completed during his tenure.

Lee Anderson: Agent, AM Only

AM Only’s Vice President of the East Coast office Lee Anderson has had over a decade of experience in the live music industry. After spending nearly six years promoting live concerts in the Northeast region of the US, he joined AM Only in 2008. Since then, he has been a driving force behind the success of the agency and represents artists such as Skrillex, Zedd, SBTRKT, Disclosure, Steve Angelo and Claude Vonstroke. Lee was featured in the 2012 Billboard Magazine's 40 Executives Under The Age of 40, both editions of InTheMix's Power 50, and most recently was nominated for the 2015 Pollstar Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award.

Charles Attal: Partner, C3 Presents

Charles Attal leads all talent booking and concert promotion for C3, a venture that combines booking expertise and large-scale production strategy to produce some of the biggest premier music events in the country. With 13 ACL Music Festivals and 11 Lollapaloozas (each averaging 130+ artists per festival) under his wing, he has developed long-lasting, professional relationships with top tier artists, managers and talent agencies across the globe. C3 Presents was named Billboard’s Top Independent Promoter 2010-2014. C3 books and promotes thousands of concerts, selling nearly a million tickets in 2014 for arena, theater and club shows, as well as drawing over a million attendees for casino concerts across the US. In 2014, Charles was also awarded his third prestigious Pollstar Bill Graham Award for Promoter of the Year.

Jonathan Azu: EVP & 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, Phish, Tiësto, Luke Bryan, 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. Prior to joining Red Light Management, Jonathan spent three years as EVP of Operations and Business Development for Superfly Presents, and ten years at CBS Radio Inc. Jonathan has been named in Billboard Magazines 40 Under 40 Power Players list in 2014 and 2015. 

Paul Bassman: President, Ascend Insurance Brokerage

Ascend Insurance Brokerage President Paul Bassman is a leading figure in the world of entertainment insurance and risk management services.  He leads his staff with a mantra of integrity and an aim to best protect the assets of all clients, which together feature an extraordinary collection of hundreds of the top entertainment industry companies in North America.  Ascend clients include CID, Belly Up Aspen, Live Alliance, Huka, Danny Zelisko Presents, I.M.P, The Brooklyn Bowls, Lockn', Riot Fest and Governor's Ball among hundreds of others.  Prior to the insurance business Paul spent 15 years in the music industry as a manager of platinum artists, A&R for Capitol Records, concert promoter and label owner providing a hands on real world understanding of his clients' business. 

Dan Berkowitz: Founder, CID Entertainment

CID Entertainment develops and operates Enhanced ticketing and travel experiences at a wide array of events, festivals and tours. Partners include Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Kenny Chesney, MUSE and The Grateful Dead. Berkowitz and his team create packages that include pre-show parties, meet & greets, premium viewing areas, hotel stays and more. The inception of CID Presents marks a career highlight, where CID self produces Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa and Phish: Riveria Maya, which are multi day, all-inclusive concert vacations in Rivera Maya Mexico.

Jennifer Breithaupt: Global Head of Entertainment Marketing, Citi

Jennifer Breithaupt is the Global Head of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. Jennifer oversees a team of brand/marketing specialists focused on creating and executing high impact, non-traditional programs and special events that deliver exclusive access for Citi customers. Jennifer leads Citi Private Pass, an entertainment access program offering thousands of events annually to over 50 million Citi cardmembers across music, sports, dining, comedy, and family entertainment. Jennifer has driven expansion of Citi Private Pass in the U.S. since it’s inception, and is now leading expansion of Citi’s entertainment program internationally. Jennifer has driven innovation to amplify the concert experience and fan engagement beyond traditional means through close partnerships spanning multiple genres. 

Geoff Carns: SVP, Venues & Promoters, Ticketmaster

Geoff is Senior Vice President of Ticketmaster’s Venues & Promoters client base. In this role,Geoff oversees a national team of Client Development Directors who manage client relationships, focusing on overall client satisfaction, client profitability, new business development, revenue growth and strategic client initiatives.  Preceding this position, Geoff was Vice President - Client Development Stadium, Outdoor & College Sports where he handled business development and account management for Ticketmaster’s MLB, MLS, NFL & College Athletics accounts.  Prior to that role, Geoff spent twelve years as General Manager of Ticketmaster’s operations in the Carolinas, Pacific Northwest and Southern California.  Before joining Ticketmaster in 1998, Geoff spent four years with Feld Entertainment, Inc. as a Regional Marketing Director. 

Jeffery David: Manager, Cranberry Road Management

Jeffery David is an American Manager and ASCAP Pop Award winning songwriter. His management company “Cranberry Road” based in Los Angeles represents Warner Bros Artist Echsomith who have built a global career with Multi-Platinum songs in the USA as well as 9 other countries. Cranberry Road has managed to help secure lucrative brand deals with Coach, State Farm, Hollister and Hard Rock Cafe in the last year alone. As a songwriter he’s worked with Seal, Echosmith, Mozella, O Town, Christina Grimmie to name a few and had over 350 syncs and co-wrote songs such as Cool Kids and Bright. He’s recently signed a new publishing deal with Round Hill Music.

Ron Delsner: Chairman – Music NY, Live Nation

In 1983, Mr. Delsener was awarded a three-year exclusive contract to renovate and present all concert events at the 7,500 capacity (now 14,003 capacity) Jones Beach Amphitheatre in Wantagh, Long Island.  Concurrent with Jones Beach, he also became the exclusive booker for all programs of popular and contemporary music at the Garden State Arts Center (now known as PNC Arts Center).  Both associations have lasted 30 years! In addition to large outdoor shows, Ron Delsener is active in the production of all concerts booked through Ron Delsener Presents in the New York / New Jersey area including Roseland Ballroom, Hammerstein Ballroom, Irving Plaza, Beacon Theatre, Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, IZOD Arena, Giants Stadium, and Randalls Island.Ron Delsener has presented several national tours over the years for Roger Waters, Van Morrison, Neil Young and Idina Menzel.

Marty Diamond: Paradigm Talent Agency

Marty Diamond is the East Coast head of the Paradigm Talent Agency's Music Division. He was previously President of Little Big Man Booking, a boutique music agency that was acquired by Paradigm in 2006.Diamond's client roster includes Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Sigur Ros, David Gray, Janelle Monáe, Blur, Bastille, Vance Joy, Alessia Cara, Halsey, Of Monsters and Men, and Sara Bareilles.Diamond founded Little Big Man in 1994 after stints at Arista Records, Bill Graham Management, and Manhattan music venue The Ritz. He oversaw Little Big Man's growth from a two-person operation to the leading boutique agency in North America, winning the Pollstar Award for Small/Boutique Booking Agency 10 out of 11 consecutive years, 1996-2000 and 2002-2006. Diamond himself won Pollstar's highest individual honor, Agent of the Year, in 1997, and has been nominated an additional ten times.

Dave Dyer: SVP. Promotions, Warner Brothers Records

Dave Dyer began his career at Arista in marketing for LA Reid and Steve Bartels; he moved to NY Regional Promotion in 2001, after which he worked his way to RCA Records regional promotion. In 2011, Dave moved to Warner Brothers, where he currently works tirelessly to better the brands of Warner Brothers’ artists in the mainstream Top 40 arena. His results speak for themselves, with multiple #1 airplay hits from JASON DERULO, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, as well as a chart-topping debut for PASSENGER. Dave’s bold path to breaking new artists catapulted newcomers NICO & VINZ to #1 last SUMMER, and has positioned the newly platinum act ECHOSMITH for major stardom in 2015 and beyond. In January of 2015 Dave was appointed Senior Vice President of Promotion at Warner Brothers. 

Jeff Epstein: 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.


Timothy Liam Epstein: Partner, Duggan Bertsch, LLC

Running DB’s Entertainment, Events, and Festival group, Tim is recognized as one of the top lawyers in sports and entertainment in the country.  Tim serves as general counsel and outside counsel to numerous music festivals, including Pitchfork, Life is Beautiful, and Riot Fest.  Tim's festival work spans North America, counseling clients in all aspects of the business including contract negotiation and drafting, risk management, insurance needs, claims management, and strategic consulting. Tim serves as a Law Professor at Loyola University Chicago teaching Sports and Entertainment Law.  Tim is published in numerous publications including the New York Times, USA Today, ESPN the Magazine, and the Sports Business Journal.  

Rick Farman: Co-founder, Superfly

As co-founder of Superfly, Rick plays a leading role in business development, identifying key opportunities to grow and expand the company, its capabilities and strategic partnerships.  Rick also oversees and manages company operations and communications.  Additionally, Rick is responsible for overseeing the event operations team for all of Superfly, including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and all client activations.

Shawn Gee : Partner, Maverick

Shawn Gee is a principal and partner in Maverick management, a recently acquired management company that falls under Live Nation’s “ArtistNation” umbrella. In his role, Shawn has a diverse slate of responsibilities; he is the lead manager for acclaimed artists such as The Roots and Jill Scott, he also is part of the executive team that manages Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and T.I., overseeing all touring and live event activities for these artists. He is the creator and Executive Producer for several music festivals such as Philly Fourth of July Jam, the Roots Picnic, and Birmingham’s City Fest. He is also the Creator and Executive Producer for the new VH1 live performance based program Soundclash.  

Burt Goldstein: Business Manager, Burton Goldstein & Company

Burt Goldstein is a CPA and Business Manager with over thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry.  He is the founder of Burton Goldstein & Co, LLC, which has served a myriad of multi-platinum artists and award-winners in the recording industry, film, television, and sports since its inception.  Burt is also a member of various boards including charitable foundations and corporate enterprises.


Eric Greenspan: Partner, Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light LLP

Eric Greenspan is a senior partner and chairman of the music department at the firm of Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light, LLP.  The firm represents clients in all facets of the entertainment industry, primarily representing talent.  Represented clients include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slash, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, John Legend and many others.  Eric has been honored as a Super Lawyer from 2006 – 2016 as well as recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 attorneys of note in the music business.  Eric has also been recognized by the Hollywood Reporter in their Power Lawyers Top 100 list and featured as one of the “Five Music Attorneys To Know.”  Eric has also been featured in Billboard’s Top Music Lawyers in America list as well as featured this past year.  

Bill Greer: Tour Manager, Dave Matthews Band

For the past eleven years I have been employed as the tour manager for the Dave Matthews Band. I work year round in this capacity for the band, and for Red Light Management. My career started in the later 1970’s, doing security work for concerts while in college. I started touring in 1984 while I was in graduate school. Upon graduation, I went on the road with Aerosmith, and have been touring ever since. I have done security coordination work for Elton John, Bon Jovi, George Michael, Guns N’ Roses, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins and George Strait. In 1989 I worked as a tour manager for the first time. Since, I have been employed in this capacity by Kiss, Guns N’ Roses, Madonna, Lenny Kravitz, Ozzy Osbourne, and now, DMB.

Gogi Gupta: Founder, Gupta Media

Gogi Gupta is the Founder of Gupta Media, a full-service ad agency serving clients in recorded music, live events and television, and smartURL, the leading URL platform.  Gogi is part strategist, media buyer, designer and developer but mostly a tinkerer.  He tweets at @gogigupta.


Shirley Halperin: Music Editor, The Hollywood Reporter & Billboard

Shirley Halperin is a longtime music journalist who got her start as a writer in the New York City fanzine scene of the early 1990s. A decade later, she graduated to national publications like Entertainment Weekly, where she was a Senior Writer, Teen People, for whom she helmed the west coast office, and Us Weekly, where she was Staff Editor (Music) and a regular contributor to sister publication Rolling Stone.Shirley is currently Music Editor at Billboard, where she edits the Topline section, and holds the same title at The Hollywood Reporter, where she has written cover stories on Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Pitbull, among other subjects.

Andrew Hampp: VP-Brand Strategist, MAC Presents

Andrew Hampp is VP-brand strategist at New York-based music marketing agency MAC Presents, where he helps clients like Citi, Nielsen and many others build industry-leading strategies and experiences. Prior to joining MAC, Andrew spent four years as senior correspondent at Billboard, where he led coverage of music business, advertising and tech and interviewed notable personalities for cover stories. Andrew also spent five years at Advertising Age, including two as L.A. bureau chief, and has contributed stories to The Hollywood Reporter, Vulture.com, The Columbus Dispatch, Crain’s New York Business and Adweek. 

Evan Harrison: Partner, Huka Entertainment

Prior to joining Huka Entertainment as the Chief Executive Officer, Evan Harrison helped to establish groundbreaking brands such as AOL Sessions and First Listen before moving to Clear Channel Radio to create and launch iHeartRadio as the company’s Executive Vice President and President of Digital.A versatile music industry veteran, Evan is now heading up one of the world’s leading producers of destination-location music festivals such as Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia and Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale as well as an expanding touring division that produces hundreds of  hows annually across North America. 

Julia Hartz: Co- Founder & President, Eventbrite

As co-founder and President of Eventbrite, Julia Hartz has evolved the company into the world’s largest self-service ticketing platform, hosting a vibrant collection of live experiences to fuel people’s passions and enrich their lives. Since the company founding in 2006, Eventbrite has processed more than 200 million tickets to events and experiences around the globe. Eventbrite has secured $200M in funding, and has cemented its place in the “Unicorn Startup Club,” reserved exclusively for companies with an over $1B valuation. In the years since founding Eventbrite, Julia has been honored as one of Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014,  Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, and has been profiled in Forbes in both 2013 and 2015. Julia landed in Silicon Valley via Hollywood where she began her career as a development executive at MTV and FX Networks. 

Jeffrey Hasson: Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency

Jeffrey Hasson is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas.  He graduated from Indiana University where he started his music business journey running the Student Activities Board booking concerts. After graduation Jeffrey moved to Monterey, California to join the team at Monterey Peninsula Artists, now Paradigm Talent Agency. Jeffrey, his wife, and two boys relocated to Nashville over 7 years ago. As an agent at Paradigm, Jeffrey represents clients such as Echosmith, Young the Giant, The Pretty Reckless, Ben Folds, & more. 

Trent Hemphill: President, 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 35 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 Madonna, Keith Urban, Van Halen, Justin Timberlake and Little Big Town, 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 Travel Channel series, “Extreme RVs.”  The two have also been included in American Profile and Billboard magazines.  

Alex Hodges: CEO, Nederlander Concerts

Seth Hurwitz: Chairman of I.M.P.

Seth Hurwitz started his concert promotion career while in high school, working out of his bedroom in his parents’ home. He and his high school teacher Rich Heinecke launched I.M.P., which today is one of the most successful independent concert promotion and production companies in the nation. Seth and Rich are co-owners of the legendary 9:30 Club, the most attended club of its size in the world, a multiple winner of Billboard's Top Club of the Year and the # 1 Club in the nation according to Rolling Stone.Over the last 35 years, Seth has presented more than 17,000 events throughout the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, hosting millions of music fans. In addition to launching the Virgin Festival in the U.S. and Sweetlife Festival, Seth operates and programs Merriweather Post Pavilion and Washington, D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theatre. 

Kyle Jones: Account Manager/Artist Relations, Stage Call

After a short career fronting a rock band in the late 70’s, Kyle W. Jones got a haircut and entered the U.S. Navy, attending the Colorado School of Mines.After serving in the Navy for a number of years, Kyle returned to his native Texas. There, a meeting with Steve Lawler, Louis Messina and the Becker family of Pace Concerts started Kyle as a freelance Concert Promoter Rep in the mid 80’s.In turn, that led to a career stage-managing and site-coordinating over 200 stadium and festival shows for countless major artists, many of whom are household names.

Adam Kornfeld: Artist Group International

Adam Kornfeld began his career while in High School in New York City working at Private Stock Records, which featured Artists such as Blondie, Frankie Valli, and Robert Gordon among many others. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1982, Adam worked at both ICM and the William Morris Agency.  In 1986 he followed Dennis Arfa to the newly formed QBQ Entertainment working with such clients as Billy Joel, Beach Boys, and Rodney Dangerfield. Today, as President, Touring North America, Adam oversees a diverse roster of over 75 clients that features superstar talent such as Billy Joel, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Rush, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Linkin Park and Poison among others, and rising stars such as Volbeat and Ghost and young developing talent like Parlour Tricks. 

Jeff Krones: Agent, Creative Artists Agency

Jeff Krones is a Music Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).   Krones works in the Nashville office and represents many of the world’s leading artists, including Twenty One Pilots, Needtobreathe, Tori Kelly, Catfish and the Bottlemen, David Nail, Dan + Shay,  A Thousand Horses, Ben Rector, and Owl City, among others. In addition to his extensive client list, Krones oversees the West Coast arena, theatre, and amphitheater bookings on behalf of CAA’s contemporary roster.He began his career at CAA in 2004.Krones graduated from Furman University with a degree in Communication Studies.

Daniel Kruchkow: CMO & Head of Digital Strategy, Crush Music

Daniel Kruchkow is CMO & Head of Digital Strategy for Crush Music, management home to international superstars Sia, Fall Out Boy, Train, Weezer, Panic at the Disco and many others.  Prior to Crush, Mr. Kruchkow spent over 11 years at Universal Music Group. Most recently he was SVP of UMG's Global Digital Initiatives unit where VEVO was born.  Before that, Mr. Kruchkow served as VP, Digital Media & eCommerce for The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). While at IDJMG, Mr. Kruchkow created several industry-defining initiatives and established many of the digital businesses that exist today. Additionally, he was instrumental in helping break Fall Out Boy, The Killers and others while creating and executing all-encompassing digital rollouts for the entire roster including Mariah Carey, JAY-Z, Rihanna, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Ludacris, Kanye West and many other superstars.

David Leeks: Partner, Street Execs Management

 David Leeks has secured his place within the world of music as one of the founding partners of a successful management firm. Along with Allen Parks, Charlie Jabaley and Coach Tek, Street Execs has become Atlanta’s premiere artist management and recording studio headquarters.A graduate of Morehouse College, Leeks received his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing in 2008. As a partner of Street Execs Management Firm, he helps to oversee and guide the careers of some of the music industry’s most recognized talent, including multi-platinum artist 2 Chainz, Travis Porter, Young Dolph, Cap 1 and many others. Mr. Leeks also handles tour management for various artists in the genres of hip-hop and R&B and helped to launch the successful DJ Service-Pack which enables free downloads. .


Tim LeFevour: GM, Soldier Field

Tim LeFevour, a native Chicagoan, has spent the past 34 years in Chicago’s professional sports and entertainment industry.  Currently, Tim is SMG’s General Manager at Soldier Field where he oversees all aspects of the historic stadiums operation. 

Soldier Field is home to the Chicago Bears, numerous concerts, soccer matches and college football games.  Tim and his staff have hosted the Grateful Dead FareThee Well Tour, U2, the Rolling Stones, Eagles, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney to name a few and Tim and his staff have had an opportunity to work with college football power houses – Notre Dame, Miami, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.  

Jonathan Levine : Senior Executive Agent, Paradigm

Jonathan Levine is a Senior Executive Agent at the Paradigm Talent Agency and co-runs Paradigm’s Nashville office. As one of the leading agents in the music industry, JL is known for his boundless passion and commitment to the artists he represents.  A recent recipient of the prestigious Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award, at the International Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, Levine continues to grow and thrive in an ever increasingly competitive agency environment. With 30 years of experience, all as an artist representative, Jonathan has been privileged to work with many prestigious & legendary bands.    

Wayne Linder: Leasing Operations Manager, Pioneer Coach

After moving to Nashville in 1997, Mississippi native and musician Wayne Linder sought out a career in Nashville’s quickly growing music transportation industry. He started by driving entertainer tour coaches for solo artists and bands across the contiguous US and Canada. All roads lead to another and after a few years of highway signs and miles markers, Wayne parked at Pioneer Coach in 2002. Today, he serves as Pioneer’s Leasing Operations Manager, overseeing sales & marketing, leasing, and daily fleet operations.

Joseph Lloyd : Production Manager, Jason Aldean/Sugarland

Joseph Lloyd is in third year as Production Manager for Jason Aldean. Joseph is a veteran of both the building and touring side of the industry. Prior to the touring business Joseph spent 13 years as Video Director and Technical Coordinator at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.  Additionally, Joseph subcontracted his services as Creative Director and Lighting Designer for University of Kentucky Athletics and various large corporate gatherings.  After leaving Rupp Arena Joseph went on the road as Stage Manager for Sugarland and eventually became Production Manager for the duo. The years of being on both sides of the show allows him the flexibility to understand the complexities and nuances of successfully trouping a large show.  He places high importance on empowering those around him so that they may fully find their professional abilities and understands the importance of how the industry is built on relationships rather than the gear.

Steve Lopez: Tour Manager, Widespread Panic

Steve Lopez began his career in his native Portland, OR in 1996 both managing and tour-managing for local bands. He is currently the tour manager for Widespread Panic and has been with the band for 15 years. In recent years, Lopez has also tour managed acts such as Gov’t Mule, Devotchka, and The Original Meters. He also lends his talents to events such as The Warren Haynes X-mas jam, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Outside Lands. When not on the touring circuit, Steve provides his counsel and expertise toShow Cobra Productions. He acts as producer and oversees on-siteproduction during concert filming. Through Show Cobra he has contributed to a wide variety of projects ranging from Vevo, Jay Z's new streaming service Tidal and Spotify.

Max Loubiere: Tour Director, Billy Joel

Max Loubiere has served as the Tour Director for Bill Joel since 1989. He has more than 30 years of experience in the music industry, with an impressive roster of acts that include New Barbarians, Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, Yes, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  Max is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Adm. When not on tour, he owns and operates Neat Wines, a wine distribution company that represents small production, high quality wines. He and his wife Victoria reside in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he enjoys spending time with his three daughters, Molly, Savannah & Emily, and his dog, Louie.

Jim Lucchese: CEO, The Echo Nest at Spotify

Jim has worked at the intersection of music & technology for nearly 20 years. Today, Jim is CEO of the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest, acquired by Spotify, the world’s largest subscription streaming music service.  Jim currently oversees all aspects of The Echo Nest, with a recent focus on integration with Spotify.  As part of Spotify, Jim is also exploring ways to apply technology, data and insights to help artists build their audiences and grow their revenues.

Before The Echo Nest, Jim was a music lawyer at Greenberg Traurig, specializing in music & digital media deals. Clients included multi-platinum & independent artists, music publishers, digital entertainment companies and branded entertainment companies. Prior to GT, Jim held sales and corporate development positions at Hughes, where he managed market development and sales.


Kevin Lyman: Founder, Warped Tour/4fini Productions

Kevin Lyman has shaped youth culture for over 35 years with his award winning expertise in the music and entertainment industry as well as business and philanthropic ventures. Lyman is best known as the creator of the Vans Warped Tour, which can be considered one of the most socially influential music tours in the United States.He pioneered the successful integration of corporate sponsors with the extreme lifestyle, creating a blueprint for sponsorship integration widely duplicated in the marketplace today. Kevin’s production agency, 4Fini, uses this blueprint to produce some of the most influential events in the world including branded festivals and custom events.


Patrick Mahoney: GM, Manhead

Patrick Mahoney has been a part of music and entertainment merchandising for over twenty years with practical experience in every facet of the industry - artist relations, operations, production, licensing, sponsorships, budgeting/finance and administration. Fifteen of those twenty years have been spent in senior level positions based in New York, London, Los Angeles and Nashville. Patrick also has a high level of practical experience in other areas of the music industry including artist management and tour production and accounting.Despite his varied experience, Patrick still considers working with the artists his favorite endeavor. There are hundreds of bands on his "worked with" list including Oasis, Radiohead, Godsmack, Slipknot, Moby, Mudvayne, Of Monsters And Men, Fall Out Boy, Train, Yes, Danzig, Rush, Suicide Silence, Blues Traveler, The Moody Blues, Blood On The Dance Floor, Phish, The Moody Blues, Jimmy Cliff and Fall Out Boy.

Michael Marion : GM, Verizon Arena

Graduated with an MBA from MS State University 1978. Worked as program advisor at MSU booking such artists as Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Earth, Wind and Fire. Moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and worked as an agent for Triad Artists for 6 years booking such artists as Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, and Steve Winwood. Moved back to Tupelo in 1988 and became Director of the Tupelo Coliseum presenting such artists as Tom Petty, The Eagles, and Reba. Moved to Little Rock in 1997 to serve as GM of Alltel arena, assisting in the design and construction of the arena as well as booking and managing when it opened.Presented such artists as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars, and Fleetwood Mac, Garth Brooks

Seen Bruce Springsteen over 25 times strictly as a fan. 

Cole Marley: Director of Ticketing, Ticketstoday

In 2002, Cole began working in the ticketing department for Musictoday as an account manager.  Artist ticketing, especially online artist ticketing was just coming to the mainstream and Musictoday was at the forefront.  He worked directly with acts such as Shania Twain, Madonna and Jay – Z, as well as a couple bands closer to his heart…Phil and Friends and The Dead.  After some pivots, purchases and a spinoff, Cole currently sits as Director of Ticketstoday with his hands in all facets of the business including sales, technology, fulfillment, customer service and account management.  For Fare Thee Well Santa Clara, Cole helped navigate the internal channels of Ticketmaster and Levi’s Stadium, and focused on keeping the stake holders happy with the process and the outcome. 

Corrie Christopher Martin: Head of Music Division, LA , Paradigm Music, Partner, Riot Fest

Corrie Christopher Martin is one of the top music agents in the industry.  She heads the Los Angeles office of the Paradigm Music Division – one of the largest music agencies in the world. Not only does she lead a team of agents, her personal clients include the mega group Imagine Dragons, who she has nurtured for years and are now one of the biggest touring and recording acts in the world.Corrie has discovered and worked with many important artists in the business and counts among her clients; Rise Against, Sublime with Rome, Descendents, Kongos, Dirty Heads, Night Riots, Phases, & Young Rising Sons.

Additionally, as a partner with Riot Fest Corrie has helped the festival grow from clubs to one of the largest independent music festivals in North America. Martin was also recently name to Billboard's 40 under 40 list. 

Eric Mayers: Manager, Red Light Management

Eric Mayers is a manager at Red Light Management, where he oversees and directs all touring and production for My Morning Jacket, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and The Flight of the Conchords.  Eric also owns Ladd Circle Productions; where he co-manages Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek with Red Light Management. With over 20 years experience in the industry, Eric was previously the tour and production manager for My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Nickel Creek and others. He was the Production Manager for multiple music festivals such as Wakarusa, The High Sierra Music Festival, DelFest, Northwest String Summit, along with numerous one off events throughout the country. 

Michael McDonald: Founder, Mick Management

Michael McDonald has been involved in the music industry for over 20 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 on management exclusively. Based in Brooklyn with an office in Los Angeles, Mick Management represents Ray LaMontagne, Passion Pit, WALK THE MOON, Phillip Phillips, Childish Gambino, Lord Huron, Of Monsters and Men, Sharon Van Etten, St. Lucia, Brett Dennen, Leon Bridges, Deer Tick, Animal Collective, Panda Bear, White Denim, Hamilton Leithauser, The Walkmen, Real Estate, Sawyer Fredericks, Tokyo Police Club, Gryffin and Asgeir. Michael serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Poverty Project and is a partner in Big Deal Music, an independent publishing company. 

Louis Messina: President/CEO, Messina Touring Group

Louis Messina promotes the tours of heavy-hitters such as Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Ed Sheeran, George Strait, and Taylor Swift.  Over his forty year career he has worked with acts like the Dixie Chicks and Metallica.  Since establishing his own company and partnering with AEG Live in 2001, he has been the exclusive promoter for Chesney, Strait, and Swift.  Messina is known for special events such as Strait’s final sellout show at ATT Stadium The Cowboy Rides Away with over 104,000 tickets sold and Swift’s recent record-breaking sold out concerts at the Staples Center during her 1989 Tour.  He’s received numerous “Promoter of the Year” awards.  In 2014 and 2015, he was listed as one of Billboard’s Power 100 and also named in the top ten of Billboard's First-Ever Nashville Top 50 Power Players List.

Lars Murray: SVP, Music Makers Group, Pandora

In July 2014, Lars Murray moved from Columbia Records to Pandora to help further leverage its scale and unique technology to create new opportunity and value for artists, labels and the entire music ecosystem. In 2015 Pandora's Music Makers Group has leveraged Pandora's platform to connect artists including The Rolling Stones, Odesza, Jack White, Migos, Five Finger Death Punch, Skrillex and Diplo, Pharrell Williams, Mumford & Sons, and many more with their audiences at a scale and level of engagement that other platforms cannot match.Over a 20+ career in digital music, Lars has also worked at Virgin Records and Rykodisc, where he started the one of the first independent label digital departments.

Kevin Neal: Partner, WME

Kevin Neal is a 30 year veteran of the music business.  In 1981, Kevin joined his father, the legendary Bob Neal, at the Neal Agency.  In 1983, he joined Buddy Lee Attractions for a short period and returned in 1988 where he was named President in 2008.  At BLA, he was instrumental in building the touring careers of country superstars Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line.  In May 2014, Kevin left BLA to join William Morris Endeavor as a partner.  His clients include Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Parmalee, Colt Ford, Haley Georgia and others.  

AJ Niland: CEO, Huka Entertainment

A.J. Niland is the Chairman and Chief Experience Officer of Huka Entertainment, one of the world’s most innovative concert and music festival companies, which he co-founded at the age of 20.  Eleven years later, HUKA has grown to more than 30 full time employees who are dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind music festival experiences.The company founded Hangout Music Festival – the only multi-day music gathering held on a beach.  Other successful festivals created or produced by A.J. and his team include Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, BUKU Music + Art Project in New Orleans and Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia. Huka productions feature world-class talent – everyone from Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band to Kendrick Lamar and Nine Inch Nails have played their events. 



Ryan Okum / @livenation: EVP, Digital Marketing, Live Nation

As Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing, Ryan Okum is responsible for the leadership and management of the digital marketing department for Live Nation North America Concerts.  Okum oversees the company’s social, mobile, direct and digital advertising teams which support the Concert division’s Touring clients as well as other business units across the company.  He has more than 15 years’ experience working with artists, managers, brands and agencies on award-winning marketing campaigns.

Brad Paisley: Artist

Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 20 of his 23 #1 singles with the first being his 1999 hit “He Didn’t Have To Be” and his most recent, “Perfect Storm,” from his chart-topping 2014 album Moonshine in the Trunk. Paisley has recently completed  his highly successful Crushin’ It World Tour for 2015 and the free Country Nation College Tour presented by Zaxby’s. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. 

Nate Parienti: President, Live Alliance

Nate Parienti’s lifelong love of music led him to a groundbreaking career as a pioneer in the world of live concert video streaming. His first venture in the industry was startup iClips.net, one of the earliest companies to stream concerts live online. Launched in 2007, the innovative iClips became known for its focus on the U.S. music festival scene, streaming footage from  Lollapalooza, Hang Out Festival, Voodoo Music Festival and Austin City Limits Music Festival, Mountain Jam, and Electric Forest among others. Acts featured included Black Keys, Government Mule, String Cheese Incident, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Ween Thievery Corporation and Primus.Parienti went on in 2011 to found Live Alliance, the premiere event broadcasting and production company. 

Rob Prinz: Partner, Co-Head of Worldwide Music, ICM Partners

Rob Prinz is a partner and Co-Head of Worldwide Music at ICM Partners, an agency representing clients in film, television, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment and digital media.  ICM Partners is one of the predominant agencies in the U.S and Europe, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London.Prinz has represented established and emerging recording artists for 30+ years. He works with touring clients including Celine Dion, John Hiatt, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Jerry Seinfeld and Rick Springfield, along with many other contemporary music performers and comedians. Prior to ICM, Prinz was Head of Music/Personal Appearances at UTA. He began his career at the William Morris Agency in New York, where he was credited with discovering Madonna.  

Randy Reed: Manager, Red Light Management

Randy Reed started managing bands while still in college.  He spent the first 10 years of his career running his own company and managing Everything, an indie-pop band from Virginia with a national touring base, 1/2 million records sold and a top 10 radio hit in 1998 — “Hooch.” In 2003, Reed moved from New York City back to Virginia to join the management team at Red Light Management where he primarily focused on electronic artists. In 2012, Reed founded the Red Light Electronic Division within Red Light Management which now includes over a dozen managers and 50 electronic artists. Currently, Reed is managing ODESZA and Bonobo with management partner Adam Foley, but you may also recognize him from his time managing Pretty Lights, Sasha and UNKLE. 

Phil Rodriguez: CEO, Move Concerts

Phil Rodriguez, Principal and Founder of MOVE CONCERTS – South America’s biggest independent concert promotion company - started in the concert promotion business in South America in 1977. Recognized as one of the "pioneers" of promoting international artists in the region Phil began in April of 1977 with 5 dates with the Jackson 5 in Caracas, Venezuela,

Artists promoted in 2015 include: A-HA, Damien Rice, Ed Sheeran, Faith No More, Joss Stone, Juan Luis Guerra, Katy Perry, Mana, Marc Anthony, Mastodon, One Republic, Queen & Adam Lambert, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Slash, Slipknot, Smashing Pumkins, Sting, System of a Down and Tokio Hotel, among others. Confirmed for March 2016 is IRON MAIDEN‘s South American Tour with 9 dates in the region.


Doug Rountree : President, Pioneer Coach

Doug Rountree is founder and president of Pioneer Coach, a leading entertainment coach leasing company based in Nashville Tennessee.Doug has been a key player in the entertainment and transportation financing industry for more than 30 years.  He launched Pioneer Coach in 2002, and the company is now one of the premier entertainment coach leasing companies in the industry.Pioneer Coach serves the touring community through extensive customer service and creative deal-making. Pioneer Coach also specializes in building and designing custom coach interiors. Doug serves on the advisory board for the Billboard Touring Conference, is a Leadership Music alumnus, and is a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and civic leadership councils.

Chris Sampson: EVP of Programming, Superfly

Chris joined Superfly in 2010, where he currently leads the talent booking and music programming team on behalf

 of Superfly’s festival properties including Bonnaroo and Outside Lands.  Additionally, Chris oversees the development of value driven partnerships between brands and artists for strategic entertainment based initiatives.  Prior to Superfly, Chris worked as an artist manager at Red Light Management for 8 years.  He graduated from New York University in 1997 and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Pete Shapiro: Founder, Dayglo Ventures

Independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro’s eclectic and singular career path encompasses a range of passion projects. Along with such celebrated venues as Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas,Brooklyn Bowl London, The Capitol Theatre. Wetlands Preserve and The Slipper Room he is the founder of Lockn’, a 4 day camping and music festival, as well as Jazz & Colors, an experiential music event encompassing the 843 acres of Central Park, Jazz & Colors at The Met, featuring jazzmusic throughout the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Jazz & Colors: Wave That Flag, celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead at The Field Museum in Chicago. 

Sydney Sierota: Lead singer of Echosmith

LA-based alt-pop band Echosmith first emerged onto the scene in 2014, with the success of their debut album Talking Dreams and platinum hit “Cool Kids” propelling them into the spotlight. They quickly earned rave reviews from the likes of ELLE, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, and Grantland for their distinctive melody-minded, New Wave-influenced sound, and have performed everywhere from Ellen and Late Night with Seth Meyers to the American Idol finale. Jimmy Fallon has now dubbed them “one of the biggest breakout acts of 2015,” thanks to Gold smash “Bright” and new single “Let’s Love,” which they debuted with back-to-back performances on The Tonight Show and The Today Show. Echosmith is on tour for the foreseeable future in 2015, playing festivals around the world and as support on Twenty One Pilots’ U.S. tour this fall. 

Matt Slessler: National Brand Ambassador, Pabst Blue Ribbon

Matt Slessler is the National Brand Ambassador for Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.  Starting with the brand in Portland Oregon, Matt has helped steward the direction of PBR for the last 15 years.  Matt also oversees the brand's signature event "Project Pabst", a music festival in Portland Oregon that mixes the festival experience with a unique PBR twist.  After 2 successful years of the festival,  Project Pabst is expanding and will hit 4 markets in 2016.   Matt also really loves going to bars and drinking PBR.


Stu Smith: Head of Music & Entertainment, Teespring

Stu Smith, originally from Chicago, is Teespring's Head of Music & Entertainment.  Stu has since spent the majority of his career working at the intersection of entertainment and technology, mostly focused on artist empowerment and increased transparency in the music industry.  Stu started in artist management, initially out of his college dorm room, then for four years post-college at Red Light Management.  In 2012, he joined CrowdSurge -- a direct-to-consumer ticketing technology upstart founded in London -- where he spent two and a half years leading music partnerships and running the company's Los Angeles office.  He left CrowdSurge, which has since merged with Songkick, in February to join Teespring.

Clarence Spalding: Partner & Manager, Maverick

Clarence Spalding is a Partner in the Maverick Management group in Nashville where he manages Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kix Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Terri Clark and Seth Alley.  He has managed the award winning duo Brooks & Dunn for 20 years. During that period the duo sold over 30 million records, had 23 number ones, and won over 80 industry awards. He has also been involved in the careers of Eddie Rabbitt, Ronnie Milsap, KT Oslin and Roger Miller to name a few.  All combined, Spalding’s acts have sold over 70 million records and won over 130 major industry awards. He served as Chairman and President of the CMA and remains an active member for the organization. Spalding also serves as a member of the Nashville Music Council, Country Music Hall of Fame and the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Board of Directors. 

Peter Tempkins:

Peter Tempkins is a music & touring insurance broker with extensive insurance experience in all aspects of the music industry from concerts to festivals. His festival clients include Warped Tour, Bonnaroo and Hangout Music Festival. He is broker of choice for AC/DC, Arcade Fire, AC Entertainment and Square Peg Concerts among others. Peter has spoken on panels and roundtables for Billboard, CLE, IAAM, Performance Magazine and Tour Link. He is a results-oriented professional who combines his experience, insurance savvy and client focus to develop world-class insurance solutions.Peter is Managing Director for HUB Entertainment Industry Solutions, a fast growing risk management and insurance brokerage focused on client collaboration with the goal to assess, manage, mitigate and insure against risks. 


Meridith Valiando Rojas : Co-Founder & CEO of DigiTour Media.

As one of the fastest growing media and entertainment companies out there today, DigiTour creates and produces IRL (“in real life”) concerts (DigiTours) and events (DigiFests) featuring YouTube and Vine stars as well as pop artists/bands and comedians popular among Generation Z and Millennial audiences. In her role as CEO, Valiando has overseen the production of over 150 live events across the United States and abroad and has worked to launch the careers of top digital talent like O2L, Hayes Grier and Jack & Jack by helping to produce and promote their first headline tours. Forbes hailed her as “Bringing YouTube to Concert Halls” and she was recently named as one of Variety’s 2015 30 Digital Entertainment Execs to Watch as well as one of Cynopsis Digital’s 2015 Top Women in Digital in their Rising Stars category. 

Eelco Van Der Noll: VP, US Experiential Marketing, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Eelco has 20 years experience in global marketing, most recently as VP Experiential at the world’s largest brewer, AB InBev. Previously, he was Marketing Director at FIFA (2004-2007), the world governing body of football, and held senior marketing positions at leading global brands including MasterCard (1995-2003) and Canon (1990-1994).  After the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, Eelco moved [back] to the US to assume a position at AB InBev in NYC as Director, Global Experiential. In his role he oversaw the Company’s global experiential programs for music, sports, entertainment and food. In May, 2015, Eelco moved to the Company’s US operations to take the role of VP Experiential leading the Company’s partnerships with NFL, MLB, UFC, NBA and various music and entertainment properties.

Jordan Wolowitz: Co-Founder/Partner, Founders Entertainment

Jordan is a Co-Founder and Partner at Founders Entertainment. Based in NYC, Founders are the creators, owners, and producers of The Governors Ball Music Festival, and FarmBorough Festival, which are both located on Randall's Island Park in New York City.

David Zedeck : EVP & President of Global Talent and A&R, Live Nation

David Zedeck has served as Live Nation Entertainment’s Executive Vice President and President of Global Talent and Artist Development since 2012. He oversees the company’s world-wide touring initiatives, focusing on acquiring talent on behalf of Live Nation Entertainment’s global business units and working with the company's officers on global development.Previously, Zedeck worked at CAA for eight years, where he represented artists such as Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Ciara, Il Divo and others. He has more than 25 years of experience as an agent.

Zedeck graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. 


Danny Zelisko: President, Danny Zelisko Presents