Adler is well-known for her distinct ability to support the careers of some of the world’s most renowned artists, while also discovering and nurturing emerging talent. Most recently, she helped guide Green Day’s worldwide Hella Mega Tour featuring Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer; and orchestrated Jennifer Lopez’s record-breaking Las Vegas residency, as well as Lopez’s inaugural solo headline summer “It’s My Party 2019” tour.
In addition, Adler’s knack for identifying and developing up-and-coming talent put her at the forefront of numerous client successes in 2020. She oversaw the massive success and mainstream breakout of Doja Cat and played a pivotal role in Chloe x Halle’s breakthrough 2020 year. Among other accolades, Adler has been named among Pollstar’s Women of Live and Billboard’s Women in Music multiple times since 2015.
As a Korean-American woman, she was CAA’s first homegrown female music agent. Adler continues to fight for her seat at the table and serves as a mentor to the next generation of agents and executives, helping to make room for others at the table as well. She constantly works to amplify diverse voices and hopes to ensure that the next generation of talent knows how to make their voices heard. As a mother of two college-aged sons, she has instilled in them the importance of having an opinion, asking questions, and always being kind.
With a focus on clients of color, Culture Collective is driving change within its industry while also representing creatives who are redefining their culture. While providing its clients with the services to build their careers, Culture Collective is also exemplifying and promoting diverse and inclusive leadership in entertainment which is greatly lacking in music companies today.
As Jonathan stated in his Variety Magazines 2019 Inclusion Impact Report interview, “I wanted to build a company that has diversity and inclusion as its mission…it is important because without it our culture’s narrative could be lost or mistold.”
Prior to joining Red Light, Azu, a two-time Billboard 40 Under 40 Power Player, was EVP & General Manager of Red Light Management, EVP of Operations and Business Development for Superfly Presents and was VP of Music Partnerships for CBS Radio. He is a graduate of Drake University and currently serves as a Board Trustee. In 2020 Azu was added to University of Southern California’s faculty as an adjunct professor in artist management. He was also honored as a Billboard Change Agent for his work at Culture Collective and in launching Diversity in Music, the first employment database in focused on underrepresented executives in music.
In his career Jonathan has overseen the development of many notable artists and brands including Anita Baker, Emily King, Jośe James, Cory Henry, Luke James, Michelle Williams, Miguel, Kool & the Gang, Lecrae, Leon Thomas, Outside Lands Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and many more.
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Gerry’s passion for live entertainment extends beyond the world of Rock and Roll and Pop and into the world of theatre. An avid theatre patron himself, his appreciation of the fine arts came at an early age with his love for the theatre, musicals and classic films. Gerry has previously sat on the Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Chicago Auditorium Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Gerry is currently the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Berklee Popular Music Institute at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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A passionate advocate, Nicole proudly serves as President of 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Women in Music, where she joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and has helped usher in record growth since becoming President in 2019. She serves on the Executive Board of Music Managers Forum (US), the largest and leading trade organization for music managers in the U.S.
As an industry leader, Barsalona has been quoted in Forbes, Billboard, the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, the Boston Globe, The Week, Mashable, and Music Row, among others. She has been a featured speaker at Grammy Pro NY:LON Connect, YouTube, SXSW, Mondo.nyc, General Assembly, Reboot, Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, Boston University, and more.
Barsalona started her career at Steven Van Zandt's multi-media company, Renegade Nation, where a week-long temp gig turned into the most formative years of her career. Barsalona eventually served as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at Renegade Nation, and Road Manager to Van Zandt on tours with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.
Prior to founding Prodigy Search, Carmichael spent nearly ten years as the head of the National Hockey League’s Club Marketing department, a team consulting and best practice business unit, servicing all 30 teams in the NHL. Additionally, he was a key player in the development and roll out of all NHL brand initiatives, while also managing the marketing relationships between the League, its Clubs and national partners, such as Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, MasterCard, Dodge, MBNA, ABC, ESPN and FOX.
Preceding his role at the NHL, Carmichael was a senior executive with the Los Angeles Kings, where he directed and managed the areas of broadcasting, communications, operations, marketing and public relations. Carmichael’s previous roles in the industry include organizations such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.
Carmichael, a native of Los Angeles, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Communications. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and seven grandchildren and now reside in New Jersey.
Prior to joining the label in 2018, Chayce spent almost 3-years as the Sponsorship Coordinator for Live Nation Entertainment where she played an all-encompassing role ensuring sponsor fulfillment for brands such as BMW, SoCal 360, and Anheuser-Busch. She was an integral part of creating impactful marketing campaigns for global companies such as Acura, Honda, and Heineken.
Chayce is known for delivering results in everything she touches from legendary album releases for Big Boi to leading marketing campaigns and execution for the music industry’s most talked about digital platform, TikTok.
Chayce is a proud B.A. graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, NY, she now resides in Los Angeles.
With over two decades worth of experience in media, digital and technology-related positions, Conley’s leadership has helped set a solid business foundation from which the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Monsters, Canton Charge, Cavs Legion GC and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse have flourished into one of the most successfully-operated and technology-driven sports and entertainment teams in the country.
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Ms. Dargan attended Syracuse University on an athletic scholarship and earned a B.S. in marketing from the Whitman School of Management. She is an advocate for equity in education and volunteers with/serves as a mentor for several local and national organizations.
Co-founded and led by Robert Davari, Tixr came on the scene in 2013 as an upstart alternative to the monopolistic legacy ticket selling business. Built on a cutting-edge technology platform that empowers event producers to be flexible and reactive to market conditions, Tixr is making inroads with music festival producers, pop-culture events like Comic-Con, nightclubs and destination events all over the world.
When the pandemic hit, Tixr turned on a dime to develop a livestream ticketing platform which helped many of its clients weather the most challenging environment ever faced by live operators. Tixr was the first ticketing company to bundle an NFT with a concert ticket, with the Breakaway Festival this year. They successfully sold tickets to rock band KISS’s record-breaking, live streamed New Year’s Eve show from Dubai. And they continue to break new ground every day by developing technologies that empower producers to bring dynamic pricing to their events, bundle just about anything with the ticket, so that their relationship with their customer is extended way beyond the actual event.
“Legacy ticketing companies are built on technology infrastructure that is 20 to 30 years old,” says Davari. “That is why we brought Tixr to market. We are built on a framework that is flexible and nimble enough to respond to market conditions very quickly, whether that’s yield management and dynamic pricing, NFT bundles, travel packages, basically anything our partners can dream up, our system can handle.”
The fact that Davari leads a company with technology at its core isn’t a surprise. The son of a NASA scientist, Robert Davari literally grew up around technology. He taught himself web development and computer programming at the age of 13, and majored in Cognitive Science at UCLA, which sparked an interest in computer programming and Artificial Intelligence.
Davari is a successful entrepreneur spanning multiple industries. He founded the highly profitable telecom company Carrier Connect, which Davari bootstrapped into an enterprise that was doing $10 Million in annual revenue at its height. But even as he led Carrier Connect through over 13 years of success, Davari always found a way to incorporate his first love - music - into his life.
As a music fan and avid attendee of music festivals, Davari became struck by how frustrating legacy ticketing systems were for fans, and how old technology was no longer able to keep up with rising ticketing demands of massive tours and festivals. It was at Coachella 2011 when Davari and co-founder Patrick Stavro came up with the idea for Tixr. Now as the company approaches a full decade in business, Davari sees Tixr as perfectly positioned for the growing live event commerce space.
“Events of the future will revolve around a single e-commerce hub that provides a pathway for producers to create long term relationships with their customers, the fans,” he says. “And we built Tixr to be just that.”
Diamond takes pride in being an architect of artist development. He represents many of music's most creatively and commercially successful artists, including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Janelle Monáe, Sigur Rós, Sara Bareilles, Liam Gallagher, Sia, Lorde, Alessia Cara, Bastille, Snow Patrol, Jess Glynne, and Vance Joy, among others.
Diamond is a Samburu Trust board member, serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for the University of Delaware's College of Arts & Sciences, and is actively involved with Global Citizen and the Surfrider Foundation in an advisory capacity. Diamond and his family were honored at the T.J. Martell Foundation's 2013 Family Day. In September 2019 he received the City Parks Foundation's SummerStage Icon Award in New York.
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Fermaglich joined UTA in 2015 when the company acquired the world’s largest independent booking agency, The Agency Group (TAG). Previously, he spent 18 years at TAG where he played a pivotal role in managing a team of agents while cultivating the careers of many acts he represents to this day. Prior to that, Fermaglich worked at Artists & Audience Entertainment after a brief stint at ICM. His music career began shortly after he graduated from Skidmore College and started as an assistant at William Morris in 1990.
Recognized as a leader in the industry, Ken has been named to the Billboard Power 100 list four times and was nominated for the “Agent of the Year” Award at the International Entertainment Buyers Association Awards in 2016.
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Fogel personally oversees many of Live Nation's largest tours, connecting artists with millions of fans around the globe. Current tours include Lady Gaga’s The Chromatica Ball and Sting’s My Songs tours. Recently, Arthur oversaw the U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 with sold out concerts throughout Australia, New Zealand and Japan alongside performances in Singapore, Seoul, Manila and Mumbai where the band performed for the first time. Additionally, he oversaw the launch of Madonna’s Madame X intimate and innovative theatre residencies with 54 shows in just 8 cities in North America followed by an additional 37 concerts in Lisbon, London and Paris concluding in early 2020.
In May 2018, Arthur was awarded the Order of Canada, one of the highest honors of achievement given by the Canadian government.
Highlights from Fogel’s impressive career include:
U2’s 2019 revisit of The Joshua Tree Tour through Australia and southeast Asia.
The 2018 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour which served as a sequel to 2015's iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour.
U2’s 2017 Joshua Tree Tour, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the seminal album’s release. The Joshua Tree Tour’s attendance was over 2.7 million fans across 51 dates, including a record-breaking turnout in São Paulo, Brazil with four sold out stadium shows and 280,000 attendees. The overwhelming demand made the Joshua Tree Tour the top grossing tour of 2017.
Fogel also produced the band’s renowned 360° Tour, which became the most successful tour at that time, with 7 million tickets sold and $735 million gross, in addition to the band’s successful PopMart, Elevation, and Vertigo tours.
Madonna’s Madame X tour with over 90 shows in just 11 cities as well as her last six world tours, including the Rebel Heart World Tour, and the icon’s 2008/2009 Sticky & Sweet Tour, which became the highest grossing tour in history by a solo artist, grossing over $400 million.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s OTR II Tour, which performed 48 shows across 15 cities in the UK & Europe, as well as 24 cities in North America. Over 2.1 million fans attended OTR II, which grossed over $256 million, a 132% increase from the original OTR Tour in 2014, making OTR II one of the highest grossing tours of 2018.
Justin Timberlake’s 2018/2019 Man Of The Woods Tour, performed 115 shows in front of 1,681,000 fans for a total gross of $232 million. He also promoted Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience World Tour through 2013-2014.
Beyoncé’s THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR captivated stadium audiences across the globe and was the highest grossing tour of 2016, with over 2.2 million tickets sold and over $256 million gross.
Lady Gaga’s current Chromatica Ball Tour. The sold-out JOANNE WORLD TOUR which wowed fans in 2017 and became the #5 top earning tour of 2017 H also produced The Monster Ball tour (2009-2011), the highest grossing tour for a debut artist in history; the Born This Way Ball tour (2012-2013), the 2014 ArtRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour, and her 2015 tour collaboration with Tony Bennett.
His long-running history with Sting includes the My Songs tour which has performed Internationally since 2019. Sting & Shaggy’s The 44/876 Tour. Sting’s 2017 critically acclaimed 57th & 9th World Tour sold out all tour dates in North America, Europe and South America, visited Asia and festivals throughout Europe. Fogel has promoted Sting’s tours for the past 15 years, including the celebrated Police Reunion Tour, one of the top 10 grossing tours in history, with 3.3 million tickets sold.
Other artists Fogel has promoted include Rihanna, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Rush, Bette Midler, and Bruno Mars. He was also David Bowie’s tour promoter for 25 years.
His achievements have been recognized throughout the music industry with honors and awards including: awarded the Order of Canada (2018), induction to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2017), inclusion on Billboard Power 100 list for the last seven years, the TJ Martell Entertainment Visionary Award (2014), and Pollstar Promoter of the Year (2007). He was also the subject of the acclaimed documentary, Who The F**k Is Arthur Fogel – a backstage view into his career in which U2 front man, Bono, calls him “clearly the most important person in live music in the world.”
Fogel began his promoting career in 1981 with Toronto-based Concert Productions International (CPI), where he promoted artists and tours across Canada. In 1986, he was appointed President of the Concert Division at CPI, a position he held until 1995. He subsequently became President of The Next Adventure (TNA), a global touring company formed by the principals of CPI. In 1998, following the acquisition of the company by SFX, he oversaw the global touring division. In 2002, SFX was acquired by Clear Channel Communications, where Fogel ran the Global Touring division. In 2005, the live entertainment division was spun off as Live Nation.
In this role, continues to organize workers, negotiate contracts, and mediate disputes. In addition to traditional theatrical productions, his assignments often entail complicated events such as political conventions, awards shows, and multi-city festivals and music events. A hallmark of his philosophy of management-union relationships is always trying to get everyone to “yes.” His knowledge of production, along with his experience shouldering the responsibility of creating and managing production budgets, have been particularly valuable in representing workers.
In addition to his union work, Fr. David is the rector of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in New Jersey, and is the past HR Director for the Orthodox Church in America. He is also proud of his service as a director with the Event safety Alliance.
Serving as a priest at the same time as being a labor leader may seem like a strange combination of callings, but he sees it as completely consistent with the long tradition of faith leaders advocating for workers’ rights. As Fr. David likes to say, “It is my experience and belief that the faith community, in tandem with the trade union movement, are the most effective advocates for the dignity of all people.”
Prior to joining CAA in 2002, Gelbard was Vice President, Sales at Envision (an AEG company) where he was responsible for overseeing the naming rights and property sales divisions for a portfolio of 14 sports and entertainment properties. He also served as Director of Sponsorship with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he lead the organization to 300% growth in sponsorship revenue in his more than four years working on the business.
Gelbard graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Quantitative Economics and earned an MBA from the University of Southern California.
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Helena “Leca” Guimarães
He began his career at CAA in 2013 and was promoted to Agent in 2017.
Harris graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Communication.
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Ashish started his professional journey after completing his MBA specialising in Marketing in 1997. In 1999, he gave in to his passion for entrepreneurship and founded Big Tree Entertainment.
In 2007, seeing the growth in multiplexes and the increased credit and debit card penetration in the country, Ashish and his team launched BookMyShow as we know it today. While passionately driving his model for BookMyShow, he brought on board believing investors like TPG Growth, Stripes Group, SAIF Partners, Accel and Network 18 (Reliance). BookMyShow has also ventured into international territories and has expanded its operations to Dubai, Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
While BookMyShow embodies the true spirit of entrepreneurship and is a classic example of how a simple idea can go a long way in resolving a pertinent problem, Ashish also continues to invest his energies in creating and nurturing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, both within the organization and outside of it.
BookMyShow also gives back to the society through BookASmile, the charity initiative of the organization. Since its inception, BookASmile through the power of Re. 1 has positively impacted millions of lives across the country and continues to generate smiles within the lesser fortunate sections of the society.
Ashish believes in balance and indulges in a couple of leisure activities that help him stay focussed, including sailing. The BookMyShow captain cool considers the sea as a great leveller. He sails every week and participates in sailing competitions regularly along with his crew. Apart from being out at sea, Ashish is also drawn to the philosophy of Vedanta.
Mary Kay Huse
After starting her career as a business analyst with Rose-Hulman Ventures, a $55M venture fund, Mary Kay went on to join Exact Target in account management and service operations. After repeated promotions she was appointed to head up the company’s UK services and support division where she drove both record profit and revenue, earning her a promotion to Vice President of Global Services Strategy and Operations. In this role, she led the company’s global footprint and capability, a central factor in the company’s IPO and eventual acquisition by Salesforce.
Upon Exact Target’s $2.5B acquisition by Salesforce in 2013, Mary Kay was retained based on her record in driving bookings and profitability, appointed first to lead global sales operations and professional services and then as Senior Vice President of Salesforce’s Global Marketing Cloud Services, based in San Francisco.
After exceeding hundred-million-dollar and double-digit divisional growth targets, Mary Kay was elevated to Senior Vice President of Global Customer Success, managing a $1B P&L and 2,000-person organization in driving global adoption of programs across all clouds.
In 2018 Mary Kay was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Marketing Cloud, where she delivered on all key revenue, customer, product, acquisition and financial goals. During her tenure at Marketing Cloud, Mary Kay actively contributed to the company’s growth from $4B to $20B and its position as the leader in the CRM/SaaS industry. As the senior executive of Marketing Cloud she provided visionary leadership in navigating the organization to greater levels of top and bottom line performances, which she now exercises as the Co-Founder and CEO at Mandolin.
Mary Kay is recognized as a digital-transformation thought leader and well-respected industry speaker. She is a graduate of DePauw University, and she actively supports female leadership development and diversification in the technology industry, currently serving as Vice Chairman for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. She is also on the board of Nextech, a non-profit focused on computer science education in K-12 Indiana schools.
He has produced some of the largest and most renowned EDM festivals and shows across Europe and around the world like: Tomorrowland, Sensation, Mysteryland, State of Trance, and artists like Armin van Buuren and Hardwell.
In 2013, Rutger moved from the Netherlands to New York as part of ID&T’s expansion to the US, shortly after, the company was purchased by SFX II. Following ID&T to the USA, he started the New York office of Backbone International, a production company with offices in Amsterdam, New York, Hong Kong and Jakarta. He produced festivals like TomorrowWorld, Sensation, Electric Zoo, and Mysteryland in the US.
Rutger now serves as the Senior Vice President of Production and Operations at Insomniac where he oversees 30+ large scale festivals hosting up to 180,000 people per day and close to 400 concerts a year.
Insomniac is an American Electronic music event promotor and music distributor. Founded by Pasquale Rotella, it is best known as the organizer of the electronic music festival Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC).
Alongside EDC, Insomniac runs the electronic music events Beyond Wonderland and Nocturnal Wonderland, as well as Bassrush, Basscon, and Dreamstate. The company also owns a stakes in the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival and Rolling Loud.
Insomniac is also involved in the operation of three Los Angeles nightclubs, Exchange L.A., Academy and Time, as well as Club Space in Miami and Echostage in Washington DC.
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Previously, Brian managed AEG’s expansion of entertainment facilities in Europe as their VP of Business Development. This included the expansion of new or existing venues in the UK, Paris, Brussels, Spain, Holland, Istanbul, Moscow and Dubai. From 2015-2018 Brian also served as President of the European Arenas Association, a network of 36 arenas located in 21 countries.
Brian also operated businesses for Ticketmaster US and Ticketmaster International.
He has worked across numerous scenes, both geographically and stylistically. During the mid-80s, he was closely associated with the birth of house music. Acting as an agent for seminal artists such as Marshall Jefferson and Adonis, he organized some of their first international gigs at iconic venues like Paradise Garage and Ministry of Sound.
Katsis later moved to Los Angeles and became a partner at The Firm. At the agency, he helped the careers of Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Korn, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Snoop Dogg, One Direction, Audioslave, Limp Bizkit, Staind, and others.
Peter has organized and strategized countless concerts and tours, breaking boundaries and setting records along the way. The Backstreet Boys’ 1999 “Into The Millennium Tour” set a Ticketmaster record of sales, with 735,000 sold in the first hour. He produced the only concert by an American band in Castro-era Cuba with Audioslave’s 2005 performance to 100,000 fans in Havana.
In 2008 through 2014, Peter – along with partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank – founded Prospect Park Entertainment. During that time, he continued his work managing the music careers of top artists like The Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, Korn, Audioslave, Ice Cube, Death Grips, and the Backstreet Boys.
Currently, Katsis is a partner at YM&U Group in Beverly Hills, where he manages artists like, Bush, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fever 333, Jane's Addiction, The Clockworks, and Liz Phair, amongst others.
“THE BEST MANAGER IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS - PERIOD.” – Vanity Fair
Kells is most proud of and grateful for all of SMASHVILLE, the Loyal Legion and 7th Man for creating an amazingly unique bond with the Preds. Without their support, we would not have been recognized as Arena of the Year by Pollstar magazine, IEBA, CMA and ACM. Our fan support solidified our spot as a Top Workplace with The Tennessean and as the No. 1 professional sports franchise by ESPN, and without their tireless dedication to this franchise and passion for all we aim to achieve, we would not be the organization we are today. Kells is proud to serve these incredible fans alongside our core leadership group to continue reaching our organization’s ONEGOAL.
David quickly developed a passion for live entertainment after working his first concert at the age of 18 and is proud to have been part of Nashville’s live entertainment community ever since. Over the course of his career he has worked for SFX Entertainment, Great Big Shows, and AC Entertainment. Prior to joining the Bridgestone Arena staff, David helped manage the legendary Exit / In and has been involved in producing such festivals as Dancin' In the District (Nashville, Tenn.), Sundown in the City (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Birmingham City Stages (Birmingham, Ala.).
In addition to helping oversee Bridgestone Arena’s rise to one of the top venues in the U.S. and the 2017 Pollstar Arena of the Year award, Kells has received personal recognition for his hard work in the industry. Kells was named the 2017 Pollstar Venue Executive of the Year, International Arena Buyers Association’s Venue Executive of the Year in 2014, 2016 and 2019 and has been nominated for Pollstar’s Facility Executive of the Year 7 times. A lover of hockey from a young age, Kells’ hockey career peaked in 1980 when he received the Most Improved Player Award from the Massena Minor Hockey Association.
Kells and his wife, Lucy, reside in Inglewood and have one daughter, Kathryn.
Artist Group International
In 1999, the company name changed to AGI (Artist Group International), but the spirited work ethic only grew stronger.
In 2012, AGI became part of Y Entertainment which is part of the Yucaipa Companies.
Today, as President of Touring North America at Artist Group International, Adam oversees a diverse roster of over 100 clients that features superstar talent such as Billy Joel, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Rush, Def Leppard, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Poison among others, and up and coming Talent such as The Try Guys and Why Don’t We
Latimer was part of the inaugural executive team at the TD Garden and started as the Director of Marketing in 1995. Later, she launched the arena’s first e-business department, where she led a team dedicated to harnessing database marketing and website strategy. Latimer’s growth within the arena continued as she served for six seasons as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, responsible for developing and leading all sales and marketing strategies for the Boston Bruins and TD Garden. In 2012, Latimer was named president of the arena.
Under Latimer’s leadership, TD Garden has transformed. As arena president, she has led a $70 million, floor-to-ceiling renovation in 2015 and a multilevel, $100+ million, 50,000- square-foot expansion of the arena which opened to the public in 2019. Dubbed TD Garden’s Legendary Transformation, this project provided a completely enhanced fan experience, from new entrances, re-imagined premium products and amenities, state-of-the-art vertical transportation and several new bars, lounges and seating areas.
A recognized leader in the sports and arena industry, Latimer was named one of Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers” in 2011, “WISE Woman of the Year” in 2015 and a “Boston Business Power Player” in 2017 by Boston Magazine. With Latimer at the helm, TD Garden has been consistently ranked among The Boston Globe’s “Top 100 Women-led businesses in Boston.” Additionally, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s board of directors, serves on the Massachusetts Large Venue Security Task Force, and named to the New England Advisory Council for the Boston Federal Reserve.
Thanks to her extensive experience and knowledge in the sports and arena industry, she continues to raise the profile for Boston’s premier sports and entertainment arena by attracting national and international events, including the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four, 2016 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball East Regional and the upcoming 2022 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four.
Throughout her tenure at TD Garden, Latimer has overseen and participated in many of the arena’s charitable endeavors via Garden Neighborhood Charities, the arena’s philanthropic arm, and the Boston Bruins Foundation. Latimer currently serves as the Executive Director of Garden Neighborhood Charities in addition to serving on the MA State Advisory Board for The Salvation Army, the MIAA Educational Athletic Advisory Board, The Special Olympics of MA Advisory Board, and sits on the Board of Directors for Shooting Touch. She continues to play a key role in developing and hosting annual events, volunteer opportunities and financial support of community partners such as The Salvation Army, Action for Boston Community Development, Friends of Boston's Homeless, Good Sports and The Special Olympics Massachusetts.
The native of Ellicott City, MD received her degree in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, which she attended on a full basketball scholarship. Latimer also took political management courses at George Washington University and worked for Empower America while living in Washington, D.C. She currently resided in Topsfield, Massachusetts with her husband Jody and their three sons.
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Prior to UTA, Lewis spent 11 years in the music department at CAA, working with artists including Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Ludacris.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English.
Once in New York City, Dre rented out a studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn where he put together such records as French Montana & Jadakiss’ “NY Minute”, French Montana’s breakout single “Shotcaller” and over the next couple of years started to learn the ins-and-outs of the music business before moving his operation to LA in 2012.
Since moving to LA, Dre hasn’t looked back. He has the hottest artist in the world currently, with Post Malone securing four multi-platinum singles, the number #1 debut platinum album of all-time in Stoney and executive produced the number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in “rockstar” featuring 21 Savage breaking Apple Music’s weekly streaming record. Other clients on Dre London’s London Ent. roster include Tyga, Tyla Yaweh, producer Tank God and a few developmental artists that will be releasing content soon.
Even with the impact of covid-19 on the music industry, Dre’s ‘always grinding’ attitude has not let up. While Dre has been away from breaking records on tour, he has taken off on impressive business ventures across multiple sectors. Dre has exploded into the beverage industry with his Maison No. 9 Rosé collaboration, while also turning heads with the bold designs of Kruel London. In 2021, Dre is entering into the world of television and film while simultaneously launching the streaming platform AUX Live. These businesses are the beginning of a long list that prove that Dre London is much more than a manager.
With the vision of the American dream and a one-way plane ticket from Heathrow to JFK in 2008, Dre hasn’t looked back.
The thirty-year industry veteran – known for her exceptional eye for both talent identification and market/audience alignment – has created a niche orchestrating career paths for clients including content ownership, book deals, residencies and expanding their audience in tangible ways.
It is her ability to create unique and exciting opportunities, identify comedy that falls outside the “current buzz” and knack for building audiences that has made Marmel not only one of the most consistent managers in this arena, but also one of the most sought after.
Marmel began her career in comedy as a ‘door girl’ at the Comedy Corner in Colorado Springs at a time when Roseanne Barr was dropping into the same club for open mics. Shortly thereafter, she began scouting and producing talent for HBO's Comedy Arts Festivals, TBS's Comedy Festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago, dozens of television shows and hundreds of live comedy events. Over the course of a decade, Marmel saw over 2,000 artists annually at comedy clubs, theaters and concert venues across the globe.
In 2009, Marmel and her partners Robert Hartmann and Stu Schreiberg, founded Levity Live, a leading entertainment company that brings together award-winning production companies, talent management and development, and a network of premium mixed-use live entertainment venues under the Improv and Levity Live brands. Beyond leading the talent management division, Marmel actively participates in the development and execution of the company’s global growth strategy.
With over 150 hours of primetime programming slated for 2018, Marmel works closely with the company’s three production banners – Levity Productions, Triage Entertainment and Lando Entertainment – on both scripted and non-scripted programming across major distribution platforms including Netflix, Comedy Central, Showtime and Food Network. Over the course of her career, Marmel has been an Executive Producer on hundreds of comedy specials with some of the biggest comedians in the world including Amy Schumer, Trevor Noah, Daniel Tosh, Gabe Iglesias, and Jeff Dunham.
As Levity Live continues to expand its premium live entertainment venue platform across the United States, Marmel works closely with the Live Division on the discovery and development of new talent and formats, to expand the company’s access to cutting edge live entertainment and
solidify its reputation as the home for the next generation of breakout talent. Levity Live’s marketing engine coupled with Marmel’s keen understanding of and eye for emerging talent enables the company to champion fresh voices, providing them with the resources and platform they need to connect with audiences in meaningful ways.
In 2018, Marmel and the senior leadership team at Levity Live finalized two transformational transactions aimed at fueling the company’s long-term growth. In January, Levity Live acquired the legendary comedy brand The Improv, which expanded the company’s live venue platform enabling greater opportunities for talent discovery and development.
In her spare time, Marmel participates and supports Stand Up With Comedy, a nonprofit focused on providing ask-risk youth with opportunities using the principles of stand up comedy to develop lifelong skills such as public speaking, self-confidence, and creative expression. In 2021, Marmel became an active board member of Comedy Gives Back, which is a non-profit that supports local comedians in their community. Marmel, and her husband Steve, live in Seal Beach, CA with their two dogs.
Binta Niambi Brown
Omalilly Projects, Black Music Action Coalition
Binta is on Billboards 2021 Change Agents List, Billboards 2020 Hip-Hop & R&B Power Players list, Billboards 2020 Women in Music List, and has been recognized by emPOWER/Financial Times as #8 on its list of the 100 most prominent minority business executives globally, as a Fortune 40 Under 40 Business Leader, the Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans, Crain’s New York 40 under 40, JET Magazine 40 under 40, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been featured in Billboard, Variety, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, on CNN, the BBC and on NPR. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Columbia University School of Law, Binta was also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business and Government, Executive in Residence for the New Orleans Startup Fund, and has certificates from Harvard and Yale.
Binta is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities, and speaks and writes regularly about culture, politics and policy, the movement for Black life, women's issues and of course, music and the creative industries.
Nederlander Concerts &
Orjuela Entertainment, LLC
Quist began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley. He joined CAA in 2012.
Quist was named to Variety’s “Assistants to Watch” list in 2015 and was also named to the Forbes 2018 “30 Under 30” list in the Music category. In 2019, he was honored on Billboard’s Dance Power Players list. He is an active member of the music community, serving as the head of MusiCares Foundation’s Young Ambassadors Board. He also serves as a board member for the Forbes Under 30 community.
Quist graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Finance.
Howard Rose Agency
Prior to joining Legends, Natasha has worked in various human resources capacities across a variety of industries including high-tech and financial services. Her time in the sports world has been spent in South Florida with the operations of Levy Restaurants at Marlins Park and in New York at The Madison Square Garden Company. Natasha is a graduate from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Human Resource Management and has a Master of Science in Employment Law from Nova Southeastern University.
Elektra Recording Artist, Fitz & The Tantrums
In November of 2018, Noelle took a step outside of Fitz and The Tantrums and released “Great For You,” her Elektra Records debut as a solo artist. Created in collaboration with LA-based trio BRÅVES (comprised of producer and long time friend Johnny What and brothers Thorald and Issac Koren,) the song is a fully realized product of Scaggs’ ambition and creative vision – a sultry yet heartbreaking, alternative-pop ballad that hooks in the listener from the first beat, like a sonic love at first sight.
Beyond music creation, Scaggs is immensely passionate about two things: good food and world travel. Adventures with Scaggs, LLC. launched in 2018 and serves as her new production house, focusing on the development of original content series for the epicurious, music-centric and avid traveler alike. As a host, Scaggs showcases her travels with friends and solo journeys around the world, displaying the culinary experiences that inspire her the most. In collaboration with Tastemade media, Scaggs has hosted two travel series over the summer of 2019 and continues to connect with chefs, musicians, and communities around the world “to bring together good food, music and discovery.”
Noelle is currently working on her newly founded initiative, Diversify The Stage that launched the spring of 2020, created to foster more accessible pipelines to careers in concerts, events and touring for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Female-Identifying, and Gender Nonconforming communities. She started the initiative upon recognizing the lack of diversity she'd encountered while on tour and hopes to bring more awareness to artists and their respective teams to help build more inclusive hiring practices in the future.
Appetize has quickly become a leading, fully cloud-based point of sale (POS), digital ordering, and enterprise management platform trusted by the world’s highest volume businesses. As the technology hub for commerce, Appetize proudly connects all ordering technologies, including POS terminals, handheld devices, self-service kiosks, mobile and online ordering, with best-in-class application and technology integrations. We’ve simplified the transaction process in order to drive financial performance, improve guest experience, and future-proof operations.
Audrey Fix Schaefer
Communications Director, I.M.P.
Board Member and Communications Director, National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)
Audrey is the communications director for I.M.P. and its legendary venues in Washington, D.C.: 9:30 Club, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Lincoln Theatre. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and serves as its communications director, spearheading efforts to gain emergency relief for independent venues in the U.S. shuttered due to the pandemic. Prior to joining I.M.P. 14 years ago, she was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Sprint Nextel where she oversaw financial and crisis communications and media and community relations.
Music Forward Foundation
Solar joined APA in 2015 as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Music, was promoted to Partner and Co-Head of Worldwide Music in 2018, and named Head of Worldwide Music in 2021.
Prior to joining APA, Solar spent 14 years at The Agency Group representing a diverse roster of international artists. He began his career at the Harry Chickles Agency in Boston before joining Absolute Artists, where he oversaw operations for the very successful boutique agency representing numerous legendary acts.
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Artist Group International
Bao Vo Creative, Inc.
Bao’s experience as a refugee has influenced his songwriting, which focuses on themes of identity, interpersonal relationships, and sociopolitical issues. His social activism efforts include serving on the board of directors for The Slants Foundation and hosting a show and podcast called Coffee with BAO.
Oak View Group
As a journalist, Waddell has covered the live entertainment business for over 30 years, predominantly for Billboard, where he was Executive Director, Content and Programming, for Touring & Live Entertainment. He joined the Billboard family in 1987 as a Los Angeles-based reporter before relocating back to his home town of Nashville in 1991 to continue covering the live business as the industry changed dramatically.
Waddell’s byline has appeared an estimated 10,000 times under the Billboard banner, where he wrote features and news coverage on the global touring industry and other music-related topics for Billboard, Billboard.com, Billboard.biz, and Billboard Bulletin. He was a columnist for 20 years, with his weekly On The Road column considered a “must read” for touring industry professionals. Waddell has interviewed countless music industry professionals and the most successful artists of all time, including Billboard cover features on Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Tim McGraw, Roger Waters, the Eagles, Phish, Dave Matthews Band, the Who, Garth Brooks, Chelsea Handler, Miranda Lambert, Bon Jovi, Imagine Dragons, Kings Of Leon, Billy Joel, Kid Rock, and many others.
Ray Waddell has covered—and often forecasted—virtually every significant trend in the dynamic live music business in the contemporary era. His contacts in the industry are second to none. As the industry’s leading journalist, Waddell is highly informed on issues related to touring, concert promotion, event marketing, booking, artist management, ticketing, festivals, sponsorships, production, merchandising, venues, tour deals, and any other topic related to live entertainment on a global basis, across all genres. He often serves as an industry consultant, is a frequent speaker at university music programs and industry events, and has been widely quoted as a touring business expert in such publications as USA Today, the L.A. Times, the New York Times, the Boston Herald, Time, People, Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR, CNN, and many others.
Waddell helped launch and programmed 13 consecutive Billboard Touring Conference & Awards events, which each year hosts the most influential executives, artists, dealmakers and visionaries in the live business. Speakers at the Billboard Touring Conference have included such artists as Roger Waters, John Fogerty, Halsey, Skrillex, Gene Simmons, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, Florida Georgia Line, Perry Farrell, Warren Haynes, and virtually every major player in the industry. At Oak View Group, Waddell will oversee existing conferences within the platform, as well as launch new events targeting the venue, touring, sports and entertainment sectors.
He is the co-author of the Random House publication “This Business of Concert Promotion & Touring,” which is considered the definitive guide to staging, promoting and marketing concerts and tours. The book has been used as required text in music business courses at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, the University of Georgia, the Berklee College of Music, Syracuse University's Bandier Music Program, New York University, and several others.
Waddell lives on a farm North of Nashville with his wife of more than 20 years, Teri, amid five dogs, three horses, and assorted other animals.
Russell and his 400-person team develop high-impact, purposeful marketing partnerships across Live Nation’s network which spans 45 countries and includes 200+ venues, 4,000 touring artists, 40,000 annual concerts and 100+ global festivals, including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, ACL Live, Governors Ball, EDC Las Vegas, among others. A partnership with Live Nation gives brands access to more than 100 million fans around the world as they discover, plan for, experience and relive live music events.
Under Russell’s leadership, the team has created award-winning programs for many of the world’s biggest brands including Anheuser-Busch, Hilton, Cisco, Adobe, Infiniti, Revlon, State Farm, and more. With an unmatched offering of music venues and festivals, digital assets and rich audience intelligence, Live Nation has developed its sponsorship and promotion business into a multi-platform, entertainment media powerhouse that delivers the most unique and comprehensive partnerships in the music industry.
Russell has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Billboard’s Power 100, and a member of Billboard’s Branding Power Players. He has also been featured in publications including Ad Age, Adweek, CNBC, Forbes and has spoken at leading business and marketing conferences including Fast Company Uncensored, Advertising Week New York, ad:tech, SXSW and IAB Mobile Marketplace.
Prior to his current position, Russell held senior sponsorship sales positions for Live Nation’s predecessor companies and divisions Clear Channel Entertainment, SFX Entertainment and ProServ.
Russell is a member of the Advertising Council, Inc. and the Association of National Advertisers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Wasserman also serves as President and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, a private family foundation founded in 1952 by his grandparents Lew and Edie Wasserman. The foundation currently funds in the areas of education, arts & culture, health, service, and global initiatives. Wasserman is a trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including The Jules Stein Eye Institute, The LBJ Presidential Library and The Motion Picture & Television Fund.
Wasserman serves on the board of directors of Activision and the digital media company, Vox Media. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and resides in Los Angeles.
In this role, Mark leads Hilton Honors, Hilton’s 110-million-member global guest loyalty program. He is also responsible for Hilton’s global partnership network of more than 130 strategic partners, as well as the management of a global portfolio of co-branded credit cards. In addition, Mark oversees customer engagement, CRM and personalization for Hilton’s 18 distinct brands.
Mark joined Hilton from MarketBridge, a sales and marketing strategy consulting firm, and prior to that consulted for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He graduated from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business with degrees in marketing and finance.
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