Ascend Insurance Brokerage
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.
With a clear strategy and a large focus on international expansion of the organization, Danielsson continues to lead his team to maximize the potential of the business and move Feld Motor Sports productions into new, untapped markets.
Monster Jam has competed in more than 30 countries to date including playing in South Africa for the first time in 2019 with 3 sold out events. In addition, Danielsson brokered the deal to bring the brand to Saudi Arabia and even oversaw the logistics of flying 12,000-pound trucks to and from the country.
Danielsson’s background is rooted in marketing and business management across the music, sport and entertainment industries, holding prior leadership roles as President at Touring Exhibitions, Senior Director at Feld Motor Sports (formerly Live Nation Motor Sports) and Head of Marketing at Live Nation Scandinavia. With Touring Exhibitions, he developed and toured internationally ABBAWORLD, a traveling interactive exhibition about the musical phenomenon ABBA. He was also the driver behind the opening of the permanent ABBA the Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
Danielsson has presented lectures on brand-building and sponsorship at internationally-renowned IHM Business School in Stockholm.
The Michael Des Barres Program
Michael Des Barres was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, Michael was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, Michael penned the song “Obsession”, which later became a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion; the track continues to be featured in countless movies, television shows and commercials.
Being no stranger to down and dirty rock, Michael released several full length solo albums and singles. His fifth solo album, “The Key to the Universe.” was released in 2015. Not one to rest on his laurels, Michael followed up the album with a pair of raucous singles, “Living in the USA” (#2 in Little Steven’s Underground Garage Coolest Song in the World for 2018) and “Gotta Serve Somebody” on Steven Van Zandt’s label, Wicked Cool Records.
In 2018, Michael began his latest project, forming the LA rock band The Mistakes, whose entire ethos can be summed up as, “We play very loud and we make lots of mistakes.” Michael continues to prove himself as one of the most charismatic front men in rock, selling out shows across Los Angeles, and the band currently has two singles on Wicked Cool Records, “Crackle & Hiss” and “Stop! in the Name of Love” both of which are currently in heavy rotation on SiriusXM. 2018 also saw Michael’s return to the CBS TV show, MacGyver as Nicholas Helman, the mentor of Murdoc in his earlier years, who now has a deadly score to settle with him.
Tim is an “AV Preeminent Rated” attorney, and is rated by both Super Lawyers© and Leading Lawyers© publications. Tim was honored as one of the Law Bulletin’s 40 under 40 Attorneys to watch.
Tim is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, currently teaching courses in Sports and Entertainment Law. Tim has served as a legal analyst for ABC, Fox, and WGN.
Tim is an accomplished legal writer, published as an author and contributor in nationally respected law reviews, periodicals, and bar association publications including the New York Times, the LA Times, USA Today, ESPN the Magazine, the American Lawyer, and the Sports Business Journal.
Tim is actively involved with the Bunkers in Baghdad charity, and has served as an Advisory Council member at the Fetzer Institute, and a Selection Committee member for the Tillman Military Scholars program.
Now, with a career that spans over 25 years in virtually every facet of the industry, he has played an integral role in the security design, implementation and administration of many national and international event. These included the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, twelve NFL Super Bowls, World Youth Day, the FedEx Orange Bowl and concerts of over 80,000 people in Central Park, Golden Gate Park and Piedmont Park. Jim is also the Tour Security Director for the Dave Matthews Band. The past 15 years working with DMB has only added to Jim’s experience and expertise in every conceivable venue and situation. From major stadiums, arenas and amphitheaters to festivals and improvised venues, few have his level of experience. Other projects have included the security coordination for many celebrities and high profile athletes at the ESPN XGames and Main Stage security coordinator for both Bonnaroo and Coachella music festivals. He was also the Security Director for all events held at Bader Field in Atlantic City, which has hosted over 250,000 spectators in 2011/2012. In 2011, Jim became the security project manager for the Houston Free Press Summer Fest. He was also the lead on public safety planning for the site-built Delaware Junction Festival in 2015. In this position, he has redeveloped all event security and medical planning and created a comprehensive Emergency Action Plan for the event. Jim also is the public safety project manager for several EDM festivals including Digital Dreams and Decadence NYE. He has also been the festival security director for Bumbershoot Music Festival and most recently has taken of the security leadership for Denver Comic Con that services over 140,000 patrons. He is also active in the Event Safety Alliance and recently completed leadership training within ESA.
Jim is committed to continuing education and innovation within the entertainment security industry. This has led to his participation in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Program. He is a Certified Trainer through DHS and the University of Las Vegas in Terrorism Awareness, with the emphasis on the protection of “soft targets”. Jim has an undergraduate degree in both History and Political Science and a Master of the Arts degree in Educational Assessment. In 2013 Jim completed a Master of the Arts degree in Forensic Psychology, with an emphasis on Homeland Security and Targeted Violence. With this education, he is one of the industry leaders in terrorism awareness as it relates to live music events. Integrating his knowledge of local event security with professional law enforcement and EMS has become a great asset to many festivals and live music event producers.
Grey Street Events
Charlie is a well-respected executive leader with the proven ability to transform events financially, operationally, and experientially. With over fifteen years of experience serving as a creative producer and hands-on project manager, he is known for executing first-class events.
Charlie is also a passionate industry leader in delivering world-class entertainment in safe environments. He is certified by both FEMA and the Event Safety Alliance.
Charlie launched his career during high school in his hometown of Bristol, TN by promoting and selling out a concert with renowned artists Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer. After obtaining a B.S. in Philosophy from Wofford College, he joined AC Entertainment, best known as the co-founders of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. At AC, Charlie rose to VP/Producer, overseeing all concert production and festival operations, while also serving as a senior talent buyer. After nearly a decade at AC, Charlie was recruited by Danny Wimmer Presents as the SVP of Operations in 2015, where he worked for four years before launching Grey Street Events.
His past projects include Aftershock, Big Ears, Bonnaroo, Bourbon & Beyond, Chicago Open Air, Forecastle, Gentlemen of the Road, Louder Than Life, Welcome to Rockville, and hundreds of concerts in clubs, theaters, arenas, and stadiums across the country.
Event Safety Alliance
California Suicide Prevention Network
Lyn joined the agency in 2000 as a Program Director for Adult Outpatient Services. In 2005, she became the Division Director for the Suicide Prevention Center, and a leading advocate in the field of suicide prevention. She has testified before the California Legislature in support of statewide suicide prevention funding for all California Lifeline Centers. She also established the California Suicide Prevention Network (CSPN) in collaboration with ten statewide crisis centers to help build local capacity in suicide prevention and to encourage widespread adoption of best practice programs, interventions, curricula and protocols.
She has conducted over 200 clinical lectures on suicide assessment and intervention and has trained hundreds of first responders in crisis intervention, including FBI agents, SWAT Crisis Negotiators, Los Angeles Police and Firefighters, 911 Dispatchers and members of the LAPD Mental Evaluation Unit.
She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1999. She collaborated with Suicide Prevention Center co-founder Dr. Norman Farberow on a chapter in the book GRIEF AFTER SUICIDE: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors, which was written by Drs. John McIntosh and John R. Jordan and published in 2010. She also was a lead author on the Survivors of Suicide Attempts support group curriculum which has been shared with mental health professionals in all 50 states and 30 countries.
Her passion and dedication to suicide prevention comes from personal experience. Lyn Morris is a survivor of suicide having lost a cousin in 1999 and a close friend in 2004.
Norkin recently signed Duki, the biggest South American trap artist, and booked him in Mexico for fall 2019. Duki recently performed at high-profile music festival Coordenada and sold out El Plaza Condesa on his debut show. Norkin also signed Lali, the biggest pop star in Argentina, who co-hosted Premios Juventud this year.
Additionally, Norkin confirmed Amara La Negra for Pride shows in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco and World Pride in NYC. He recently booked US tours for clients including Eros Ramazzotti with a 17-city tour in 2020, and Latin Grammy winner and Grammy nominee Monsieur Periné with a 37-date tour. Norkin is also the agent responsible for booking Paulina Rubio’s 10-city US tour earlier this year. He brought Spanish rock band Vetusta Morla, who regularly plays sold-out stadiums in Spain, to the US with their first ever 11-city club tour in fall 2019. On the festival side, he has booked several clients at major events including Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Rock and Rio and more.
Jeremy is also an important player in bringing US acts to LatAm, including Post Malone’s South American debut at all three Lollapaloozas in the territory alongside Bring Me The Horizon and LANY, Ms. Lauryn Hill’s 6 LatAm shows, and Muse’s two-night Mexico City stadium shows at Foro Sol. He booked Aurora on a successful 8-city tour and Bush’s tour with Stone Temple Pilots throughout Latin America, as well as Cypress Hill’s last expansive tour in the territory.
Doug grew up in Nashville and has been married to his wife, Erica, since 2003, after meeting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They have 5 children ages 7 to 13. His hobbies include golf, outdoor activities, and spending time with family and friends.
The Goddess Rocks
It was off to a quick start and she toured the UK and Europe with the likes of Bon Jovi, George Michael, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Tina Turner, and hundreds of others.
After catering the Moscow Music Peace Festival for Doc McGee in 1989, Debbie landed the Paul McCartney world tour and fell in love with Chicago during her travels. It was the summer. She thought she would stay for a few months and is still there.
She opened several critically acclaimed restaurants in Chicago including a chain of Australian style delis The Goddess and Grocer.
She sold EYHO but still had the passion for backstage catering so 14 years ago she opened The Goddess Rocks and is the go to show caterer in Chicago. Recent tours include Fleetwood Mac, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande.She is also the in-house caterer for Teatro Zinzanni, Chicago.
She is an adrenaline junkie of big shows and festivals and feeding thousands of people. Bring it on!
Ann Marie’s experience and unique abilities have made her one of the most sought-after creative forces in the entertainment industry. As a film composer, she worked closely with Hans Zimmer on films such as: Interstellar, The Little Prince, The Amazing Spiderman, The Lone Ranger, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, Twelve Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, and Sherlock Holmes, among many others. Ann Marie has also contributed to recordings by Pharrell Williams, Damian Marley, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Dave Matthews, Tyler the Creator, Ringo Starr and many others.
As a performer, Ann Marie has shared the stage with Lady Gaga, Pharrell Williams, Skrillex & Diplo, Justin Bieber, Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart, Alicia Keyes, Avicii, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Steve Vai, Yanni, and AR Rahman.
Ann Marie is a passionate mother of twin girls and a biotechnology enthusiast. She loves learning, hacking, invention, innovation, problem-solving, and panning for gold.
In addition, he leads operational initiatives for C3 with the goal of improving overall experience for attendees at events and venues. These initiatives include enhancing event safety and security; creating business process efficiencies in accounting and contracting; and overseeing the USFO division, which provides sanitation solutions at 25+Live Nation-owned amphitheaters throughout the country and 8-12 festivals per year.
As a proud alumnus of the University of Kansas, Tuba continues to give back to the institution that provided the foundation for his career. In 2017, he founded the KU LEAP Program to increase awareness among college students from various disciplines about career options and professions available to them within the entertainment industry. From future lawyers to those pursuing careers in public relations, marketing and theatre – and everything in between – participants gain valuable insight from professionals as well as first-hand exposure of how those careers fit within the umbrella of the entertainment industry via an immersion experience at Lollapalooza Chicago.
Blue Norther Live
An entertainment industry veteran, Sokol spent the last 11 years in the music and production industry as a Festival Director at C3 Presents, a company creating live experiences for millions of fans across the globe. During her time at C3, Sokol produced and worked on numerous large-scale events including Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Lollapalooza Chile, The 57th Presidential Inauguration, Austin Food + Wine and many more. Since the launch of BNL in 2019, Sokol has produced and is currently working on Beto For America – Presidential Launch, The United States Conference of Mayors 2020, Austin’s New Year’s Eve Concert, and more.