SPEAKERS

Jake Berry

Jake Berry Productions

BIO
Known throughout the industry as the go to guy for any successful tour, Jake Berry is the founder and CEO of Jake Berry Productions, a leading tour production management company.  Hailing from Devon, England, Jake comes from modest beginnings.  Mr. Berry’s career began as a drum and percussion technician, progressing through various international tours with groups such as The Rolling Stones, U2 and Metallica. 

A multiple award winning production director, Jake has produced some of the largest and most successful tours and events in the world.  Jake is responsible for all operational aspects of the production from sound and lighting to worldwide strategy and transportation.  

Mr. Berry is a huge fan of motorsports, supporting young racecar drivers in various categories from Formula 1 to NASCAR, assisting in the management and development of their careers. 

With a diversified set of skills, the Jake Berry led Jake Berry Productions continues to be the premier Production Company in the world offering services in touring, sporting and large private events.

Maria Brunner

Insight Management | Musically Fed

BIO
With a distinguished career spanning over 40 years in the entertainment industry, Insight’s clients are a hit list of legends including Eric Clapton, The Moody Blues, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, MCA Nashville, Clint Black, Donna Summer, St. Jude Children’s Hospital’s Country Cares, baseball luminary Tony LaRussa, Nickelodeon’s Yo Gabba Gabba, the Wiggles, and a variety of tours and festivals including Eric Clapton’s historic Crossroads Festival. Providing strategic marketing, tour promotion and artist management services, Insight Management is located in Scottsdale, AZ.

Maria began her career working for over a decade for legendary promoters Jerry Weintraub and Tom Hulett at Concerts West, whose stellar client list included Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, John Denver, Neil Diamond, Earth, Wind and Fire, and many more. Maria’s responsibilities included tour marketing, project marketing, record releases and a variety of entertainment events.

Dedicated to giving back to the next generation of entertainment industry professionals, in 2002 Ms. Brunner helped found the entertainment business program at the University of Montana, where she continues to teach and hold an advisory role. Maria has additionally held an advisory board position at California State University’s Entertainment Business Program, where she was a visiting instructor.

Maria’s lifelong commitment to working with the music industry to mobilize and improve the lives of others extends beyond education. Presently, Maria sits on the board for two regional St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital initiatives, plus their new rock music program, as well as Phoenix animal rescues, PAC911, Valley Dogs and Veterans and their Pets. Maria additionally resided on the boards for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital’s Country Cares for Kids for over 29 years, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s ARF for 10 years, and renowned musical instrument non-profit, Ear Candy for 5 years.

Maria is the Founder of Musically Fed, a non-profit dedicated to engaging the music industry to fight hunger through repurposing excess tour catering and now providing support to those in need in the music industry due to the loss of work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 40 years of relationships and expertise in the entertainment industry, Maria brings invaluable experience and counsel to ensure the success and exposure of projects at both a grassroots and international level.

Shelly Cohen

TheatreArtLife

BIO
Shelly Cohen has over 10 years of experience working in the Entertainment Industry with a background in production logistics, brand management, tour operations, and talent management. For the past 6 years, Shelly has been proud to live a life on the road managing shows in venues across 49 states & 9 Canadian provinces from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Honolulu, HI. As a Company Manager for VStar Entertainment, the family entertainment division of Cirque du Soleil, Shelly has led incredible touring units for the North American tours of Sesame Street Live, Paw Patrol Live and Trolls Live. In 2019, Shelly spent 7 months managing her company’s inaugural international tours across 20 cities in China as the International Touring Manager of Paw Patrol Live “Race to the Rescue” & “The Great Pirate Adventure”. In addition to her touring background, Shelly has work experiences in regional and summer stock theatre at the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. and Broadway at Music Circus in Sacramento, CA.

In addition to her BA in Film Studies, and numerous film development internships, Shelly received her graduate certificate in Film & Television Producing through the UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television. As an industry professional, Shelly is passionate about embracing her passions and skills in talent management, logistics & travel coordination, production, operations and budget finance within the Film/Television industry and has worked in the production office for several studio feature films.

Honored for the opportunity to give back to the entertainment community, Shelly has remained true to her values and passion for educating and supporting entertainment professionals around the world as the Company Manager for TheatreArtLife, a global live entertainment media site, and serving as an Ambassador with the Actors Fund LinkedIn Challenge. Shelly has also proudly participated in several industry webinars and podcasts to further educate professionals on topics related her background experiences.

Steve Drymalski

Neil Young and Pearl Jam

BIO
Steve Drymalski has been producing shows for the better part of the last 30 years. He is one of a small handful of concert industry professionals who has work experience from both a venue, and promoter perspective as well as having toured in multiple capacities.

Steve is currently working as the Production Manager for both Neil Young and Pearl Jam. Previously, he has toured in the same capacity with Kings Of Leon, Soundgarden, Steely Dan, Stone Temple Pilots, The Cure, Dispatch, The Moody Blues, and Aerosmith.

In between tours, Drymalski works with Lambda Productions as one of their team leaders. He has headed up the Production team for the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware, as well as, Electric Forest in Northern Michigan. Additionally, he has handled the stage manager duties on the main stages at Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN and the Hang Out Festival in Gulf Shores, Al. for multiple years. He also filled the roll of Operations Manager for Bonnaroo in 2006.

He was the VOD Stage Manager for 2006’s Ozzfest tour and has produced multiple corporate, and special events around the country in the last 10 years including, the Minneapolis Aquatennial Celebration, the PJ20 Anniversary shows outside of Chicago, and the KDWB Jingle Ball in Minneapolis/ St Paul.

Drymalski has served as a Live Nation Tour Director for multiple tours. He also worked as Director of Production for Live Nation’s Minneapolis Region as well as filling a dual role as House Production Mgr for Target Center. Previous to that, he ran Alpine Valley Music Theatre, a 35,000 seat ampitheatre in East Troy Wisconsin as well as The Eagles Club Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wi.

Other achievements from Drymalski include his Stage hand training program that he incorporated at the Bradley Center Arena in Milwaukee. He served on crews on The Lilith Fair, The Horde Tour, Smashmouth, Righteous Brothers, John Hiatt, and The Eagles in which he worked in multiple capacities including lighting tech, stage manager and rigger.

Steve calls Rosemount Minnesota home where he resides with his wife Colleen,3 dogs and a cat. Steve has two kids (27 and 25) who have both ventured out on their own quite successfully. He is also a grandfather of one.

Todd Dyer

CAPS, A Cast & Crew Company

BIO
Todd Dyer is Vice President of Sales for Venues, Music Tours & Live Events for CAPS, a Cast & Crew Company. As the senior leader in the Live Entertainment department, Todd serves top-level entertainment clients for the Employer of Record Payroll Services Company. He has over 25 years’ experience as both venue operator, managed services provider and business development executive within the sports, entertainment, convention, and special events industry. Todd’s clients and projects have included major music festivals and concerts, world class touring acts, conventions, sporting events, and major league sports teams - recruiting, training, and managing thousands of crew members at a time. These days, Todd supports the administrative side of crew productions for live events & festivals, venues and touring acts by ensuring an efficient, digital and secure environment is provided for staff onboarding, timekeeping, secure document storage, and workers compensation/medical insurance, all while providing employer of record payroll services to over a thousand clients in the industry.

Notable clients and projects Todd has worked with include:

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

Seattle Seahawks

Houston Texans

Miami Heat

Florida Marlins

FedEx Orange Bowl

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl

Super Bowl XXXVI

Super Bowl XXXVII

AEG Presents

House of Blues Entertainment

Live Nation

San Diego Street Scene

Coachella & Stagecoach Music Festivals

Jimmy Buffett

Phish

Rolling Stones

Kenny Chesney

Billy Eilish

PGA Golf

Vans Warped Tour

San Diego ComicCon

San Diego International Auto Show

University of Miami Football, Basketball & Baseball

University of Cincinnati Athletics

NCAA Basketball Tournaments

Halsey

Justin Timberlake

Florida Panthers

San Diego Symphony

Tina Farris

TF Tours

BIO
Since being invited to join the touring family of the Legendary Roots Crew back in 1999, Tina hasn’t looked back, amassing a client list that has included some of music’s hottest acts including Chris Rock, Lil Wayne, Queen Latifah,  Jill Scott, Maxwell, Nicki Minaj, Solange, Ella Mai and Anderson Paak just to name a few. A quick look at some of the most successful tours in the past six years would reveal that Farris was at the helm of many of them.  The force that is Tina Farris managed the highest grossing tour in the history of Hip Hop, Lil’ Wayne’s AMERICA’S MOST WANTED TOUR. The following year, she hit the road with The Black Eyed Peas, guiding the group through 15 countries, 76 cities and 99 sold out shows before 1.3 million attendees, grossing more than $86 million dollars along the way. She rejoined Lil’ Wayne when he and Nicki Minaj headed out on the I AM STILL MUSIC TOUR – then broke from Wayne to build Nicki Minaj’s solo touring career. Following this success, she used her masterful skills to guide the elusive D’Angelo during his critically-acclaimed comeback run in Europe and the United States. In 2018 she led the Chris Rock Total Black Out tour selling 500,000 tickets worldwide. She is also a producer of Queensfest, ESPN Live Nation Women's, Global Citizen South Africa, and The Roots’ annual GRAMMY Jam (which has amassed a cult-following.) This is a night of who’s who clamoring for a single show ticket and has been heralded as the must-attend event during Grammy week! From Steve Lacy to Solange...Tina leaves no talent untouched. There is none other like Farris. Dave Chappelle’s “Artist Whisperer” is a tour de force and was recently, rightly chosen...as one of  Pollstar's Top Tour Managers of 2019. “I build performances. That’s what I do.”

What’s next? Tina has pivoted into a full time digital production since the onset of Covid-19. Roots digital Picnic, Black Star Live! and Planet Afropunk are just a few of the events she’s produced in 2020.

Rebekah Foster

Ujima Sound Productions Ltd.

BIO
Rebekah Foster has been in the business for over 35 years. An unlikely profession for a Black woman who went to college to study sports medicine. While in college, her passion for music, specifically audio engineering, could not be denied. She decided to step out on faith and follow her passion. She hustled! She was willing to work anywhere she could to gain experience and exposure. She put her heart and soul into succeeding in this industry and succeed she did. In 1987, she started her company, Ujima Sound Productions Ltd. Named after one of the principles of Kwaanza meaning Collective Work & Responsibility, Rebekah takes this to heart. It is how she has tried to live her life and run her company. “I figured if a client hired my company to assist them, I could have input on staffing thereby ensuring that more of ‘us’ were working “

Rebekah has been fortunate to work with an array of artists from different genres as a recording, FOH or MON engineer, backline tech, road manager, assistant tour manager, tour manager and/or production manager. From legends such as Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie and Bobby Blue Bland to contemporary legends like Boogie Down Productions, Queen Latifah, Eve, Missy Elliott, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, SWV, Naughty by Nature, Marcus Miller, Outkast, Puffy, Biggie & Bad Boy Family, DNice, Brandy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Joe Sample, A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip, Steel Pulse, & Prince.

As a child, she vividly remembers seeing the Jackson 5 at the Hollywood Bowl. That concert started her love for live music. At the time, she did not realize or understand that God was preparing her for life’s passion which is her career. Rebekah has worked with her artists at some of the most notable music festivals & venues such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Montreux, Lollapalooza, Smoking Grooves, Lilith, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo & Wembley. Rebekah honestly admits it has been tough but doesn’t regret the struggle. She was challenged due to her race and my gender. Oftentimes, she was dismissed but she kept at it. Eventually learning all of the job positions. She even managed Grammy Award winning group Naughty by Nature for many years. These days, Rebekah works as a Tour Director, Tour Manager, Production Manager and as well as where it all began – as an Engineer.

Rebekah loves the music, her tour family, the travel and the audience. She feels music is another expression of God’s love. Rebekah loves the adrenaline of getting the show prepped, loaded in, up, executed and out to the next venue. “I love the process of the art as it is created from the inception to when it arrives at rehearsal until it hits the stage. Music is universal. It brings all these different people from different backgrounds together for one purpose. It is love in motion.” She considers herself blessed to be a part of bringing that love around the world.

Given the current situation in the world, Rebekah is even more determined than ever to give back. While the live music business has basically been shut down since March, she has still found a way to give back. She still lives in the Bronx, which is one of the areas most adversely affected by the pandemic. She helped organize and volunteers her time at a food pantry, runs errands for the elderly and handles the day-to-day operations for her church while keeping up to date with all the changes that are happening within our still shut down industry.

Her biggest joy comes from the young people whom she has introduced to the music business. Since starting Ujima, Rebekah has had interns whom she has exposed to every aspect of the business. Some of these interns were able to travel the world due to their commitment to work, learn and listen. Some of whom are now industry professionals in their own right.

Rebekah is the oldest daughter of the late, Rev. Wendell Foster and Mrs. Helen Foster. Rebekah attributes her exposure and love of God, music and the arts to her parents. Her mother introduced her to all genres of music. Her father, a writer and actor in his younger days, introduced her to the theater especially the Black theater. Some of her earliest memories are of being with actors and singers such as Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Linda Hopkins and Odetta. Her greatest joys while not on the road are cooking (she can burn) and spending time with her 10-year-old niece, Nia and 3 dogs.

She is thankful to her parents for their support and encouragement for her less travelled path over the years. It is Rebekah’s hope that more people of color and especially women of color can rise to the top and have equality in this industry.

Joey Gallagher

Gallagher Staging

David Garretson

IATSE

BIO
Early exposure to theater and ballet, combined with a high school trip to watch the load-in of a Broadway tryout in Boston, led Fr. David to what has been a decades-long career in the entertainment industry. Starting in 1974, with his first jobs in summer stock, and then working as an extra hand for IATSE, he eventually found his theatrical niche as a lighting designer and technical director for various ballet, theater and opera companies. He continued as a production electrician and supervisor for numerous Broadway productions, national tours and industrial theater events, and in 1996 was appointed to be an IATSE International Representative.

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.”

Jeff Giek

Rhino Staging & Events Solutions

BIO
Jeff founded Rhino Staging in 1991 in Tempe, Arizona. In the 30 years since then, the company has grown into one of the country’s largest suppliers of labor for the live events industry. Rhino’s mission is to enable successful events by providing safe, courteous, and professional technical support with integrity through conscientious service to its clients and its employee team members. 

In 2002, Jeff founded Rhino Access, a full-service work-at-height company. Rhino Access specializes in difficult access solutions and creative problem solving for work-at-height challenges. Company personnel also provide SPRAT level I, II, & III training and evaluations, fall protection training and have performed services all around the world.

Jeff is a graduate of Arizona State University. He and his wife and two children live in Southern California.

Dr. K. Elizabeth Hawk

Ampersand Intelligence

BIO
Dr. Hawk is a physician scientist and President of Ampersand Intelligence. Her integrated MD/PhD training built a foundation to explore translational discoveries, understand the research process, and teach new emerging concepts. Following an undergraduate degree in Molecular Cell Biology at UC Berkley, Dr. Hawk completed a master’s in medical radiation physics and a PhD in Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School. She then completed her medical doctorate, residency and dual fellowship requirements at the University of Southern California (USC), and is now dual board certified in Nuclear and Molecular Medicine as well as Radiology. Currently, Dr. Hawk holds several national leadership positions in organized medicine and is internationally recognized as a thought leader in artificial intelligence applications. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has strategically applied her translational abilities to ensure sports, entertainment and hospitality spaces create safer environments for people to gather and thrive.

Charlie Hernandez

JustABunchOfRoadies

BIO
Charlie Hernandez is a world renowned production manager, president of QED Productions and a founding member of The Event Safety Alliance.

He is the long-time production manager of the annual Farm Aid charity concert, and has worked with artists such as Sting, The Police, David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones.

Charlie is also the co-founder of the non-profit organization JUSTABUNCHOFROADIES.ORG, whose mission is to respond to specific project based needs in a collaborative, efficient manner with the companies and individuals who work in the touring music industry in order to execute humanitarian based projects domestically and internationally.

Hernandez is the 2012 recipient of Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes pioneering, influential professionals and their contributions to the live event industry.

Marty Hom

Fleetwood Mac, Shakira, Stevie Nicks, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Van Halen, Lionel Richie

BIO
Tour Manager/Director – Fleetwood Mac, Shakira, Stevie Nicks, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Van Halen, Lionel Richie

Lance K.C. Jackson

Co-Founder, Roadies Of Color

BIO
Lance “K.C.” Jackson is the Production Stage Manager for the Legendary R&B group Earth, Wind And Fire. Lance is also one of the Co Founders of the Roadies Of Color United Social Network and Professional Association. Lance’s Career spans over 40 years in the Entertainment Services and Live Concert Touring Industries.

Lance has over those years learned to wear many hats to stay active in the game everything from FOH Engineer, Monitor Engineer, Electronics Tech, Audio Tech, Truck driver, Guitar Tech, Keyboard Tech, Stage Manager, Production Manager and Tour Manager.

Lance has been privileged since that first tour to have toured every single year since then on some of the Hottest Tours and with Main stream A List Gold and Platinum Artist. The Gap Band, Larry Graham, Rick James, Cameo, Marvin Gaye, Jeffery Osborne, Luther Vandross, Patti LaBelle and Justin Bieber to just to name a few

Lance Thanks this Industry and the many folks who shared their knowledge and stage craft with him to help him development his various skill sets and for molding a lot of his character and professional ethics which he now shares through Roadies Of Color United.

Laurie Jacoby

BSE Global

BIO
Laurie Jacoby is the Executive Vice President and Chief Entertainment Officer of BSE Global where she oversees programming and marketing for Barclays Center, including the booking of concerts, non-tenant sporting events, family shows, and award shows. Additionally, she is responsible for the development of other premier live events at the venue.

Prior to joining BSE Global, Jacoby spent 22 years with Madison Square Garden Entertainment, where she held the position of Senior Vice President of Concerts and Entertainment. In her more than two decades of experience, she was responsible for hundreds of high-profile concerts and events at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. Prior to joining The Garden, Jacoby held various entertainment positions in Washington and Virginia with companies such as Wolf Trap Foundation and One Reel.

Jacoby is a very talented and widely respected leader in the entertainment industry. She is the current Pollstar Award winner for Venue Executive of the Year, an honor she has earned a total of three times. Other accolades include being named to Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music Executive list and 2019 Power 100 List.

An Atlantic Beach, New York-native, Jacoby earned a B.S. in Telecommunications from University of Oregon and currently resides in New York City.

Rutger Jansen

Insomniac Events

Steve Lawler

Live Nation

BIO
1970 to 1976 – While attending college at the University of Houston Steve began producing arena and stadium shows. Working for the university and local promoters.

1976 to 1981 – Steve toured with bands and was the lighting, production, and stage manager, producing more than 400 major concerts throughout the United States and the world touring with legendary bands such as Peter Frampton, Foreigner, Boz Scaggs, Gary Wright, Lynyrd Skynyrd to name just a few.

1981 to present – worked for Pace Concerts, then Clear Channel Entertainment. And now Live Nation. Producing shows and was involved in developing promoter owned venues.

At Pace Concerts, Steve produced famous concerts and special events in stadiums, such as the George Strait Country Music Festival. He has toured around the world with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kiss, and Aerosmith to name a few.

In Steve’s extraordinary career, he has had the opportunity to touch on other mediums in the industry such a television events and was an iatrical part of the 2002 Super Bowl Half Time show, featuring U2. He used his expertise in producing the Monsters of Rock Tour and the memorable Texxas Jams.

Has won several promoter rep awards from performance and tour link.

Ralph Marchetta

Phoenix Suns Arena

BIO
As General Manager and Senior Vice President, Ralph oversees all operations of the Phoenix Suns Arena. In addition to servicing professional sports teams that include the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and the Arizona Rattlers, Ralph books all events at the Phoenix Suns Arena including working with the NBA, WNBA, and AFL to schedule all regular season and preseason games. Ralph has booked hundreds of concerts including Adele, Barbra Streisand, U2, Eagles, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, George Strait, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Pink, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Vicente Fernandez, Juan Gabriel, Andrea Bocelli and many others. Ralph has extensive relationships with Feld Entertainment (Disney on Ice and Live Stage shows), World Wrestling Entertainment and many other family show and concert promoters. Ralph has been at the Phoenix Suns Arena since prior to the venue’s opening in 1992.

In managing the Phoenix Suns Arena as a key asset to the community, Ralph works with the leadership of the City of Phoenix and other government agencies. In addition, Ralph serves as board member of various agencies including the Phoenix Sister Cities, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Police Department Reserve Foundation, the Arizona State Fair Foundation, Italian Association of Arizona, and NABI (Native American Basketball Invitational). Ralph also serves as Past President of the Phoenix Boys and Girls Clubs.

Ralph graduated from Arizona State University.

David “5-1” Norman

Tour Forensics

Bob O’Brien

SOS Global Event Logistics

BIO
Bob O’Brien has been in the music industry since 1988,touring solidly with some of the biggest names in music during that time.

He has spent over 15 years as a Production Manager for artists such as The Corrs, Ellie Goulding, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, The Script amongst many more and has been involved in some of the largest events in the music industry over the past 30 years.

He stepped back from the touring circuit in 2018 in order to head up SOS Event Logistics which is the Touring & Entertainment division of freight specialists SOS Global.

Most recently,during the COVID pandemic he has hosted a series of podcasts in which he talks with current tour veterans and industry legends.

Bob is currently engaged in the Middle East setting up a larger footprint for SOS Event Logistics with a view to being able to service the needs for our client base throughout the entire Middle East region.

Bill Reeves

Roadies of Color United International

BIO
With more than 40 years of experience it’s safe to call Bill Reeves a showbiz veteran. Bill started working in the mid 70’s as a stage hand at a casino showroom in Lake Tahoe California. Conversations with guys working with the various acts that appeared in the showroom prompted Bill to get a job with a company that supplied lighting rigs to touring acts. So it was that the first time he attended a concert was also his first job working on the road. He never looked back.

Starting as an electrician on tour for such acts as Alice Cooper, Tony Orlando & Dawn and Chicago Bill progressed quickly to working as a Lighting Director, Production Manager and eventually as a Tour Manager.

Over the years Bill has worked with such acts as Teddy Pendergrass, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Usher, Maxwell and Anita Baker. He has worked numerous times for acts such as Luther Vandross (14 years), Prince (4 tours), D’Angelo (3 tours) and is entering his 14th year working with Anthony Hamilton. Along the way he has worked as a site coordinator, venue production supervisor and company manager for a Broadway musical.

About 10 years ago he co-founded a social network group called Roadies of Color United. That group now has close to 1000 members and recently filed papers to become a 501c(6) Professional Association to better serve the goals of advocacy for a more inclusive and diverse workforce in the concert production industry.

Sarah Rio

Sixthman

BIO
Sarah Rio began her freelance career as a Theatre and TV Costumier & Wardrobe Manager in her hometown of Manchester, England, followed by a touring career which took her as far afield as Melbourne, Australia and onboard Norwegian cruise ships in the Caribbean. This launched her (literally…) into her second career in Hotel Operations gaining unparalleled experience in the cruise line industry, establishing herself as a respected advocate for the guest experience. Currently working as Vice President of Operations & Marketing for Sixthman, Sarah is widely known for her leadership, mentoring, and process improvement expertise. Sixthman is the global leader in music-based destination experiences, creating festivals on land, sand and sea. While work continues to take her around the world, Sarah is happy to call Atlanta, Georgia home, where she relaxes by tending to her ‘English garden,’ and looking after a menagerie of rescued cats and dogs, with her husband Bob.

Roger Sandau

Epic Brokers

BIO
Having always focused his professional attention on the music and entertainment industries, Roger Sandau has spent the past thirty years advising entertainment clients in a variety of executive roles in the legal and insurance fields. Following graduation from UCLA in 1988, with a BA degree in Economics, and Hastings College of Law in 1992, with a JD degree, Roger spent several years as an entertainment transactional attorney, specializing in the representation of performing artists, producers, record labels, publishing companies and event promoters. In 2000, Roger entered the insurance field via the creation of a bespoke online insurance program for weddings and special events. Beginning in 2001, Roger established the Los Angeles office of Robertson Taylor Insurance Brokers, and held the position of Chief Executive Officer until his departure in 2005. Thereafter, he continued his focus on providing contingency insurance to entertainment clients through positions with Aon Albert G. Rubin, Doodson Broking Group UK, Integro USA Inc., and, since 2019, in the role of Managing Principal with EPIC Insurance Brokers. He is a widely recognized expert in the field of music and event contingency insurance and serves as a key insurance advisor to many of the top-grossing tours, global live music promoters, venue operators, festival producers and event organizers both domestically and internationally.

JEREMY SHAND

Event Tech Ops

BIO
Jeremy began his career in the live event industry in Sep 1994 when he was hired by Stageco US as part of the Green steel team on The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Tour. Jeremy spent the next 18yrs working with the Stageco team on a wide variety of projects ranging from music tours to corporate events to major sporting events such as The Olympic Games. Over time Jeremy moved from touring technician to warehouse technician to drafting/design work to Project Manager.

At the end of 2012 Jeremy struck out on his own. Jeremy continued to work with Stageco on special projects but also branched out and lent his 18yrs of structural and project management experience to the likes of TomorrowWorld, MysteryLand, Pemberton Festival and Tortuga Festival to name a few. He also began working with WWE on special events such as WrestleMania, doing site coordination and design oversight for WWE production designer Jason Robinson.

In July of 2014 Jason Robinson (production designer) and Duncan Leslie (SVP) of WWE brought Jeremy on board as the Director of Television Production Management. In the past 6+ yrs Jeremy has been part of a WWE team that has brought stadium sized events to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah and Riyadh) and Melbourne Australia in addition to large scale events that are done in the United States each year. All while the television touring production continues to do Monday night RAW and Smackdown Live every Monday and Friday, 52wks a year.

Robin Shaw

Upstaging, Inc.

BIO
Robin Shaw is one of the major influencers in the development of Upstaging, Inc., which provides stage lighting, video, set construction and trucking services to the live event and the touring industry.   Robin was one of the first women in the business of touring production and has been an innovator in the field for over 30 years. Her clients are truly the who’s who of the music business and live event production. She was also one of the founders of Los Angeles Women in Music, serves on the board of the Parnelli Awards, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.  She is also a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization.  Robin believes that her industry is one of the most interesting, capable and collaborative businesses in the world.  She says that the people she has met along the way have become some of her greatest friends.

STEPHEN SHAW

Round Room Live

BIO
Stephen Shaw is the Founder and Co-President of Round Room Live after starting the company in the fall of 2016. Stephen previously served as President of Michael Cohl’s company S2BN Entertainment from 2014 to 2016. Stephen gained extensive knowledge of the international entertainment industry working for The Rolling Stones’ worldwide tours in 2002 (Licks Tour) and 2005 (Bigger Bang). Subsequently in 2006, Stephen was hired by Concert Productions International, and learned the concert-touring world from some of the greatest visionaries and pioneers of this industry, who were responsible for promoting some of the highest-grossing arena and stadium level concert tours in history. Stephen has nearly 18 years of experience in tours & exhibitions working as a trusted custodian for brands that include The Rolling Stones, Oprah Winfrey, Marvel, Universal, 20th Century Fox, & Entertainment One.

Michael Strickland

Bandit Lites

BIO
Michael T. Strickland grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee where at age 12 Michael started what would become his lifelong passion, Bandit Lites. Michael moved the firm to Knoxville to attend the University of Tennessee and University of Tennessee Law School, while serving as Kenny Rogers Production Manager.

Through the many years’ artists such as Garth Brooks, The Monkees, Alice Cooper, WWE, Lord of The Dance, Brooks and Dunn, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Jimmy Buffett, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Alan Jackson, Pink, Carrie Underwood, Queen, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Jason Aldean, REM, Widespread Panic, Aerosmith, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Barry Manilow, The Judds, and hundreds of others have worked with Michael and Bandit for all their lighting needs.

In 1999 CNN USA Today named Michael as Entrepreneur of the Year. Over the years Bandit Lites has won 26 Lighting Company of the Year Awards. Strickland was named Distinguished Alumni from The University of Tennessee College of Business. The University also bestowed on Strickland the Presidents Service Award, Alumni Council Service Award, The Development Council Service Award, and many others. Strickland is in the East Tennessee Business Hall of Fame, The Nashville Business Hall of Fame and was awarded the Parnelli Visionary Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020 Pollstar Magazine named Strickland as an Impact 50 Award winner as one of the top 50 most impactful people in live entertainment.

Bandit Lites now has offices globally in Knoxville, Nashville, Charlotte, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Bandit has over 300 full time employees and 200 part time employees.

The 53-year-old Bandit Lites continues to grow in 2021. The company philosophy of Humanomics has propelled Bandit Lites to the forefront of the industry as taking care of people has insured the highest quality service in the world. Michael is the founder and Chairman of the Board. The people at Bandit Lites are what make the firm the global leader it is.

Debbie Taylor

ACDC, U2, Black Sabbath, Guns ‘N Roses & The Rolling Stones

BIO
Production Coordinator and advocate for the human element of touring, Debbie strives to improve her beloved community in areas including physical wellness, mental health and continued personal & professional growth. With 15+ years of industry experience, she expertly executes logistics and crew management for top grossing international tours as well as boutique festivals.  Favorite tours include: ACDC, U2, Black Sabbath, Guns ‘N Roses & The Rolling Stones.

CHRIS WEATHERS

Live Nation

BIO
Has produced and/or managed the following types of events:  

Concerts (stadiums, arenas, theaters, clubs, festivals)

Tours (Tour/Production Manager on various tours)

Corporate Events/Business Meetings

Special Events / Charity Events

Theatrical Events

Radio Events

Holiday Celebrations (NYE, 4th., Christmas; etc.)

Entertainment Charters & Island Events

Tour & Show Design

Entertainment Venue Design & Consulting

Member of Advisory Board of several Industry Trade Publications

Kelly Weiss

ICM Partners

BIO
Kelly Weiss is a music business affairs attorney based in Los Angeles, with experience in all areas of live entertainment including artist representation, venue management, production and touring. Kelly began her career during college as a summer intern with Pittsburgh, PA concert promoter Dicesare-Engler Productions. After graduating from college and moving to Los Angeles in 1990, she worked at the Wiltern Theatre and from there became the box office and marketing manager for the Lollapalooza tour from 1992-1997. Between tours, she attended law school, graduating in 1997 and went to the William Morris Agency as a music business affairs attorney that same year. After 16 years at WMA (now WME), she took a break from practicing law and became the General Manager for the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. She returned to practicing law in 2015 and worked at Paradigm Agency and then Live Nation as the attorney for global touring. Kelly is currently the music business affairs attorney for the Concerts division at ICM Partners.

Malcolm Weldon

Just A Guy Pushing Boxes

Zito

Zito Production Services

BIO
Zito has been a touring production manager for over 21 years currently handling Green Day. Previous artists include Ariana Grande, Josh Groban, Tim McGraw/Faith Hill, OneRepublic and many others. When touring ceased due to the pandemic, Zito and his wife pivoted and started a cinnamon roll bakery, Rock N Rollz Nashville. Adopting their slogan, “Buy a Roll, Save a Roadie” they partnered with MusiCares and in 2020 were able to sell over 33,000 cinnamon rolls and help raise over $35,000!