These were panelists from the 2013 conference
Shelly Yakus: Music Engineer
Considered as one of the best engineers and mixers in the music industry. Formerly chief engineer and vice president of A&M Records,Yakus' engineering work has help sell in excess of one hundred million records, equaling over one billion dollars in sales. He was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Shelly Yakus has engineered recordings for many performers, including John Lennon, the Ramones, U2, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Alice Cooper, the Band, Blue Öyster Cult, Dire Straits, Don Henley, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, The Pointer Sisters, Lou Reed, Bob Seger, Patti Smith, Suzanne Vega, Warren Zevon, Star Radio and Elliott Murphy. He acted as Assistant Engineer (1967–1969) for recordings by Dionne Warwick, Peter, Paul & Mary, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Count Basie & His Orchestra, and Frank Sinatra.
Anthony DeCurtis: author and contributing editor at Rolling Stone
DeCurtis's work has appeared for more than twenty-five years, and occasionally writes for The New York Times and many other publications. He is the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work, as well asRocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters. He is also the editor of Present Tense: Rock & Roll and Culture, and co-editor of The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll and The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd edition). His essay accompanying the Eric Clapton box set “Crossroads” won a Grammy Award in the “Best Album Notes” category, and he wrote the liner notes for U2′s recent release of the remastered live album Under a Blood Red Sky, and for the DVD release of their historic Live at Red Rocks concert. He has written about U2 since 1984, and his most recent interview with Bono was for Rolling Stone’s 40th anniversary issue. He is currently writing a biography on Lou Reed. He's also won a Grammy award for Best Album Note for his essay, which was included in Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" box set.
Marilyn personally owned a copyright management company for a 15 year period and sold it to some of her employees two years ago. Marilyn graduated from Otterbein College.
Neil is a lyricist and has written many Christmas and Easter Musicals as well as texts for many individual songs/anthems. She also writes articles for a monthly magazine. Niel graduated from Hanover College.
Has been President on Lorenz Publishing Company from 1965 until 2008 when his son took over that position. He remains Chairman of the Board at the family owned company. The Lorenz Company is one of the largest print music publisher of sacred and educational music materials. It is also one of the few companies that does their own printing for their publications and well a printing for many other music companies. Geoff has been President of the Church Music Asso. at four different terms and currently is Chairman of the Action Fund for CMPA. The Action Fund is actively involved in protecting copyrights by educating The Congress on the value of copyrights. He is currently serving on the CCLI's (Christian Copyright Licensing Inc.) Advisory Board in his 16th year. Geoff attended Hanover College and Harvard Business School and is active on a number of other private and public boards.
Was the CEO of the Lorenz Publishing Company starting in 1964. In the 80s, he resigned his position at Lorenz moved to Nashville from Dayton OH and started a contemporary Christian company, Lorenz Creative Services. During his ownership he served as President of the Gospel Music Association and his company won many Dove Awards including Artist of the Year award. In 1991, he sold his company to a large multi-national company BMG Music. Steve attended Otterbein College and Harvard Business School and is currently Co-Chairman of a large Christian missions organization in the Ukraine and Africa which he founded.
Richard Abowitz: Entertainment Leader for PennLive
Entertainment leader for PennLive. Originally hailing from the Philadelphia area, Abowitz has written for a number of noteworthy publications, including Rolling Stone and The Daily Beast website, where he regularly covered Las Vegas events like the Adult Video Awards.
He is a graduate of the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Hollins University, where he received a master's degree in English.
Prior to working at PennLive, Abowitz was of the editors and writers at Gadfly, a short-lived, quixotic arts journal that won an award for cultural coverage from UTNE Reader.
He was a senior writer and editor at Las Vegas Weekly from 1999 to 2009, and was a columnist and blogger for Los Angeles Times, where he covered the Las Vegas scene.
A lifelong (and self-described "obsessive") Bob Dylan fan, Abowitz most recently served as editor-in-chief at the Jackson Hole Weekly in Jackson, Wyo.
Robert A. Case: Music Career Consultant
Rob Case has over 25 years of experience in the music industry. His music has been placed on various cable and network television programs. He has consistently produced albums appearing in a broad range of categories on the Grammy entry list. Today, Rob Case makes his knowledge available to you. Whether you need detailed one-on-one consultancy, a conference speaker or panelist, or need the generalized advice he offers for free, Rob Case has the experience, knowledge, and a lifetime of resources available to help you.
Chaz is a music industry veteran of 11 years having worked for "Priority Records" of Hollywood,CA (1995-2001), where was responsible for such artists as Ice Cube,Snoop Dogg,NWA,Master P,Dr Dre and Mos Def to name a few. He was a "Sales Representative" for six years for that company. His duties included setting up new releases, advertisingr(radio and print ) and instore signings in the NY and NJ markets. He also was employed for 1 year at "Navarre Distribution" of Minnieapolis,MN (1994-1995) as a "Field Service Representative" covering NY,Boston and Philadelphia markets performing the same duties. Chaz started his career as a Radio Promotion person at "Great Bay Distributors Baltimore,MD"(1991-1994). He was responsible for soliciting new releases to radio stations in the NY,NJ and Boston markets. He interned for Emi-Manhattan Records from 1988-1990 in the Publicity dept. as well as Blue Note Records. He is a "recording artist" currently signed to the "Smoketone Records" label of Florissant,CO as well as part time guitarist for "Leon Hendrix". He has been signed to several other labels and has toured the US,Canada and Europe extensively. In 2012, Chaz was inducted into "The NY State Blues Hall Of Fame" and will be releasing his upcoming DVD which will be added to my catalog of 4 CD's.
Doug Gould: CEO Worship MD - Worship Technology Consultant
Doug's calling is to train and equip worship and technical teams in the selection and operation of audio and music technology as it applies to our worship services. Over the last ten years he has presented hundreds of worship conferences all over North America.
He is a veteran of the Pro Audio and Music Industry for over 30 years serving in management roles as U.S Market Development Manager for Shure, and Sales Manager roles at Tascam and E-Mu Systems and has been a worship leader, musician and tech at various churches for just as long.
He is the founder of Worship MD (Market Development) a consulting firm that helps Professional Audio and Music Technology manufacturers build relationships with the church through education. His main activities revolve around teaching workshops at over thirty-five major training events annually.
The companies that presently support his activities are Audio-Technica, Presonus, Aviom, Aphex, FLY Worship, Onsong.
In the past he has served as a consultant to D'Addario, Korg, Vox, Line 6, Pearl, iConnectivity, Listen Technologies, Waves, Westone, Ultimate Ears and Etymotic earphones.
Jimmy Griggs: JRA Fine Arts. Entertainment Booker
JRA represents both Contemporary Christian and Classic Mainstream Bands, Comedians, and Theatre. JRA's exclusive roster includes Award Winning Platinum and Gold selling acts like: Skillet, Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Britt Nicole, Francesca Battestelli, VeggieTales, Tim Hawkins, Rhonda Vincent, Collin Raye, BJ Thomas, Jaci Velasquez, Nicole C Mullen, and The Screwtape Letters.
As a highly respected Nashville Booking Agent, with over 20 plus years of diverse experience, Jimmy is an expert consultant, for artists looking to create a career, in an elusive, and tightly controlled industry. With a candid approach, and a dose of humor, he enjoys sharing the "insiders guide to success," while outlining a few common pitfalls to avoid, like: "song sharks," and "pay to play gigs." A conveyor of practical, easy to follow equations that lead to booking dates, attracting a manager, or a major label, Jimmy Griggs is an approachable, mentor.
Fred Hermanson: Director, Engineering at Rovi Corporation
Fred Hermanson is responsible for leading Rovi's CE Engineering Group and the development of Rovi's hybrid Service Provider/CE guide products. A seasoned engineering executive, Fred has twenty-five years of experience with embedded software design and development for digital entertainment products including DVD and Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and televisions. Fred joined Rovi in 2011 in connection with the acquisition of Sonic Solutions where he served as systems engineering manager under the DivX engineering organization. His team developed DivX TV, an Over-The-Top internet video service available on LG Blu-ray players. Fred holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University. His patents include "Real Time Flash-based User Interface for Media Playback Device" (US Patent #20110258623), "Systems and Methods for Utilizing Supported Players Via a Shared Multimedia Framework" (pending) and "Systems and Methods for Common Applications Platforms
Anthony Lattanze '07 has repaired over 3000 instruments. His 15 years as a carpenter and education from the Lebanon Valley College music program lead him to his practice in luthiery. His company, "Lattanze Guitars Ltd.", opens a its new shop next month in Bridgeport, PA.
Rachel graduated from LVC in 2012, with B.A. in Music Business and Spanish. She began working with NYC-based documentary film company, Brick City TV a few months after graduation and kicked off her career in the entertainment industry as a Production Assistant on BET's Obama re-election special, Second Coming: Will Black America Decide the 2012 Election? She spent the first half of 2013 in Newark, NJ, working in the field as an Associate Producer and later in post-production as Music Supervisor on the docu-series, Jersey Strong, for Participant Media's new TV channel, Pivot. Her most recent endeavor is with Brick City TV again, working in post-production and music supervision for CNN's Chicagoland, Executive Produced by Robert Redford.
Sherri Mullen: President/Creative Director of RDSD Publishing, LLC
Sherri Mullen is the President/Creative Director of RDSD Publishing, LLC which includes ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC publishing companies, representing a catalog of over 500 songs from talented artists/composers spanning the globe. As a publisher, Sherri has secured hundreds of placements in artist projects, film, television, commercials, and print. This former internet radio and TV show host is also a music business consultant, a music supervisor, a voting member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), and an adjunct professor at Lebanon Valley College, where she teaches a Music Business course covering copyright, performing rights, publishing, and music licensing. Sherri has performed on stages from Nashville to Pennsylvania, and has won awards for songwriting, performance, best new album, and female vocalist. Songs from her four independently released CDs have appeared internationally in film, television, & radio.
Jason Rubal: Seventh Wave Studios
Jason is an internationally acclaimed record producer who has become famous for making some of the most edgy and unique records with artists who are truly on the fringes of the mainstream. Seventh Wave is a single private recording studio owned by Jason Rubal.
Paula M. Savastano: SSA Music Services
Specializing in Copyright, Licensing, Royalties and Publishing, Paula Savastano has worked in the music business for m>re than 25 year. As a classically trained musician, she began her career in Opera Management, but quickly made the switch to the popular music realm. She has worked in administrative management and intellectual property departments for several notable companies including Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Spirit Music Group, Rykomusic, Cherry Lane Music, Musical Heritage Society and Turn up the Music.
For several years, Paula's knowledge and experience has been sought after by publishers and record companies to assist them with audits, royalties and copyright issues. After significant and continued demand, she started her own company, SSA Music, which provides financial, legal, auditing, licensing and royalty consulting services to a diverse clientele ranging from independent musicians to major music publishers and record companies. In recent years, SSA Music has expanded to offer catalog pitching and placement for a select clientele.
Paula is an active speaker at educational conferences and universities around the country. She has held the position of Adjunct Professor in the Music Industry Departments at Drexel University and William Paterson University. She is active member of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), National Association for Recording Industry Professionals (NARIP), Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Music and Entertainment Industry Educators' Association (MEIEA) and Sigma Alpha Iota (Women's Professional Music Fraternity), where she is currently President of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter, and serves as advisor to a local collegiate chapter. She is also an active musician, performing in the greater New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, as a freelance flautist.
Jason is the creator and president of OnSong, an app that enables musicians to use digital chord sheets on stage. His passionate is to help worship teams and musicians become more effective in their abilities through the use of appropriate and easy-to-use technology. He believes this technology promises to foster a spirit of creative collaboration around the world.
Since graduating from Messiah College in 1999, Jason has been on the forefront of technology leadership. He has successfully started three technology companies over the past 13 years and continues to evolve the state-of-the art in music technology on mobile computing devices. He resides in Mechanicsburg, PA with his wife Jaime.
Jessica Garcia: Founder of Springwood Productions / Audio Technician, Director, Cinematographer
Jessica Garcia, , has been working with live sound for 20 years. It wasn't until the winter of 2009, however, that Jess would get her first taste of studio production with the soundtrack for the musical "Embrace". This award winning soundtrack provided her the future opportunity to work with numerous artists throughout Maryland, and just six months later Jess would record demos and EPs for ten artists! In the winter of 2010, Jessica would find a new passion in direction and cinematography through her experience with the short film "Awaiting-Anamnesis". The overwhelmingly positive response which the company received from the trailer of this short film has provided Springwood Productions many new and exciting opportunities. And so, Springwood Productions (a company previously devoted solely to audio recordings) would expand their focus to include short and feature films, music videos, and much more. Jessica's work-driven attitude combined with her many talents as an audio and film producer, director, cinematographer, etc. fuel the fire of her independent company.
Buddy Oliver CEO: FiberPlex Technologies
FiberPlex Incorporated has been a leader and innovator in the Fiber Optic Communications industry since 1987. It was founded by engineers who had the vision of future communications and understood its value to governmental and civilian security. In 2004, spearheaded by Buddy Oliver, the company introduced the LightViper™ brand of products bringing its extensive knowledge and expertise into the Pro Audio market.
FiberPlex Technologies, LLC was formed by Buddy Oliver and Cynthia Oliver Peters in July, 2011 for the purpose of acquiring the assets and operations of FiberPlex, Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the electronic manufacturing industry and Federal contracting, Buddy is fully equipped to lead FiberPlex Technologies LLC to an exciting and prosperous future.
Oliver and FiberPlex Technologies were recognized in November 2013 with the coveted 2013 premiere PARTNER Award by connectivity company Neutrik USA.
Michael got his start out of LVC working as a production director for WQXA-FM (105.7 the X) and WRKZ-FM (Z country). Meanwhile, he honed his production skills working at local studios such as Progressive Enterprises, Cape Sound, Churchbox, Mix Place, Built From the Curb, and his own studio KIVO Productions. With a name change and fresh construction build out, his studio moved from Hershey to Harrisburg in 2011 and the name has been changed to MDW Productions. His retail experience was gained managing a local music store- from which he was hired as a manufacturer's rep with The RPR Group. Michael then took a position with rep firm SK MAC in 2012.