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.
Doug Gould: 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: Entertainment Booker
The grandson of multi-Oscar Award winning special effects producer A.D. Flowers (The Poseidon Adventure, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Towering Inferno, The Godfather, 1941, etc.), the "entertainment gene" was present at birth. For the last 20 years, Jimmy has served the music and performing arts industry with excellence, a passion that culminated in the ownership of two agencies with highly respected and loyal clientele. The award winning JimmyG Entertainment Agency concentrated on booking show bands, jazz, classical and specialty acts for corporate, amphitheater, college, country club and private event entertainment. In 2003, Jimmy was honored to accept the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee on the Board of Directors for MPI (Meeting Professionals International, VA Chapter) after winning MPI Awards for ""Most Successful Event""" and ""Chapter Manager of the Year."" While concurrently doing a radio show from 2005-2010 for American Family Radio, a network of Christian National Recording Artists led to the formation of a new booking division, Mid Atlantic Christian Artists. It was from this division that a working relationship formed with the contemporary Christian music side of Jeff Roberts & Associates (JRA), leading to a position with JRA Fine Arts in August 2011. Jimmy is dedicated to serving his clients with the excellence to be expected from a broker of world-class entertainment. "