Owner/talent booker, Neumos
How he got his job: "I’ve been a music junkie and going to shows for 30+ years now. Yes, that makes me sound old, but I did get an early start. I never knew I could work in the music industry until I met Lori LeFavor and she brought me in as her assistant at RKCNDY. I worked for her for a few years and was hooked. Some years later I was booking and running I Spy, and that’s when I decided I wanted to go work for Linda Derschang at Chop Suey and learn how to run a business. My plan was to open a little bar, Liberty, which was the very first business other than my Wake Up promotions and consulting company I was involved with. The next thing I knew, I was taking over Neumos and what would become Moe Bar, Barboza, and Pike St. Fish Fry. Opening businesses is a little addictive. I hear it’s kind of like getting a tattoo. Once you have one, you want more."
What he does: "As for my day, it always starts with my mocha, waffles, and yogurt, and then I’m ready to rock. If I’m not off to a meeting with new potential clients or business partners, then I’m at my home office working on my computer. I generally either have basketball games, news, or CNN in the background, or new music that keeps me grooving while I respond to the couple hundred emails that I get every day. My time is spent researching artists that we want to send an offer to, and putting together information to send to their agents. I spend a lot of time working with my production managers talking about how we can promote the shows we have going, and going over all of the day-to-day stuff it takes to make shows happen.”