JaBurg Wilk Law Firm-
Attorney at Law
Neal Bookspan is an Equity Partner at Jaburg Wilk, a Phoenix-based law firm. For over 26 years, Bookspan has worked with clients on business issues including in the areas of commercial disputes and issues, real estate matters, debtor/creditor issues and construction litigation. These matters include working on the prosecution and defense of complex, multi-party disputes, as well as transactional matters involving the sale of businesses and real property. Bookspan has a pragmatic approach to solving client’s legal issues and frequently looks for a practical solution in the client’s best interests. Bookspan frequently publishes articles on a range of legal and other business issues in BusinessLawGuy’s Blog (https://businesslawguy.com/), as well as a music blog named the Friday Jam(s) that, in addition to being sent to a large email following, can be found through playlists on YouTube. He also invests his time in his community by serving on non-profit Boards, along with serving on the Board of Musically Fed.
Senior VP Marketing
Steven Taliaferro is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Live Nation's Country Touring division, and directs national tour marketing for a veritable ‘who’s who’ of country artists. In addition, Steve manages the national marketing and promotions for Live Nation’s Country Megaticket program.
Taliaferro’s music industry career began at Jacksonville University, where he booked concerts, was Student Activity Board President, and began working for industry powerhouse, Cellar Door Concerts of Florida. After graduation, Steve continued working with Cellar Door, ascending in the ranks from runner, to overseeing statewide marketing and booking concerts and events throughout Florida as Director of Marketing, to overseeing D.C Amphitheater and Cellar Door's D.C. area marketing as Director of Marketing for the Mid-Atlantic region.
Prior to his current position with Live Nation, Steve served as the Vice President of Marketing for Live Nation's South region, overseeing marketing efforts for Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Video/Movie/Special Projects Producer
Whether overseeing The Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, serving as Marketing Director for numerous 5-star Caribbean Resorts, donating her time and serving on the board of numerous non-profit organizations, or producing and directing concert DVDs, feature films, and television programming, Trinity does it all with a creative style that makes it look easy.
Along with her continuing work with legendary members of Queen, Genesis, and The Moody Blues, her latest project involves working with NASA and the Alan Parsons Live Project in celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
2020 will see Trinity taking her about to be Oscar-accredited film festival into its 11th year while also serving as lead producer on the veteran-themed feature motion picture The Wind of Heaven.
Warner Music Nashville - VP Radio and Streaming, Marketing
A music industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, Chad started his career as the Director of Marketing and Promotions for Insight Management before being hired by Mercury Records, where he was quickly promoted to Promotions Manager for the Southwest Region. After eight years, he left Mercury as Senior Director of Promotions to cover the same region as Southwest Regional Manager for Sony. Schultz left to help co-found a successful mobile marketing firm that was later sold to another Silicon Valley Company, with Schultz staying on to oversee client relations & business development for the Nashville Office.
Chad returned to the label side of the business to help Warner Music Nashville start a second promotions team as National Director of Promotions for the new WAR division. He was soon promoted to National Director, Promotions and Marketing, and in 2016 was promoted again, to VP Original Content and Radio Marketing. Chad is an alumnus of the prestigious Leadership Music program, and is currently VP of Radio & Streaming, Marketing, Warner Music Nashville.
Desert Dreams Artists
Founder, The Dick Wagner Remember the Child Memorial Fund
Over more than 40 years, Susan’s career has spanned a broad spectrum of the music industry. As a creator and accomplished business professional, Susan’s experience includes artist management and development, concert and event promotion, video and music production, A & R, merchandising and manufacturing, international branding, marketing and distribution, writing and editing, and more. She’s had the honor of working with legendary musicians, songwriters, and producers including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, and Jack Douglas.
Susan co-founded Omnimount Systems Inc. and Future Primitive Designs, growing both from creative inception to worldwide distribution in more than 50 countries. In 2014, Susan founded the Dick Wagner Remember the Child Memorial Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit, which provides music therapy to hospitalized children.
Susan began her professional life in music as a Voice major at Boston University. By day, she studied classical opera, counterpoint and composition; but at night, she found her passion and vocation in rock and roll.
Matthew Gould has had a long career in both law and business. As an entertainment attorney, Gould represented various music artists, labels and distribution companies as well as some independent film companies. A serial entrepreneur, Gould has also created and operated several businesses both within and outside the entertainment field. He founded and ran a multi-label group with distribution through Universal Music. He has managed the careers of several artists and currently manages the artist known as L’FREAQ. He had built and owned a recording and video production studio. He has also founded various digital media properties and is currently a founder and partner in 4717 Media, a holding company which owns and operates various digital media properties. Gould also co-founded and operated National Laser Institute, the largest medical aesthetics training school in the country. He recently sold his position in National Laser.
A veteran of the Music Industry for 34 years, Burke began his music business career in 1985 at Evening Star Productions. As Vice President, Terry's leadership contributed to Evening Star's growth to become the largest promotion company in the Southwest.
As President of Music, Southwest Region for Live Nation Inc., Burke has been with Live Nation since its inception, and is the primary talent buyer and promoter for Live Nation operated venues Comerica Theatre, Ak-Chin Pavilion and Isleta Amphitheater, as well as numerous third-party venues throughout the Southwest.
Burke has a Business degree, Masters of Finance, and Law Degree from the University of Arizona; and is a member of the Arizona Bar Association.
President and Founder, Arizona Catering and Epicurean Events
With over 45 years in the food service industry, Mitch has worked in every aspect of the hospitality business from COO of a public restaurant chain and owner/ manager of multiple independent restaurants to cook, server and busboy. As owner of Arizona Catering, Mitch and his team handled the backstage catering needs for most of the venues in the Southwest, and many across the United States for over 30 years, and has been recognized as the premier backstage caterer in the entertainment industry. In 2018, Mitch sold Arizona Catering and is now semi-retired, consulting and working with nonprofit organizations to pay forward the many blessings he has received over the years.
Mitch has been an adjunct professor at Scottsdale Community College’s Hospitality/Culinary School, served as a member of multiple boards, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of Arizona, an MBA from the W. P. Cary School of Business at Arizona State University, and has the distinction of being a nationally approved foodservice manager and trainer with certification in Food Service Health and Safety. He is the much-loved Papa to a gaggle of grandkids and is enjoying his new found free time playing with them, tooling around southern California in his MG convertible and following his favorite sports teams.
Vice President Global Tour Planning, Herschend Live
Denis Sullivan's career has taken him from working with Rock Acts, to Boy Bands, to Performing Arts to Family Entertainment. He is currently Vice President Global Tour Planning for the Herschend Live where he oversees touring properties within the Herschend portfolio. Prior to joining the Herschend Live, Denis spent 8 years at WWE as Vice President of Global Touring directly responsible all tour planning and business operations.
Denis has staged events in all 50 States and over 70 different countries. He is equally comfortable discussing arena operations in New York as he is talking about ticket sales trends in Ecuador. Denis brought the first major Western entertainment event to Saudi Arabia and has overseen sold out shows in 7 different NFL stadiums.
Karsten Manufacturing Corporation -
Dawn Grove is Corporate Counsel for Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, the parent company of PING and related subsidiaries, and has served on the board of directors of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation continuously since 1995. KMC’s main subsidiary, PING, is one of the top golf equipment brands in the U.S. and exports about half of its products outside the U.S. Ms. Grove chairs the Arizona Manufacturers Council, and serves on the boards of directors of the Arizona Commerce Authority and the National Association of Manufacturers. In 2015, she was appointed to former President Obama’s U.S. Manufacturing Council, which advised the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on issues related to strengthening U.S. manufacturers and achieving policy solutions that allow them to remain globally competitive. In 2016, Governor Ducey appointed her to chair the Workforce Arizona Council, the state’s workforce development board pursuant to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In 2017, she began serving on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Workforce Board Chairs. In 2019, she became vice-chair of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Prior to going in-house with Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, Ms. Grove practiced law in California and Arizona, primarily representing manufacturers. She received her doctor of Jurisprudence from Pepperdine University School of Law.
Ms. Grove is married to Rawleigh Grove and they have three children. She serves in non-profit organizations that provide community service and global relief efforts, has a black belt in Taekwon-do, and mentors young adults.
Attorney- Senior Counsel
Jason Bernstein is Senior Counsel for AEG Presents, and is involved in all aspects of touring and live events. He oversees insurance claims and litigation; enforces intellectual property rights for some of the most prominent festivals in the world; and negotiates artist, venue, and sponsorship agreements for Concerts West, Goldenvoice, Madison House Presents, and Messina Touring Group.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Jason started by booked concerts in college, touring as a merchandise representative for Nice Man, placing posters and flyers for Bill Silva Presents, and working at Insight Management on promotion and marketing for Clint Black, Donna Summer, The Beach Boys, and others.
After graduating from Arizona State University, he moved to Los Angeles and began working for PACE Touring and the Arena Network, where his roles included marketing, ticketing, and routing of tours. He then attended Loyola Law School and is licensed in California and Arizona.