Introducing the REVOLT Summit Atlanta board of advisors
Due to their expertise, these movers and shakers have a large hand in helping ensure that when REVOLT Summit touches the A, it’s going to be a game-changing event like nothing Atlanta has ever seen.
Calling all ATLiens! REVOLT Summit is coming full speed ahead to Atlanta, Georgia on Sept. 12 – Sept. 14. The three-day event will be brought to you by REVOLT Media & TV, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and AT&T, and it aims to give bosses-in-the-making the tools they need in order to succeed in their careers.
“The REVOLT Summit brings artists, creators and executives together to celebrate the culture and empower the community,” says REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs. “We’re starting in New York, then going to Atlanta and Los Angeles — Three cities that live and breathe Hip Hop.”
According to its press release, the REVOLT Summit’s kickoff event, which went down in July, served “as a taste of the conversation and music that will take over Atlanta and Los Angeles later this year at the highly anticipated REVOLT Summit series, a multi-city Hip Hop event inspired by the former REVOLT Music Conference (RMC).”
It continued: “The REVOLT Summit will offer young people an immersive experiential opportunity to learn, network and celebrate the world of Hip Hop and culture, and will ultimately help them develop and hone the crucial skills needed to grow their companies. AT&T, the exclusive presenting sponsor of the REVOLT Summit, will help expand reach by providing tickets and greater access for those seeking to become future leaders. And, in true REVOLT style, the event will include performances from major artists, spotlight new emerging artists, showcase local talents and offer plenty of opportunity to celebrate culture.”
REVOLT TV is extremely excited to call the ATL one of our Summit destinations. A city that prides itself in being a pivotal place for hip hop culture and black entrepreneurship, Atlanta truly was a no-brainer when deciding where REVOLT Summit could reach — and inspire — as many future black moguls as possible.
In anticipation of the REVOLT Summit, we’d like to introduce you to a few movers and shakers in the city, who we have the pleasure of having on our REVOLT Summit Atlanta board of advisors. Due to their expertise in the media/entertainment/business spaces, they have a large hand in helping ensure that when the Summit touches the A, it’s going to be a game-changing event like nothing Atlanta has ever seen.
Introducing our poppin’ Atlanta board of advisors below…
Shanti Das got her start in the business at Capitol Records, serving as an urban promotions assistant. Now, Das is spearheading the urban marketing and artist development as the executive VP of Universal Motown Records. In previous years, Das she’s served as a marketing consultant for campaigns with artists like Akon, Erykah Badu ad Ashanti. In August 2010, Das wrote and published the book “The Hip-Hop Professional: A Woman’s Guide to Climbing the Ladder of Success in the Entertainment Business,” which chronicles her 20-year career in the music industry. The exec has also worked with the biggest acts from Usher to Prince. Das spoken the truth about women’s experiences the music industry, and how to avoid men and clients hitting on her, from time to time, too. Das has shown consistency from the beginning of her career and walked away from the industry at the height of her success. The professional has even talked about creating innovative marketing strategies that are still used in the music industry today.
Since the late 1980s, Dallas Austin has written multiple Billboard number ones and has sold over 100 million albums to date. He’s worked with the King of Pop Michael Jackson; Aretha Franklin, Doug E. Fresh, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson, TLC, and more. Now, Austin is one of the most sought-after producers in the entertainment industry. With his thriving independent production career, Austin opened his own recording studio called D.A.R.P. (Dallas Austin Recording Projects) in Atlanta. The veteran songwriter, producer and musician can officially say he is a part of the Songwriters Hall of Fame for its class of 2019, too.
Jermaine Dupri was raised in Atlanta. He got his start in entertainment as a dancer for the hip hop group Whodini. He later formed the group Kriss Kross after discovering Chris Kelley and Chris Smith at a hometown mall in 1991. In 1993, Dupri started his own soon-to-be legendary record label, So So Def, later signing artists Xscape and DaBrat. Dupri expanded his career from label executive to talent manager, taking the reigns as Mariah Carey’s manager, and later co-creating a television series with Queen Latifah titled “The Rap Game.” He is a true legend.
Rico Wade founded the Atlanta based production team Organized Noize with Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown. The group helped create hits for OutKast, Goodie Mob, and TLC. Wade along with the other members of Organized Noize are most prominently known for aiding to form the modern-day Atlanta hip hop scene. He also helped his little cousin Future get to know the industry at a young age by taking him to studio sessions and introducing him to artists he was working with, which helped Future become the superstar we all know him to be today.
Catherine Brewton is currently the vice president of creative at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) in Atlanta, Georgia; where she manages relationships with songwriters and composers throughout the country. As one of urban music’s leading executives, Brewton has an ear for trends and is a trusted advocate for the genre’s thriving creative community. She is also known for her philanthropic work, most notably as chairwoman and founder of Hope For Harvest, a non-profit that continues the legacy started by the exec’s mother in Charlotte, North Carolina. The organization uses cultural influences to make necessary living items accessible for the city’s underserved youth, while providing an escape through the arts.
Jhordan Gibbs, a native New Yorker, moved to Atlanta in 2006 to attend Morehouse College and never left. While in undergrad, he partnered with classmates to start producing concerts in Atlanta, thus birthing a career in the entertainment industry. During his 10+ year career, Gibbs co-founded the Atlanta-based Milk and Cookies brand. M&C produces a flagship festival and over 30 concerts annually featuring national and international touring artists. He has a range of experiences that span from festival production, community engagement, talent buying, influencer marketing, PR, and brand partnerships. Previous clients include Team Epiphany, BMF Agency, One Music Fest, A3C Festival, Boiler Room TV, LVRN, FX Networks, Enter Agency and more. From 2018-2019, Gibbs served as the Atlanta Hawks’ talent relations manager. In this position he led efforts to build and leverage relationships with entertainment communities across music, film, TV and more. Earlier this year, Gibbs was selected to represent Atlanta as an entertainment industry executive during the first Music Business Exchange Program in Toronto. He and the other members of the cohort spoke at Canadian Music Week and were tasked with fostering relationships between the creative and business communities in both cities. Most recently, Gibbs joined TEAM Enterprises and Grey Goose as their lifestyle curator with a focus on the Atlanta market.
Justice Baiden is a 27-year-old executive and co-founder of Love Renaissance (LVRN) home to artists like 6lack, Summer Walker, Dram, Santi, and Boogie. Born in Atlanta, then moving to Ghana early in his childhood, Baiden would return to the A for the sixth grade. This is how he learned to adapt and appreciate other cultures. As the child of Ghanaian parents, Baiden often heard music from various sects of Africa and reggae from island legend Bob Marley, cultivating an ear that welcomed diverse genres and styles. As the head of A&R for LVRN, Baiden’s role has been integral. He has an ear for authentic storytellers and is determined to provide an outlet for creatives, especially those in his hometown. The exec now shares what he’s learned on his vlog, which is called “Clout Coins.” I want to put out all of the marketing plans for all of our artists and really be a well of inspiration.”
Quinn Goydish is an Atlanta native who has been working in the music industry full time for the last 5 years. Kicking off his career as the day-to-day and tour manager for 21 Savage, Quinn quickly grew a large network of relationships that continues to help him today as the vice president of StreamCut, an independent distribution and publishing admin company based in his hometown. He has been instrumental in the development of Gunna, Yung Bans, Young Nudy, Ann Marie and Yung Baby Tate; and at one point, he worked as both manager and A&R for these artists. He is incredibly passionate about music, culture and the city of Atlanta; and is excited to join the rest of the advisory board for the REVOLT Summit!
Rachel Jackson is a young, vibrant music executive rising through the ranks; as she continues to expand her reach from Atlanta, Georgia into the global territory. As a native of the city, an alumna of the illustrious Clark Atlanta University’s School of Business, and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.; Rachel actively contributes to the growth and development of youth in her hometown. She’s currently the director of A&R at Roc Nation and is known widely as a “well connected, well respected” upcoming force in the entertainment industry.
Marina Skye began her career interning on music video sets with Runengund Broadcast Agency. Her creativity and stellar work ethic quickly secured her a position as creative director for Coco Studios. In 2015, she expanded by joining First Taste ATL, a premier event planning and production company. As set designer and creative director with the company, Skye gained recognition for her work on events such as Milk & Cookies Festival, the Let Them Eat Fashion Show, and many others. In addition to working with First Taste, Skye began taking on freelance set design and creative projects for numerous restaurants, recording artists, designers, and clothing stores. She also became the lead set designer and creative director for Room Escape ATL, which she left a year later to launch her own company: Set By Skye. From 2017-2018, Skye was appointed as the sole set / interior designer for the infamous Club Daydreams Atlanta, an Alice in Wonderland-themed nightclub that quickly became the city’s premier playground. Her creative designs caught the attention of the fine art word, and she was asked to represent The High Museum as one of five global brand ambassadors.
Soon after, she was approached by The King of The South and was recruited as the lead set designer and art director for T.I’s Trap Music Museum, an interactive and immersive experience highlighting the heavy hitters in the trap music genre. In December 2018, the Set By Skye brand partnered with The Spice Group and 21 Savage to construct the interactive listening party for his sophomore album, I Am Greater Than I Was, where each room at “Motel 21” transformed into the visual of a song on the album. In February of 2019, the “Mood Magician,” herself, stepped into the role of art director for platinum recording artist Jidenna, which makes her responsible for all stage designs, music video ideas/executions, and photoshoots for the artist. She can’t wait to see what opportunities this new chapter brings her.
Since the 80s: Kei Henderson, Barry “Hefner” Johnson and Zekiel Nicholson
Barry and Zeke are the managers of Dreamville artists JID and Earthgang, both of whom played instrumental roles in the creation of the Revenge of the Dreamers 3 album, which quickly went #1. As a collective, they’ve also signed Njomaz, who is responsible for co-writing two of Ariana Grande’s biggest hits this year, “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings.”
TK Peterson & Ryan Wilson
TK Petersen’s Bio: TK Petersen is the co-founder and COO of The Gathering Spot, an invitation-only private membership club in Atlanta. Under TK’s leadership, the club has achieved strong financial growth and has become known for the delivering best in class experience for its members, clients, and corporate customers. Responsible for the club’s overall management and operations, TK is helping to expand The Gathering Spot to two additional markets in 2019. Originally from the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, TK attended Georgetown University and previously worked in the financial sector before co-founding the company.
Ryan Wilson’s Bio: Ryan Wilson is the co-Founder and CEO of TGS Holdings, a consumer lifestyle and hospitality company based in Atlanta. The company’s holdings consist of The Gathering Spot; The Gather, a subscription-based media platform; and A3C; music, tech, and film conference. At the age of 24, Ryan and his business partner raised north of three million dollars of private capital from investors to open their first Gathering Spot. The club is now home to over 2,000 members and has established itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. Responsible for the company’s overall management and strategic vision across all holdings, Ryan is also leading the club’s physical expansion to Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and forthcoming markets.
Ryan has been recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, has been named as one of the country’s most influential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100, and has been listed among “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” by Atlanta Magazine. Ryan has also been featured in notable national publications such as Forbes, Inc, Black Enterprise, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, and USA Today. He has given keynote presentations at some of the nation’s most prestigious business schools including Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. A native to Atlanta, Ryan is currently an active participant in several Atlanta civic and community organizations. He most proudly serves on the board for Hands on Atlanta, The Atlanta Business League, and Peace Preparatory Academy. Ryan graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Join us and AT&T in the ATL on Sept. 12- Sept. 14 for our three-day REVOLT Summit, which was created to help rising moguls reach the next level. Head to REVOLTSummit.com for more info and to get your passes now!
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