Dr. Brandon Bernstein is a musician, educator, entrepreneur and social activist. He is a published author and a TED speaker. Bernstein was a professor at USC, University of Louisville, Pasadena City College, Musicians Institute, Cypress College, and Chaffey College where he lectured undergraduate and graduate students since 2003. In 2015 Bernstein founded the social enterprise Music Lifeboat following his passion to make high quality education more accessible. Bernstein is a director of jazz for the non-profit Street Symphony, Advisory Board Member for the non-profit Harmony Project of America, and on the Education Committee for The Midnight Mission.
Kenny G has had one of the most eclectic and dominant careers the music business has ever seen. With a career spanning over 40 years, he has built an unshakeable brand, has broken records for his circular breathing technique and is a champion golfer. Kenny is committed to being of service and an ambassador for Take Me To The River. We are grateful to have him in the capacity of a treasured advisor.
Eli Goldsmith is the Director of Annual Giving at Harvard-Westlake School, the largest annual giving program in the country among non-boarding independent schools. He previously studied at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Princeton University.
Heather is Chief Operating Officer and President of True Capital and brings over 20 years of financial service experience to her role. She excels at analyzing business challenges and building infrastructures which has allowed True Capital to create a scalable platform. In addition, she dedicates her time to the community through her work with nonprofit organizations. Heather was born and raised in the Bay Area and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Jerry Harrison was a member of the Talking Heads from 1977 through their dissolution in 1995. He was also a member of the Modern Lovers from 1971-1974. Harrison has recorded three solo records and been a successful music producer since 1981. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won MTV’s video of the year, multiple Surround Awards and received Grammy nominations for both music production and album design. He has produced such artists as Violent Femmes, The Von Bondies, Live, Crash Test Dummies, The Verve Pipe, No Doubt Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and many more. He taught design at Harvard University, received an A.B in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College, and studied architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.
A 16-year veteran of the music industry, Adam LaRue coordinated the global album launches of Plain White T’s, At The Drive-In, Sugarcult, the Punk Goes… series and many others while at the prominent label, Fearless Records. While at IndieClick Media Group, Adam consulted major and indie record labels with development and online advertising strategy for artists such as Eminem, Blink 182, LMFAO, and Neon Trees; major music festivals The Vans Warped Tour and Rockstar Mayhem Fest; book publishers such as Random House, and Harper Collins; and popular consumer brands Griffin Technology, SanDisk, and eMusic.
George Macias is a senior leader, advisor and entrepreneur with over twenty-five years’ experience in various roles in sales, marketing, operations and strategy in multiple industries. Mr. Macias currently serves as Advisor and Interim COO of MediaRebel,where he is responsible for product strategy, sales and marketing and advises MediaRebel’s founders.
Previous positions include COO at Vanacore Music, CEO and founder of Chessbox Media, EVP of Sales and Marketing for APM Music. Mr. Macias has held multiple roles within the EMI Music Publishing family of companies, serving as the SVP of Client Development, where he oversaw sales and licensing for North America, managed the company’s B2B marketing efforts and helped to develop a digital platform to deliver content for professional users of music.
Mr. Macias received his postgraduate Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University in 2012. He also dedicates time to work with nonprofit and social enterprises to help develop overall strategy development designed to deliver incremental value for their clients and causes.
Mr. Macias is married with two children and resides in Manhattan Beach, CA
Zoe King is the Director of Brand Partnerships at Capitol Music Group, where she collaborates with key stakeholders across marketing, sales, A&R, product development, digital, TV & film licensing, and artist management to support priority projects, artists, and brands. She is also the co-founder of Synch This, a networking group for young professionals who work with music.
Bonnie Pietila is a casting director and producer best known for her work on The Simpsons, with which she has won three Emmy Awards. She has been with the series since its beginnings on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. Pietila graduated from Gwinn High School in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 1971, and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Doug Raetz is Chief Executive Officer of True Capital and a 15-year veteran of the financial services industry. Under his leadership, True Capital has experienced phenomenal growth and expanded advisory services to all major sports with a presence around the globe. In addition to his role at True Capital, Doug mentors entrepreneurial companies on corporate strategy, financial management, capital fundraising and mergers and acquisitions. Doug grew up in New York and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Strategic Analysis from Boston College.
San Francisco, CA