AMF BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Danny Gillespie, President
Embracing the conflict between what remains of his left and right brain, Danny has his hands in several companies. By day he is SVP, Operations at DMX, Inc. By night, after leaving the road as a traveling musician, he became a partner in Any and All Media, which specializes in CD/DVD duplication. He and his wife Surrenden are active in several community groups. Danny holds a B.A. from the University of Texas and a M.B.A. from Baylor University.
Chip Bray, Treasurer
It seems that Mr. Bray left his heart in Austin. He graduated from the University of Texas as an economics student in the early eighties. Almost ten years later he returned, after working as an energy banker in San Antonio and in Specialized Lending and National Accounts divisions of a Cleveland-based bank. In 1991, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Liberty National Bank, now Wells Fargo Bank of Austin. Shortly thereafter he was Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Liberty Bank, one of Austin’s largest locally-based full service banks, which was acquired by Prosperity Bank in 2004. Now, Mr. Bray serves in the well-earned position of President of the Congress Banking Center for the $8.9 billion Houston, Texas-based financial services company. In addition to his volunteering at AMF, is an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and More.
Suzanne Quinn, Secretary
Suzanne’s career has focused on start-up business ventures. Suzanne was on the staff of the SXSW Film Festival to start up their marketing, sales and sponsorship program. She oversaw a national advertising and sponsorship program for the festival and launched the SXSW Film trade show. After four years, Ms. Quinn left SXSW to join the staff of the Austin Film Society (AFS) as Studio Director to create Austin Studios, a 20-acre film production facility.
Ms. Quinn was responsible for financial management and reporting, marketing, operations and contract negotiations with productions. Austin Studios was formed through a public/private partnership between the City of Austin and AFS. During Quinn’s tenure, the nonprofit venture worked with more than 60 film and video productions, which resulted in over $650 million in economic impact to Austin and created more than 3,500 jobs in the industry. Suzanne’s background with independent art and operations is a perfect match for an organization wanting to take things to the next level.
Colin Kendrick, Co-Founder (Honorary Ex-Officio Board Member)
Mr. Kendrick is a co-founder of Austin Music Foundation and served as its Executive Director between 2001 and 2003. He currently works within Dell’s Global Procurement department and before that with Apple Computer’s AppleCare Business Development team. During the height of the dot-com frenzy, he served as an executive officer and early member of SchoolPeople where he participated in business development and fundraising efforts that landed the company in the Austin Technology Incubator. Prior to SchoolPeople, Colin was a consultant for high net-worth individuals through PriceWaterhouseCoopers. His work there included portfolio management and tax compliance for individuals and family foundations.
During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Kendrick worked two seasons at KLRU as an audio intern for the nationally-televised music program Austin City Limits. His experiences there and his graduate studies on sustainable funding for non-profits served as the catalyst for the concepts underlying the Austin Music Foundation. Mr. Kendrick holds an M.B.A. with a dual concentration in finance and accounting and a B.S. in radio, television, and film with a concentration in audio engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Scott Garber has lived as a musician first and foremost. He began his career playing jazz and in the early eighties was drafted into the indie band Giant Sand. He spent 15 years touring the globe with some of the world’s top acts including Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, Charlie Sexton, Storyville, Indigo Girls and many more. His musical travels allowed him to witness first hand the changes in the recording industry: from indie artist on vinyl, to sideman on CD, to the digital revolution, 360 deals, radio tag, and the free-download-song code world we live in today. As most career musicians must, Scott recognized the vulnerability of the freelance lifestyle and in 2000 went to work for Apple, Inc., eventually transitioning into iTunes marketing operations. He is now an international product manager in the billion-dollar iTunes retail group concentrating on Asia Pac. He continues to play and record on a regular basis and still sees many of the opportunities and issues that face musicians trying to stay afloat and creative.
Ed Bailey is currently vice president of brand development for Austin City Limits—the venerable PBS concert series produced by KLRU public television in Austin, TX. Since being named the director of Austin City Limits’ 25th Anniversary in 1998, Mr. Bailey has spearheaded its expansion as a diversified music brand and has overseen such projects as the Austin City Limits exhibit and merchandise store in the new Austin airport; the Best of Austin City Limits Country series created for CMT; the debut of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, with the economic impact to the city estimated at over $25 million; Austin City Limits’ receipt of the National Medal of Arts from President Bush; and the 30th anniversary release of a new line of DVDs scheduled for this year. Before moving to Austin, Mr. Bailey was part of the launch team that opened the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH. He began his career as an advertising executive, and for six years supervised the advertising and market development for Cedar Point Amusement Park & Resorts, Ohio’s most visited tourist destination. His experience building public-private partnerships has led to consulting assignments with Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project in Seattle, Farm Aid, the Buddy Holly Center, and the River Music Experience. Mr. Bailey serves on the boards of the Austin Music Foundation, Saveur Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, Alejandro Fund, and the advisory committee of the Austin Film Festival. He has been a feature presenter at IEGs Annual Sponsorship Summit, International Amusement Parks & Attractions Annual Meeting, SXSW Music Festival, and has been a sponsored lecturer with Richard Florida at Creativity Group conferences, Memphis 100, and Creative Cities Summits.
Mark Collier is the VP of Business Development at Rackspace. Mark is responsible for establishing partnerships with leading cloud technology companies to help customers realize the promise of the cloud, whether through infrastructure, platforms, or applications.
Mark recently joined Rackspace from Yahoo!, where he spent 5 years as Sr. Director of Business Development for the Yahoo! media business (music, movies, sports, finance, etc.) negotiating deals with leading hardware and social media companies such as Dell, Rhapsody, RockYou, Bebo, Piczo, and Skyrock. Prior to Yahoo! Mark spent 7 years at Dell in technical, product, marketing, and business-development roles.
Mark also works closely with the Austin start-up community. Mark graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Follow Mark on Twitter.
Elaine Garza founded full-service PR firm Giant Noise in January 2006. Since inception, the company has grown to include offices in New York City and Austin with a client roster that represents some of the most respected brands in the country.
Prior to founding Giant Noise, Garza served as Director of Communications for a host of award-winning titles that included music publications VIBE, Spin, and the critically acclaimed Outside magazine. In addition to her work with industry trades such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek, Garza also managed the publicity campaign for the Jeep World Outside Festival, a 23-city interactive music tour featuring Sheryl Crow, Train, and Maroon 5. Garza’s PR expertise also includes a five-year tenure at HarperCollins Publishers, where she worked on publicity campaigns for Howard Stern, Alice Waters, and Joan Rivers.
Brian was among the first volunteers with Austin Music Foundation in 2001. Beginning his music industry career in San Diego with Universal Concerts, Brian continued his career managing concerts and events in Denver, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, and Austin ranging in size from 500 to 50,000 attendees. Brian’s diverse events experience includes live production for a USO tour through Iraq/UAE/Dubai/North Africa, BB King’s Blues Fest, 101X Fest on Auditorium Shores, SXSW, and Los Lonely Boys DVD shoot, among others.
In 2003 Brian co-founded Gameplan Marketing and Events, which he sold to his partners in 2004 to accept a position as the Director of Operations for the House of Blues/Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Brian returned to his roots in 2008 to assume the position of Manager of Operations and Special Events for Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas.
Brad Stein is a business attorney in Austin, Texas. In addition to assisting starting and emerging business in several industries, including the entertainment industry, Brad is involved in local politics and nonprofit organizations, serving on the Board of several local nonprofits. Brad served on the Austin Music Commission from 2004-2011, and as Chairman from 2006-2011.
A native of Austin, Eric Scott has a 15 year career spanning all types of non-profit arts management, with a specialty in fundraising. He has completed highly successful fundraising campaigns for Roundabout Theatre Company, The Irish Repertory Theatre, PeopleFund and ZACH Theatre, among others. Before his current career, Eric was the agitprop frontman for the funk-punk sextet D’zyne, which could be found on stages throughout Austin and the southwest in the 1990′s.
Bruce Hughes is a lifelong Austin musician, singer & producer with more than 50 album credits to date. He currently works at Satellite Studio as a producer and seasoned session player of all styles, and plays live with the Resentments, Bob Schneider and his own band, BHANA.
- Chris Harrison, Vice President
- Stuart Sullivan
AMF would like to acknowledge the generous support of our past board members: Catherine Robb, Matt Ott, Mellie Price, Ryan Gravelle, Don Pitts, Jamie Rhodes, Casey Monahan, Nikki Rowling, Chris Castle, Alan Luecke, Chris Adams, and more.