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.
Brad Stein, Vice President
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colin Kendrick, Co-Founder
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.
Brian was among the first volunteers with Austin Music Foundation in 2001. The beginning of his concert and music industry career was as a sound engineer and lighting designer during college. After college Brian accepted a position with Universal Concerts in San Diego. Brian continued his career managing concerts and events in Denver (Fiddler’s Amphitheater, Paramount Theater, Magness Arena), Dallas (Starplex Amphitheater), Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay and House of Blues), and Austin (Southpark Meadows, La Zona Rosa, Backyard, Auditorium Shores) ranging in size from 300 to 30,000 attendees. Brian’s diverse experience includes tour management and sound engineer for a USO tour through Iraq/UAE/Dubai/North Africa, BB King’s Blues Fest, 101X Fest and SXSW production management on Auditorium Shores, among others.
In 2002 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 Assistant Director of Operations and Special Events for Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas. In 2012 Brian transitioned within The University of Texas to join the management team at the Frank Erwin Center.
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.
Stuart Sullivan is a record producer and recording engineer in Austin. He is founder, owner and engineer of Wire Recording in south central Austin where he has recorded and worked with a diverse list of artists. Sublime, James McMurtry, Tejano Greats Little Joe y La Familia, The Meat Puppets, The Dead Milkmen, James Cotton, and Willie Nelson have all tracked with Stuart at the faders.
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.
AMF would like to acknowledge the generous support of our past board members: Ed Bailey, Catherine Robb, Matt Ott, Mellie Price, Ryan Gravelle, Don Pitts, Jamie Rhodes, Casey Monahan, Nikki Rowling, Chris Castle, Alan Luecke, Chris Adams, and many more.