Tom Windish, 39, oversees one of the most progressive-thinking companies in concert booking today. With offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Boston, the Windish Agency boasts a roster of more than 500 acts including Foster the People, Gotye, Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Yeasayer, Beirut and M83.
Windish opened the boutique agency's Chicago headquarters in 2004 following a seven-year stint as an agent at independent booking firm Billions Corp. Since then the agency -- which includes 16 agents and 45 employees total -- has expanded with a music licensing division that launched in 2011. Windish cites the fast rise of rock band Foster the People as one of his most significant accomplishments during the past year.
"It was about a year-and-a-half ago that I was booking shows for Foster the People and sort of begging and leveraging my relationships to get people to book them for a couple hundred dollars," he says, noting the group is now selling 10,000 to 15,000 tickets in some markets. Windish also proudly reports that 2012 will be the agency's best year thus far in terms of revenue and tickets sold.