Partner, Founders Entertainment
Tom Russell, 27, started out with New Orleans' Superfly Productions (the company behind Bonnaroo) in 2004 while still working toward his degree in marketing and management at Tulane University. He struck out on his own in New York in early 2011 with fellow young movers Jordan Wolowitz and Yoni Reisman. In six weeks, they planned the first Governor's Ball, a two-stage, daylong affair on New York's Governor's Island, which drew 17,500 people on June 18 for a glitch-free inaugural run. "I realized my love for event operations and logistics at Superfly," Russell says. The goal of Founders is to do "events that can have an impact on concert-goers and music lovers. We think big, plan big and hopefully, succeed big."
Quote: "Very humbled to be on Billboard's '30 Under 30' list. Was always a goal of mine & goes to show that hard work and taking chances can pay off."