Still in their 20s, these executives and entrepreneurs are already making an impact on the industry.
Leah Bublis, 25
Manager of creative sync licensing, Roc Nation
Bublis grossed over $1 million for Roc Nation, securing prime synch placements for Joseph Angel and The-Dream in Fifty Shades Darker and Canadian rapper Belly in the video game Madden NFL 18. “I started pitching the band Dorothy the day I started,” she says.
David Dann, 28
Founder/owner, Mind of a Genius
After making his name as a DJ-producer, Dann started Mind of a Genius in 2013 and ignited the careers of Grammy nominees ZHU and Gallant. “As an artist, I felt like I was playing chess,” he says. “The second I started working on other people, I was playing checkers — it was that much easier for me.”
Ardie Farhadieh, 29
Founder, Wick Management; marketing and media manager, Billions Corp.
In his role as manager, Farhadieh had a big hand in Marian Hill’s breakout single, “Down,” which hit No. 21 on the Hot 100 after gracing an Apple ad. At Billions, he’s involved in fall tours for Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and St. Vincent.
Adam Mersel, 26
Manager, First Access Entertainment
Working at the Sarah Stennett-led firm since 2015, Mersel signed and broke Bebe Rexha — her hit with G-Eazy, “Me, Myself & I,” reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 — and buzzed-about rapper Lil Peep. His latest find: up-and-coming viral duo Jack & Jack.
Jenny Sperling, 28
Director of artist relations, iHeartMedia
Sperling harnesses the power of radio’s top acts for fan experiences and campaigns like this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards social effort, which included a Snapchat integration featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (165 billion impressions).