Seven industry movers and shakers who could very well make the ranks of next year’s Power 100.
RUSSELL FAIBISCH, 40
Co-founder, president/CEO, Ultra Worldwide; talent buyer, Resistance Music
ADAM RUSSAKOFF, 47
Director of business affairs, Ultra Worldwide; talent buyer, Ultra
TWO DECADES STRONG: This dance-music duo produced 45 events in 20 countries across five continents in 2017, and its franchise crown jewel, the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, will turn 20 in March.
ANDREW GERTLER, 29
Founder, AG Artists
KEPT SHAWN SHINING: Under Gertler’s guidance, 19-year-old Shawn Mendes’ latest hit, “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” became self-fulfilling prophecy: In August, he became the first artist under 20 to land three No. 1 titles on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart.
President, Sire Records
NEW LEADER FOR FABLED LABEL: The 50-year-old Sire, co-founded by Richard Gottehrer and Seymour Stein (who remains chairman), begins a new chapter with the promotion of the A&R vet, whose track record includes Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus and Maroon 5.
LUCAS KELLER, 33
President/founder, Milk & Honey
SWEET YEAR: The management boutique, which reps songwriters, producers and artists, opened a third office in Nashville as clients crafted Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” and Maren Morris’ “Dear Hate” with Vince Gill. Says Keller: “Bigger isn’t better.”
PIERRE “PEE” THOMAS, 37?
CEO, Quality Control Music
KEVIN “COACH K” LEE*
COO, Quality Control Music
MADE BIG WAVES WITH LIL YACHTY: Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” was the No. 6 streamed song of 2017, and Thomas and Lee will help guide the trio in 2018, along with Lil Yachty and female U.K. rapper Stefflon Don.
*Declined to provide age.