Mike Dungan (left), formerly GM of Arista Nashville, is now chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville. Saul Shapiro (right), once a regional sales rep for Arista, is currently a real estate broker at New York's Brown Harris Stevens.
Arista founder Clive Davis told the more than 200 label alums gathered, "This is a definitely certified wild night. To see so many of you before me is touching. It’s moving and it deeply resonates."
The commemorative turntable cake was designed by Bill Shutz of Creative Cakes in New York City.
Dionne Warwick, Beverly Johnson and Nikki Haskell
Dionne Warwick (left) with model Beverly Johnson (center) and socialite Nikki Haskell arrived as guests of Clive Davis.
Roy Lott, Greg Feldman, Al Teller and Mitchell Cohen
From left: Roy Lott, Greg Feldman, Al Teller and Mitchell Cohen attend the Arista Records reunion held on April 16, 2016 at The Cutting Room in New York.
Among the Arista grads were Monte and Avery Lipman, who once worked in the mail room before ascending to positions in sales, and now run Republic Records.
Clive Davis and Ken Levy
Arista founder Clive Davis, currently the chief creative officer at Sony Music, with event organizer Ken Levy.
Perusing a back issue of Billboard is Barbara Berger who worked in A&R Administration from 1984 to 1988 and helped organize the Arista reunion.
Alan Parsons of the Alan Parsons Project was among the Arista hitmakers recognized during a video presentation of the record company's peak years.
Donnie Ienner and Larry Jenkins
“We had a very good batting average,” said Donnie Ienner (left, with former Arista publicist Larry Jenkins), who headed promotion and then ascended to GM and EVP before leaving for Columbia Records. “We didn’t take a million chances, but when we vetted something we were confident in being able to deliver an artist that would succeed.”