Mark Douglas is the CEO of Airborne Tickets and the creator of the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival. Considered a serial entrepreneur with a love for music, culture, and technology, Mark specializes in recognizing industry voids and creating solutions. With a long career in producing and promoting events featuring a wide range of artists, from local bands to platinum selling artists, Mark opened a very popular lounge and restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was there he recognized first-hand the pitfalls and obstacles that promoters and concert producers were facing in ticketing. Mark saw an opportunity to advance the way concert tickets were sold and formed his company to address and solve those issues. By observing other club owners having the huge burden of concert ticket sales and marketing, cash flow management, record keeping, and fraud prevention, he knew the key was technology, applying Asian and European mobile commerce trends to specifically identify and target a younger demographic. Douglas brings his twenty-plus years of industry experience to the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival. This venture combines art, culture, and technology packaged in a manner befitting the modern consumer’s mobile lifestyle.
Ezell Kendrick creates advanced business and project management teams by identifying and defining cost-effective financial, technical, and organizational resource solutions. These include managing music festival and other event vendors, independent contractors, equipment need analysis, project cost, budget and staff allocation, and management. He has mastered increasing high-level business and production efficiency while reducing expenditures. His analysis of organizational and business structure needs along with project and business management has made him a highly sought after manager and a major help to the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival team.
Ayesha has over ten years of exceeding employer and client expectations in areas of internal auditing, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and treasury management. A results driven, self-motivated and resourceful financial controller with a proven ability to provide key financial data, support, and reporting to assist in key business decisions. Having excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships both within and outside of a finance department as well effectively communicating financial information to non-finance colleagues means Ayesha keeps everything in line so the Los Angeles Soul Festival can run effectively.
Spider Ranch Productions owner Alex Moran has been in the live event biz since he was a 14-year old kid, working for the legendary man himself, Bill Graham. “I’m one of the guys who has been around long enough to remember that when you wanted a sound system, you built it,” Moran laughs. The seeds for Spider Ranch Productions were planted in 2004, but it was a few more years until it really became a full-fledged company. In 2007, Moran became a licensed contractor and built the company on smaller corporate gigs, nightclub work, and video conferences. Today, Spider Ranch is one of the most sought after sound and production companies on the west coast doing everything from weekend-long live music events like the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival to show production for rock and R&B music legends like Lionel Richie and Sammy Hagar.
Jeff has been an event producer for over ten years with extensive experience in concert management and live music show production from the smallest of venues to large stadium shows. He has produced shows for the Atlantis Resort, NASCAR, the Breeder’s Cup, Chicago White Sox, Cystic Fibrosis, Fallsview Casino and Resort, Ford, Harry Caray’s, KTLA, Loehmann’s Department Store, Lupus L.A., NAMM, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Netflix, Orange County Flyers, Pebble Beach Pro-Am, AT&T, Dockers, Shore Club-South Beach, Taste Of Chicago, USAA, American Idol, and The Tonight Show, among many others. His concert and music festival experience makes the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival a more enjoyably live music experience for the R&B and Soul music lovers who come from near and far for a weekend of the best live music.
Stacey Barker is the CEO of Jade Umbrella Public Relations. From concept to creation, Stacey has a crafted way of thinking outside the box and is obsessed with details, details, details!!! Known for her Midwestern TLC, Stacey watches over Team Jade and their clients as the proud “Mother Hen” of the Jade Umbrella organization. Whether it’s line development and overseeing production for a fashion client, promoting client films at festivals, or the high-intensity rush of a quickly moving campaign, quality and integrity are key to this proud “Hoosier.” With synergy and sense of “sparkle,” Stacey knows good business and brings that loving touch to the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival team!
Cheryl Stabler is the Project Manager for public relations company Jade Umbrella. She is at the hub for all artist related marketing and social media operations. With a wealth of management knowledge from her extended stints at the Los Angeles Times, the State of California, as well as the City of Los Angeles, Cheryl is well versed in all aspects of entertainment and artist-based business and operational strategies. If you’re a soul and R&B music fan, help her spread the word about the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival!