ABOUT THE TEAM

Rich Garcia

Rich has over 30 years of experience in both broadcasting and radio promotion. Rich has been both a regional and national director of promotion for Warner Brothers/Reprise records for 19 years, working with artists such as Alanis Morissette, Green Day, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble, Depeche Mode, Josh Groban, Disturbed, Mastodon, and My Chemical Romance to name a few. He was also the National Director for AAA radio promotion for Reprise Records from 1993 to 1996 working with Wilco, Rickie Lee Jones, Jane Siberry and Neil Young.

Andrew Govatsos

Andrew started out as a concert promoter in northern New England and Eastern Canada. He promoted over 300 shows. He also managed various artists along the way. In 1985, Andrew became the Sponsorship Tour Director with Daryl Hall & John Oates. For the last 25 years, Andrew has been the Northeast promotion person for Reprise Records, Motown Records and Athena Promotion and Marketing. In addition to planning major concert events with Green Day, The Barenaked Ladies, and Guster, Andrew was the architect of the album release day concerts at Boston City Hall Plaza and worked with Green Day on the now famed concert at The Hatch Shell, where over 80,000 people showed up. Andrew has worked with Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, Michael Bublè, Depeche Mode, Josh Groban, Disturbed, Alanis Morissette, Mastodon, and My Chemical Romance, to name a few. More recently, Andrew has worked projects with Andy Grammer, Chris Wallace, One Direction, We The Kings, Beyoncè, Dispatch, Calvin Harris, Rita Ora, Steven Page, Big Time Rush, Olly Murs and Chad Stokes. There is no one more connected in the Northeast than Andrew.

Bob Hathaway

Bob has been working in the music business for much of his life. Bob got his start working in retail in Chicago while in High School, it was there that he realized working with music was what he was destined to do. While in College at University of Colorado, Bob became a College Rep for CBS Records. Once he graduated, Bob moved west to Los Angeles where he worked retail for a bit, then he landed a job in the infamous Radio & Records mailroom, which led to a job working retail at Macey Lipman Marketing. He built a solid foundation to prepare for his next task which was doing Promotion and Marketing for Warner Bros Records, where he spent the next 23 years of his life. At Warner Brothers Records, Bob spent his first 12 years in the Kansas City/St Louis markets, and in 2001 relocated to his home of Chicago to continue working records at radio. Bob has been instrumental in building the careers of the Goo Goo Dolls, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, REM, Muse, and countless others. Certainly one of Bob’s biggest accomplishments was the role he played in the breaking of the Veronica’s song Untouched a few years ago. Most recently, Bob has been a key figure in the success of Megan and Liz at radio.

Kathie Romero

Kathie started her career as part of the “Founding Team” that built Interscope Records and was responsible for breaking global artists like Marky Mark, No Doubt, Bush, Dr Dre, Snoop Dog, 2PAC and the Toadies. Kathie has also worked at Priority, Artist Direct, EMI, and most recently at Warner’s sister label Reprise Records where she helped break Michael Bublé, Josh Groban and build on the careers of Green Day and Disturbed. Kathie has impeccable relationships in the Southwest markets.

Bob Divney

Bob has spent three decades in the business of music and has worked in all areas of the Music Business – from music retail to sales marketing, from music distribution to video production and from radio promotion to artist management. As a VP of promotion for Warner Music’s Reprise Records, then VP of Promotion/Artist Manager at The Firm, followed by General Manager of Adrenaline Music Group, he has worked closely with a diverse roster of artists.

Lisa Cristiano / Mars Music Services 

Lisa has spent more than twenty five years working in music, primarily radio promotion and marketing.   She has built her career at large and small companies alike, including Atlantic Records, SONY BMG, Radioactive, WEA, and enjoyed an outstanding 9-year run as VP at MCA and key player in the label’s revitalization during the mid-Nineties.  A guiding force for the teams responsible for the breakthrough success of a long list of artists including The Roots, Sublime, Live, Tool, Blink 182, Semisonic, Fitz and the Tantrums, Lisa has also had the honor of working with musical icons such as The Ramones, Big Star, Big Audio Dynamite and The Talking Heads.

Glen Firstenberg / DSP & Streaming Platform Marketing

Glen has a 20 year career of experience working in all facets of the music business including: digital & sales marketing, social media, playlisting strategies, forecasting analytics and physical sales. Glen has been instrumental in creating and executing retail business and marketing plans for artists including: Eminem, Lady Gaga, U2 and Black Eyed Peas. Glen’s work experience includes heading sales and marketing initiatives for independent label, Restless Records to Universal’s Interscope Records as well as Apple Music/iTunes marketing.

 

Glen’s field of expertise with The Artist Cooperative is in targeting and securing editorial placement from among all the major DSPs and in facilitating user generated and genre play-listing such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play.  Glen’s music retail and industry contacts are vast and his deep relationships with digital and physical retailers, distributors and emerging music tech companies provides real insight into the evert changing music retail landscape.  Taking into account real time business analysis Glen creates and executes retail sales marketing plans & social media strategy for our clients.

Sylvia Villarreal / Satrn Music Marketing

Sylvia began working in music at record stores & a one-stop, before landing a 20+ year career at Warner Music Group. She has worked extensively in marketing, sales, artist development and tour support while connecting with lifestyle partners and major brands such as Fender, Gibson, D’Addario and Audio-Technica. Recognized as an industry leader, Sylvia has won many awards over the years including “Innovator of the Year”. She has been instrumental in developing the Label Services position for WEA focusing on independent retail, utilizing social media and third-party partners for maximum visibility and awareness of new releases. Sylvia has many relationships in the music business, with artists, instrument companies and major brand partners. Her success comes with a strong passion for all styles of music and loves turning the world on to new talent!