Cindy Barber, Executive Director
Cindy Barber began working with local record labels while still in college. She did inventory control for MCA, bookkeeping at WEA and was Assistant Buyer at the ABC branch. After earning her college degrees in Media and Communications, she co-founded the Cleveland Express newspaper in the late ‘70s, in addition to booking and managing local bands. In the ‘80s, Barber became the production manager for Northern Ohio Live magazine, a job which included managing and editing all of the program guides for Playhouse Square and other arts organizations.
Barber started her own publishing consulting business in 1986, producing ad campaigns for local restaurants and retail stores, consulting for small publications such as Family Times, and creating marketing materials and program guides for the Cleveland Play House and the Cleveland International Film Festival. During that time, Barber also co-wrote a music column for the Cleveland Edition with fellow music journalist Anastasia Pantsios. In 1992, she helped launch the Cleveland Free Times as assistant publisher and was moved into the editor’s position three months later. During her six years in that position, the paper won many awards including awards for Barber’s own writing. During this time she served for four years on the national board of the Association for Alternative Newsweeklies. After the Free Times, she spent a year as editor of Northern Ohio Live.
She then turned her energy to her own North Collinwood neighborhood, where she co-founded the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern in March 2000, a concert venue that has become a favorite stop to hundreds of national touring bands. She has served as president of the board of her local CDC, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, and was also president of Arts Collinwood, when the organization won a Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award in Economic Development for its work in North Collinwood. Ms. Barber has also served on the City of Cleveland’s Fair Housing Board, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, and the former Cleveland Music Group. In 2007, she was honored with a Cleveland Arts Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts. Contact Cindy at email@example.com
Jack has been the “hamster on the wheel” in Cleveland music for his entire life. He played in high school rock bands (no money but met girls), worked at Cleveland’s largest music store (usually spent entire paycheck on equipment), worked as tech at a musical instrument repair facility, was one of the founding members of the legendary Cleveland band Dragonwyck, spent several years as the senior production person for the Agora Ballroom (both 24th Street and Euclid Ave), engineered the live radio “Coffeebreak Concerts” series (they didn’t want to pay anyone and he had to be there anyway), owned a local sound company (another failed endeavor), was live sound engineer for many national/regional acts (some had gold records, some won Grammys, most broke up) and wasted way too much time backstage, in studios and outside bars with some of the most interesting / intriguing / dangerous people. In spite of (or because of) some of the above, Jack has consulted with numerous local and national organizations regarding audio and served as a member of several collage arts boards. For the past 20 years, Jack has been the Executive Vice President of Eighth Day Sound, one of the premier international sound reinforcement companies.
Shannon is a 30+ year veteran of the communications industry with a strong background in modern communications technology platforms. From her humble beginnings at Beachwood Studios to her current digital media consultant and production work, Shannon utilizes her passion for the latest technologies and applications to keep the message relevant and provide a fresh perspective.
No stranger to the Cleveland Music Scene, Shannon was an active participant in the 80’s performing in the bands Mr. Sensible, Serious Nature and Distorted Cliches. Shannon was an active member of the non-profit Cleveland Music Group in the eighties with Cindy Barber and many other local music scene activists. Still in touch with her musical roots, Shannon is extremely excited to bring her energy to the Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future.
Adam has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining Fairmount Properties LLC, Mr. Fishman served as market leader for Trammell Crow Company’s Cleveland and Columbus operations. He then operated as President and Managing Partner of Cleveland Real Estate Partners, an international corporate real estate consulting and advisory firm. In 1999, Mr. Fishman negotiated the sale of Cleveland Real Estate Partners to Deloitte & Touche, a leading professional services firm, then joined Deloitte as a Partner providing national real estate consultative services. Mr. Fishman joined Fairmount as co-principal just prior to the firm’s first anniversary and oversees all of the firm’s financial, operational, construction, entitlement and office development activities. Mr. Fishman is also the lead developer of the $750M+ Flats East Bank mixed-use waterfront district. Mr. Fishman graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with dual degrees in Business Economics / Finance, and is a frequent public speaker on topics ranging from Public Private Partnerships to urban/waterfront development and creative place–making.
As a certified public accountant and an attorney with more than 35 years of experience in tax consulting and compliance, Rich Greco is uniquely qualified as Senior Managing Director of Tax Strategy at GBX Group. Rich focuses on acquisition and disposition structuring of the company’s real estate investments. He is also responsible for ensuring compliance with all aspects of the tax law.
Over the course of his career, Rich has specialized in tax planning and in designing acquisition and divestiture structures for transactions ranging from $3 million to in access of $7 billion for both public and private corporations, private equity funds, and partnerships. Prior to joining GBX Group, Rich was a tax partner with Ernst & Young, a leading professional services and public accounting firm. Rich earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College and his JD magna cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.
Arts administrator, waterfront festival founder, filmmaker and East Cleveland native, Fanon Hill is no stranger to community transformation through strategically engaged artivism. Hill serves as Executive Director and co-founder of the Youth Resiliency Institute- a social benefit organization that provides culturally responsive arts-based programming in East Cleveland, Ohio and Baltimore, Maryland. Hill has served as a consultant for the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and a multitude of school districts and organizations throughout the United States and Canada. In addition, Hill has served as an advisor for the Tony award-winning musical Fela!
In 2011, Hill successfully launched and co-executed The Black Male Identity (BMI) project, which used the arts to create more positive imagery, ideas, and narratives around black boys and men. As founder of the Baltimore Guitarists Against Violence program, Hill provides children and youth living in communities with high rates of violence with guitar and music production instruction in partnership with professional guitarists and recording studio owners. Equally significant, Hill is co-founder of the Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival (CHAMF)- a celebration of the performing and visual arts over the course of a daylong free event held in the historic African-American community of Cherry Hill located in Baltimore, Maryland. As a musician and music producer, Hill has been lauded in global music magazines such as Soulbounce and on Sirius XM radio. His Lom Nava Love Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was selected as one of the fifty best soul albums of 2016. Hill has received a Congressional Citation from the U.S. House of Representatives for his work as a cultural arts organizer.
Collinwood resident Dawn Marshman has lived in the Waterloo Arts District for five years. Ms. Marshman has an extensive music industry background and currently is the Marketing Manager at House of Blues along with managing local independent artist Madeline Finn through Overlook Entertainment. Previously, Ms. Marshman was the Marketing Director at Alternative Press and a co-producer of the AP Music Awards in 2014 – 2015 located at outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame And Museum and Quicken Loans Arena. The award show featured national acts and celebrities such as Twenty-One Pilots, Joan Jett, Panic At the Disco, Weezer, Paramore, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins and more top alternative talent. Prior to AP, Ms. Marshman worked for several years as the Record Label Director of an independent music distribution company which focused on underground music
David Allen Moss
is a lifelong creative and passionate arts advocate. An enterprising media entrepreneur, creative director, and brand strategist, David currently serves as founding member and Chief Creative Officer of Evergreen Podcasts
. For nearly 20 years, he’s has been producing breakthrough hospitality brand experiences for iconic names like Wynn Las Vegas, The Cleveland Browns, Ritz Carlton, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and American Greetings. Moss has served in executive leadership and interim director roles at Purdue University, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ingenuity Festival, and Cleveland Institute of Art. David is also host of the popular creative mindfulness podcast, Wake Up Call,
in partnership with the visionary global non-profit, Creative Mornings
. An accomplished bass-vocalist, he rounds out his creative pursuits with two original music
projects, while serving on a number of cultural and professional boards in Greater Cleveland.
Maura Rogers is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University, where she studied voice and received a degree in English and Theater. She started her artistic career at Great Lakes Theater Festival and spent nearly a decade invested in directing and acting. In the last decade, Maura has worked as a singer-songwriter in Cleveland and has released five albums since her solo debut in 2010. Her band, Maura Rogers and The Bellows, have built a supportive fanbase in Cleveland and have toured throughout the United States sharing their unique Americana sound with appreciative audiences.