The Music Business/Management Department PresentsFifth-Annual Evening with Entrepreneurs
Sammy Ash: Chief Operating Officer, Sam Ash Music Stores
Founded in 1924, Sam Ash Music Stores is the largest chain of privately owned stores in the United States that sells musical instruments and electronics. Sammy Ash oversees 48 stores that employ approximately 1,800 people in 16 states.
Jon Olinto: Cofounder, b.good
The concept behind b.good was to provide a house-ground, hand-packed burger that would make fast food “real.” In five years, b.good has grown to four restaurant locations. Jon Olinto has said that he has experience in “managing lots of people, raising lots of capital, and flipping lots and lots of burgers.”
David Shapiro: Cofounder and Executive Producer, Fluid
A Berklee alumnus and former Berklee faculty member, David Shapiro started the award-winning music and editorial studio, Fluid, in 1998. He was the executive producer on a key sequence for the Oscar-nominated film, Michael Clayton. As a bassist, he has toured with Felix Cavaliere of the Young Rascals, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Fleetwood Mac, and Linda Ronstadt, to name a few.
Dave Stoltzfus: Founder, the Malvern School of Music
Leaving behind his 30-plus-year career as an information technology professional, Dave Stoltzfus is now pursuing his lifelong passion for music and has opened The Malvern School of Music in Malvern, Pennsylvania. His school is catering to students of all ages, and his focus is to deliver the music education that can’t be delivered by public and private schools.