Board of Directors
The CMC Board of Directors includes, in alphabetical order:
Olusola “Shala (Esquire)” Akintunde, a multi-media producer and songwriter. He is the Nigerian-American creator of the cult phenomenon, Seven Spoon, a member of the four-man rap super group, Qualo and the CEO of The Movement Worldwide, Inc.
Jerry Brindisi is the Coordinator for the Music Business Concentration in the Department of Arts, Entertainment and Media Management at Columbia College Chicago. He earned a Master’s degree in Music Business from New York University where he was honored for outstanding scholarship, leadership and service. His extensive background working in music includes Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group’s Asylum Records, Atlantic Records as well as Anders Music.
Walter Dale, an entertainment attorney for 20 years specializing in the music industry. He is a professor at Columbia College Chicago teaching courses in the music business program. Walter is also a board member and treasurer of the national organization, Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA).
Scott Fetters joined the Chicago music community in 2007. He is a graduate of Tulane University and spent several years working with the Music Business Institute and Cutting Edge Music Business Conference http://cuttingedgenola.com/ in New Orleans. His music industry experience has focused primarily on management, booking and promotion. Scott currently works for W Hotels and sits on the Young Executive Board at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago.
Jim Goodrich is a Chicago based musician with a Masters of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from Northeastern IL University. He sings as half of Jim & Tim, arranges and sings Bass with the mixed a cappella group 4-AM and is the producer/host of the show With A Voice Like This. Jim also sits on the Rock For Reading Musicians Board.
Paul Natkin (Executive Director), discovered music photography in 1976. Since then, he has photographed most of the major music stars of the last half of the 20th century, shooting album covers for artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Johnny Winter and magazine covers for Newsweek (Bruce Springsteen), Ebony (Tina Turner), People (Prince), and many music magazines around the world. Paul’s work is managed by Photo Reserve, Inc.
Chris Schneider, studio manager of Pressure Point Recording Studios, honored as the top new recording facility in the world by Mix Magazine (04). In his 30 years in the music business he has worked on both sides of the glass, first as a major label recording artist and now as a producer and managing director of Blue Cactus Entertainment