STEPHEN D. ROYER
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Roback is a pioneer in the digital music arena, joining with longtime partner Dave Goldberg in 1994 to found LAUNCH Media, one of the world’s first digital music enterprises. After a highly successful run, the company was acquired by Yahoo! Inc. in 2001. As part of the sale, Mr. Roback became Head of Music at Yahoo!, overseeing its global music operations until 2007. Most recently, Mr. Roback was President of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation where he remains a member of its board of directors. Prior to that, he served as Co-Founder and CEO of Dashbox, a workflow management system and marketplace for music licensing. Dashbox was acquired by FilmTrack in 2014. Mr. Roback also served as Co-Founder/Managing Director of The Media Farm, a company which owns and manages entertainment intellectual property.
Mr. Roback holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.
At the age of 20, in 1979, Jay Boberg co-founded one of the most prominent independent music labels of the 1980s, I.R.S. Records. Jay has created significant value for each of the companies he has led. Driven by such signings as R.E.M., Oingo Boingo, the Go-Gos, English Beat and Fine Young Cannibals, I.R.S. attained more than $500 million global sales before being acquired by Thorn/EMI in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Boberg left the indie world to serve as President of MCA Music Publishing, where he reshaped and re-staffed the company, achieving immediate success with Alanis Morissette. Eighteen months later, he was appointed President of MCA Records where he presided for nearly 10 years, signing and developing artists as diverse as Blink 182, New Radicals, Sublime, The Roots, Mary J. Blige, Sigur Ros, Shaggy and Drive Thru Records.
Having served as CEO of two major music companies –MCA (now Universal) and CBS (now Sony), Al Teller guided the careers of many world class artists including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Elton John, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, George Michael, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Electric Light Orchestra, Meat Loaf, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Marvin Gaye and Wynton Marsalis. Al was the first major label head to enter the rap music genre, signing Def Jam Records to Columbia Records. At MCA, he oversaw the acquisition of Geffen Records and a major expansion of MCA’s international profile, launching operations in 24 countries in 2 years.
Al has both a BS in Electronics Engineering and an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard University.
STEPHEN D. ROYER
Steve is the President and CEO of Shamrock Capital Advisors, LLC with over 20 years of media, entertainment, and communications investment experience. Since 1998, Steve has managed Shamrock’s private equity investment activities. He currently serves as a director of Mobilitie and Screenvision and has previously served on the board of Learfield Communications, Media Storm, RealD, TeleGuam Holdings, Modern Luxury, Triad Broadcasting Company, PortalPlayer, PRN and NETGEAR.
Prior to joining Shamrock in 1991, Steve worked as an investment banker with Lehman Brothers. Steve graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a Venture Fellow.
Mike is a Partner at Shamrock Capital Advisors with over 10 years of media, entertainment, and communications investment experience. Mike currently serves as a director of Isolation Network, MOcean Mobile, and Giant Creative. Previously, he served on the board of Harlem Globetrotters International, Media Storm and Modern Luxury Media before Shamrock exited these investments. Prior to joining Shamrock in 2000, Mike was an investment banker at the mergers and acquisitions boutique, Putnam Lovell Securities.
Mike graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a Venture Fellow.
Robb McDaniels is the founder of Isolation Network, Inc.
As IN enters its 13th anniversary year, McDaniels remains on the razor’s edge of new technological developments in the music business. He has emerged as an industry thought leader on the subject of “cloud based” streaming models, regulatory changes for ISPs and the increasing popularity of mobile and web applications as the new interactive format for media consumption.
Robb’s leadership and innovative thinking has resulted in featured stories in Forbes, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Business Week, Entrepreneur and was named to Billboard Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list in both 2012 and 2013.
As Global Head of Digital Accounts at Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Amanda Marks is a key member of UMG’s worldwide digital team. A new media executive with 15 years of experience with all business aspects of emerging business models (partner relationship management, business affairs and business development, strategy operations, and internal controls), she has long been at the forefront of the evolving digital landscape. As the former EVP & General Manager for the distribution division of UMG, she helped lead the company through its transition from being focused on physical product to being format agnostic. Prior leadership roles as Executive Vice President of eLabs and General Manager of Jimmy and Doug’s Farmclub.com placed Ms. Marks at the center of transformative, first-of-their-kind digital initiatives creating new ways for content to be distributed and consumed.
Brian Napack joined Providence Equity Partners LLC as a senior advisor in 2012, after serving as president of Macmillan, the global publisher, in the U.S. from 2006 to 2011. During his tenure at Macmillan, Mr. Napack oversaw businesses in education, consumer books, digital media and magazines and managed the growth of Macmillan’s digital businesses. Prior to Macmillan, Mr. Napack was a partner at global management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting, and was founder and CEO of ThinkBox, an educational software company. Previously, he worked for The Walt Disney Company and held senior roles at Simon & Schuster and at the consulting company A.T. Kearney. Mr. Napack currently serves on the board of Ascend Learning, Blackboard, Education Management Corp. and Zero-to-Three, a national advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of infants and toddlers.