I hate doing this, but this is a once in a lifetime experience, so please bear with me as I brag just a little bit. My CEO at EMI was kind enough about four weeks ago to nominate me for a feature being run in Billboard Magazine for their annual “30 Under 30” feature, and believe it or not I was chosen! Yeah, that Billboard Magazine – crazy… way crazy. The article features, as they say “30 young rising executives in the music industry from all aspects of the business….” I don’t know if I’m really “rising executive” material, but it was cool to be placed in this bunch. The feature ran in this week’s edition of Billboard (8/24).

So it features everyone from the CEO of Imeem to one of Live Nation’s head talent agents, to the creator of Facebook. I was chosen specifically because I am the account manager for iTunes while representing the largest Christian music company in the industry, and we’ve done a significant amount of work, specifically at iTunes, getting Christian music to a place where it is quite successful in the digital space. Here’s where I need to throw out the qualifier that this stuff is a team effort and I’m given the chance to take credit for a lot of things I had a lot of help on. But it has been fun being around through the beginning of this whole thing… I was working iTunes over three years ago when hardly anyone knew what an iPod was and it was a struggle every week just to make sure our albums went live.

So, there you go. I really never thought I would be quoted in a national magazine. I got to be a quasi-celebrity for a week. Back to normal tomorrow.

    • jon arnold
    • August 27th, 2007

    I demand a recount.

    • Morgan
    • August 27th, 2007

    i know a celebrity!! omgz.

    • Melissa
    • August 27th, 2007

    WOWZERS!!!! burns this is awesome! i will have to go buy the billboard and showcase it in my office so people think i know someone famous!! but seriously, this is awesome!!!

    • uncle tim
    • August 28th, 2007

    congrats man! I never figured you’d be in a magazine without the title
    “Single White Male seeks….”

    just kiddin’ bro…very very awesome. I’m proud of you!

    • The Flash
    • August 29th, 2007

    Well, well, well…I feel quite privileged to know someone in the “30 under 30” club. I’m gonna feel real good about myself after putting down such an influential person in our future game of Risk. Seriously…congrats my friend…well done.

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