Welcome to the Mr. Hollywood magazine family.
1. Lets start by telling the people a little about yourself that they may or may not
know about you?
I was born in Newburgh, NY and I currently reside in Houston, TX. I started off in the music industry as an artist manager. I did professional artist management for 25 years. During that time, I built a lot of relationships and decided to launch a marketing company called Dominion Global Marketing.
After retiring from artist management, I focused on radio promotion for a while. As I saw
technology changing the music industry, I went on to create the internet radio campaign taking the same model from Commercial FM promotion. A couple years later I was led to form the music monitoring company, DigitalRadioTracker.com Inc.
2.Tell us more about your organization DTR?
DigitalRadioTracker.com Inc. is a leading global internet radio monitoring company which tracks radio airplay of songs played on over 5000+ radio stations around the globe. These stations (major to independent) are comprised of an array of FM Terrestrial, Satellite and College as well as thousands of digital streaming radio stations. DigitalRadioTracker.com Inc. has customized a technology that monitors radio airplay detections of songs 24
hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
3. How did you get your start as an entrepreneur?
When I was in high school, I launched a music fanzine called Concert Circuit and started managing recording artists. That was the start of my career in the music industry.
4. Can you tell our readers more about the difficulties that you’ve faced early on as an entrepreneur?
The biggest challenge I have faced as an entrepreneur is finding individuals to believe in my vision. It’s easy for anyone to say they are with you and support you. I’ve had people say to me “how can I help”? But when I ask them to do specific things or put their credibility on the line for my vision, that is when they start to backpedal. I think one of that greatest challenges an entrepreneur can face is finding a true believer.
5. Who inspires you as an entrepreneur?
I am inspired everyday by entrepreneurs all over the world. Anyone that is willing to step out of the box and sacrifice for their dreams is what inspires me. But who truly inspires me is the people that I love; they are my motivation to get up and do what I have to do each and every day. I believe any successful entrepreneur needs to find that one motivating factor, that core reason to keep pushing no matter what.
6. If you could have a sit-down conversation with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?
I would have to say without a doubt it would be Clive Davis. I grew up following his every move in the music industry. He is a musical genius to me.The artists careers he has built and all his years of experience in the music industry is remarkable.
His wisdom just from the business side alone is exceptional. To have a collaboration on a project like DRT with someone like Clive Davis would be incredible. What we would be able to accomplish together would be priceless and globally impactful for the music industry.
7. How do you turn a negative into a positive?
My faith is very strong and I tend to look at things differently. I believe all things good and bad happen for a reason, even negative things as much as we don’t want them. They allow us to learn, to grow and sometimes even direct our paths to success.
Many of us don’t like the setbacks, but I try to look at every setback as a setup for a comeback. I once heard someone say, God is not looking for perfect people, He’s looking for available people. Sometimes in life that means being available even for negative things. Because even through negative things, blessings can come in so many ways.
So, for me, it’s about adjusting my mindset and understanding that there is positivity even in negative situations. It’s all about your personal perception and how you choose to look at things.
8. What kind of advice would you give a newcomer trying to pursue a career in your line of work?
The best advice I could give to anyone looking to pursue their dreams is don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t or you are not good enough. Learn to be successful in your own right. Don’t let others determine your value. The world is full of naysayers. Even the people around you will tell you that you can’t do this or that.
They may say things like, what do you need that for or why are you doing this or that? In the midst of it all you must remain focused and diligently pursue your career no matter what. Only by remaining consistent will you reach the finish line.
9. Where do you see yourself as a CEO in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself carefully plotting my retirement and exit strategy. At that time, I would be celebrating 35 years of being in the music industry and looking towards the next chapter of whatever God has planned for me.
10. What has been the highest point of your career so far?
The highest point for me is knowing that what I am doing is impacting lives around the world. Building a global brand like DigitalRadioTracker has changed my life while making a difference in the lives of others around the world.
11. If you could go back in time and speak to a younger you what words of advice
would you give yourself?
Great question! Knowing what I know now, my entire life would be different. I would tell myself to stay focused and really connect a lot of dots before making decisions. Learn to be patient and meditate on decisions, especially life changing ones. And lastly, I would take the advice of an incredibly wise man, “When you don’t know what to do, you do what you know to do.” Like many, I listened to a lot of people and tried doing things their way.
I made their mistakes as well as my own and paid for both. Many times, I didn’t follow my gut, the God Un-Tapped in me! Stay focused on what I know to do, that would be the
conversation I would have with my younger self.
12. We would like to thank you for your time and congratulations on being selected on the cover of this month’s Mr. Hollywood Magazine. Before we let you go is there any last words or thank you’s that you want to give to anyone?
I want to say a big THANK YOU to all the early adaptors of DRT (stations, labels and artists), to all the brand ambassadors and extremely hard-working individuals behind the scenes without you there is no DigitalRadioTracker. I want to especially thank the early
believers that saw the vision in the beginning and continue to support DRT, you
know who you are!