About The Team

The management team consists of many talented people, but our leaders offer years of experience in the festival industry and deep ties to the entertainment community. These two assets alone ensure an organized and efficient event that offers top tier talent every year.

Victor Wernett – COO

•• 17 years working in the entertainment industry.
•• 17 years experience in festival operations & management
•• Sponsorship acquisition experience for Country Thunder, Kansas Stampede, and Rock the Ranch. Toyota, Dish Network, Rockstar Energy, Fuze Beverages, DirecTV, Harley Davidson and Wells Fargo Bank.

Kyle Israel – CFO

•• Arizona State Bar Member
•• Employment and Construction Law Section founding Chair member
•• Public Accountant since 1988
•• Practices Trademark Law
•• Published author

Gardner Cole- CCO

•• Former Warner Brother Records recording artist/producer/ song writer
•• 50 #1 International Hits
•• 100 million albums sold
•• Writer for Madonna, Amy Grant, Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Al Jarreau

Dustin Preston – VP of Operations

•• 10 plus years in public safety with specialties in event protection and management
•• Bachelors in Public Administration and Graduate work in Emergency Management
•• All Hazards Incident Management Certifications
•• Special Event experience including Super Bowl/NBA All-Star/Phoenix Open Golf Tournament
•• Several years experience in Homeland Security
•• Liaison between Local, County, State, and Federal Agencies

Frank Mastalerz – Talent Buyer and Event Production

•• Owner of FM Entertainment; 20 years of buying, promoting and producing musical events
•• Events Director and Talent Buyer at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL
•• Owner of FM Music Management

M.D. Clark – Public Safety & Charity Liaison

•• Engine Company Captain; involved in fire service for more than 17 years
•• Served as lead Fire Academy Instructor and Program Director for Scottsdale Community College
•• Bachelor of Applied Science from Grand Canyon University in Public Safety Administration
•• Master of Applied Science from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership
•• Currently in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy
•• Instructor for the United States Fire Administration through the National Fire Academy and the Arizona State Fire School
•• Instructor for homeland security degree and leadership programs at Grand Canyon University

Glen Parrish Talent Consultant

•• Senior Management Partner with H.K. Management (a division of Frontline Management)
•• Worked for Irving Azoff who was voted by Billboard Magazine as the 2012 most powerful person in the music industry
•• Managed many successful recording artists including Stevie Nicks from 1986 to 1995
•• Director of Operations for the Cajun House in charge of entertainment promotions and marketing
•• Former CEO of Real Records
•• Worked with Jimmy Lovine at Interscope Records doing management and A&R LIQUID SOL

Amanda Wernett – Administrative Executive

•• Undergraduate degrees focused on Criminal Justice and Social Connections
•• MBA with concentration in marketing
•• M.Ed. in Elementary Education
•• Currently working towards completion of M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration
•• 6 + years in sponsorship acquisition and coordination experience