our team

Founders Entertainment promotes and produces music festivals, concerts, tours, and customized entertainment experiences. We've worked with some of the biggest artists and brands in the world, and we strive to produce events that are surpassed by none.



TOM RUSSELL
Partner
Project Management | Operations | Production | Biz Dev | Bad Joke Enthusiast

I grew up in New York City, went to college at Tulane University in New Orleans, and since my adolescent days as a punk rock kid hanging out on St. Marks Place, I knew I wanted to put on shows. While in college I teamed up with Superfly Productions and somehow parlayed an internship into a full-time job, which I went on to hold for 6 years. As the Director of the Superfly Events Group, I focused on operations and project management and worked on marquee events such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Vegoose, Superfly During Jazzfest, the Life is Good festival, and multiple music marketing programs. After learning as much as I possibly could, I decided it was time to leave Superfly and work for myself. I did this with one goal in mind: bring my home town a major music festival they could call their own. We now have two major music festivals NYC can call their own, and it's only just begun.  

In 2011, Tom was chosen by Billboard Magazine as one of their 30 Under 30 music business executives “you need to know.” In addition, Tom has appeared in the New York Times as recently as July 2012.

 

JORDAN WOLOWITZ
Co-Founder/Partner 

Jordan is a Co-Founder and Partner at Founders Entertainment. Prior to starting Founders, Jordan worked in the talent agency world. First at Paradigm Talent Agency, and then at International Creative Management, in the office of legendary music agent Marsha Vlasic. From there, he set off to pursue his dreams in the music business, which included bringing his hometown of New York City its first ever successful, major, music festival - The Governors Ball. 

In 2014, Billboard honored Jordan as one of the top 40 music executives under 40 years of age. Interviews with Jordan have appeared in publications such as Forbes Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

 

JENNIFER STILES
General Manager, Founders Ent., Festival Director, Gov Ball NYC

Jen joined the Founders team full-time in 2013 after eight years with Clear Channel Entertainment / Live Nation, and 3 years as a free-lance producer. Jen brings with her an extensive background of event production and management. During her time in Don Law’s Boston based office she produced both collegiate tours for national sponsors and large-scale corporate events, co-created the not-for-profit program Rock & Art, managed the special event program at the Boston Opera House and acted as promoter rep settling shows at local Live Nation owned/operated venues. After leaving Live Nation in 2010 she helped produce several Northeast music festivals, including the very first Governors Ball in 2011. A lover of international travel, she was fortunate to spend a year abroad while producing a webcast series for PUMA Ocean Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race before relocating to Founder's home base of New York City.

 

ALEX JOFFE
Partnerships Director

Brand and Media Partnerships | Sponsorship Sales and Activation | Talent Relations | Marketing | Business Development

Alex joined Founders full-time in 2013 as Director of Partnerships, overseeing all aspects of the brand and media partners program at Governors Ball, from sales and client services to promotions and on-site execution. The program catapulted into 7-figures in sponsorship revenue in 2014 and has received accolades from the Wall Street Journal, Ad Week, Fast Company, Business Insider and more for its vibey, seamless integration with the festival. Prior to Founders, Alex headed up touring and marketing in the contemporary music division at International Creative Management where he worked with artists from the developing club level all the way up to arena headliners. He has held previous positions at Warner Music Group and Clear Channel Entertainment, and he plays three instruments (two of them very well).