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
Head of Partnerships
Global Partnerships & Media | Talent Relations | Experiential Marketing | Activation Ideation and Execution | Business Development 

Alex joined Founders full-time in 2013 as Head of Partnerships, overseeing all aspects of the brand and media partners program at Governors Ball, from sales and client services toexperiential marketing strategy, content creation, broadcasting, 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, AdWeek, 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.

CHELSEA GAMARRA
Partnerships Manager

I was born in North Jersey and later moved to New York to attend NYU. While a student, I pursued a degree in politics, so working in the music industry was naturally the next step. I began interning for Founders Entertainment while still in school and came onboard full time post my graduation. I work mainly with partnerships for the festivals, but have also worked other facets within the company - the most rewarding has been managing our off-site volunteer program Gov Ball Gives Back the past two years.
Despite the fact that the Spill Canvas at the Stone Pony was the first show I ever attended, The 1975 still ended up being one of my most listened to artists of 2017. 

LAURA HYMES
Marketing Director

laura joined the founders entertainment team as a marketing director in february 2016. she’s the brains behind founders marketing operation, but promises that she has nothing to do with the govball and meadows stickers on every street corner in nyc. prior to founders, she worked at an experiential marketing agency, where she helped brands execute nationwide experiential campaigns. at the same time, laura honed her creative skills and built a loyal following on instagram @lhymes. when she’s not working late at founders hq, she’s probably at a new gallery or riding a camel in a foreign country. if you learn nothing else from this bio, just know that she hates capital letters.

TAYLER KIMBALL
Assistant To Director  

Tayler joined the Founders Entertainment team in 2016. She grew up in North Shore, Massachusetts and attended the University of Delaware. While a student at UD she acted as the Director of Major Events for the school's student programming board, bringing many different concerts and events to campus. She has interned for Conventures Inc., The Pennsylvania, California, and Massachusetts Conference for Women, and ATO Records. 
Tayler spends most of her free time failing to finish her book club books, instagraming blurry concert photos, signing up for free things, and drinking iced coffee during the winter months.

JEN SORSBY
Jr Talent Buyer

I was born in San Diego but grew up in Mexico City. I first knew I wanted to work in live music when I went to a Green Day show in middle school, I saw how happy the crowd & band was and I wanted to help make that happen.
I joined Founders Entertainment full-time in 2016 after interning for Governors Ball in 2014 and 2015. Previously, I worked at APA in the office of music agent Andrew Ellis and interned at Webster Hall during college. When in college I was involved with my school’s radio station & the student concerts & events club. It was during that time I started going to festivals & volunteering at Bonnaroo.
Besides festivals, my favorite things include: my bunny Pancakes, dogs, mac & cheese, Tom DeLonge, and going to shows.

CAROLINE CLANTON-CALNAN
Festival Services & Community Engagement Manager

Caroline joined Founders full-time in 2017, after graduating from The College of New Jersey with a degree in Marketing and Communications. Born & raised on the Jersey Shore, she found her love of live music while seeing shows at The Stone Pony, and pursued this love of events during college as a member of the programming board. Hoping to turn this passion into a career, she started with Founders as a member of the VIP Team at Gov Ball 2014, followed by an internship that never ended.