|Maxximum names new vice president|
|Written by Taylor Berglund|
|Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:27 AM America/New_York|
Industry veteran Dennis Disney has joined Maxximum Artist Group as vice president. In this newly created position, Disney will oversee daily operations for Maxximum, which manages award-winning artists and producers, including Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Bernie Herms and Donald Lawrence.
Disney has held leadership and executive positions at major companies in addition to operating his own agency. He began in marketing at Word Records in 1985, moved into the manager role for Steven Curtis Chapman (1987-1990) and then back to the corporate side of the business. As vice president of marketing at Benson Music (Provident/Sony), he oversaw the faith-based team for Bob Carlisle’s Butterfly Kisses, Fred Hammond’s Pages of Life and 4HIM’s The Basics of Life. Recently, as vice president of marketing at Worthy Publishing, he led the marketing team for The Jeremiah Study Bible and John Hagee’s Four Blood Moons. Since 2009, Disney has been an adjunct instructor at Belmont University in Nashville, teaching a course on entertainment distribution and promotion.
Mitchell Solarek, president of the Nashville-based artist management and development company. made the announcement about Disney's new role.
“Dennis and I have known each other for over 18 years, having first met and worked together when he was head of marketing at Benson Music for Natalie Grant’s debut album,” Solarek said. “We reconnected this fall when he worked with us on the launch of Natalie [Grant]’s new album. We have ambitious plans to grow the impact of our artists and expand the footprint of our business. Over these past few months, it became clear that Dennis was suited to take an executive role with our firm. With his three decades of experience as an artist manager, record label executive, publishing executive, business owner and university adjunct instructor, he brings an abundance of insight and expertise, uniquely qualifying him to lead the operations of Maxximum.”
Disney is excited to join Maxximum Artist Group.“I’m thrilled to formally reconnect with Mitchell and to join the talented team at
“I’m thrilled to formally reconnect with Mitchell and to join the talented team at Maxximum Artist Group as we passionately serve the artists, writers and producers who work hard to create life-affirming content,” Disney said.
In addition, Aaron Benward is joining the company as director of national promotions and development and will helm a Los Angeles office for Maxximum. He will facilitate national promotion across broadcast, streaming and event platforms on behalf of Maxximum artists. Finally, MarQuis Hardin also was hired as management assistant and social media coordinator. A former intern at Maxximum, Hardin recently graduated from Belmont’s music business program.
“I’m thankful to have such wonderful talent on our team,” Solarek added. “Each brings a level of creativity, expertise and network that strengthens our ability to fulfill our mission to influence those who influence hearts and minds.”
Mitchell Solarek, president of the Nashville-based artist management and development company.