Dart Music International Directors
The members of the Dart Music International Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Directors have a wide range of skills and expertise. The Board members have years of outstanding experience with international relations and business, music industry and festivals, and community-based organizations. Additionally, as a matter of policy, each of the Board members has made a personal financial contribution to the organization.
Board of Directors
Director - Andrew J. Bower
Andrew is an Australian citizen who is a long-term international employee of Chevron Corporation, having worked in various strategic planning, finance and commercial roles in Papua New Guinea, Angola, California and now Houston, Texas. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce in Houston since 2008, and currently serves as Treasurer. In 2010, Andrew organized the first Down Under Sounds showcase of Australian music in Houston, which continues as an annual event. Andrew is also the vocalist/guitarist for The Valery Trails, a trans-Pacific musical project with other members residing in his home town of Brisbane, Australia.
Founder and Executive Director - Dave Dart
Dave founded Dart Music International as a way to combine his international expertise, education, and music experience. He has traveled extensively, and lived in Germany for more than 4 years. While there he earned a Master's Degree in International Relations from Boston University, worked as Communications Director for the Overseas Education Association in Germany, taught for Big Bend Community College, and played soccer for his village.
In addition to his work with DMI, he is also an Board member of Global Austin, a Community Member of Austin Music People, and a member of The Recording Academy Texas Chapter. By day, he is Lead Concierge at the Westin Austin Downtown and active member of the Austin Concierge and Guest Services Association. Dave has been the subject of more than 40 media articles and appearances, including the Austin Fortunate 500. He has also been a panelist for Global Austin, the SXSW Music Conference and Festival, and the MBA program at Texas State University.
Director - Michael S. Renner
For over a decade, Michael has been involved in multiple aspects of the music industry. A touring drummer & piano player originally from Indianapolis, he ran audio/video post-production companies in Nashville & Memphis, and currently serves as owner of Bad Pictures of Good People, LLC, an Austin-based film soundtrack production house. With more than 12 years of experience in the securities industry, Michael hopes to make good use of in-depth finance, investment and sales knowledge for the benefit of DMI.
Advisory Board of Directors
Sam Adair, Immigration Attorney with Graham Adair LLP and former Board Member of Dart Music International..
Patricia Albright, Media Buyer and founding Board Member of Dart Music International.
Adi Anand, Creative events team at Transmission Entertainment, events coordinator at local blog Austinist.com, and former Board Member of Dart Music International.
Andre Cantave, Engineer and Producer at Same Sky Productions.
Victoria Corcoran, Owner/President of Corcoran & Co.
Matthew Covey, Treasurer for Tamizdat and founding Board Member of Dart Music International..
Greg R. Ellis, Manager for Sundance Records, freelance contributor to the Houston Press, frequent panelist at the SXSW Music Conference and Festival and founding Board Member of Dart Music International..
Marilyn Faust, Crew Chief of South by Southwest Music Festival International Housing program.
Sean Foster, Attorney at Foster Agnew LLP and former Board Member of Dart Music International..
Ihor Gowda,Principal at Star Making Machinery LLC.
Pete Harris,Owner of Harris Radio
Erin Keever, Austin-based Teacher & Writer.
Jane Lowery, Attorney, Past President of Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts (TALA).
Valeri Marquart, Media Buyer and former Board Member of Dart Music International.
Dr. Madeline Maxwell, Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Project on Conflict Resolution at the University of Texas at Austin.
Alissa McCain, Director of Programs and Operations for Austin Music Foundation.
David Messier, Musician, Songwriter, Producer, and Principal at Same Sky Productions.
Michael T. Sammon, Co-owner of Lonestar Family Market.
Greg Vendetti, Principal at GV Music Enterprises.
Andréa Villareal, Attorney at Oaks, Harline & Daly, LLP.
David M. Walter, Attorney and Foreign Service Officer, US State Department.
Kirk Watson, Executive Director of Causeway Interactive.
Lale Welsh, Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Persia.
Greg Williams, Musician and Manager at BBA Management & Booking.