Chicago native, Chris "Classick" Inumerable, discovered his love and talent for music at a young age. He comes from a family of musicians and started recording friends out of his bedroom as a teenager. After he lost his mother to her battle with breast cancer in 2005, he found comfort in music and became inspired to pursue his passion. He built a small recording studio in his parent's basement and through word of mouth, his clientele list quickly grew. Classick quit his bank job and transferred from DePaul University as a business major, to Columbia College Chicago to study Audio Arts and Acoustics. Eventually Classic Studios needed to expand (and Classick's dad wasn't too keen on having people in and out of his house at all hours of the night!) though the doors were ready to put in work. Ready to take the studio to the next level, Classick found an empty loft space in Ukrainian Village in 2012, and decided it would be the new home for the studio. The custom-built recording facility has two recording studios, a production room and lounge. The studio has a team of eight audio engineers, several in-house producers, and interns for its continually growing clientele.
TAMIKA PONCE — Vice President
Tamika Ponce is a Michigan native and entrepreneur, who has called Chicago home for over a decade. Having worked in the entertainment industry for a number of years, Tamika got her start in the industry as a party promoter in college. She was co-owner of a creative collective "The Swim Team" for several years before starting her own creative management agency in 2018, The Boys Club. As a manager and brand consultant, Tamika has a hand in nearly every aspect of her clients careers, pushing them to believe in themselves and exceed expectations. She has a passion for the entertainment industry and her desire to be a part of something bigger than herself is what motivates her as an invested artist' manager and brand consultant.Tamika is a force to be reckoned with; her diligence, business acumen and experiences are proof that women can succeed in male-dominated industries.
LOVE GRAHAM — Treasurer
With a passion for music and finance - Lovera 'Love' Graham has spent over a decade cultivating her talents to be the financial soundboard amongst a thriving community of artists. As the self-proclaimed Financial Therapist - Love is a Financial Advisor and talent manager for artists, Dave Coresh and Fin, respectively. Hailing from Chicago, Love started her journey as an artist herself - she's a trained vocalist since the age of 8 and studied Musical Theater at The Chicago Academy for the Arts. Drawing her business inspirations from Russell Simmons and Damon Dash - she believes in the spirit of entrepreneurship and absolute ownership. As a Founding Member and Treasurer of Manager's Special, it is Love's goal to provide solutions to the artist community that will help them create sustainable careers and develop better financial behaviors.
VON HARRIS — Secretary
Blending his passions, an ear for music and a love of delicious foods is what Chicago-based native, and serial entrepreneur Von Harris does everyday. He began his journey in the music industry as a concert promoter and music blogger, procuring many sold out shows over the years. His blog, Music Is My Reality, eventually led Von to establish a relationship with his first artist turned client back in 2010. In 2017 Von created his brand and talent management company, Rooted Sound, also offering label services while focusing strongly on artist development. In 2019 Von establish a self-run catering venture, Fat Plates, servicing creative and tasty dishes to the Chicagoland area. In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, he managers Classick Studios, a world renowned recording studio based in the Humboldt Park neighbourhood of Chicago. Von also serves on the board of Manager's Special, a nonprofit that helps bridge the gap between fellow managers, industry executives and tastemakers in Chicago and beyond. Additionally, he partners with other nonprofits to help service his community. Throughout his many ventures, Von maintains a noteworthy reputation through his commitment to helping others achieve and grow their own unique dreams.
MERK — Manager
Marques Elliston, better known as "Merk", was born and raised in the Chicago music scene. This exposure led to a growing passion for the music industry as a whole. That passion motivated him and close friend to open the doors of Complex Studios in 2010. With artists such as Keyshia Cole, Young Thug, Gunna, Lil Durk, and more recording hits there, Complex Studios has become a Chicago staple. Merk's business savvy expanded into artist management, now managing some of the most influential artists in Chicago's history such as - Chief Keef, Ty Money, Bella Thorne, and Dakota Unique. With over 5 years of management experience, he continues to grow his impressive roster. Merk's latest venture - Dsgnrz Marketing Agency launched in 2019, is another avenue this entrepreneur is using to expand resources for the ever growing Chicago music community.