Jack Randall Elected NITO President As Indie Advocacy Group Selects New Officers, Board Members (EXCLUSIVE)

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New NITO President Jack Randall (Photo courtesy of NITO)

NITO – the National Independent Talent Organization – has elected a new president, officers and added board members for the coming year. High Road Touring founder Frank Riley will pass the president’s gavel to Jack Randall, president and agent at The Kurland Agency, and exit the board after co-founding and leading the indie agents and managers advocacy and trade group that emerged from the COVID crisis in 2020.

“I’m truly honored to have been elected as the President of NITO by my colleagues and peers, many of whom are fellow NITO co-founders,” Randall says of his election as NITO president. “Stepping into this role is both humbling and exciting, especially as I follow in the footsteps of Frank Riley, whose contributions and leadership have already had an immeasurable impact on our businesses and the global live entertainment ecosystem.

“While I know I can never fill his shoes exactly; I am inspired and empowered by his legacy and committed to building on the solid foundation he helped create. Along with  Michel Vega, Matt Yasecko, Tom Chauncey, and the rest of the NITO Board, we’re proud to continue our mission as we embark on the next chapter.”

New NITO board officers for 2023-24 are Randall, vice president Michel Vega of Magnus Media; secretary Matt Yasecko of Arrival Artists and treasurer Tom Chauncey of Partisan Arts. Re-elected to the board for the coming year are Vega, Scott Sokol of Pinnacle Entertainment, Dave Shapiro of Sound Talent Group and Steve Schenck of TKO. 

The board adds some new members, too, while others including Riley will depart. Joining the board are newly elected members Yasecko, Adam Bauer of Madison House, Chris Harris of Rainmaker, Randy Nichols of Force Media Management, Nelly Neben of Axis Artist Management, and Sean Patrick Rhorer of Distance Management.

Rounding out the NITO Board are existing members serving the second year of two-year terms: Randall; Chauncey; Eric Dimenstein, Ground Control; Wayne Forte, Entourage; Jon Grau, This Is Management; Bruce Houghton, Skyline; Paul Lohr, New Frontier; Fielding Logan, Q Prime; Brad Madison, Mongrel; and Mark Lourie, Madison House. 

Exiting the NITO Board are Riley, Stormy Shepard of Leave Home, Hank Sacks of Partisan Arts, and Ami Spishock of Fort William.

“It has been an honor and privilege to have been a part of NITO for the past three years and to have been the leader of such an innovative, thoughtful, and entrepreneurial group of agents, managers, and associates during some of the most challenging times in our industry’s history,” Riley says. 

“I am proud to pass the baton to Jack, Michel, and folks of such quality who will lead the organization into the future.”