Instructors

Founders

In 2000, the people who would become UMEM's founders began to discover one another.  They realized that they were all originally from Montana, many of them graduates of the University of Montana, and had distinguished themselves as extremely successful executives in the entertainment business across the country. They came together to help UM students benefit from their leverage and experience.  Now UM is on the map with one of the most innovative entertainment curricula in the western states.  Below are the founders of the UMEM program, which began in 2001.

Ron Baird

Ron Baird
Producer, Performer, Executive (in memoriam)

From Bigfork, MT

Maria Brunner

Maria Brunner
Owner and Manager
Insight Management
8274 E. Del Cadena
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 951-1882 Office
Email: insight@aol.com

From Bozeman, MT

Scott Douglas

Scott Douglas
Founding Director
UMEM

Larry Gianchetta

Larry Gianchetta
Dean
School of Business Administration

Brian Knaff

Brian Knaff
Chairman and Founder
TBN Entertainment
Las Vegas, NV

From Glasgow, MT

Mike McGinley

Mike McGinley
Founder and President
SRO Consultants and Citizen Net
Los Angeles, CA

From Deer Lodge, MT

Keith Miller

Keith Miller
WME | IMG
Nashville, TN

From Kalispell, MT

Clint Mitchell

Clint Mitchell
WME |IMG
Beverly Hills, CA

From Glendive, MT

David Snyder

David Snyder
Retired
WME | IMG

From Great Falls, MT

James Yelich

James Yelich
Entertainment Consultant
Los Angeles, CA

From Red Lodge, MT

Guest Instructors

Nick Parish, President of Americas at Contagious, in the classroomGuest instructors volunteer their time to teach our students. Our program relies on the generosity of these professionals to share their time, their ideas, and their experiences with our students. These guest instructors form the basis of real-time, real-world education, a walking, talking textbooks of entertainment management. 

See a full list of guest instructors

Fall 2015:

Scott Osburn, Highland Concerts, Dallas, TX
Eric Manegold, Zonar Systems, Seattle, WA
Olivia Shjeflo, Honest Tea, Seattle, WA
John Soss, Jam Productions, Chicago, IL
Danny Spitzer, Bren Events Center, Irvine, CA
Troy Blakely, Agency for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA 
Dave Glowacki, Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas, New Philidelphia, OH
Maria Brunner, Insight Management, Scottsdale, AZ
Jeremy Sauter, Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles, CA and Missoula, MT

Spring 2016:

Eric Manegold, Open Range Entertainment, Seattle, WA
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyer's Network, Las Vegas, NV
Mike McGinley, SRO Consultants, Los Angeles, CA
Nick Parish, Contagious, Portland, OR
Noah Brier, Percolate, New York, NY
Rob Beckham, WME/IMG, Nashville, TN
Ralph MarchettaTalking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Jeremy Sauter, Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles, CA and Missoula, MT
Peter GiannascoliParamount Pictures, Los Angeles, CA
Damon Metzner, 7S Management, Denver, CO
Dan Torti, The Wilma, Missoula, MT
Alanya Wissink, The Trail, Missoula, MT
Maria Brunner, Insight Management, Scottsdale, AZ

Core Faculty and Instructors

Mike Morelli

Dr. Mike Morelli
Director of Entertainment Management
Phone: (406) 243-5810
Email: mike.morelli@mso.umt.edu
Office: GBB 336

Jerry Furniss

Dr. Jerry Furniss
Professor of Management Information Systems
Phone: (406) 243-2062
Email: jerry.furniss@umontana.edu
Office: GBB 365

Sandi Nelson

Sandi Nelson
Adjunct Instructor of Management and Advising Coordinator
Email: sandi.nelson@mso.umt.edu
Office: GBB 334

Tom Webster

Tom Webster
Adjunct Instructor of Management and Director of Dennison Theatre
Phone: (406) 243-2853
Email: thomas.webster@umontana.edu
Office: PAR 313

Rob Beckham

Rob Beckham
WME | IMG

UMEM Sponsor

Eric Manegold

Eric Manegold
President
Open Range Entertainment, Inc.
Seattle, WA
Phone: (206)-818-4911
Email: eric.manegold@or-ent.com

UMEM Sponsor

Jeremy Sauter

Jeremy Sauter
Marketer
Paramount Pictures

Robert Struyk

Robert Struyk
President, CEO
TBN Entertainment

Paige Williams

Paige Williams
Adjunct Instructor of Management and Owner of The Audience Awards