JAMES McMAHON – President
James became a WAMI member in 2005 and has been president of the WAMI Board of Directors and part of WAMI’s Executive Committee since 2009. He is also the owner of The Bay restaurant in Whitefish Bay. James wants to continue to promote all styles of music so that Wisconsin can become a major platform for all the talented musicians that live in this state. In addition to being a music supporter, James sings, plays harmonica, and manages Milwaukee based rock band, The Form, which he has been a member of for nearly 20 years.
Chrissy is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist for the WAMI award winning vintage country trio, The Whiskeybelles, as well as folk/rock duo, Blonde On Blonde. She has performed with such groups as CGV Orchestra, West of East, Pezzettino, The Orphans, Radio Doctors and Eclectic Vibe. With bachelor degrees in both Piano Pedagogy and Marketing, she taught private piano and guitar at the Waukesha County Conservatory of Music for 3 years. She is now a District Sales Manager for Hal Leonard Corporation, as well as the Marketing Liaison for the world’s most popular piano method, Faber Piano Adventures. Between 2006 and 2008, Chrissy was the Director and Events Coordinator for the annual “Not Afraid- a Benefit for the Sojourner Truth House and Task Force on Family Violence,” which featured a lineup of local female musicians and artists. Chrissy is currently involved with non-profit organization, Guitars for Vets, has volunteered on the 30th WAMI Awards Show Committee, and is now honored to serve on the WAMI Board of Directors.
Zoy is owner of ZandR Entertainment, LLC, a Wisconsin-based booking agency and talent buyer. Formed in 2005 by Zoy and Rhonda Begos, ZandR’s goal is to provide more opportunities to bands of all genres, original and cover bands, to play out in the great state of Wisconsin. He has been a member of WAMI since 2009, joined the board of directors in 2012, and accepted the position of treasurer in 2013. In addition to owning ZandR, Zoy has been an environmental consultant for the past 18 years and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Sciences from UW-Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Zoy, a lifelong music lover, is ecstatic and honored to play a small role in continuing to assist with strengthening the live music scene in Wisconsin.
KENNITA HICKMAN – Secretary,
Kennita is a freelance writer turned artist manager. Her work has been published in MKE, Source magazine, Urbanology magazine and on YoRaps.com. She has also assisted in the development of skateboard hip-hop duo, The Cranberry Show, in addition to hip-hop artist, B ALXNDR. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Kennita is committed to helping Milwaukee’s music scene thrive and show Milwaukee has talented musicians in all genres. She joined the WAMI Board in 2011 and believes this is just the beginning of a long career in music.
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