The Foothill Beginning.
To good to be true, or right time and right place for the right people?
The Regional Director of the One Foundation asked Art Wasem if he knew where he could get a PA for The Selbyville Humane Society Dog Show. Art had one in his garage and while at the Humane Society event Art was asked if he would like to help judge a dog show. He looked around at about 200 patrons, and a light went on.. He said he would judge, but he knew about a dozen artists and performers who would love to judge, host, and perform for the event. "Do you think they would really want to come and play for us?" The rest is history. He started lending PA systems and asked if his friends could perform, host or take part in some way. They all said “of course.”
Director of Corporate Relations (B2B)
Steve Grew up in Fairmont, WV and, in 1976 graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his degree in clinical psychology and statistical analysis, and worked in the health and wellness arena before starting an independent consumer electronics rep firm and later, moving to Middle Tennessee. As co-founder and President of MECA, Inc. (Mobile Electronics Competition Association) since 1999, Stern has created the largest car audio and mobile electronics club and competition network in the USA, with chapters in China, Trinidad/Tobago, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, and the Caribbean. With thousands of Members, and 100's of partners and sponsors, Steve has demonstrated unique abilities to create healthy business situations, thinking in and out of the box.
Steve has also followed the music industry as a musician and a songwriter for many years. Being a member of TSAI and other organizations since beginning songwriting as a teenager. He has enjoyed many cuts and continues to pursue the craft. Nashville has been the perfect location.
Living in Davidson County for 20 years, just outside of Goodlettsville, with his wife Susan and 3 children.
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William (Billy) Ramirez
In every organization there is a tireless, intelligent, selfless angel, full of enthusiasm and laughter. At Foothill Entertainment Group it is Billy Ramirez. A bi-lingual percussionist currently playing around Nashville doing live performance dates and studio recording sessions, He also finds time to give private drum and Spanish lessons. His sound equipment rental company has been instrumental to the hundreds of performances we do in Nashville every year. Good luck finding him on Wednesday night or Sunday morning though, his faith comes before everything else.
with over 40 years in the entertainment industry he has a unique ambition to run a management company.
Art played the first guitar Mass sanctioned by the Catholic Church in 1972. He began his first band the next year. In 1978 he was signed to a boutique label in Dallas TX. He also attended NTSU as a Performance Music Major and a Theater Production Minor. After 5 years in the Texas music circuit, he moved to Southern California. He also received a degree in Audio Engineering.
A personal decision was made to leave music in 1987 and he moved to Computer Animation and Special Effects for Motion Picture and TV. He has worked on The Simpsons, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, hundreds of commercials and motion pictures for companies like American Film Technologies, Disney, Universal Studios, Angel Studios, and Paramount. At this point, he has a MTV Music Video Award for projects he was a part of. In 1994, Angel Studios (now Rockstar Games) asked him to move into video games and worked to develop the first Motion Capture device for importing human movement into video games. He helped to develop systems on both the magnetic and optical versions of the process. After finding out he played guitar he was asked to provide instrumental parts on Microsoft's Midtown Madness and Monster Truck Madness 2.
In 1996 he was signed to Kerosene Dreams records his only solo deal. the label folded in 2000 and he started a new concept band called 5’n Off. This was a instrumental cover band and was also the first band to play the X Games, the Gravity Games, Marathons, and National Hockey League games. They also played extreme sporting events, colleges, and trade shows. The band disbanded in 2003 and he moved to Nashville. He has worked as a guitarist, engineer, production and stage manager for such artists as Mark Wills, The Honky Tonk Tailgate Party Tour, Chris Young, Buddy Jewell, The Country Gold Tour, and Ronnie Milsap. Besides hundreds of local shows and artists. He was “first call” at the Opryland Hotel and Schermerhorn Symphony Center as a corporate audio engineer until the flood of 2010. Also in 2010 He became the first audio engineer and production manager to ever produce a country show in Mainland China at the Shenzhen Concert Hall with Clinton Gregory, Julie Roberts, and Buddy Jewell.
Asked by a number a friends to help them he started Foothill Entertainment Group in 2010.