GIMMESOUND.COM TEAM BIOS
Peter W. Van Ness - Founder / President
An internationally-recognized expert on the global growth and social impact of the Internet, Peter Van Ness was one of an elite group asked by The Pew Internet & American Life Project to comment on the Web's evolution - and to make predictions on its future
(see 2010 predictions on intelligence
2008 predictions on music business
He was also a leader in the growth of the Boston Computer Society. Besides gimmesound.com, Van Ness has founded several technology-based ventures:
- MyStockOptions.com (2000), an award-winning resource on stock compensation for employees and executives.
- Van Ness Group, Inc. (1998), providers of Web development, marketing, SEO and SMO.
- StockPlan, Inc. (1991), the era's largest independent provider of stock plan management services (purchased by CitiGroup in 2000).
- Personal Computer Solutions (1983), building state-of-the-art databases for organizations of all types, including including Kenner, Parker Brothers, Benjamin Thompson and Associates, NASW and Kaiser Engineering.
In 2007, Peter was recognized by the Massachusetts State Senate with a citation commending his production of Celebrate Gloucester
), and for promoting the grand opening festival for the city's first cruise ship terminal.
In 2008, Peter, along with his wife, Vickie, co-founded Gloucester's wildly successful Block Parties
In 2010, Peter and Vickie co-founded gimmeLIVE
, which has produced some of the largest and most critically acclaimed concerts and festivals on Boston's North Shore featuring national recording stars and top local talent.
In 2014, Peter and Vickie co-produced That's When I Know It's Mardi Gras
, a live CD recording at Beverly's Larcom Theatre featuring New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith with Grammy Award-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell.
Peter has served on the Boards of the
Society for the Encouragement of the Arts
(SeARTS Gloucester), the Gloucester Tourism Commission, Cape Ann Waldorf School and was founder of the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School. A musician, producer, concert promoter and local TV producer, Van Ness (originally from New York) lives in Gloucester, MA.
Vickie S. Van Ness - Founder / Chief Financial Officer / Medium Guru
An expert in developing powerful, flexible and user-friendly web interfaces, Vickie Van Ness has over twenty-five years experience specializing in integrating information technology into both human resources and finance departments.
As a senior international client manager at StockPlan, Inc. (Silicon Valley, CA), she served industry leaders including Yahoo!, Dell, Amdahl, Business Objects, JD Edwards, Newport Corporation, and The Hartford. While there, she pioneered the first paperless web-based systems to integrate stock trading with stock benefit plans.
Vickie co-produced the CD, That's When I Know It's Mardi Gras
, has served on the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is co-founder of Gloucester's Block Parties
and the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School.
An internationally-published author and speaker on User Interface Design and Women In Technology
), Vickie Van Ness (originally from Iowa) lives in Gloucester, MA.
Dan Shickler - Founding Partner
"It began as a mistake."
Bukowski at the Post Office, and me, in the sweaty, unclean, back-office bowels of an august and legendary New York City bank.
Barely adults, Vallerie and I had just arrived from San Francisco. Open Mikes weren't paying the rent. The agency sent me to 33rd and 10th. Hell's Kitchen. 1985 pre-Rudy Hell's Kitchen. Junkies. Hustlers. Transvestites. Hookers. Teamsters. Wandering lunatics. Squeegee Menï¿½and Bank Clerks. The suits on Park Ave didn't need a fancy address for the trolls and mutants of the back-office.
On Fridays we went straight to the Check Cashing place, then to Rudy's on 9th, where we'd dine on free dogs and spend our wages on cheap beer and laugh about our surreal and sorry-ass jobs; all to an endless stream of jukebox picks from an 80-something black man, an ex-jazzman, dapper, elegant and wise as time in his perfectly preserved and pressed 1950s 3-piece suit and fedora.
Miles. Coltrane. Billie. Basie. Dizzy. Duke. Mingus. Muddy. Monk.
Nina. B.B. Ella. Satchmo. Aretha. Marvin. Howlin' Wolf. James Brown.
The old man's bladder gave us a turn. Five bucks, 18 picks.
Clash. Pogues. Cash. Ramones. Velvets. Lou. Waits. Hendrix. Marley.
Hank. Patsy. Willie. Zimmerman. The Band. Stones. Doors. Kinks. Bowie.
So what do a crappy bank job and a dive-bar jukebox have to do with gimmesound?
A twenty dollar a week deposit into an Employee Stock Purchase Plan over five years exploded into enough for a down payment on a dilapidated Victorian mansion in a Brooklyn ghetto; which was sold post renovation and gentrification. Viola! Seed money.
Management and consulting skills developed over ten years at the bank got me a gig at an Equity Compensation start-up, headed by Peter Van Ness, the Founder of gimmesound.
The juke - and New York in general - opened my eyes to the thrill of discovering music outside the comfort zone of the tastes acquired during my adolescence.
Stephen Van Ness - Founding Partner
Founder of Impact Arts Events Group
(1989), Steve Van Ness has produced and marketed small and large-scale events for over 25 years. Van Ness has produced corporate events, large music festivals, and sporting and non-profit fundraising events in major cities including New York, Chicago, and Boston.
Impact Arts Events Group's diverse services include event marketing, mobile marketing, sponsorship development, and cause-related event branding. Over his tenure, Van Ness has worked on events including Celebrate Brooklyn, World Fest, and Concerts on the Common (Boston). His clients have included Microsoft, Sprint, Washington Mutual, Staples, EDS, Killington Ski Resort, The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, and The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs in Boston.
Working with recording artists from around the world, Van Ness produced records for Sugar Hill Records, and promoted international concert tours featuring artists from the U.S., Russia, India and the United Kingdom. Originally from New York State, he resides in Clinton, CT.
James Buhrendorf - Sonic Foundry Master
For more than 25 years, I worked as a corporate and PR agency media relations strategist, writer, publicist and events manager. I have created and carried out ways to generate and increase media coverage and market visibility for established industrial/consumer manufacturing firms, and for emerging venture-funded technology companies. I have worked in a similar capacity on behalf of famine relief groups, local food banks, regional museums and cultural tour companies. I also enjoyed a brief stint as an editor and researcher of classroom social studies textbooks.
And now, I get to look and act the way I wanted to do in 1969. I sing and play music with my band James Good Eye & THE LOST WILDERNESS CAMPGROUND around New England. I write and compose songs and instrumentals. And I'm glad to unleash a new river of free-flowing music at gimmesound...just like it rained down from thin air when I first started listening, so many years ago.