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Beck Promoted, Sands Appointed to NARIP Houston Board

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NARIP is pleased to announce the promotion of Dubbs Beck to Executive Director and the appointment of PJ Douglas Sands to the Board of its Houston chapter.

They join NARIP Houston Board Members Heidi Massin, Anita Long and Ami Blackwell.

“NARIP Houston’s outgoing Executive Director Heidi Massin has a great eye for executive talent,” says NARIP president Tess Taylor. “When she tapped Dubbs Beck to join NARIP’s Board, she picked a winner. We are delighted to have Dubbs join us, and more recently PJ Douglas Sands who is also exceptional, and help take our Houston chapter to new heights.”

Dubbs Beck has been an active and reliable presence at NARIP events, and has assisted significantly in outreach and organization. Similarly, PJ Douglas Sands has been a strong presence and advocate for professional development and educational outreach that have become NARIP trademarks. Both Dubbs and PJ are hard-working, dynamic and full of great ideas… with the smarts to execute. They epitomize the modern music executive who wants to learn, grow and improve in every way though they are already accomplished. Dubbs’ experience in artist management and talent development, and PJ’s track record in artist branding and communication plus her work with chart-topping artists, make them valuable additions to NARIP’s board. Their expertise benefits NARIP and NARIP Members to great advantage. They have both proven to be assets to the organization, and we are delighted to have them on our team!

Says outgoing Executive Director Heidi Massin who remains active on NARIP’s Board, “Dubbs Beck is committed to taking NARIP Houston to the next phase of advancement! He is able, willing and most determined to lead the chapter for the local music community and beyond!”

Says newly appointed Executive Director Dubbs Beck, “PJ Douglas Sands is an amazing person. In the pursuit for excellent board members, I had no idea the gift I was getting with P.J. Most detailed person I have ever met, she is knowledgeable in many areas of the industry, has brilliant ideas and is wonderful with people – a real gem!”

Since launching in Houston in August of 2009, NARIP has established a strong and growing presence in Texas.

TOMORROW: Meet NARIP Board Members at Music Biz Mixer in Houston, Feb 24

Meet NARIP’s newest board members at NARIP’s Meet & Greet Industry Cocktail Mixer TOMORROW (Tue Feb 24) At Gray’s Public House from 6 to 8pm in Houston. FREE with RSVP. Get details and RSVP NOW at NARIP.com.

About W.J. “Dubbs” Beck

Mr. Beck specializes in development, booking and connecting artists to industry professionals, consulting them on professional and personal growth. He has been involved with large and small local music festivals, mixing and sound stage managing. Mr. Beck has worked in Artist Acquisition for Richmond, Texas based Lucky Run Studios and also with local artists gaining them exposure through showcases. One notable showcase at which artists were connected was hosted by Music World Entertainment in Houston, TX. Mr. Beck is a personal artist manager for Singer/Songwriter and recording artist Michelle Buzz and recently became Managing Agent for author S.R. Keelan who recently signed with WestBow Press, an affiliate of Zondervan & Thomas Nelson Publishers. Mr. Beck is currently collaborating in the development of Artur Sychowski, a gifted pianist based in Poland. Mr. Beck is a member of professional music business organizations including NARIP, ASCAP and the Texas Chapter of the Grammys. He lives in The Woodlands, Texas.

About PJ Douglas Sands

PJ Douglas Sands is a Brand Strategist, Event Planner, Journalist and Speaker with expertise in the Tourism, Entertainment, Events, New Media and Hospitality industries. Consistently referred to as a “taste maker” in the Caribbean Music and Event arenas with nearly eighteen (18) years of experience, PJ is a frequent contributor at international conferences on topics like music administration, small business strategies, branding for independent artists, and the implementation of technology for professionals. She has worked with Colin Cowie, and coordinated events and concerts for Lenny Kravitz, BeBe Winans, Jimmy Buffett, RKelly, NSync, Wyclef Jean and Tyrese Gibson to name a few. PJ Douglas Sands was a 2013 Bahamian Icon Award Nominee for Entrepreneur of the Year. Black Enterprise Magazine also recognized her as one of the Leading African Americans in Technology at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas. Her articles and interviews on Entertainment, Special Events Technology and Business appear on DiRadioCast.com and the Caribbean Lifestyle Magazine Profiles98 with physical circulation in 22 countries including the US and Canada. PJ Douglas Sands is the founder of The DS3 Group of Companies. With offices and studios in Los Angeles, the Bahamas and Houston, DS3 is a global boutique agency focused on executing destination events and concerts, designing branding strategies for creatives, launching businesses and showcasing public figures. with an emphasis on the implementation of technology and new media in the digital lifestyle era. DS3 also handles publishing administration and promotional campaigns for numerous international songwriters, indie labels, producers and recording artists. Most recently, PJ has taken on a new consulting role in the Caribbean Hospitality and Travel Industry with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. In her capacity she heads the Business Development and Marketing Team in the Southwest USA helping to introduce the brand of The Islands of The Bahamas to the Travel, Sports, Entertainment and Corporate sectors in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. A member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP), The Grammys (Texas Chapter) and International Special Events Society (ISES), PJ runs Houston based DS3 Entertainment alongside her business partner Grammy nominated Producer / Engineer Donnie “Scantz” Scantlebury. DS3 Entertainment is an international full-service, collaborative music agency providing specialty services and brand consulting to entertainment related businesses, independent labels, bands, musicians, singers, songwriters and producers.

About NARIP

NARIP promotes education, career advancement and good will among record executives. Established in 1998 and based in Los Angeles, NARIP has chapters in Houston, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and London. NARIP is committed to promoting the cultural and economic benefits of music and copyright in the US and abroad, and to providing a platform to convey insights and perspectives to improve our business. NARIP upholds the contributions of copyright to the fiscal health of the US and global economies and for the good of creators, owners and consumers around the world.

Read more about NARIP and NARIP Officers in nine cities at NARIP.com.

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