Sandy Serge, CEO/President
For over thirty years, Sandy Serge has been active in numerous aspects of the music industry. She began playing piano at age 7, violin at 8, and guitar at 12. She managed and promoted musicians throughout Wisconsin during her teens and early twenties as well as performing with four symphonies and two rock bands.
After twenty years of musical performance, Sandy opted to concentrate her efforts on the business sector of the music industry and opened her own booking/management agency in the Midwest.
In 1986, Sandy ventured to Atlanta where she attended the Music Business Institute during which time she played an integral part in organizing the MBI showcase, produced a video which aired on Prime Cable, and co-created the MBI video utilized as a marketing tool for the Institute.
Sandy has worked with music industry notables and their affiliates primarily in a marketing/public relations capacity. The list includes members of Bad Boy, The Black Crowes, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Kansas, Eddie Money, and many others. She also provided management and PR consulting services for the #1 Russian band Rondo as well as numerous other entertainers and musicians throughout the world.
Today Sandy is the owner of the globally-known Serge Media Group / Serge Entertainment Group which consists of Serge Entertainment Associates, est. 1987- a musician/songwriter management firm; Serge Entertainment Public Relations, est. 1987: The Music Label Connection, est. 1994, with record promoter Bob Patton, specializing in demo shopping and musician management; Music Morsels, est. 1995, the internationally-distributed music industry newsletter; and Surgeland Records, an independent recording label established in 1997 with its first CD due for release in November, 1997. Sandy has a B.S in Marketing, M.S. in Communications, and is a Ph.D. candidate and professor at La Salle University.
Mark E. Waterbury, Vice President - Media Relations
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Mark "Stormy" Waterbury has been writing and photographing for publications throughout the past seven years of his life. Before migrating to Atlanta to avoid the harsh Wisconsin winters, he served as free-lance writer for Badger Entertainer, Keynote, and Night Sights and Sounds, all entertainment publications based in Madison.
After his stint with Night Sights and Sounds, Mark opted to publish his own free music paper, created a partnership with Susan Masino, and co-published the regional entertainment magazine Rock Central located in Madison, Wisconsin.
Mark's forté is interviewing celebs. He has conducted interviews with Rick Medlocke of Blackfoot, Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Kirk Hammet of Metallica, George Lynch of Dokken, Paul Stanley of Kiss, Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Damon Johnson of Brother Cane, Jimmy Stiff of Jackyl, Ian Gillan of Deep Purple, Kip Winger, Bobby Byrd, and John Mayall, to name just a few.
Mr. Waterbury also has a passion for photography. His collection includes Johnny Winter, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, and The Black Crowes. He has an avid interest in train history and has traveled throughout the country to photograph various railroad trains.
Mark's goal is simple and that is to continue to make a living as a free-lance writer and publicist. He contributes significantly to Music Morsels with his informative and entertaining interviews of music industry professionals and musicians, and has recently joined Surgeland Records as Vice President of Media Relations.
Mark Podhorzer - Business Manager
Mark Podhorzer brings over 21 years experience in the music and entertainment industry to Surgeland Records specializing in taxes and accounting for musicians, artists and businesses. His client list includes KISS, the Pat Travers Band, drivin' n' cryin', The Derek Trucks Band as well as several recording studios and recording labels, among many others. He is also the former controller/office manager for Bravado Merchandising Services, a London-based merchandising corporation.
Charles J. Driebe, Attorney
Charles J. Driebe, Jr. grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Westminister High School. He received a B.A. degree in History and English from Tulane University where he worked at the campus radio station WTUL-FM for four years. In his senior year, he served as Program Director of the station.
Charles went to law school in Athens at the University of Georgia. While there, he continued his involvement in college radio and also worked with a then little-known local band named R.E.M. He now practices entertainment law as a partner in the firm of Driebe & Driebe, P.C.
In his legal career, Charles has represented many artists (primarily musicians), music management, and record companies. In addition, he is currently the Executive Director of the Atlanta Lawyers for the Arts. An elected member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, he is also active in the Bar's Entertainment and Sports Law Section. He is a past president of his local Bar association as well. Charles has spoken numerous times to groups of attorneys and/or artists about various legal aspects in the art and entertainment business.
Charles is also the Music Editor of Atlanta 30306 newspaper for which he writes a monthly music column.