Triple 8 Management is adding to their Nashville and Austin teams with four new hires: Evan Kaufmann, Shawn Pennington, Cara Kozulak and Alena Moran. The new additions bring the company, which is headed by partners Bruce Kalmick and George Couri, to a total of 42 staffers.
Joining Triple 8 as Creative Director, Evan Kaufmann is an award winning filmmaker, photographer, and graphic designer who has previously worked for Disney, Warner Brothers and Universal Music Group. In his new role, Kaufmann will oversee visual branding for the company’s growing roster of artists and clients.
A music industry veteran with over two decades of experience, Shawn Pennington joins Triple 8 as a manager. Pennington’s career began as a bandleader and road manager, then as a manager at Morris Management, where he helped develop the careers of Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, John Rich and more. Pennington then joined BBR Management as Senior Vice President, where he represented Thompson Square, Parmalee and Lindsay Ell, and in 2016, he founded Pennington Entertainment, a full-service entertainment management and marketing company. He joins the management team for Eli Young Band and will continue to manage Thompson Square as part of Triple 8.
Cara Kozulak joins Triple 8 on the management team. As a student at Belmont University, she completed internships at iHeart Radio, AEG and Cromwell Radio Group and following graduation, began her career at BBR Management as a management assistant working with Thompson Square, Parmalee and Lindsay Ell. Most recently, Kozulak worked in management at Pennington Entertainment.
Alena Moran is stepping into a new role at Triple 8 as a Creative Manager representing producers, engineers, and other creatives. Her experience includes representing Grammy Award-winning engineer F. Reid Shippen (Kenny Chesney, Ingrid Michaelson), Pete Lyman (Panic! At The Disco, Chris Stapleton), Dave Gardner (Bassnectar, Weezer) and Daniel Bacigalupi (Parker Millsap, Kane Brown). She has also been a production coordinator for projects by Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Jesse James Decker and Dustin Lynch.
“Here at Triple 8 Management, we have grown to 42 team members because we strive to build a team of people around our artists that think beyond the basics,” said Kalmick. “Creative direction, senior managers and a new vertical into the engineer, producer/writer space are all welcomed additions into our Triple 8 family and we are excited to see each of them grow with our firmly established base within the music industry.”
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