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MANAGEMENT TEAM

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FOUNDER & CEO

Hank Wells     434-321-4545

Hank Wells is the guy who started Sam Hill way back in 1995. Trying to avoid getting a “real” job after graduation from the University of Virginia, he had no idea how many social chairs, brides, and event planners would become loyal clients, and is thankful for each and every one. Outside the office, he and his wife Shannon love taking their two kids hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge. You can also catch him on the bike trails, slopes or in a band playing twangy music on his upright bass. He had Adrian Duke play at his wedding and although life is pretty complete for him, he still remains in relentless pursuit of the perfect Italian sub.

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HEAD OF ROSTER DEVELOPMENT

Andy Jaspen     434-321-4547

After growing up in Richmond VA, earning a business degree at UVA's McIntire School of Commerce, and working in brand development at Capital One, Andy joined Sam Hill Entertainment as a bright-eyed 24 year-old in the summer of 2001. Over the past 20 years, Andy has helped clients book over 10,000 events, including more than 5,000 weddings. An avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and UVA sports teams, Andy enjoys traveling with his wife and three children, coaching his kids' little league teams, and doing his best to remember all of the 100+ Phish shows he's attended over the past 28 years.

BOOKING TEAM

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director of booking

Andrew Juge     434-321-4779

Originally from New Orleans, Andrew spent a large chunk of his childhood growing up in Paris, France. He’s a great guy and fun to work with, but tends to sound somber the Monday after a New Orleans Saints loss. Andrew and his wife bring their two children back to Louisiana as often as possible. It’s where they got married in March 2009 with the Jangling Reinharts performing at the reception. On any given day you can find him on the tennis court improving his skills from when he played at Washington & Lee University (’03), or listening to Stone Temple Pilots whenever possible.

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booking manager

Mike Miglino     434-321-4391

Originally from New York, Mike considers Fredericksburg, Virginia, to be his hometown. That’s where he accumulated more than 25 years of music performance experience and a lengthy marketing background. (Not only can Mike locate the most demographically appropriate music, he’ll find the 220 volt outlet behind stage.) No one is really sure just how old Mike is, though he attributes his “youthiness” to preservatives and Yellow Dye #5. Mike and his wife, Julie, are proud parents of growing triplets, and while Mike might not be gigging any longer, don’t let his “Dadness” fool you, he can still play a mean bass.

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booking manager

Justin Paciocco     434-321-4395

A Richmond native and former tennis/frat star at Hampden-Sydney College, Justin recently returned to his hometown to be closer to family and is our "eyes and ears" on the burgeoning RVA music scene. When he is not booking bands, Justin enjoys playing the piano and guitar, catching as much live music as humanly possible, and cheering on his favorite underachieving sports teams-- the Los Angeles Rams and the Richmond Spiders. Justin's passion for music and making clients happy has served him well in his 12+ years at Sam Hill Entertainment.

SUPPORT TEAM

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OFFICE MANAGER

Taylor Lyn Tyler     434-977-6665 x 104

Taylor grew up in Charlottesville and arrived on the scene at Sam Hill in 2012 after serving as general manager of The Happy Cook, Charlottesville's boutique cooking supply store. When she's not serving as a de facto caterer and planner for family and friends, Taylor spends her free time taking photos, painting, supporting her local ALS chapter, and planning out her next getaway - “somewhere where there’s lots of mountains!” Taylor and her husband, Tristan got married in 2015 with The Dickens providing the tunes. She will always be a lifelong fan of live music and saw her first concert (Widespread Panic) at 13.

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CLIENT SUPPORT AND BOOKING MANAGER

Katie Merritt     434-321-4782

Katie began her career at Sam Hill after graduating from the University of Virginia in 2003. She then booked The Jangling Reinharts and Horizon for her wedding in 2008 and she returned in late 2014 on a mission to make the client experience as smooth as possible. Katie knows the biz; she’s worked extensively in event planning and customer service at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, St. Joseph's Villa, and Echelon Event Management. She also operates her own wedding planning company on the side. Katie enjoys spending time with her husband Tim and young sons Owen and Oliver, walking her dogs Penny and Annie, traveling, reading, and cheering on Virginia basketball.

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BUSINESS & ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Erik Henderson   434-977-6665 x 103

Erik is Sam Hill’s go-to guy on anything and everything numbers related. Erik learned how to harvest all that brain power by way of JMU and UVA, and honed those skills at Charlottesville Area Community Foundation as their Accounting Manager and SNL Financial as a Revenue and Tax Compliance Accountant. Erik’s not all about numbers though - he’s a dedicated husband to his wife Kara and father of two daughters, Parker and Quinn. If he’s not spending time with family, he’s watching UVA basketball or outside - fly fishing, camping, trail running, skiing and wakeboarding - just to name a few interests. Although, when you’re born in Waynesboro, VA and your back door is the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s hard not to spend time outside.

CREATIVE TEAM

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post-production manager / live video shoot producer

Mike Jarvis     434-977-6665 x 135

Growing up in a small town on the outskirts of Warrenton, Virginia, Mike was that little kid that loved to go to summer art programs and spent countless hours studying music theory. He also enjoyed taking electronics apart, so no one was surprised when he went on to get a music degree and study the digital arts at Longwood University (’01). His life passions are music, cinematography, animation, and spending time with his wife, daughters, and two cats. In his spare time, Mike is guilty of working just a bit more. His mantra is that when you love what you do for a living, you never really work a full day.

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