Rock & Roll Hall of Famers
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are two of the world’s most recognized personalities—whether it is music, stage or screen, entrepreneurialism, writing or lecturing, they have made their undeniable mark on the world.
Co-founders of the legendary rock band KISS, they have sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and continue to sell out stadiums and arenas around the world, breaking box-office records set by Elvis and The Beatles.
Adding to their successful offstage presence as master marketers, Paul and Gene actively participate as the brand’s Global Spokesmen—our “Rock & Roll Ambassadors.” They also contribute to key decisions about the Rock & Brews experience and expansion plans.
A visionary entrepreneur, restaurateur, hotelier, and philanthropist, Michael Zislis has dazzled consumers with a series of well-loved and highly successful establishments. It all began when he brewed his first beer for a school “science experiment” at the age of 13. By the time he was a student at USC, he had become a master brewer.
In the late ’80s, Michael opened Manhattan Beach Brewing Company, one of the first brewpubs on California’s fledgling pub scene. Soon thereafter, he opened several other pubs up and down the coast, revealing a penchant for staying ahead of the curve on the craft beer scene, restaurant operations, and expansionism that he has carried with him into Rock & Brews.
Over the last 20 years, Michael has been responsible for introducing an impressive collection of successful restaurant concepts, ranging from brewpubs to fine dining establishments.
In 2004, Michael transformed an urban revitalization project in Manhattan Beach into the area’s first and only luxury boutique hotel, Shade, recently named one of the Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, as well as being listed as Conde Nast Traveler’s #6 reason to visit Los Angeles. He is currently developing his second Shade Hotel with several others on the drawing board.
The Furano Brothers
Concert industry and merchandising veterans Dave and Dell Furano put the business of “Rock” into Rock & Brews.
Working side by side with legendary concert impresario Bill Graham, Dave served as President of Bill Graham Presents as well as the tour manager for the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison, and on Graham’s groundbreaking “Day on The Green” outdoor festivals. During the course of his concert career, he also co-produced with Graham the critically acclaimed Martin Scorsese film “The Last Waltz.”
The Furano Brothers are also widely acknowledged as pioneers of concert merchandising, and founded legendary Winterland Productions with Graham in the late 1970’s.
Younger brother Dell, brings more than 35 years of experience in the music, and entertainment, marketing and licensing industries.
Dell previously served as CEO of Live Nation Merchandise and CEO of Sony Signatures, Sony Corp.’s entertainment, merchandising, licensing and consumer products division. Today, he is CEO of EpicRights and continues to represent some of the biggest names in Rock & Roll.
He has had long working relationship with many tops bands, as well, including The Beatles, U2, Bruce Springsteen, KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, the Who, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and Madonna.