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Drew McManus
Principal

Drew McManus may be Venture’s Principal but don’t let that title fool you into thinking he’s just a tech geek. He brings 20 years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table and helps clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver an option that allows them get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower.

With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, his mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for our business. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when he released The Venture Platform, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists.

His expertise spans across multiple sectors and regularly quoted as an industry expert in media outlets including New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Dallas Daily News, The Guardian Unlimited, and the Melbourne Age along with more than 100 additional newspapers, trade journals, and magazine outlets. Broadcast appearances include NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s Weekend Edition, MPR’s Morning Edition, WQXR’s Conducting Business, WNYC’s Soundcheck, CBC One’s Definitely Not The Opera, and SoundNotion.TV along with two dozen additional regional market appearances.

As a sought-after speaker and panelist, he has worked with Opera America, Americans for the Ats, National Arts Marketing Project Conference, National Performing Arts Conference, Chamber Music America, NewMusicBox, The Conductors Guild, the Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians, and the International Conference of Symphony Orchestra Musicians. I’ve been a featured lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration, Northwestern University School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Arizona State University. In 2011, he was featured presentater for Chicago’s TEDx Michigan Ave conference.

For fun, he writes a daily blog about the orchestra business, provides a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, leads a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, founded an arts business incubator, and loves a good coffee drink.

He currently reside in the Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood with his wife, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera concertmaster, Holly Mulcahy.

Aaron Overton
Lead Technical Developer

Aaron Overton is responsible for Venture’s system design and programming architecture, including internal platform development, updates, and all custom programming. On larger projects, he leads and mentors an expanded team of programmers.

His technical talents are broad. He is able to write specifications, design and implement databases, develop user interfaces, and write code in a variety of languages.

Experience

Aaron has been a programmer for over twenty years, including three years at Microsoft developing web-based community engagement software. His has worked with organizations that include the National Academies of Science, the Federal Home Loan Banks, Discovery Communications. His development efforts have also been employed by several government agencies include the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Agency.

Beyond these large organizations, Aaron’s work has benefited hundreds of smaller businesses, local government agencies, and non-profit organizations. He has recently contributed user-interface expertise to Uber Entertainment for the video game Planetary Annihilation.

Beyond Programming

In addition to his work as a developer, Aaron has published tabletop miniature wargames (Shock Force and GWAR: Rumble in Antarctica,) directed television programs produced at Montgomery Community Media, appeared as a regular panelist on Montgomery Week in Review, taught advanced computer programming at Wheaton High School in Maryland, and served as Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 1758.

Ceci Dadisman
Account Executive

Ceci is a multi-faceted marketing professional with over 10 years of experience successfully marketing the arts, nonprofits, and small businesses utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. She is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods.

A frequent public speaker, Ceci’s recent and upcoming engagements include the OPERA America Conference, National Arts Marketing Project Conference and Social Media Day South Florida in addition to many other local and regional appearances. Known for her easy going and vernacular style, she creates open learning environments with an emphasis on information sharing and useful takeaways.

A chronic early-adopter, Ceci has a passion for discovering ways that technology can be used to create meaningful arts experiences.  TheCurated Arts Experience focuses on collecting real-world case studies about how organizations around the world are using technology to engage the participant or enrich the experience at an arts event.

She is on the National Arts Marketing Project Advisory Committee, the Palm Beach County Cultural Council Marketing Committee, is the Immediate Past President of Femfessionals West Palm Beach, the Immediate Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and served for many years as the OPERA America Marketing Network Chair. She is the Chapter Leader of the West Palm Beach Chapter of Girl Develop It which is a nonprofit organization that teaches women how to code.  She was recently appointed to the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Visiting Committee.

Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from West Virginia University with a music degree in vocal performance.

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