Empowering creative entrepreneurs

OUR STORY

Long story short, we got tired of the old narrative of the entertainment industry. You know — the one where creatives believed they had to move to New York or LA in hopes of getting “put on”. The one where those same talented people left the business side of creativity in hands of people that didn’t care about their well-being, and forced them to make creative sacrifices all along the way, and left them overworked and underpaid in the end.

We knew there was another way.

Our new story of the creative economy is one that is based on three principles:

  1. Direct-to-consumer Entrepreneurship
  2. Resource Sharing
  3. Safe Spaces for Creatives

We know that there aren’t many places designed for us creatives to exist, with access to each other and the tools we need. We know that the internet has brought us to a place where we no longer need to depend on gatekeepers to help us distribute & monetize our art. We also know that resource sharing has disrupted many great industries by simply enabling communication & collaboration between people– and the entertainment industry won’t be any different. The power structure of the music industry is slowly crumbling and we’re positioning ourselves and the creatives we serve for the future.

In the future, independent creatives will cut out the middle men to collaborate with each other freely, helping each other to build, engage & monetize the audiences we love and love us back.

We believe that creatives should create and own their future and we’re doing our part to facilitate this revolution.

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OUR STORY

Long story short, we got tired of the old narrative of the entertainment industry. You know — the one where creatives believed they had to move to New York or LA in hopes of getting “put on”. The one where those same talented people left the business side of creativity in hands of people that didn’t care about their well-being, and forced them to make creative sacrifices all along the way, and left them overworked and underpaid in the end.

We knew there was another way.

Our new story of the creative economy is one that is based on three principles:

  1. Direct-to-consumer Entrepreneurship
  2. Resource Sharing
  3. Safe Spaces for Creatives

We know that there aren’t many places designed for us creatives to exist, with access to each other and the tools we need. We know that the internet has brought us to a place where we no longer need to depend on gatekeepers to help us distribute & monetize our art. We also know that resource sharing has disrupted many great industries by simply enabling communication & collaboration between people– and the entertainment industry won’t be any different. The power structure of the music industry is slowly crumbling and we’re positioning ourselves and the creatives we serve for the future.

In the future, independent creatives will cut out the middle men to collaborate with each other freely, helping each other to build, engage & monetize the audiences we love and love us back.

We believe that creatives should create and own their future and we’re doing our part to facilitate this revolution.

Dave Silver - Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Dave Silver

Position: Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Email: dave@www.recphilly.com

David Silver (27), a Temple (2013) graduate, is the co-founder & CEO of REC. Silver started the company in a basement on Temple’s campus back in 2012. Silver is also the Founder and Lead Organizer of Amplify Philly, which represents the city’s growing startup & arts communities at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference for the past four years. Silver was named “30 Under 30” by Philly’s BOOM 103.9fm radio station – and was also named “Who’s Next in Music” by Billy Penn in 2018. Silver is a proud son, brother, and uncle.

Dave Silver

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

David Silver (27), a Temple (2013) graduate, is the co-founder...

William T. Toms - Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

William T. Toms

Position: Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

William Tyrone Toms is a 27 year old creative-placemaker + ecosystems architect, focused on the entertainment and technology industries.

William studied Communications Media & Economics at The Indiana University of Pennsylvania before gaining his first industry experience as a content producer at NBC Universal. After NBC, William was quickly recruited to work day to day as a digital strategist at Fame House, providing marketing direction to clients like Eminem, Ice Cube, Shady Records, Pearl Jam and more.

Now, William serves as the Co-founder & Visionary at REC Philly– A creative agency + creative incubator he designed to create a safe space for local creatives to learn how to get paid to be themselves. William’s work has been recently highlighted in Forbes magazine (2017) as a “WeWork for Artists”– mentioning the $500,000+ of economic impact (now $1.5MM+) that he & his organization have paid out directly to independent creatives of Philadelphia.

His vision for the future is to perfect his “REC City” model in Philadelphia, before scaling to communities all over the world, establishing an international network of independent creators that all have access to the resources, strategies and opportunities necessary to own their future.

In his free time (a new concept), William Tyrone Toms enjoys participating in nerd-level conversations about philosophy, economics, & music videos.

William T. Toms

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

William Tyrone Toms is a 27 year old creative-placemaker +...

Scarlet Hernandez - Director of Member Success

Scarlet Hernandez

Position: Director of Member Success

Scarlet Hernandez is Head of Membership Success for REC Philly’s FREETHINKER Program. Invested in the music industry since age 15, Scarlet has worked with global production companies such as AEG Liveand Live Nation to create authentic experiences for fans in the Tri-state area. In 2012, Scarlet began her B.S. in Music Business, Entrepreneurship, & Technology at Philadelphia’s University Of The Arts where she graduated in 2016.

When not answering a call or email to ensure the satisfaction of the creative entrepreneurs in the FREETHINKERS Program, you can find Scarlet at a concert supporting her favorite acts.

Scarlet Hernandez

Director of Member Success

Scarlet Hernandez is Head of Membership Success for REC Philly’s...

Tim Montgomery - Talent Manager

Tim Montgomery

Position: Talent Manager

Over the past 5 years, my journey with REC has provided me the opportunity to work along side of some the most talented creative entrepreneurs the city of Philadelphia has to offer. During this time period, I’ve been able to develop critical thinking & problems solving skills that have allowed me to contributed to the overall continuous growth of our Membership Program.

My favorite part of being involved with REC is that everyday I am challenged to exceed self imposed limits that I never thought was possible.

Tim Montgomery

Talent Manager

Over the past 5 years, my journey with REC has...

Ryan Eppley - Chief Operating Officer

Ryan Eppley

Position: Chief Operating Officer

Bio coming soon!

Ryan Eppley

Chief Operating Officer

Bio coming soon!

Tim Huff - Content Director

Tim Huff

Position: Content Director

Bio coming soon!

Tim Huff

Content Director

Bio coming soon!

Taylor Nickens - Director of Programming

Taylor Nickens

Position: Director of Programming

Taylor Nickens is the Director of Programing for REC Philly. She graduated from SMU (Dallas, Texas) in 2017 with a B.S in Health and Society and a minor in Spanish and Photography. While there, she was recognized for her leadership skills as a Hunt Leader Scholar, an SMU Ambassador, and president of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.  In her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling, and photography. Being an ‘empath’ at heart, Taylor utilizes her energy and efforts to create experiences for creative entrepreneurs in Philadelphia and cities beyond.

Taylor Nickens

Director of Programming

Taylor Nickens is the Director of Programing for REC Philly....

Chris Hupfeldt - Agency Director

Chris Hupfeldt

Position: Agency Director

As the Agency Director of REC Philly, Chris handles communication, project management, & booking for our clients. He started working for REC in 2014 as a marketing intern while pursuing his B.A. in Communications from Upenn. When not answering emails or attending local shows, he can be found foam rolling in the office.

Chris Hupfeldt

Agency Director

As the Agency Director of REC Philly, Chris handles communication,...

Justin Leggett - Director of Facilities

Justin Leggett

Position: Director of Facilities

Justin is Head of Facilities for REC Philly’s REC Room. By playing and organizing shows throughout high school and college, Justin has worked with a variety of local and touring acts in the Philadelphia music scene as a promoter, producer, and artist.

In 2014, Justin began his B.A. in Media Studies and Production with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Philadelphia’s Temple University where he graduated in 2018. Some of his interests are discovering music old and new, watching the Sixers and skiing when he gets the chance.

Justin Leggett

Director of Facilities

Justin is Head of Facilities for REC Philly’s REC Room....

Paige Toft - Member Success Associate

Paige Toft

Position: Member Success Associate

Paige Toft is the Membership Success Associate for REC Philly’s FREETHINKER Program. In 2016, Paige graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Theater Production & Design. Throughout college, Paige participated in a cappella, choir, and academic and student-run theater—these passions beginning way back in elementary school. While their degree was in theater tech, Paige studied various other mediums of art in college including film, photography, painting, and drawing. And through it all, music remained their primary passion…which brought them to REC Philly. When not working with the REC squad, Paige is snuggling their cat Munkustrap (yes, from the musical Cats) while simultaneously either playing video games or watching the Bachelor.

Paige Toft

Member Success Associate

Paige Toft is the Membership Success Associate for REC Philly’s...

Aikeem Gbodai - Facilities Associate

Aikeem Gbodai

Position: Facilities Associate

Aikeem is a senior from Delaware County, PA, focusing in audio. A 2019 graduate from Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University, Aikeem is a Lew Klein Excellence in Media Scholarship Award winner who has interned at professional recording studios, and also served as the live sound engineer for two Temple’s student-run shows, The Vibe, and Temple Tonight.

Aikeem also serves as a student ambassador for Temple University’s Klein College Media Studies and Production Department.

A hip-hop musician first, Aikeem spends most of his time creating new music.

Aikeem Gbodai

Facilities Associate

Aikeem is a senior from Delaware County, PA, focusing in...

Anthony Delgado - Facilities Associate

Anthony Delgado

Position: Facilities Associate

Anthony Delgado is the facilities associate at REC Philly. During his time at REC, Anthony has learned a lot about what it means to be an creative entrepreneur and grow in his craft. Other than working at REC, Anthony is also an audio engineer and producer who is always looking to look with new artists.

Anthony Delgado

Facilities Associate

Anthony Delgado is the facilities associate at REC Philly. During...

Matt Sylvester - Talent Associate

Matt Sylvester

Position: Talent Associate

Matt Sylvester (aka “Sly”) graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a B.A in Sociology and a minor in Labor Studies & Employment Relations.

When he’s not doing Talent Relations work for REC Philly he’s studying the newest releases in hip-hop, R&B, soul and alternative music – posting his findings on his second Instagram account, @Music4the_EternalSoul. Later in life, he’d like to bring his love for music and people to the classroom as a college professor.

Matt Sylvester

Talent Associate

Matt Sylvester (aka “Sly”) graduated from Penn State University in...

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Laylaa Ahmad

Position: Programming Associate

Laylaa Ahmad

Programming Associate

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