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Tony Vanias

Entrepreneur, Electronics Reseller, Ent Brand Owner, Mgmt Specialist, Private Transpo, Publishing, Social Media Mrktng

Charlotte, North Carolina Area
  1. Living Vivid Dreams,
  2. Matchbox Entertainment,
  3. The Vanias Group
  1. U.Be.U. Productions,
  2. Universal / Motown - Island Def Jam Music Group,
  3. Universal Music Group
  1. The Flipping Formula by Dave Seymour & Peter Souhleris
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Living Vivid Dreams

Living Vivid Dreams

Publishing Administrator

– Present

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Publishing Administrator

Living Vivid Dreams
– Present (1 year 6 months)United States

This is a new corporation recently set up as a vehicle to offer music publishing services for films, soundtracks, videos and other entertainment outlets. As the brand grows under the record label, we plan to expand by doing tours, sitcoms, short films, and broadway plays. Look for a creative on slide from TVG this year and 2014. God's speed !!!

Independent Label Owner

Matchbox Entertainment
– Present (6 years 11 months)

From Music to Video Production, to Publishing to Short Films, Matchbox Entertainment is home to some of today's most creative projects headed by entertainment veteran Tony Vanias. His experience developing artists at the major record labels, has allowed Matchbox's current projects to benefit from his understanding of building a brand, working with sponsors and marketing a project to international success. Currently under development are music artists in the Hip Hop, r&b and rock fusion. Additionally, the company is developing reality TV shows, video webisodes and short films presentations. We also provide Music and Film Publishing and can executive produce a soundtrack recording.


The Vanias Group
– Present (7 years 1 month)United States

*Matchbox Entertainment - creating the future of entertainment
*Community Caretaker - real estate buying, selling; investment and rental properties
*Moolah University - begins the process of offering franchise opportunities across the country
*Living Vivid Dreams - Music Publishing administrator, new publishing/film releases to come...

Vice President of Operations

Community Caretaker LLC
– Present (10 years 2 months)Charlotte, North Carolina Area

This company was founded in 2004, but formed in 2008. We provide property services for investors, buyers, sellers, banks and rental property owners. We give service at a management level, and maintain most aspects of any property. We will handle all aspects of correspondence necessary with vendors, utilities, and city officials to maintain a property for our clients. Welfare or rental assistant recipients are welcomed at our units. All tenants must complete an application and be approved.


Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated
– Present (28 years 8 months)Clemson, SC / Columbia, SC / Charlotte, NC

Active alumni member

FOUNDER / President

U.Be.U. Productions
(18 years 11 months)

We Executive produced remix song versions for the following artist on Island/Def Jam Music Group or Universal/Motown that were released in both domestic and international markets: Bob Marley, 98 Degrees, Brian McKnight, Zhane, The Whitehead Brothers, Taral Hicks, Christina Milian. Over time, we've been able to negotiate and procure outside vendor teams for the execution of production projects. We've established and maintained relationships with advertising and promotional partners. We've been able to develop internet marketing and promotions strategies to increase the brand awareness of clients’ products. We created and supervised creative processes to meet client revenue and sales goals. We managed a staff of six in the execution of departmental policies and clients’ project objectives....We now continue on to further our legacy via Matchbox Entertainment

Business Administrator / A&R Coordinator, Director

Universal / Motown - Island Def Jam Music Group
(7 years)Universal Music Group / Motown - Island Def Jam Music Group

Presented with gold and multi-platinum album plaques for recognition of my contributions to the success of recording projects for the following artists for sales exceeding five hundred thousand units: Temptations “Phoenix Rising”, 702 “No Doubt”, Boyz II Men “Evolution”, “Johnny Gill “Let’s Get the Mood Right”, Horace Brown “self entitled”. I developed and managed the strategic plan for product sales and promotions for client projects. I established and maintained vendor relationships to execute ongoing project objectives. I designed and implemented new departmental procedures for the management of client activities. I was responsible for training and supporting new staff in company policy and departmental procedures.

A&R Creative Coordinator / A&R Business Administrator

Universal Music Group
(7 years)Greater New York City Area

Various duties under the Artist and Repertoire umbrella. Business and legal contractual administration. Audio Duplication services.

Executive Assistant to President

RAL / Def Jam Recordings
(2 years)

Direct executive assistant to the Founder and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, Russell Simmons. Worked and assisted in the development of the careers of the following artists: Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, A Tribe Called Quest, Warren G., Method Man, Redman, EPMD. Assisted with and coordinated attorney and legal correspondence for client projects. Administered and processed sample clearances to ensure continuity in project execution. Analyzed and monitored company contractual obligations and prepared reports for client updates. Acted as liaison between client representatives and departmental team members.


6th Street Music
(1 year 7 months)

Tara Geter Tillman and I managed the major label artist Terri & Monica. We also were developing two other artists, Eric Rucker and Charlie Chamberlin. While Mrs. Geter Tillman made all the moves, kept the major players in order, and never let things slip under the radar, I handled all back end and administrative functions, the artist's itineraries, and the day to day operations of the company. Additionally, I managed producers and other songwriters, and eventually other artists.

Personal Assistant to A&R Director

Epic Records
(6 months)

Assisted the Director for the Groove Theory and Terri & Monica projects, both of which came out and were marketed, promoted and toured during this time. I also co-managed with 6th Street Music the group Terri & Monica during this time. That project was a continuation of the Gyrls project that had been signed to Uptown Records before they became Terri & Monica. The third member of the Gyrls became the manager.

Production Assistant

Uptown Records
(5 months)Greater New York City Area

Song Administration
Transcribe Lyrics
Sample Clearing


Matchbox Entertainment The Collaboration Part 1(Link)

– Present

Various artist releases: Nizzie, Cloud Nyne, Jay Leonne, Bobby J da All Spark, Jus' J, and Young Val all coming soon!!!....

Team members:
  • Tony Vanias,
  • Gary Frisby,
  • Twan Beatmaker,
  • Mike Myerz Hoe,
  • Black Ghost,
  • Addict Sound,
  • Lay-Lo,
  • The Twins,
  • Gabriel Sanchez,
  • Valiant Valor Valentine

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Girls Middle School Basketball Coach

Palisades Episcopal School
(4 months)Education

I was able to teach basketball fundamentals to 11 young girls who'd never played the game. The experience was educational within itself. Thank God for the varsity and assistant coaches. They were a great influence and inspiration. This inaugural year was a really tough challenge to all the staff and athletic director. Last year, volleyball, golf, cross country, swimming and basketball were the new athletic programs added to the curriculum. Its been a lot involved in the process.

Opportunities Tony is looking for:

Causes Tony cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Human Rights
  • Poverty Alleviation

Organizations Tony supports:

  • Black Entertainment Television
  • Black Enterprise
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
  • The Poetry Slam
  • Matchbox Entertainment
  • BMI Worldwide, Inc
  • Universal Music Group
  • Sean John
  • Cash Money Records
  • Bad Boy Entertainment
  • Atlantic Records
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Universal Pictures
  • Universal Pictures International Entertainment


  • Artist Development
  • Musical Branding
  • Music Production
  • Music Industry
  • Music
  • Songwriting
  • Music Publishing
  • Record Labels
  • Entertainment
  • Recording
  • Audio Engineering
  • Studio Recording
  • Music Supervision
  • Music Licensing
  • Composition
  • Singing
  • Sound
  • Mastering
  • Pro Tools
  • Rock
  • Sound Design
  • Logic Pro
  • Band
  • A&R
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Songs
  • Film Scoring
  • Vocal
  • Television
  • Audio Post Production
  • Musical Theatre
  • Remixing
  • Video
  • Audio Editing
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Artists
  • Musicians
  • Guitarist
  • Music Education
  • Talent Booking
  • Concerts
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Investments
  • Investment Strategies
  • Property Management...
  • Whole House Renovations
  • Custom Remodeling
  • Project Management
  • DJ
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The Flipping Formula by Dave Seymour & Peter Souhleris

Flipping Houses / Tax Lien Purchasing Certifications, Real Estate / Finance / Investment, Currently enrolled

"Success in real estate, or any other endeavor, involves overcoming your fear and limitations. Knowledge is the key to breaking free of your constraints." - Dave Seymour / Real Estate Expert

"Knowledge, preparation and a positive mental attitude are the keys to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step forward." - Peter Souhleris / Real Estate Expert

"I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions, they will be moved to act." - Bill Gates

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"My motto is Go Big or Go Home! We're not only Thinking big, we're Doing Big!" - Nechelle Vanias

Activities and Societies: Finding deals, flips and transferable property for profit.

Rush Associated Labels / Def Jam University

Masters: Founders Russell Simmons/Lyor Cohen, Entertainment Industry

"The music business IS everything people seek it to be. The creative have to extend their talents to reach a level of success in this business. And sometimes the road is a long one. Never get discouraged, but strive for your worth and always reach for the stars..." - Tony Vanias, July 2011

Activities and Societies: Learned every facet of an artist's career from start to finishing an album project.

Clemson University

Undergraduate, Architecture

DJ at student union parties, intramural softball season champions, inducted into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated in Spring 1986.

Activities and Societies: Kappa Alpha Psi member, 1986

Lower Richland High School

GED, Regular/General High School/Secondary Diploma Program

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