A venerable entrepreneur currently based in Austin, Jeff has over 15 years experience in live music events and is the founder of several successful companies. In 1996 he founded Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, the highly acclaimed restaurant and live music venue, where he currently serves as President and oversees daily operations of the venue. Jeff also serves as President and founder of Front Gate Tickets, a national ticketing agency and software development company that began business in 2003. Jeff graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin...more
An Austin entrepreneur, Matt is responsible for creating some of the city’s most celebrated and recognized nightlife venues. His experience in the bar and restaurant industry is extensive, having worked in the industry since 1988. In November of 1997, he and a partner opened their first bar, Lucky Lounge, on West 5th Street. Since then, Matt’s organization has grown to include Lavaca Street Bar & Grill, The Belmont, Star Bar, The Wheel, Gibson Street Bar, Rattle Inn Bar and Dance Hall and Mean Eyed Cat. Together with Jeff, Matt made his foray into festival bar operations over 10 years...more
Executive Operations Manager
Kandice Bailey officially became part of the FBR family in 2016 but she has worked with us as a festival banker for the past 8 years. Kandice has extensive banking experience and has worked in financial institutions since 2003. She is incredibly process driven and her ability to streamline projects has been invaluable. Along with her banking background, Kandice has a veritable zoo at her home with 3 dogs, 4 cats, 2 goats, 4 chickens and 1 husband. We are thrilled to have her on the team.more
As the Lead Festival Director, Cara Fischer brings with her over eight years of event management experience. Cara has operated in a variety of roles within the event industry from Media Relations with the Austin Toros (the San Antonio Spurs’ D-League Basketball Team), to Associate Producer with local music maven Marsha Milam at Milam and Company, to the opposite end of the event spectrum as Event Coordinator for Austin’s largest events with the City of Austin’s Transportation Dept. and Parks and Rec Dept.
Originally from North Texas, Cara moved to Austin in 2007 to attend the...more
Chris Moya joins the FBR team full time with a wealth of festival and management experience. Working with FBR since it's inception, Chris has been a part of bar operations at our festivals for over 15 years. In 2016, Chris took the leap to full time Festival Director from his work as a warehouse manager, bringing to the team his operational and organizational skills and festival know how. Chris spends his spare time hunting with his best friend and loyal companion-- Scout, the yellow lab-- and enjoying the outdoors with a friendly game of golf.more
Business Operations Manager
Faye brings over 10 years of banking and cash handling experience to the FBR team, with an educational focus on Business Management and broad experience in the service industry. Her ability to not only establish, but also conscientiously maintain relationships pertaining to all matters of venue and festival licensing lends a key component to overall operations. FBR’s clients can expect full compliance with local laws through her diligent side-by-side coordination with city police, fire, and health departments, as well as, liquor control commissions. Faye’s knowledge of commercial cash...more
Business Operations Manager
Tracie Johnson joined our team in 2015 as one of our Business Operations Managers. With over 12 years of Project & Office Management experience she has the ability to effectively manage multiple projects at once and see them through to completion. The ability to figure out processes and plan ahead has made her valuable to our organization. She believes strongly that teamwork and the ability to build trust with those she works with is instrumental to a company’s success. Along with Faye Coffill she works with local government agencies to secure licensing and permitting for our events,...more
Assistant Operations Manager
Paula Fox became a part of the cash handling and business operations team at the close of 2015. She joins us with experience in hospitality as well as business administration. With 15 years in the restaurant and bar industry, Paula transitioned to facilitating and managing private events. After earning her Bachelors in Public Administration, Paula gained an administrative background in non-profit and small business management. Paula assists with the licensing and permitting of all events, festivals, and bars, and loves being part of the FBR family. On her off hours, Paula loves...more
Assistant Festival Director
Christina joined the FBR family in 2015, behind the bar of downtown staple Lavaca Street Bar. With 6 years of hospitality and tourism experience, she quickly moved into management. Her ability to oversee projects with precise organization landed her a spot on the festival team in 2018. A go getter, Christina is looking forward to applying her bar industry knowledge to the special events world.
As a graduate of The Ohio State University, Christina prides herself on her midwestern work ethic and “yes” attitude. Her passions include live music shows, traveling, and continuing the...more