About Rantcaster

 

 

 

Throughout history, songs, poetry, and other art forms have served as powerful mediums to convey messages and information that inspire and motivate. The content of the message is all the more memorable and impactful when it speaks directly to contemporary social, political, and cultural issues.
 
Rantcaster is a specialized media company that produces, curates, and distributes topical art – primarily music – connecting artists and journalists with their publics on a shared platform. Drawing from its deep expertise in record label and music publishing, the company brings fresh, exclusive content to a wide range of audiences.

Meet the Team

Bill Valenti is a seasoned entrepreneur with extensive start-up company experience in the US (Tegic Communications, Melodeo, Exbiblio, among others), following a 20-year career in international investment banking in Asia (Korea, Japan, Hong Kong).

Joe Rapolla is the Chair of the Music and Theatre Department and Director of the Music Industry Program (MBA ‘90, Monmouth). A recognized music industry innovator, he built and led Integrated Marketing departments at Universal and Warner Music Group. He also helped build a Direct-To-Consumer Marketing Agency and a Social Research Agency, and ran marketing for the video game division of Def Jam Enterprises. Professor Rapolla has directed programs for top talent, such as Madonna, Bon Jovi, U2, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, and has partnered with the world’s leading entertainment, media, and consumer brands and agencies. He has earned multiple Gold Records for his work at the music companies. He is also a performing songwriter and producer, who has released three studio albums, one live album and film soundtrack, as well as produced 12 compilation EPs for the university record label, Blue Hawk Records, which he founded in 2013. Joe collaborates with top writers and artists in NYC and Nashville, and continues to perform locally and abroad.

David Hernandez is the co-founder and managing partner of lotus823 of an award-winning, integrated communications and marketing agency based in Eatontown, NJ. Previous senior executive positions include vice president of stores for American Music, a division of Guitar Center stores, the largest music instrument retail chain in the United States and Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for OMI Imaging. He is also a professional musician and published composer who has worked and toured internationally. Credits include co-writer, co-producer and music director for Village People and performing on the Anti-Smack album, “It’s A Live In World” which included major British artists Elvis Costello, Ringo Starr, among others.

Allison Hernandez’s deep expertise in business operations, human resources, and change management is a driving force behind the success of lotus823.  She established the company in 2010 with her husband, David, and brought more than 20 years of experience to the business that supported its swift and steady growth.

Prior to lotus823, Allison spearheaded change management initiatives (including Six Sigma and ISO 9000 programs) at companies such as Toshiba and Office Depot that resulted in significant, sustainable business improvement and increased profitability.

As a leading force at lotus823 and with a mantra rooted in strong and passionate leadership, Allison has brought to life her vision of creating a company culture that attracts the best people and fosters growth.

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