Matt Berke, President
With over 25 years of experience in Finance, Accounting and Operations, Matt Berke has proven his ability to assist companies in improving their management, strategy and profitability.
For over eight years, Matt has been the managing member of Berke Financial Services, LLC, a consulting firm providing CFO-level services to multiple small business. For seven years prior to that, Matt was the CFO of Alternative Apparel, which realized over 400% revenue growth, consistently improved earnings and completed a $25 million private equity investment under his tenure. Before joining Alternative Apparel, Matt held several senior finance and accounting positions in the software, professional services and music industry.
Matt also contributes time to several community initiatives. He most recently completed a five year term as a Trustee and the Treasurer of The Epstein School of Atlanta.
Eric Singer, Vice President
Eric Singer is a partner at OA Development, an investment firm focusing on Southeastern US office real estate. Prior to joining the company, he was Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Pull-A-Part, a rapidly expanding end user of industrial properties.
Eric has served in a leadership role in several local and national non-profits and as founding president of Ramah Darom, a $25 million summer camp and retreat facility in northeast Georgia.
Eric earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. He is a former instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Alaskan guide and distribution industry executive.
Joshua Spielman, Secretary
Joshua Spielman is an attorney with Greenberg Traurig. Josh focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and business law, mergers and acquisitions, emerging growth companies, venture capital financing and real estate. An alumnus of the Solomon Schechter Day School system and Ramah Darom, Josh also serves on the Friends of Israel Defense Forces Southeast Regional Board. He and his wife, Dani, live in Druid Hills with their dog, Jack Kugel.
Todd Koransky, Treasurer
Todd Koransky was born and raised in Atlanta and graduated from UGA where he studied Accounting and Taxation and is now a tax CPA and partner at Williams, Benator & Libby, LLP, a public accounting firm in the Perimeter area. Todd enjoys spending time with his wife, Meghan, and his three boys, Jordy (8 years old), Reid (5 years old), and Brandon (2 years old). Todd also loves wine and playing the bass guitar.
Neal Cohen is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Atlanta-based Tip Top Proper Cocktails. An Atlanta native, Neal attended The University of Michigan, from which he graduated in 2006 with a degree in American culture. After graduation, Neal returned to Atlanta to work for a local radio station, where he hosted prime time shows and produced interviews and performances with musicians and other figures from Atlanta’s arts community. During his tenure at the station, he also began working with Superfly, an experience company that produced Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Comedy Central's Clusterfest. As Superfly’s Marketing Director, Neal helped build brands via visual identities, social media, and content creation. This intersection of music, food, and art would ultimately shape the core of his career path. Neal also spent time working for a cocktail-related event series called Cocktail Magic; it was here that he met a number of superstars in the industry and first became interested in the beverage world. Since cocktails had always been fairly unattainable in festival settings, Neal and his childhood friend (and fellow music industry veteran) Yoni Reisman began developing the concept that would become Tip Top Proper Cocktails. When Neal isn’t working, he enjoys attending concerts and discovering new music, taking food excursions across Atlanta, being outdoors, and most of all – having dance parties on his front porch with his family.
Amy Koonin Taylor
Amy Koonin Taylor is the current Marketing Media Manager for Rubicon Global, the worldwide leader in sustainable, cloud-based waste and recycling solutions. Amy is a board member of HAMSA, In the City Camp, and Caron. Amy attended the University of Kansas, completed a Public Relations fellowship at Kennesaw State University, has a seat on the Atlanta Women in PR Panel, Taylor is an Atlanta Hawks superfan, self-proclaimed top chef, and lives in Serenbe with her husband Michael and their dog, Myra.
Born in Chicago and raised in Atlanta, Yoni attended The University of Texas at Austin, from which he graduated in 2006. After graduation, Yoni moved to New York City, where he held several internships in the music industry before landing a job at Relix Magazine as a Marketing Associate. Yoni moved back to Atlanta to pursue his Master of Business Administration at Georgia State University but returned to New York in 2011 to be part of the founding team of The Governors Ball Music Festival. He spent the next few years launching and growing the festival before selling it to Live Nation Entertainment in 2016. When Yoni isn’t working, he enjoys traveling, going to Phish shows around the country, and spending time with his wife and four young children.
Jason Max Feldman is a communications and business development consultant. Born and raised in Atlanta, he grew up attending local Jewish day schools - a graduate of GHA and The Weber School - before moving north and attending Boston University for his undergraduate education. After obtaining his degree in Public Relations, Jason worked in both Boston and New York City for select communications agencies focused on consumer, corporate and crisis clientele. Now back full-time in Atlanta, he has made it a priority to become heavily involved in local Jewish organizations and find meaningful, impactful ways to give back to a community that continues to provide so much in his life. Jason is thrilled to join the AJMF Board and work alongside this talented group of people to elevate the festival experience for the entire city of Atlanta.
With a name that rings notorious in the male dominated world of true music elite, Phillana Williams is a source of power and influence that echoes across the music globe. Already establishing herself as one of the most respected record label executives today, Williams has yet again taken the music industry by storm with the creation of TPF Management (The Phillana Factor). With a steady growing A-List resume that includes currently managing eclectic singer/songwriter, Miguel, Williams is well on her way to becoming synonymous with greatness.
Capitalizing on the buzz she was creating in the music industry, Williams took a temporary position at LaFace Records with the label’s General Manager, Dorsey James. Before long, she caught the attention of label President, LA Reid.
It was at LaFace that Williams earned the reputation of producing chart-topping talent. Serving as Product Manager for the controversial pop star, Pink sold as astonishing 4 million records under the direction of Williams with her debut “Cant Take Me Home.” Having seen that success was not out of her reach, Williams was just getting started.
In 2000, Williams became the Director of Marketing at Arista Records and continued to become the label’s Vice President of Urban Marketing in 2003. While in this position, R&B singer Usher sold over 7 million records with the release of his third album 8701, and Pink’s sophomore album Mizunderstood sold a whopping 10 million copies worldwide. Helping solidify her marketing genius was the success of Usher’s highly anticipated fourth album, Confessions and Outkast’s dual release, Speakerbox/Love Below, selling 15 and 10 million records respectively. Continuing to fill positions where women were known to be few and far between, Williams went on to become Vice President of Urban Marketing at Zomba Label Group, and from there transitioned to Island Def Jam where she propelled the careers of superstars like Ciara, Anthony Hamilton, Kanye West, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.
Phillana managed breakthrough artist and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Miguel who has had an outstanding year and has recently been nominated as one of American Music Awards#39; Best New Artist. Miguel has also received a nomination for BET Awards’ Best New Artist and the upcoming Soul Train Awards’ Best New Artist.
Phillana served as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Artist Development for Motown Records. In this post, Williams took on a unique marketing and A&R role where she was involved in the overall development of new signings, and worked to further advance the careers of global superstars Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michele and more. Following her tenure at Motown, she was the Senior Manager for Red Light Management, where her primary function was to support executive management in development of short term and long-range sales strategy, serving as Urban Specialist and working in conjunction with Festivals and Branding departments to build opportunities. She also managed the urban staff which covered digital, publicity, radio and marketing.
In 2016, Williams worked with tech company TuneCore/Believe Digital as the Vice President, Label Services where she built the new US division for the company, which included signing artists and music companies to global partnerships.
Williams’ talents can’t be limited to just music. Though she has successfully orchestrated some of the biggest campaigns in music history that hugely affected pop culture, she is a brilliant marketer who has lent her expertise to a myriad of areas. She has had her hand in everything from films (Mama, I Want to Sing!), Broadway (Motown: The Musical), Television to the political arena (serving as marketing consultant for incumbent mayor of the city of Mount Vernon, NY) to sports world where she partnered with Stealth Sports & Entertainment for a myriad of sports related endeavors, including recruitment, marketing/branding and event planning. She has helped her artists produce successful tours, built partnerships with clothing lines, professional sports teams and global brands. And she still finds time to be civically engaged. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has served as the Arts & Festivals Chair of the City of Mount Vernon and the Gala Chair for the Foundation of Westchester Clubmen.
The successful marketing campaign of then Mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms has landed Williams in the political arena.
Currently, Williams is the Director, Marketing & Strategy with Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment under the leadership of Atlanta’s 60th Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Williams is responsible for spearheading strategic partnerships that align with the Mayor’s platform and promise to all of Atlanta’s constituents.
Williams now resides in Atlanta with her 2 children.
Amy Bubes is a Realtor with Harry Norman in Buckhead and works with a broad range of clients helping them fulfill their real estate dreams. She is extremely creative by nature, both visually and technically; prior to entering real estate, Amy created a hand forged jewelry line which was sold at stores across the country.
Raised in Bethesda, Maryland, Amy has called Atlanta home for the past 23 years. She has volunteered and given her talents to a variety of schools and causes in Atlanta. Currently she is serving on the Board of AJC. Amy is married to Mark Bubes and they have three daughters, Erica (Michael), Samantha (Alan) and Stacy, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Sophie.
Amy is excited to take AMJF to the next level with this talented and diverse group of Board Members.
Sarah Arogeti, a 5th generation Atlantan, works for Live Nation at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. She graduated from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) in 2015 with a degree in Advertising and Sociology. She enjoyed her time at AJMF8 as a Production Manager and is looking forward to learning more about the off-season planning.