NoMI Brand Ambassador ‘Class of 2012’ – Ardie Farhadieh

Ardie Farhadieh is The Billions Corporation’s Marketing and Media Manager, overseeing all marketing, media, and sponsorships for a roster of over 200 artists.

A native of Chicago, Ardie came to Billions from Rethink Music in Boston, a solutions-focused music conference hosted by Berklee College of Music and Midem, where he spent eight months as project manager overseeing the programming, booking, marketing, and production of all aspects of the conference. During his time with Rethink Music, Ardie was able to attain significant growth and put Rethink Music on the map as one of the leading music conferences in North America.

Prior to Rethink Music, Ardie was an Agency Associate at The Windish Agency, where he handled all day-to-day contracting, advancing, offers, and negotiations for approximately 90 artists. While at Windish, Ardie developed the associate role along with his colleagues and collaboratively transformed the position into what it is today.

Ardie is a music business graduate, summa cum laude, from Berklee College of Music. He currently serves as a junior board member for Rock For Kids in Chicago. When not working or at a concert, Ardie can be found playing the violin, the backbone for the musical path he has chosen to this day. An ardent lover of innumerable genres of music—from electronic to rock, and from classical to acoustic—he loves nothing more than to turn people on to new music, and constantly connects people to artists and sounds they might otherwise never have heard. His DJ sets in both New York and Cannes have garnered rave reviews from hard-to-please audiences. Music is his passion, and he shares it everywhere he goes.

Get to know Ardie a little better:

Name: Ardie Farhadieh

Twitter Handle: @ardieparty

Title: Marketing Manager, The Billions Corporation

Sign: Taurus

Neighborhood: Wicker Park

Favorite Band/Artist: I’m listening to a different artist at any given moment but tend to revert back to Andrew Bird more than any other artist

Red, white, or bubbly? Red or White depending on my mood and what I’m eating

What is your signature dish for a backyard barbeque? Caprese Salad

To give back (community involvement/philanthropic efforts): I’m on the Junior Board for Rock For Kids

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NoMI Brand Ambassador ‘Class of 2012’ – Anthony Contrucci

Anthony is a Wealth Management/Strategic Products Consultant with Centier Bank.  With Centier, Anthony is on the Strategic Products Team and assists with new product development and sales.  The Strategic Products Group creates institutional financial products to service the needs of plan sponsors throughout the country.  In addition, Anthony works to identify and develop new markets for Centier in which he can introduce Centier’s wealth management and business banking services.  In this capacity, his role is to interface between all of the banks departments and ensure that his clientele are provided with holistic and comprehensive financial solutions which are delivered in a seamless synchronized delivery model.

Anthony has a passion for philanthropy and has worked with several organizations in varying capacities including that of the American Heart Association, Paws Chicago, and the Illinois & Midwest Eye-Bank.

Anthony is an avid traveler and enjoys exploring the world search of new adventures, gastronomic experiences, and exposure to diverse cultures.

Anthony, his wife Melissa, and two children (Kristoff and Aspen) live in Chicago, IL.

Get to know Anthony a little better:

Name: Anthony R. Contrucci

Title: Wealth Management/Strategic Products Consultant

Sign: Libra

Neighborhood: Gold Coast

Favorite Band/Artist: Agnostic… everything from classical and country to opera and jazz

Red, White, or Bubbly? Champagne & Prosecco

What is your signature dish for a backyard barbeque? Double cheeseburger with melted gruyere & blue cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, & paprika mayonnaise sauce on a toasted brioche bun.

To give back (community involvement/philanthropic efforts): American Heart Association, Illinois & Midwest Eye-Bank, PAWS Chicago

NoMI Brand Ambassador ‘Class of 2012’ – Graham Hickey

Over the course of the last two decades, Graham Hickey has played an advisory role, helping guide brands in the music, entertainment and culinary verticals. He has made a direct impact through sales and marketing at national magazines including Rolling Stone, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine, all the while creating deep in roads and building out relationships with key players in those segments. Through these relationships, Graham played a key role in the relocation and expansion of Lollapalooza to the Chicago market. Today, he builds on that experience advising businesses in the music, restaurant and hotel industries throughout the United States.

Get to know Graham a little better:

Name: J. Graham Hickey

Twitter Handle: @grahambam

Title: Brand Advisor

Sign: Pisces

Neighborhood: Logan Square

Favorite Band/Artist: dEUS band and Stuart Davis artist

Red, white, or bubbly? All three

What is your signature dish for a backyard barbeque? Kebabs

To give back (community involvement/philanthropic efforts): New Leash on Life  Chicago www.nlol.org/chicago/

NoMI Brand Ambassdor “Class of 2012′ – Juanita Jordan

Juanita Vanoy Jordan is President of Vanoy Jordan Enterprises, LLC, the parent company that oversees her numerous business endeavors.

She was co-founder of The Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund, where she was responsible for directing the Jordan family’s charitable contributions.  Through her philanthropic endeavors, she continues to support numerous educational organizations and is a founding member of The Chairman’s Circle of Columbia College of Chicago.

Easter Seals Society of Metropolitan Chicago, Ronald McDonald House and The Rotary Club of Chicago have recognized Juanita for her generous philanthropic support and dedication to improving the quality of life for children and persons with disabilities.

She is a former Cultural Columnist for Copley Newspapers and television host of CHICAGOVISION, a local cable network show that featured Chicago’s major cultural attractions.

Vogue Magazine has named her a member of “The Vogue 100,” a group of influential business and civic leaders recognized for their distinctive taste in fashion and culture

She has served on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Children’s Museum,

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois, The White House Endowment Fund, and currently serves on the National Council of The American Film Institute.

Juanita is an Illinois licensed Real Estate Broker.  She enjoys traveling and is an avid collector of art.  She grew up in Chicago and continues to reside there.  She is the proud mother of three children.

Get to know Juanita a little better:

Name:  Juanita Vanoy Jordan

Title:   President, Vanoy Jordan Enterprises, LLC

Sign:   Gemini

Neighborhood:  River North

Favorite Band/Artist:  Prince

Red, white, or bubbly?  Red and Bubbly

What is your signature dish for a backyard barbeque? Ribs, spaghetti, baked beans and cole slaw

To give back (community involvement/philanthropic efforts): As co-founder of The Michael and Juanita Jordan Endowment Fund, she was responsible for directing the Jordan family’s charitable contributions.  Through her philanthropic endeavors, she continues to support numerous educational organizations and is a founding member of The Chairman’s Circle of Columbia College of Chicago.