Bill Donabedian is a musician, and an athlete, and an amazing entrepreneur.
Born in Pittsburg (ugggh), well, can’t win em all. Creative, couldn’t sit still in school, and full of energy. Bill was a football player at a young age, (a requirement in Western PA!). Moved to Erie and ultimately landed in Cincinnati, Ohio at 11 years old.
Learned to play the piano as a young boy and fell in love with music.
Bill became a drummer after being exposed to Neil Peart, maybe the greatest drummer, in maybe the greatest band of all time, RUSH! He started his own band in high school with some buddies and became a prog rocker.
Decided to attend Miami University in Oxford as a music major. However, orchestral percussion was NOT his passion. Instead, he decided to change majors and got a business degree.
Bill briefly chased music as a career but wasn’t quite sure that was his path. As a young man he stumbled through a few jobs while discovering his purpose.
Finally, the picture became clear when he landed a job with 3CDC and ran events at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The skills learned here translated to the Midpoint Music Festival and ultimately to his current company ESK Presents. ESK Presents puts on some amazing events such as the Bunbury Music Festival, an Alternative Rock music festival in Cincinnati, and Brandemonium, a branding and marketing event for entrepreneurs. Last years keynote speaker at Brandemonium was best selling author Seth Godin, one of my business heroes.
Come hear the story of an athlete, turned musician, turned entrepreneur. A GREAT interview!