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Boston - June 14, 2011

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AES Boston Section
June 2011 Meeting
with Tom Werman

The Boston Section held their Annual BAES banquet on Tuesday June 14th, 2011 at the Henderson House in Weston, Massachusetts. During opening remarks Section Chair Tony Schultz presented a Certificate of Recognition to Section Secretary Jonah Goska for his dedicated service to the Section.

The evening featured Guest Speaker Producer Tom Werman presenting "Greatest Hits & Misses". Tom walked through a timeline of his extensive career sharing "behind the scenes" aspects of some of his many projects. He played examples of some of his "Hits" as well as some of the "Misses", answering questions along the way.

Tom Werman has produced roughly 60 albums and earned a total of 23 gold and platinum records. He has produced albums by acts including Mother's Finest, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet, Blue Öyster Cult, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Stryper, Kix, LA Guns, and Poison. While in A&R at Epic Records, he signed REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Molly Hatchet and Boston.

He attended Columbia College and Graduate School of Business, graduating in 1969. During that time he had several very successful bands that played colleges and clubs all over the northeast. After one year with Grey Advertising, writing marketing plans for Gain Detergent and Jif Peanut Butter, he wrote a letter to then president of CBS Records, Clive Davis, who eventually hired him to be Assistant to Director of A&R at the Epic label. He attempted to bring Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rush to the label. The Director of A&R passed on the first two, and the $75,000 that Rush wanted for a 2-album deal was deemed to be too expensive by the CBS Business Affairs people.

He left CBS in 1982 to be VP of A&R at Elektra Records. A conflict with the man who replaced Joe Smith, the label president who had hired Tom, led him to depart the company with a 3-album production deal in place. His first production as an independent producer was "Shout at the Devil" by Motley Crue.

He continued to work until 1999, when he produced the music and soundtrack for the film "Rock Star", starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. Currently, Werman is owner of Stonover Farm, a fully appointed luxury B&B in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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