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Larry Stessel

Larry StesselPhoto of Instructor Larry Stessel

Instructor of Entertainment and Music Business


  • B.S.   University of Florida,  Marketing



  • Adjunct Instructor, College of Business Administration, Belmont University
  • Managing Partner, Revolver Marketing Group
  • Board Member-TN Performing Arts Center
  • President / Owner, Trillium Entertainment
  • President/Independent National Distribution, Alliance Entertainment Corporation
  • Senior Vice President/General Manager, EMI Records
  • Senior Vice President / General Manager, Mercury Records
  • Senior Vice President / International Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Senior Vice President / Marketing, Epic Records



  • Cable Ace Award - Gloria Estefan Homecoming Special for SHOWTIME



During his tenure with Sony Music from 1975 to 1991, Mr. Stessel was the executive responsible for the marketing strategies for Michael Jackson (including Thriller, the biggest selling album of all time), Babyface, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Pearl Jam, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Luther Vandross and numerous other music superstars.  In addition, he produced and directed the highly rated CBS Television special Michael Jackson: The Magic Returns and received the Cable Ace award for Best Longform Music Special for executive producing SHOWTIME's Gloria Estefan Homecoming Special.

From 1992-1996, Stessel served as General Manager and Senior VP of Mercury Records and EMI Records directing the activities of the marketing, sales, promotion, media relations, creative services, artist development, touring and video production departments.

In 1997, Mr. Stessel formed Trillium Entertainment, an independent music company emphasizing strategic marketing campaigns, business plans, event marketing and corporate sponsorship opportunities for recording artists, start-up entertainment ventures, independent music and Internet labels.   

In 2003, he created Revolver Marketing Group ,with a long time business associate, creating an industry leader in brand marketing using music as a marketing driver. Some of RMG’s clients include McDonalds’s, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, General Motors, Hertz, UBS, Kohler and Hanes.

Mr. Stessel is a member of Leadership Music Nashville and an executive board member of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC).