AES Convention Names Ron Fair Keynote Speaker

Ron Fair, veteran record man, six-time Grammy nominee and president of A&M Records, will present the keynote speech at the 117th AES Convention at noon on Thursday, October 28 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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Ron Fair

Ron Fair, veteran record man, six-time Grammy nominee and president of A&M Records, will present the keynote speech at the 117th AES Convention at noon on Thursday, October 28 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

“In his more than two decades as an outstanding hit-maker, Ron Fair has exhibited a rare combination of creative and technical prowess and remarkable business acumen,” says AES 117th Convention Chair John Strawn. “Considering the multiplicity of his talents, we anticipate an extremely interesting presentation.”

An A&R man, producer, arranger, musician and recording engineer, Ron Fair’s credits stretch from collaborating with legendary composer/producer Bill Conti on “Gonna Fly Now,” the Number One hit theme from Rocky, to discovering five-time Grammy Award winner Christina Aguilera and serving as executive producer for the superstar’s ten-times-platinum album Stripped and worldwide Number One song,“Beautiful.”

A 1981 position as RCA Records’ A&R manager led to Fair being named senior director of A&R for Chrysalis Records where he found the Number One hit “We Belong” for Pat Benatar and worked with many other platinum artists. In 1990 he joined EMI Records as senior VP of A&R, where his credits include the eight-times platinum Pretty Woman soundtrack. Rejoining RCA Records in 1993 as senior VP of A&R, Fair was executive producer of the Reality Bites soundtrack CD.

As president of A&M Records since 1999, Ron Fair oversees an artist roster that includes: Sting, Sheryl Crow, The Black Eyed Peas and Vanessa Carlton. He is a 25-year member of NARAS, serving as National Trustee and member of the Board of Governors, and where he remains an active committee member.

For a complete schedule of the 2004 AES Convention, visit www.aes.org.