Josh Gruss is the Chairman, CEO and founder of Round Hill Music. Prior to founding Round Hill Music, from 2002 to 2009, Mr. Gruss worked at Gruss Asset Management where he held various positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as a Partner and member of the investment and executive committees. Concurrently, from 2003 to 2011, he was a Vice President at Gruss & Co., Inc., where he was a member of the investment and executive committees. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Gruss worked in investment banking at Bear Stearns & Co. From 1997 to 1999, he worked at Warner Music Group as an Assistant Director in product development. Mr. Gruss graduated with a B.A. from Trinity College and earned an M.B.A. from both Columbia University and London Business School. Mr. Gruss is a trustee of Berklee College of Music.
Neil Gillis is the President of Round Hill Music. Previously, in 2010, Mr. Gillis was a Managing Director and Head of Publishing at Alfred Music Publishing. From 2006 to 2010, he was President of S1 Songs America as well as its predecessor Dimensional Music Publishing. From 1990 to 2006, Mr. Gillis held positions of increasing responsibility at Warner/Chappell Music, most recently as SVP of Creative Music Solutions. From 1984 to 1990, he was the Head of International for BMI. Mr. Gillis serves on the boards of the BMI Foundation, the Johnny Mercer Foundation and the National Music Publishers Association. He graduated with a B.S. from Hofstra University
Richard Rowe is the Vice-Chairman of Round Hill Music. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Rowe was a Founding Partner of R2m Music. From 2005 to 2006, he worked at Kingstreet Music (aka Crosstown Music) running their North American publishing company. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Rowe was President of Sony Music Publishing. He was also the President Sony/ATV Music Publishing from 1993 to 2005 where he executed the deal which formed the JV between SMP and Michael Jackson. Mr. Rowe was Director of Business Affairs for Sony Records U.K. (formerly CBS Records U.K.) from 1982 to 1991. He joined CBS Records in 1978. Mr. Rowe graduated with a B.A. in Business Law from City of London College and the College of Law. He was admitted in 1977 as a Solicitor in the U.K.
Jennifer Scher is the Chief Financial Officer of Round Hill Music. Previously, from 2008 to 2012, Ms. Scher was the Chief Financial Officer of Spirit Music Group. From 2004 to 2007, she was Senior Director of Corporate Finance at EMI Music Publishing, where she also served as Director of Finance for North America from 1997 to 2004. From 1996 to 1997, Ms. Scher worked at CBS in the Corporate Audit Department. From 1993 to 1996, she was a Senior Analyst in the Audit and Business Advisory Practice Department of Arthur Andersen. Ms. Scher graduated with a B.S. from Tufts University, earned an M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Michael Lau is the Chief Operating Officer of Round Hill Music. Previously, from 2003 to 2010, Mr. Lau held positions of increasing responsibility at Warner/Chappell music, most recently serving as Senior Director of Creative IT and Marketing Development. Prior to his tenure at Warner/Chappell, from 1993 to 2003, he worked as a Music Supervisor at CBS, The Cartoon Network, Scholastic and WBOL. Mr. Lau graduated with a B.A. from the Berklee College of Music.
Mark comes to Round Hill Music with an extensive Nashville based career. He has been involved in the music industry as a creative in the both the record label and music publishing areas. Mark started his career at Silverline/Goldline Music where he worked with such songwriters as Steve Earle, Jimbeau Hinson, and Tony Brown. When Silverline/Goldline merged with Lorimar Telepictures, Mark remained with the company as the main creative marketing person in the Nashville operation. During this time he secured many recordings for the company including “A Little Bit In Love” and “Chains” both of which were #1 hits for Patty Loveless. When Lorimar Telepictures merged with Time-Warner, Mark remained and worked for Warner/ Chappell Music. During his tenure he had the opportunity to work such writers as Gretchen Peters, Gail Davies, Steve Bogard, Lionel Cartwright, Jon Vezner, and Steve Earle as well as securing many notable cuts for the company including “The Chill Of An Early Fall” #1 for George Strait, title cuts on Randy Travis’ “High Lonesome,” Highway 101’s “Paint The Town,” and other top 10’s with Patty Loveless “Jealous Bone,” and new artist Jann Brown “Tell Me Why.” In 1993, Mark was asked to join the A&R team at Liberty Records. There he served as the primary creative for song acquisition and worked closely with many artists on the label including John Berry, Billy Dean, Tanya Tucker, and Suzy Bogguss. In 1995, the Liberty Records name changed back to it’s original name, Capitol Records, and Mark was named of V.P. and head of A&R. In this new position, Mark was instrumental in the creative development of the debut projects for both Trace Adkins and Deana Carter, as well as being part of the team that signed Keith Urban. In July 1999, Mark joined Universal Music Publishing Group where he served as Creative Director working with such notable songwriters as Kostas, Rivers Rutherford, Monty Powell, Troy Verges, Stephanie Bentley, Mark D. Sanders, and Gordon Kennedy. In 2002, Mark joined the A&R team at Sony Records. While at Sony, Mark worked on projects for Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery/Gentry, Miranda Lambert, Keith Gattis, Van Zant, and Trent Willmon, as well as many others. Mark was responsible for picking the Montgomery/ Gentry single, “Hell Yeah,” which sold an estimated 700,000 pieces as well as their #1 hit with “Lucky Man.” In 2007, Mark re-entered the music publishing world by joining the new music publishing company, Crossﬁre 3. At Crossfire 3, Mark establish policies and procedures, brought in writer/artist Keith Gattis and a catalog of songs, obtained funding to record a new album, and was the executive producer of Gattis’ Bones album. In 2010, Mark joined Root 49 Music Publishing as the Chief Creative Oﬃcer where he oversaw the song catalogs and careers of songwriters Danny Myrick, Bridgette Tatum, and Odie Blackmon. Mark is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in with a double major in Economics and Engineering Science. Before entering the music industry, Mark spent four years as a musician in the Nashville local band scene.