The Lloyd Johnson Foundation Leadership
Steve Johnson is CEO of HoosierDevil, an organization providing Artist Relations Management to music festivals. Johnson has been active in a variety of not for profit organizations and served on boards including the Music Crossroads Steering Committee for the City of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Opera Board, International Storytelling Center, Association of Air Medical Services, Skyland Fire Department (NC), and NC Paramedic Association. He graduated from Duke University and holds additional degrees in Emergency Medical Science, Nursing, and an MBA. Johnson has pursued post graduate work toward a PhD in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University.
Ty Gilpin is the Senior Director of Marketing for Crossroads Label Group and A&R Agent for Mountain Home Music Company and Organic Records. He currently works with some of the top touring artists in Bluegrass including Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, The Grascals, The Boxcars, Adam Steffey, Flatt Lonesome, Darin and Brooke Aldridge and many more. He also works with Asheville area artists like Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, Aaron Burdett and others.
Ty has spent most of his life in the music business either as a performer or promoter. A native of Nashville, TN, he relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in 1995. He has written, performed and toured with multiple roots music acts and currently plays mandolin for the N.C. based Bluegrass outfit, Unspoken Tradition.
Whether it is a roots based genre or one that is ingenuitive, Ty has a serious passion for music and the culture that informs it.
Mark is a native western North Carolina musician, singer, songwriter and entertainer of more than thirty years. He has performed with several national and regional touring bands, including the Nashville based Jubal Foster. He's been working primarily as a solo artist and as half of the duo Calico Moon with his wife Aimee Bumgarner since returning to the Asheville area in 2005. Mark, Aimee and their three children Kate, Andrew and Ben, live the quite rural life in the northern Buncombe county farming community of Big Ivy.
Jim Turpin, a native of Asheville, NC, became friends with Lloyd and Steve Johnson in 2002 when he joined Lloyd’s bluegrass band, Dixie Grass. He later went on to form his current band, Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition, in 2004. Professionally, Jim manages Inside Sales and Product Engineering at Crane Resistoflex in Marion, NC. Aside from work and music, he enjoys traditional Okinawan karate and the outdoors. Jim sees the Lloyd Johnson Foundation as a way to continue Lloyd's love of music and his generous nature.
Adele has enjoyed a career in the music industry since 1995. The bulk of her work has been in strategic planning, programming, booking, and reporting for non-profit organizations. From small dance fundraisers, to festivals, to multi-million dollar casino budgets, her care and attention to people and details has resulted in a trusted reputation whether in managing a budget or a stage. Previous board experience includes serving as a director for SaskMusic (Canada) for 4.5 years.
Craig Peters, a native Philadelphian, has lived in many places across the country while working in the Hospitality/Entertainment industry. For the last 17 years, he's lived in his adopted mountains of Asheville, NC raising his two wonderful children, seeking out live music, and spending as much time in the great outdoors as possible. His involvement in music festivals such as Merlefest and Jam In The Trees fuel his deep appreciation for music and interest in promoting the arts.
Tim is a member of the bluegrass band Balsam Range. He is also co-founder of Mountain Home Music Company, a top bluegrass record label, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IBMA.
Amy Wester is a managing partner at Biscuit Head. She is the mother to a beautiful girl and has been married to her husband Michael for thirteen years. She moved from Southern California ten years ago where she attended Brooks Institute of Photography and received her Bachelor’s degree in the science of art. While she loves photography she has found it to be more of a passion then a career choice. That is when her and her husband decided to join the Roy's at Biscuit Head and have since been able to run three very successful restaurants.