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norris waddell

Norris Waddell

Marketing/Strategic Planning/Brand Management
Philadelphia County, PA

About Me

was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Having developed a sincere love for music at a very young age, he has since gained an extensive background in music. Norris has had the opportunity to showcase his managerial and leadership abilities by managing a plethora of music groups and unique up-and-coming -acts over the years. Jazz and gospel musicians like Larry Scott Sr., George Russell Jr., Buddy Lakins, and Ola Flowers have played major roles in Norris’ musical career both influentially and compositionally. In 2000, Norris decided to begin his journey in marketing and birthed his first LLC, The Central Source (TCS), in conjunction with friend and colleague Joe Palumbo. Marketing, music and business development have always been a true love for Norris. Understanding that the success rate in the industry is not always promising, he formed TCS to pass on his knowledge to those who wanted to learn the ins and outs of the music industry. In the many projects and businesses he has developed since, Norris has expanded his vision and expertise to include strategic planning, payroll, training new account executives and managing partnerships with other firms, all while continuing to perfect his craft and first love, music. In July of 2002, Norris resumed his collegiate studies at the Art Institute of Atlanta and graduated in May of 2006. During this time, Norris was able to work his way through school by managing The Main Street Bar and Grill located in East Point, GA. He introduced many events to the area such as Jazz Brunch, Open Mic Comedy Night, and Wednesday Night “Fooligans.” In 2006, strategic plans fell into place for several, major up-and-coming civic events which culminated in the formation of the InkMe Tattoo convention, later changed to Derby Ink convention, which took place in Harrisburg, PA. The idea behind Derby Ink was to fuse two favorite pastimes (Roller Derby and Tattooing) into one climactic event. The Derby Ink Invitational rekindled the fire for many enthusiasts by reintroducing the great sport of roller derby back into the public spotlight. Derby Ink was also the first of its kind in the Harrisburg area. In April 2013, the event was held at the Farm Show Complex Arena, and continues to be held there on a biannual basis.



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