About Concept Artists

David Yamner,  President & CEO

David Yamner, President & CEO of Concept Artists is an attorney and Emmy award-winning entertainment producer, with more than 15 years experience in artist representation, negotiating complex international and domestic talent transactions, as well as in designing, booking and producing all manner of live entertainment. David spearheaded the creation of Concept Artists to specialize in representing artists with attractive price points who are uniquely adept at exceeding client expectations in corporate and special events environments.

In 1993 David co-founded one of New York's most successful event production firms, where he served as co-President between 1993 and 2009. At that firm, David distinguished himself as a pioneer within the corporate events industry, introducing artists from Lenny Kravitz and Sheryl Crow to Aerosmith and Glenn Frey, to their first corporate shows, while helping to build that firm into one of the country’s premier full service event production firms serving the corporate and special events markets.

Over the course of his career, David has been responsible for negotiating thousands of transactions in over 40 countries, including deals with superstar artists such as Elton John, P!nk, Phil Collins, Cher, Jennifer Lopez, Bon Jovi, David Copperfield, Blue Man Group, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, and Billy Crystal. David's work has included all manner of talent transactions, including special purpose film projects involving Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Marcia Cross, Nicolette Sheridan, George Lopez, Greg Kinnear, Dana Carvey, Jim Belushi and Danny Glover, as well as sports legends Terry Bradshaw and David Robinson.

David’s experience in identifying the most compelling Keynote Speakers, and negotiating the most favorable terms for his clients, is similarly diverse and impressive. From superstar Keynoters like Richard Branson, Al Gore, and Colin Powell, to customized industry-specific panel discussions with moderators, David has the relationships and knowledge to whittle down the hundreds of options available so his client’s objectives are met, on budget, every time.

David completed his higher education at Vanderbilt University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned his B.A., M.B.A. and Law degrees in 7 years.

From 1988 until founding his fist firm In 1993, David practiced law at a large Manhattan law firm. From 1986 to 1988, David backpacked across 25 countries on 5 continents, which included experiences scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef, ascending to the Mt. Everest Base Camp, and Uhuru Peak atop of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and participating in safaris in the Serengeti Plain and the Thar Desert.

Since 1998, David has served as Treasurer of the African Rainforest Conservancy, an organization dedicated to conserving the Eastern ARC, a forest ecosystem in eastern Africa.

In his spare time, David is a voracious reader who enjoys strength training and travel. He is married to Jean Lee and lives in Soho (NYC) with his sons Noah and Miles, and daughter Audrey.

 

Matt Kendall,  Senior Vice President

Matt got his first start in the industry in 2003 with ICM Artists (now Opus 3 Artists), one of the leading agencies for classical music, jazz, dance, theater and world music.  As a member of ICM Artists booking department, Matt had the pleasure of working with such visionary artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Wynton Marsalis and Ravi Shankar.

In the spring of 2005, Matt left the conventional agency world to become an agent with Industrial Artist Management– the world's premier talent agency specializing in private and corporate events, product launches and trade shows.  Lending his professional and creative expertise to some of the most knowledgeable and respected producers, creative directors and event coordinators in the business, Matt has worked on global projects for:  Microsoft, Michael Jordan, Motorola, Snickers, Staples, Google, Nintendo, Nike, IBM, Time Warner, Panasonic, LG, Toyota, PepsiCo, Sony, and many more.

As Senior Vice President of Concept Artists, Matt is excited and enthused to continue his work with a tremendously talented group of performance artists, musicians and speakers.   A dedicated professional, Matt understands the value of excellent customer service; his ability to listen to a client's goals and offer effective entertainment solutions makes him an asset to his loyal client base, and has greatly contributed to Concept Artists' emergence as an industry leader.

Matt lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.   

 

Shailee Desai, Sales & Marketing Associate

Shailee recently graduated from University of Connecticut with a degree in Resource Economics, a minor in Business and a certification in Management Information Systems. The newest addition to the team, she is excited to join Concept Artists as the Sales & Marketing Associate.
 
During her college years, Shailee had multiple internships where she was exposed to the various sectors of marketing for agencies in the events industry.  She loves interacting and networking with artists and clients, tackling new projects and challenges, and creating innovative marketing strategies.

Now living in Manhattan, Shailee has a passion for food and adventure, and hopes to learn the ins and outs of the city.

 

Lisa Carnemolla Comerford, Vice President of Concept Speakers

 Lisa has been enthusiastically assisting clients with achieving their meeting goals for over 15 years.  She has worked on a wide variety of meetings and events throughout the US and internationally with corporations from a remarkably diverse list of companies such as Nationwide, WalMart, Prudential, Blue Cross, GM, Pfizer and Raytheon, to name a few.

She began her sales career in retail management with Origins Cosmetics.  It was in this industry that she developed her passion for serving clients on a personal basis and built strong relationships which continue to this day.

Lisa entered the Speaking and Entertainment industry as a Customer Service Manager with Goodman Speakers Bureau Inc, where she worked for 15 years. After five years she was promoted to Vice President of Client Services where she focused on creating a culture where clients come first and relationships are long term and based on trust.  

Through the years, her skills in creating win-win negotiations, talent management, event management and extensive knowledge of speakers have fostered many strong relationships and created thousands of successful events and meetings for executives around the country.

Lisa is a native of Connecticut and is now residing in Dallas, TX.