Contributor biographical information for Hip-hop, inc. : success strategies of the rap moguls / Richard Oliver, Tim Leffel.


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Dr. Richard W. Oliver has published a variety of successful business books, including The Shape of Things to Come: 7 Imperatives for Winning in the New World of Business; The Coming Biotech Age: the Business of Bio-Materials; The Biotech Age: The Business of Biotech and How To Make Money From It, and What Is Transparency? all published by McGraw-Hill. He also co-wrote Hockey Tonk: The Amazing Story of the Nashville Predators with NHL Nashville Predators hockey team owner Craig Leopold (Thomas Nelson Publishing) and co-wrote The Eagle and the Monk: 7 Principles of Successful Change with William A. Jenkins (Gates & Bridges Publishing). He has also published dozens of articles in a variety of business magazines and speaks frequently around the world on business strategy.

He formerly served as VP of Marketing at Nortel, as a professor of management at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, and as a board member for four public companies. He is currently the CEO of American Learning Solutions, a company he founded in 2000.


Tim Leffel is the managing editor of the Journal of Business Strategy on-line. He is the author of The World’s Cheapest Destinations and has contributed to several business books, including The Seven Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Success. A frequent media commentator, he has been interviewed on national television and on numerous radio programs. He has been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and MSN Money. His credits include Robb Report, St. Petersburg Times, and National Geographic Traveler. He received a Bachelors Degree in Music Management from James Madison University and spent seven years in marketing at RCA Records, working with such influential rap acts as A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Kool Mo Dee, Too Short, and the Wu-Tang Clan. He lives in Nashville, TN.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Rap (Music) -- Vocational guidance.
Music trade -- United States.
Success in business.
Entrepreneurship.