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Kurt was about 10 years old, he met a man his Dad was purchasing a
travel trailer from. For some reason Kurt found this man to be very
interesting and liked something about him. Later he asked his Dad
what the man did, he said "he owns a couple of different businesses, he
is a real entrepreneur." Kurt told his Dad, "That's what I want to
be!" Kurt's Mom & Dad told Kurt he could be whatever he
to be. Fifty something years later after starting a lawn cutting
business at 12, Kurt has owned: an entertainment booking agency, video
taping service, festival food concession, college corner bar, ice
cream/sandwich shop, web development & hosting company, and FestivalNet.
Along the way he managed a movie theater, delivered news papers, pumped
gas, picked peaches, sold news papers door to door, worked as an
insurance claims adjuster, boarded horses, ran a ball park concession,
managed his singer/comedian brother, Kier
and managed a rock band... Currently Kurt is
co-owner of FN and owner of BFDNet.net
, (web hosting & development) and he
is involved with a new non-profit Musicforhumanity.org
He has a BS in Financial Management from Clemson University and has 30+
years of experience in the festival business and the entertainment
business. He is on a mission to revive the word "groovy", much to the
amusement and sometimes embarrassment of his friends and wife. He
and Connie have lived in Asheville for 20 years.
Kurt plans to be an entrepreneur the rest of his life.
Connie is co-owner of FestivalNet and the CFO of
the company. She is a major animal enthusiast and passionate about
animal welfare. She created and manages Lost Pets of Western NC
, a free
lost/found animal web site. Connie has lived in the Asheville area for
20 years with her husband and business partner, Kurt and their 2 cats.
She has a degree in Urban Planning that she, thankfully hasn't used in
a long time. She was in the special events business with Kurt for many
years. She is an avid list-maker which keeps her from wandering around
trying to remember what she was going to do next. She loves living in
Asheville and is very grateful for the wonderful people (and animals)
she has met here, especially the amazing team at FN. Her other fun
past-times are planning special events and doing house renovations.
Happily working with FestivalNet since 2004 when FestivalNet had a staff of five and a tiny office, Julie started out part time in customer service quickly realizing that Connie and Kurt are pretty much the best bosses in the world. Now as Operations Manger, Julie has her hands in most departments here at FN and loves the festival and events market. She attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts and the University of Central Florida, backpacked Europe, studied in Madrid, exhibited photography in shows and competitions, performed with the Asheville Rebelles theater troupe and enjoys shooting live performance photography.
most of her career Judith has dealt in the visual arts. She has represented artists to the international level.
Judith enjoys working in advertising because it enables her to work
with diverse people across North America. She enjoys the give and take
of working with clients in order to discover their individual
advertising needs. Judith has developed a loyal customer base and
approaches each prospect with a long-term relationship in mind.
Richard was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and studied at Vilnius University for some time. A computer programmer since the end of the last century, Richard has been programming for FestivalNet since 2005. In 2009 Richard moved to the US and is now a resident of Florida's Gulf Coast. We are happy to now have him in our time zone!
Research and DB Management
Sara has been working for FestvalNet since 2006. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, raising her award winning llamas, scuba dive trips to Aruba, and her sweet boxer Lola. Her favorite thing about working for FestivalNet is the people she works with.
started with FestivalNet.com in 1997. Those were the
early days when the office was in the basement of Connie and Kurt's
home. Shawn lived right around the corner from the office, so the
morning commute could be done by bicycle. Shawn started out working in
the office a couple of days a week, eventually was away from the
company for a year or so, and now does research work from home
part-time. Her full-time job, along with her husband Wesley, is raising
their young son Tanner. Shawn enjoys gardening, camping with her family, and helping out at
Customer Service and Newsletter Editor
Jackie is an artist, a nerd-of-all trades, and is professionally friendly. She has a penchant for technology, art, fun events, and Batman. Jackie has experience organizing events, including a large-scale horror event in Asheville, NC. She also loves getting creative, taking on fun projects, and staying on top of the newest web-based features and applications. She currently resides in Savannah, Georgia with her bunnies and her drew.
Jill of all Trades Assistant
Michelle is very glad to be back working with the wonderful crew here at FestivalNet! Since we last saw Michelle, she's been busy restoring her new 100 year old house out in the beautiful mountains of WNC! Never one to sit still for a second, when not working you can find her busy with a 1000 different projects, playing her many records, going treasure hunting for vintage clothing, and swing dancing the night away. Most important to her is her family, friends, and maintaining a simple yet creative life. Living the dream!
Lola came onto Sara's life unexpectedly through circumstances that could not be ignored. She was a rescue that had been lost in the woods for an unknown period of time, only weighing 39 pounds when she was found. She was brought to Sara's attention by a friend that knew how much she loved Boxers and dearly missed her pet of 10 years Roxie. After a weekend trial stay it was clear that Lola was a keeper. She is now the baby of the family and runs freely in the pasture and swims in the creek as often as she can. She is a true country dog now.
Cada (aka Wild Thing)
Cada (aka Wild Thing) is always looking for adventure. Will settle for unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper if nothing more interesting comes along. Will chase anything you throw for as long as your arm holds out.
Ghost, Omar, & Ramona
Ghost, Omar, and Ramona are the fluffy bunnies that live in Jackie's office. They prefer to spend their time flopping, knocking things over, chewing on shoes, and begging for bunny treats. They are constantly causing mischief in the cutest way possible.
Lil' Richard is a whirling, swirling, sprinting, little ball of Italian Greyhound dynamite. If he's not running or playing, he's sleeping...there is no inbetween! He may be "Italian" but you won't find him eating ravioli or driving Ferraris, he mostly spends his days helping his mom, Michelle, work on things around the house, trying to play with the sheep, going on truck rides, and pretty much being the epitome of "doggie velcro". Richard loves the country life!
Sola Kitty manages Julie's office by pushing the paper, waltzing on the keyboard, and warming the chairs. When she is not bird watching, you can find Sola dreaming of bird catching, or stretched out and sunning on the deck. This feline of festival affairs is a proud member of the FestivalNet fur babies!
We said farewell to our little moon-eyed, zen kitty Rascal at the beginning of 2013. She was feline luke positive and had a wonderful, fun life for over 3 years.
McNulty left us all too soon, but had a happy bunny life while he was with us. He was always curious, and never steered away from adventure. He loved going outside to play in the grass, and he was the only bunny to cluck like a chicken. He is still missed by his life-mate, Omar.
Roxie was an avid believer in labor laws, so as not to break them, she only worked about two 15 minute shifts a day. Which included, patrolling the premises for any unknown beings to greet and searching for food that had been dropped. She then rested the other 7 1/2 hours. =)
As you can tell in her picture she was laid back and always out for a good time. Her favorite things to do were playing frisbee, fetch, and being the welcome wagon wherever she was. Roxie, we miss you so much!
Smoothy worked very hard at distracting
the humans at the office and got paid in doggy
treats. She loved coming to work and her tasks included napping,
playing with her toys, running around and messing up the rugs, begging
for lunch scraps, and making sure squirrels didn't get too close to the
She was also a big activist for Connie's website Lost Pets of Western
When she was not at work, her hobbies included
creek-swimming, sitting on the front porch, following mom (Julie)
around the house, walks around the block, snow-flake-catching, and
tug o' war. We'll miss you, Smoothy.
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