Meet the ones that started it all!
CEO & Founder
Shaf is a serial entrepreneur, adrenaline junkie, sports fanatic, and music festival lover, originally from and currently residing in Southern California.
Shaf graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with three Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance, Economics, and Accountancy. Prior to founding FestFriends, he was a Wealth Management Advisor with a practice at Merrill Lynch and later at MassMutual. Aside from a career in Finance, Shaf has launched several start-up ventures, and provided consulting services in a number of different capacities.
COO & Co-Founder
Ed was born and raised in Pebble Beach, California and graduated from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey of Business with a degree in Computer Information Systems. Since graduation, Ed has experience as a software consultant with major firms like IBM and Accenture.
When he isn’t attending festival events or working on FestFriends, he can usually be found in the gym or out on the golf course.
CMO & Co-Founder
Originally from Pebble Beach, California, Tom graduated from the W.P. Carey School of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Tom has worked as a Salesforce Developer and Administrator with software consulting firms, as well as with the marketing departments of several major IT and Service providers.
When he’s not working on identifying new technologies for clients to utilize, Tom is usually producing music, attending music festivals, or spending time with his two huskies, Lucy and Molly.
Shaf met Tom and Ed in 2011, while the three were on a campus tour of Arizona State University as high school seniors. Later that year, they all ended up living in the same dorm hall and joined Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The three quickly became best friends through their involvement in Greek Life, common interests in music, and shared entrepreneurial drive.
Over the past seven years, they have embarked on countless adventures together. These experiences include: countless trips to Las Vegas, golf tournaments along the West Coast, cruises throughout Mexico and the Caribbean, and above all else: music festivals. To make these experiences more accessible to others, Ed, Shaf, and Tom have come up a number of ideas they wish to pursue in the music and entertainment industry. FestFriends is the start of those dreams finally becoming a reality.