Timothy J. Olphie - Mr. Olphie has been actively involved in the music industry for twenty five (25) years, entering as an Account Representative with the New York City branch office of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1979.
In 1982 Mr. Olphie was offered, and accepted, a position with Record World, a regionally based record franchise. He was promoted to the role of Public Relations Director shortly thereafter and remained with the company until 1989, at which time he accepted a position with CBS Records as an Account Service Representative.
In 1991, Mr. Olphie accepted a position as General Manager of SOUL/MCA Records, a joint venture between Sound of Urban Listeners (SOUL) and MCA Records, Inc. of New York City. His responsibilities included the day-to-day activities of an independent record company distributed by major label and the marketing and management of several SOUL/MCA recording acts.
At SOUL/MCA, Mr. Olphie received several Gold and Platinum awards for his role in the success of several recording acts including Public Enemy, the Young Black Teenagers, and the movie “Juice” and its related soundtrack. In addition, Mr. Olphie was responsible for negotiating the terms and promotional success for the “Bomb Squad”; renowned producers, Hank and Keith Shocklee. The likes of Vanessa Williams, “The Right Stuff”, Bobby Brown, Bell, Biv, Devoe,” I Thought it was Me”, Madonna, “Like a Prayer”, Ice Cube, Son of Bazerk, Jody Watley, etc. to name a few.
To date, Mr. Olphie has concluded approximately twenty five (25) artist recording contracts for both major and independent record labels as producer and/or executive producer including Danny Gatton on Elektra Entertainment, a division of Warner Communications, Inc. (nominated for “Best Rock Instrumental – 1992 Grammy Awards”); Spectrum City (currently known as Public Enemy) on Hollywood Records, a division of the Walt Disney Company specifically the movie “South Central:, Produced by Oliver Stone; Jammy on Vibe Records, Inc. (distributed nationally by Landmark Distributors, Inc.); Ricca on Epic Records, a division of SONY and Producer of former Vibe Records recording artist Chantele Doucette winner of the 2003 Adult Singer award for CBS Television’s Star Search show.
In 1993 Mr. Olphie joined Independent National Distribution Inc. (INDI) and became their New York City Sales Representative. From January 1993 to the present, Mr. Olphie has been employed by Vibe Records, Inc. as an independent record producer as well as acted as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Mr. Olphie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management from the State University of New York at Brockport.