Dusty

Dusty Carpenter

Co-Founder And President

Dusty Carpenter is the Co-Founder and President of Dreambrite Presents and the company’s Pride in the Park Chicago event – the first official LGBTQ event ever hosted in the city’s iconic Grant Park. He has also served as Director of Operations for Another Round Hospitality for 8 years, helping operate and curate the DS Tequila Co., DS Fajita Factory, minibar, Dive Bar, and mEAT concepts.

Through his work with Another Round Hospitality, Dusty became highly involved in the Northalsted community. He serves as Development Chair for the Northalsted Business Alliance and has been a member of the organization’s board for three years. Additionally, he chairs two of the organizations events: Northalsted Market Days, the largest street festival in the Midwest, and Chicago Pride Fest. He has also served as Co-Chair of Pride Bowl, the second largest LGBTQ flag football tournament in the country, for three years. In 2016, Dusty co-founded The Tree-Mendous Toy Drive, a holiday charity event in partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation that has raised over 1,500 toys and over $17,000 for children.

Dusty holds a BA in business management from Louisiana State University.

Michael

Michael Ball

Arist Relations Managing Director

Michael has been the ubiquitous face of the artist relations industry for over 16 short years both domestically and internationally.  Having tour managed for signed artists and local talent alike prior to event and festival production artist relations direction, planning, and execution, his ability and approach come from his experience in the field.
"The ability to have talent feel at home when outside of their element, far from 'home base', is paramount to their focus artistically. The quality of their performance directly effects the vibe, and thus, those that are there to experience it." - Michael Ball.

A few of Michael's most poignant touchstones include:

  • Managing Director of Artist Relations; Wavefront Music Festival 2012
  • Managing Director of Artist Relations; Paradigm Presents 2014 - Present
  • Managing Director of Artist Relations / VIP Manager; Sound-bar Chicago 2014 - 2020
  • TM for Atlantic Records recording artists 'Kill Hannah'
One of Michael's passion projects to date is owning and managing a recording studio that he uses as an incubator for up-and-coming local talent in an effort to expose Chicago unparalleled and talented recording artists.

Coming Soon

Chez Ordoñez

Director of Public Relations

As a leading authority on human rights and a renowned public relations expert, the Honorable Chez Ordoñez is often referred to as the PR Czar and Humanist. He is the Founder/CEO of Regalis Mgmt, a multi-sector consulting agency that specializes in managing diverse causes and campaigns to advance change. His clients – whom he prefers to call partners – range from non-profits, government entities, industry-disrupting start-ups, corporate clients, and managing local and national events. 

Retaining his honorific title as the former head of equal and human rights for Milwaukee, Chez successfully ushered critical human rights protections into law such as the nation's first municipal [Adaptive] Bike-Share Program, specifically aimed to be inclusive for persons with varying physical abilities; led in the drafting and passage (one of the first resolutions in the nation) declaring racism a public health crisis; housing and employment protections of an individual's HIV-status; Immigrant status; Source-of-Income protections; Gender-Inclusive Restrooms; Ban on Merchants Denying Cash aka "Card-Only Ban," Abolishment of Columbus Day and replaced with Indigenous Peoples Day, and more.

chez@regalismgmt.com

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Morgan Higgins

Director of Social Media and New Initiatives

Morgan Higgins (PGP: they/them/theirs) While working as a bartender during their studies at Benedictine University, they quickly discovered a passion for the hospitality industry. Upon graduating, they moved to Chicago and joined the Scarlet Bar Chicago management team with the goal of curating weekly events that promoted diversity and inclusion. From there, Morgan moved on to the DS Tequila Co. team to help expand and develop late night programming and continue to promote the venue as a safe space for queer women and femmes in North Halsted. Morgan continues to dedictate themselves to empowering the chicago queer community and is currently the Director of Operations and Logistics for Peach, a pop-event series which celebrates queer and LGBTQ+ women and femmes.

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Dom Brown

Event and Creative Coordinator

After 10 years in the entertainment industry as one-third of the band Porn and Chicken and as Chicago’s premier event host and MC, Dom Brown pivoted from being on-stage to being an authority in the branding and consulting space. He’s been involved in event planning, marketing strategy, digital and social media marketing, and live event production and promotion, in the process becoming involved in the creation of some of Chicago's most popular brands. More recently, he became a grassroots organizer to give back to his community, forming Activate Chi, a collective of multicultural and multigenerational community organizers seeking to dismantle the systemic racism oppressing marginalized communities. With his latest transformation, Brown is now appearing on screen as host of Wake and Bake with Dom Brown.  This innovative, provocative, and amusing new television show documents him roaming the country searching for great strains of marijuana, while exploring and exposing the burgeoning legal cannabis industry and its underbelly of legislative hypocrisy and social injustices.  Whether performing or organizing, Brown’s methods have proven to be creative, avantgarde, and exciting.