A veritable who’s who…
Jeffrey J. Kimbell, Managing Partner
Born and raised in Lake Forest, IL, Jeff Kimbell took advantage of growing up just 30 miles north of Chicago’s outstanding music scene. With older siblings leading the way, Kimbell chased live music in the Chicago area during his adolescence, a pastime that continued in Boston and Providence during his preparatory school days at St. George’s School (Newport, RI) and on into Dallas, TX while attending Southern Methodist University. Kimbell was twice elected social chair of his fraternity after his brothers recognized his energy and enthusiasm, knowledge of live music, and ability to throw large, well-attended, successful gigs with notable bands such as Allgood Music Company, Beanland, Dash Rip Rock, The Grapes, Jackopierce, and others.
Kimbell moved to Washington, DC after graduation to pursue a career in government affairs and has made our nation’s capital his home for the past 22 years. He burst onto Washington’s social scene not long after his arrival by reinventing the Capital Club of Washington’s signature events: Santa Soireé , Sinatra Summer Soireé, and Swine on the Vine. Guests came to expect swanky affairs on the Kennedy Center Rooftop and at foreign embassies – never stuffy, always fabulous – and laid-back afternoons at Virginia vineyards and Maryland farms – think bales of hay, cold beer, and live music.
In 2003, Kimbell and partner John Green decided to parlay his party-planning prowess into Magnum Entertainment Group, Inc. Thirty world class events later, Magnum is known for creating some of the best bashes in our nation’s Capital. This led to Jeff being named the “GOP Social Chair” by Washingtonian Magazine in its January 2015 edition.
Kimbell resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Jessica, and their three children.
Johnson M. Green, President
Growing up in Holly Springs, Mississippi (total area: 12.7 square miles; 2000 population: 7,957) in the 1970s and ‘80s, music played a prominent role in John Green’s life from day one. He spent many a teenage night sneaking into Marshall Scruggs Grocery, a juke joint on the wrong side of the tracks, to catch sets by blues legends Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside. Country icons Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings split air time on the cassette player of his 1968 Ford F-100 pick-up truck with Southern rock pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, and The Allman Brothers Band as Green traveled the back roads of Marshall County.
As an undergraduate at Ole Miss, Green spent much time on Fraternity Row taking in gigs by Better Than Ezra, Beanland, Widespread Panic, and Dash Rip Rock, to name a few, thus furthering his appreciation of great tunes. Green decided to head to Washington after graduation to pursue a career on Capitol Hill, and he maintains an active presence in politics and federal affairs today.
No, they didn’t meet at a Beanland concert…but Jeff Kimbell and John Green did get to know each other in the halls of Congress and in Washington music halls, and very quickly realized they both had an affinity for Southern belles, top-shelf spirits and great live bands. Green and Kimbell formally joined forces in 2003 to form Magnum Entertainment Group.
Green splits his time between Oxford, MS and Washington, DC, with his wife, Kate , and their three children.
Chris May, Chief Financial Officer
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Chris was raised in the world of live music. Bourbon Street and Tipitinas to Frenchmen Street and The Spotted Cat, Chris grew up enjoying a plethora of live music venues and genres throughout the Crescent City. Chris formed a love for music at a young age as he learned to play drums and guitar mostly to emulate his favorite artists and bands such as Better Than Ezra, Cowboy Mouth, The Benjy Davis Project, Galactic, The Radiators, The Meters, Dr. John, and many more.
While pursuing his undergraduate studies at Ole Miss, Chris was always seeking out the best delta blues he could find from Memphis down to Jackson. Chris was integral in planning and operations of many a fraternity party while at Ole Miss, having successful gigs with Sister Hazel, Cory Morrow, Cross Canadian Ragweed, David Allen Coe, and The Benjy Davis Project.
Chris now resides in Washington, DC where he stays involved throughout the nightlife of the city and handles all financial management and internal operations for Magnum Entertainment Group, Inc.
Terese David, Director Client Management & Events
A born and raised Motown enthusiast, Terese grew up 30 minutes from Hitsville USA in Detroit, Michigan. She is a classically trained vocalist and pianist, beginning her studies at the age of 5. Some of her favorite artists include Maroon 5, Billy Joel, Elton John & Stevie Wonder.
Terese comes to Magnum Entertainment Group after working in political action committee fundraising for the past two years where she planned and executed events across the United States. While attending college at Michigan State University, she was president of her sorority where she gained knowledge in planning events and socials.
Leah Svoboda, Director of Operations and Marketing
Leah Svoboda hails from Newburyport, MA. A lifetime country music fan, some of her favorite artists include Alison Krauss and Lady Antebellum. Leah credits her dad for getting her interested and involved in music at a young age, when she learned to play both the piano and saxophone.
Leah is a 2013 graduate of George Washington University and member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority. She lives in Washington, DC where she cheers on the New England Patriots every Sunday.
Kimberly King, Consultant
Kim King grew up in Portland, OR, a town with a thriving music and arts scene. She began piano lessons at age five, took up the clarinet at 13, and cultivated a love for an eclectic assortment of musicians and genres, including Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Allman Brothers, Emmy Lou Harris and the Pointer Sisters (cue the kitchen dance party…). The advent of MTV “changed everything” for King, who notes the sole reason her family got cable was so they wouldn’t miss the 1983 premiere of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video.
King has been involved in the entertainment and hospitality industries for more than twenty years, with roles ranging from national talent buyer to booking agent, event producer to production coordinator to tour manager. She has worked with Jamey Johnson, The Goo Goo Dolls, the Pixies and a host of other internationally acclaimed performers.
King is currently national talent buyer and production manager for Fine Line Music Café, one of the premier live music venues in Minneapolis, MN, in addition to serving as tour manager for Grammy Award-winning Soul Asylum and event producer for Magnum. Her long-standing relationships with major artists, talent agencies, managers, production companies, and record labels add a unique and invaluable element to the Magnum line-up.
Hunter, Cooper & Avery Kimbell
Jack, Henry & Mary Bea Green
Jack, Henry and Mary Bea Green and Hunter, Cooper, and Avery Kimbell comprise the young but formidable Magnum Talent Scout team.
The elder statesman of the group at age 14, eighth grader Jack Green is an avid explorer and outdoorsman. He periodically kayaks behind the house in the creek after thunderstorms and walks to fish at the local lake on a regular basis. At age 6 he rescued and performed surgery with his mom’s sewing kit on an extremely auspicious lizard named Lucky. He has a love for anything and everything old including his music, he can sing along with any genre of music. He was recently elected Student Council President of the Oxford Middle School.
Henry “Hammering Hank” Green can knock the cover off a baseball. Eleven year old Henry recently played in the Super bowl for the Oxford Buccaneers football team on the defensive line. Next up on the schedule – basketball and then moving on to baseball in the Spring. Henry has yet to meet a sport he did not like. He has a love of Tabasco and anything spicy. He wakes up at 6am to watch ESPN Sports center to catch up on his favorite teams, with the Ole Miss Rebels being his favorite.
Jack and Henry’s sister, Mary Bea, is the queen of the Magnum Talent Scout Team. A woman wise beyond her nine years, she not only keeps all the boys in line, but is a shoo in for Miss Mississippi 2027. Her favorite things are drama, art projects and anything that might make a large mess. Mary Bea plays tennis only because she says her mom makes her. She can be found dancing around the house to tunes on the iPad as well as making music videos on Musically.
Hunter Kimbell has been a talent scout for Magnum Entertainment Group, Inc. since February 2010 when he opened his eyes in Washington, D.C. At an age when most children are just learning to clap and play bells in music class, Hunter has already mastered various percussion instruments and loves to sing Katy Perry, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Better Than Ezra and Cheap Trick tunes in the bathtub. He’s a lifelong Chicago Blackhawks fan but appreciates the grit of the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL), Fernie BC Ghostriders, and the Plymouth Whalers (OHL).
Cooper Kimbell is employed by Magnum Entertainment Group, Inc. as an assistant talent scount constantly searching every area of the country for the next best act. Cooper is constantly inspired by his musical idols, KISS, The Talking Heads, and Motley Crue to find the next best act for Magnum Entertainment Group, Inc. He is sure to be a shining star in the company for years to come.
Avery Kimbell is the most recent employee of Magnum Entertainment, Group Inc. as a child model for its various marketing collaterals for the company's children's events offering. With a calm demeanor, Avery is ideally-suited for photo and video shoots and represents the company's target child demographic.
While most of our live music events start long after they’re asleep, this group truly is the glue that holds Magnum together.