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River Music Experience

Leadership Team

Deb-(1).jpgDeb Powers is the Chief Executive Officer for the RME.  She is responsible for the overall operations of the full facility including all personnel, financial, and fundraising oversight.
Deb is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities area, a 1990 graduate of Marycrest College with a BA in Communications, and has been active in music management and fundraising for over 10 years. 
While not a musician personally, Deb has a great passion for the quality of life provided in the Quad Cities through music. The Quad Cities is fortunate to have the RME as a music incubator for people of all ages with a love for all genres of music. The RME is a truly unique organization that offers intimate opportunities to personally "experience" the music.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 102

Bret.jpgBret Dale is the Director of Programming and Education and responsible for all programming activities and events. Since 2003, Bret has performed and traveled with the Chicago-based Lonnie Brooks Blues Band, and locally with The Candymakers. His passion for music is only matched for his desire to provide excellent programming opportunities for the community!

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 110

Ben-2.jpgBen Schwind is the Programming and Communications Specialist for the RME. He is responsible for implementing all field programs and taking the lead on Kidstock and Ellis Kell Winter Blues Camp.

Ben grew up in the Quad Cities and has been coming to the River Music Experience since it's infancy, participating in and later teaching at the seasonal music programs, Winter Blues and Kidstock. He looks forward to every day at the RME where he gets to pass on his love of music to others.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 109

Kate.jpgKate Dale is the Director of Entertainment, who coordinates and books all concerts for the Cafe, Performance Hall, Redstone Room, and for RME’s summer concert series on the Courtyard, Friday Live@Five.

Kate was raised in the Quad Cities and is a graduate from the University of Iowa, where she studied Communications and was involved in the school’s concert committee, SCOPE Productions. Kate’s favorite part about her job is that she gets to listen to new music every day, and enjoys meeting musicians from around the globe.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 101

Alex.jpgAlex Burkamper is the Director of Marketing. He is responsible for managing digital content and marketing materials, coordinating promotion, and getting community members and organizations involved in the RME's musical mission.

Originally from the Quad Cities, Alex earned his B.A. in Strategic Communication from St. Ambrose University. Music always played an important role in his life, but he never played any instruments. Now he gets to utilize his passion and skills to help grow the music and culture of the Quad Cities area.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 107

Molly-2.jpgMolly Koenig is the RME Accountant. She records day-to-day financial transactions of the River Music Experience, and prepares financial reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information and trends. She was born and raised in Moline, Illinois. Molly received a B.A. in Accounting at Augustana College and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Denver. She's traveled all over the country for live music. Molly enjoys working at RME because she loves doing a small part to make the Quad Cities a dynamic community to live in.

Phone: 563-326-1333 ext. 108

Nick.jpgNick Webb is the Second Floor Beverage Manager. He is responsible for the beverage operations of all second-floor spaces in the RME and also assists with artist hospitality and other aspects of performance and event production. Nick takes pride in ensuring quality and consistency in the operations he’s responsible for.

Phone: 563-639-7988

David.jpgDavid Bailey is the Director of Operations and Special Events Coordinator at River Music Experience. He is responsible for maintenance and the janitorial needs of RME. David also oversees sales and rentals of private events held at RME. 
David is originally from Portland, Oregon and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Oregon

Phone: Primary 563-528-9334 - 563-326-1333 ext. 104