Get to Know Raquel

Raquel  Figlo

Personable. Passionate. Persistent. 

Based in the Los Angeles area, Raquel Figlo’s passion is creating brand awareness and customer loyalty for her clients. Founder of Raquel Figlo Public Relations, she has worked with a wide array of clientele ranging from TV/film, music artist, fashion lines, and a myriad of brands in various industries just to name a few, receiving testimonials that praise her. She has received testimonials that praise her professionalism, creativity, and forward-thinking concepts. Her upbeat enthusiasm and genuine caring nature raise the bar in customer satisfaction. Raquel weaves together strategic publicity campaigns, influencer outreach, media pitching, and popular social events to fashion a brand’s golden reputation.

She often speaks on panels, focusing on topics about the importance of media relations. In any industry, she believes it is about your connections and relationships you have with those connections. Raquel encourages others to rid yourself of labels and be whatever you want to be. Back in March 2019, she spoke on the panel, “Ladies Take The Lead” on Business and Beauty, on how the right look can propel your business forward.

Raquel’s work at the world-famous Key Club in Hollywood as an Event Manager back in 2011 opened up journalism opportunities for her to connect with music publications Rock N' Roll IndustriesMagazine, metalshoprocks.com

heavymetalhill.com, and adrenaline-fueled.com. She has interviewed some of the biggest names in rock music and has expanded her field in representing artists and musicians alike in all musical genres.  

Raquel has brought her passion for building female communities and giving them a voice in an industry that is still mostly male-dominated. Through her conversations with industry folk, Raquel learned that even males are recognizing the inherent lack of female voices in the metal genre. 

 

 

 

Erik Hicks


Erik Hicks' career is distinguished by over 30 years of success as a businessman and entertainment professional. His experience in branding strategies, marketing, artist management, business development, and consulting/advising has served his clients and business partners in resplendent fashion. The multi-faceted Erik "E Smooth" Hicks is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer who has written and produced songs for some of the most legendary artists in the world, such as Grammy and Pulitzer Prize Winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Aretha Franklin (Rose Is Still a Rose album); Grammy Award Winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Curtis Mayfield (New World Order album) and Bootsy Collins (Ground Zero featuring Bootsy Collins EP); and Grammy Award Winning singer Regina Belle (Believe in Me album), to name a few.

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Erik was the protégé, co-producer/writer, and advisor to Super Producer and Emmy Award Winning Narada Michael Walden. Narada has written and produced 57 Billboard® number one hit singles, which include 7 number ones for the late Whitney Houston alone. Also early in his career, Erik discovered an unknown aspiring artist, Amie Peterson, whom he mentored and gave the name "Dena Cali". Erik then signed her to his independent label, and began producing multiple tracks for her debut album, in which he also served as executive producer. This album included her first single, "I'm Your Girl" which Erik wrote and produced. "I'm Your Girl" climbed all the way to #2 on the Billboard® "Hot Rap Singles™" chart and also reached the Top 20 on the Billboard® "Hot 100 Singles Sales™" chart. In addition, it reached #6 on the Billboard® "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales™" chart.

Erik has previously managed and advised a plethora of musical artists and groups, including one of his favorite R&B groups of all time, the multi-platinum group Guy, where he managed Aaron Hall and Damion Hall on their last released album, Guy III which reached #5 on Billboard® "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums™" chart and reached #13 on "Billboard® 200" Albums. Erik now serves as business advisor to the multi-platinum, Grammy nominated rapper, singer-songwriter, and serial businessman Flo Rida, who has sold over 100 million singles worldwide. Erik also manages the legendary entertainment icon Flavor Flav of the multi-platinum, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 5-time Grammy nominated, and 2020 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient super group Public Enemy.
 

Businessman

Erik's many business interests are vast and diverse. To begin, Erik is a Principal at Gravitas Global Advisors, a New York based financial firm and hedge fund. Before becoming a Principal, he sat on the Advisory Board of Gravitas. Erik has a strategic partnership with M2 Jets Aviation Company, including facilitating the sale of private jets and jet charters, marketing, and business development.  Previously, Erik served as a business consultant to VAOH Land and Mineral Company, LLC, and Dickerson, LLC, on a Coal to Fuel project that encompassed 446.62 acres in Eastern Ohio to build and operate a facility that would extract liquid hydrocarbons from an existing ~5MM tons of on-site stock-pile coal waste; and then gasify and refine those liquids into marketable fuels (i.e. oil, jet fuel, and diesel fuel); and return the coal waste, intact, with an enhanced energy (BTU) value, thus increasing the monetary value of the coal waste.

In addition, Erik has partnered with M&H Investments' Co-Founders, Marc Foulkrod (Avjet Corporation CEO) and Hunter S. Gaylor (serial entrepreneur & author of the award-winning book, Planes, Plants, and Politics), to market and distribute internationally, the CELSIUS® line of healthy-energy beverage products. CELSIUS® is one of the leading global fitness drinks. Erik also serves as an advisor and consultant for Calling Vault, a cellular service company that provides consumers a gated community portal to privacy, security, safety, flexibility, convenience, and data retention for their cellular communication life and lifestyle. Erik is advisor and Chief Brand Strategist to Ezell's Famous Chicken franchise, based in Seattle, Washington. And to boot, Erik is advisor to Ezell's Famous Chicken's Co-Founder & CEO, Lewis Rudd. Furthermore, Erik is a strategic partner and Global Brand Representative for Pacific Coast Gold, a premium, organic, 100% hand-rolled hemp product with 16% CBD, 100% hemp paper, and 0.2% total THC.

Producer/Writer

Erik is currently an Executive Producer on the sci-fi film Karn Evil 9, being adapted by Daniel H. Wilson the author of the New York Times best-selling sci-fi book Robopocalypse; the film Running with Lions directed by David Twohy (co-writer and director of the Riddick franchise); and the AMC TV series Gang Leader for a Day, which is an adaptation of Sudhir Venkatesh's New York Times best-selling book and memoir. He is also an Executive Producer on several new and upcoming Radar Pictures films/TV series. Additionally, Erik has written multiple screenplays, which he will also produce, alongside Interscope Records Co-Founder and Radar Pictures CEO Ted Field. Mr. Field has produced over 80 movies that have generated over $9 billion in worldwide revenue, including such hits as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Jumanji: The Next Level; The Last Samurai; and Runaway Bride. The first such original screenplay that Erik has written and will Executive Produce alongside Mr. Field, is I Have Dominion, an epic sci-fi, fantasy thriller. Erik is also the Writer, Producer, and Executive Producer of the original screenplay Tempted by Satan, a supernatural, psychological thriller. In his newest venture, Erik is one of the Executive Producers of the forthcoming The Flavor Flav Show, a TV/variety show.
 

Erik is represented by Dennis Ashley of ICM Partners. 

During law school, Lori worked for The Cheesecake Factory, a Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” company that specialized in restaurants and hospitality. Lori became one of the top national trainers for new restaurant openings for this company; and, during a busy national restaurant opening, Lori caught the attention of the CEO and Founder of the Company, who, impressed with her presence and work ethic, immediately requested a “sit down” with her. Shortly thereafter, Lori began working at the Corporate Office in Calabasas, California where she worked with senior executives in various departments and oversaw and coordinated multiple projects. She assisted in drafting, designing, and implementing the Compensation System for the Corporate Office; and Lori created and implemented the first ever nationwide employee recognition program for the company, an effort for which she was individually recognized by the CEO. Lori quickly became the “go-to” person for brainstorming on how to better communicate between the centralized Corporate Group and restaurant staffs.

In 2004, Lori had the opportunity to again draw upon her legal experience and skills to work with a group of investors focused on commercial real estate. During this time, she assisted with the due diligence of various commercial properties, including shopping malls and apartment buildings across the United States and in Latin America. In 2008, Lori began working in-house for a Fortune 500 Energy Company based outside of Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy. One of Lori’s most notable responsibilities was assisting in creating, drafting, editing, and implementing policies, procedures, and internal controls required to comply with the newly federally enacted Sarbanes Oxley legislation; and later, she managed the auditing of staff compliance to these controls in several departments and in several regions of the United States. Lori was also selected to several due diligence teams. In fact within the first few weeks of her employment with CONSOL, she was appointed to and led her first due diligence team whereby she and other high ranking company personnel were flown to Houston on the company’s private jet in order to begin this undertaking. However, the most noteworthy due diligence team she was a part of involving the company’s multi-billion-dollar acquisition of a target company and its assets.

In 2012, Lori delved back into her entrepreneurial interests, and independently managed teams to securing contracts with various oil & gas companies for the creation of title reports identifying current owners of the surface, oil & gas, and other mineral estates in target lands. Lori also led several teams responsible for the local deregulation of energy in residential and commercial areas of Pennsylvania, California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Ohio; as well as, the commercial marketing of business-to-business products with telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Verizon. In more recent years, Lori has performed independent legal work and been the designated legal affairs for Hollywood production company, Radar Pictures. Radar Pictures has produced over 80 films which have generated over $9 billion in worldwide revenue. Lori currently works for Mr. Erik Hicks as his lead attorney in Business Operations / Legal Affairs where she has been involved in multiple deals ranging from energy, commodities, and aviation to entertainment and technology.

Lori Trigg, Esq.

Lori Trigg is an American attorney and businessperson. Lori is a native of a small town in Southwestern Virginia with a population of slightly less than 6,000 people. Upon graduating from high school, Lori received numerous scholarships and awards, two of the most mentionable being the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, an award which recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities, as selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree; and a full-academic 4-year scholarship to the prestigious University of Virginia, often deemed the “Harvard of the South.” At the University of Virginia, Lori received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and was active in several college organizations where she held various leadership roles. 

Letty Jené Moran

Letty Jené Moran was born in San Francisco, California where she studied television production and broadcasting at CCSF and then later completed studies in Film and Business Entertainment at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. At an early age Letty immersed herself in music, film, and entertainment working with the likes of MC Hammer, Master P, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Third Eye Blind, and Digital Underground, to name a few. In 1994 Letty moved to New York and landed a job working as an assistant for Donovan Thomas, Executive Producer of Epic Street Records recording artist "Likkle Vicious" who made his debut with his popular song "Freaks” featuring Doug E. Fresh on the Destination Brooklyn album. During Letty's tenure in NYC she found herself being mentored by accomplished industry greats like Hitman Howie Tee, Mike Mosely, “Doodlebug” of Digable Planets, and the list goes on. Letty soon discovered that producing and hosting gave her the freedom to self-express and she then began to create programming for TV network stations.

Home Bass Video Magazine and Reggae Central Television were among the first music and lifestyle star-studded productions Letty humbly remembers. Reggae Central Television aired for 4 years consecutively, successfully capturing over 1 million in viewership as it featured Caribbean culture, travel, lifestyle, and the hottest Caribbean artist’s music videos, as well as exclusive coverage of The Tamika Reggae Awards, boasting intimate interviews with the likes of Shaggy, Shaba Ranks, Capelton, Buju Banton, and Lady Saw, as well as exciting coverage of The Jamerican Film Festival produced by Sheryl Lee Ralph, best known for her role on the TV show Moesha as Moesha's mom "Dee Mitchell".
 

Creative Collaborations/A&R

Prior to Letty moving to the Big Apple she took on the role of A&R for the Bay Area power rock band, Muk, who made their global debut in 1995 when they opened for Cee Knowledge of Digable Planets’s group, 7 and a Crescent, in New York City. While producing Reggae Central Television, Letty was introduced to Jamaican recording artist "Blessman" formerly known as Major Terror.  Impressed with the talent of this young artist, Letty partnered with Blessman and formed Wylen Island Music, and they then set out to create some of the hottest Reggae Rap collaborations with well-known artists such as the late, great Frankie Paul, dubbed by some as "The Jamaican Stevie Wonder", Mega Banton, A-Plus of The Souls of Mischief, Casual of The Hieroglyphics, The Outlaws, and many more. Letty's protégé went on to be mentored by the great musical producer Richard Perry.

Letty also brings to the table her extensive sales, marketing, and advertising experiences, coupled with numerous entrepreneurial and management successes. Throughout Letty's experience as a marketing and event management professional, she has successfully provided strong and effective leadership for experiential marketing initiatives to well-known brands such as Remy Martin, Belvedere, Absolut Vodka, Google, Hewlett Packard, H&M, FLY Kimonos, Verizon, MetroPCS, Chase United, and State Farm Insurance. Letty has most recently taken on the Producer role for the highly anticipated original screenplay Tempted by Satan, a supernatural, psychological thriller.

Jr. Publicist/ Editor

Addison  Herron-Wheeler

Addison Herron-Wheeler is a publicist and journalist. She is the editor of OUT FRONT', web editor of New Noise, a contributor to CULTURE and High Times, and friend to dogs everywhere (seriously, any dog!). 

 

Addison is the author of Wicked Woman: Women in Metal from the 1960s to Now and a sci-fi collection titled Respirator, out via Spaceboy Books

 

Addison's passion for cannabis, metal, music, human rights, and the written word make her an awesome PR assistant, as she is adept at getting the word out and cares about companies and individuals who are doing good in the world. 

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