FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
May 19, 2013
, the 2-time winner of Ernst and Young's "Entrepreneur of the Year" award, former Financial News CEO of the Year and Board member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is going back into the music business with partner
Begelman, founder of
, sees an opportunity to create something for the music community that simple doesn't exist in today's market. Mark and partner
have formed Markee Rehearsal and Recording studios. Keith was the founder of Ridenour Rehearsal, which, in its day, was the only recording and rehearsal studio in
that catered to the serious hobbyist. Having sold "Ridenours," Keith embarked on a successful song writing career, having published and produced over 50 songs. "Though I love songwriting, the opportunity to team with Mark and create a rehearsal, recording and music lesson studio was too much to pass up," said Ridenour.
, no stranger to the music business, having created
and having built that to 54 stores and
in annual revenue, understood the potential to put forth a facility, unlike anything the serious music community has seen.
With the help of a few "friends," specifically,
, recipient of dozens of gold and platinum albums, Chief Technologist and Engineer for Aerosmith, Ozzie and Chic Corea, to name some, Mark and Keith created the state-of-the-art facility for rehearsal, recording and lessons.
Markee has 6 fully equipped rehearsal studios, an 800 sq' tracking/live room, a control room, and 4 music lesson rooms. Each room has been built to STC ratings so musicians can practice and record in the most "sound correct" facility in
Begelman's familiarity with the serious musician hobbyist is credible.
was the largest provider of music lessons in the world, having given over 1 million lessons.
"I always loved the lesson side of the business," says Begelman. "We'll have experienced teachers who get students making music quickly."