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Panos Panay

Sonicbids; Founder & CEO

Panos is the founder and CEO of Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for emerging bands and music promoters. Sonicbids current membership consists of 325,000 bands and 25,000 promoters from over 100 countries. Last year, the site facilitated some 80,000 deals between its two groups of users. The idea for Sonicbids came to Panos while reading the book "Blur" and he decided to go for it in September of 2000. Before that, he was a talent agent for seven years, working as Vice President of the International Division at a boutique Boston-based agency and representing legendary jazz musicians like Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Sonny Rollins. Panos was born and raised on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and moved to the states to attend Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 1994 with a degree in Music Business. He was recently honored with the college's Distinguished Alumnus award. In 2005, Panos was named one of Fast Company Magazine's "Fast 50" entrepreneurs and was profiled in the book Outsmart by celebrated business book author Jim Champy. In 2010, he was recognized by the Boston business technology community with a Mass High Tech All Star award and was named to Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40. Panos is currently serving on a number of non-profit boards including Boston Young Entrepreneurs (which he co-founded); Berklee College of Music's Presidential Advisory Council; and Boston World Partnerships, chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. He is a diehard supporter of English football club Arsenal. He loves his coffee extra strong and blames Elvis for his lifelong fascination with America.