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Creatio Leadership:

Jeff Lockhart

Founder of Creatio
Director of Creatio Music Industry Business Program

Jeff Lockhart is an exceptionally seasoned music business veteran with experience in the industry that stretches back more than 25 years. He is the founder of Creatio and serves as the Executive Director and professor of the Creatio Music Industry Business Program. Jeff has extensive experience in business development, music production, artist branding/booking/promoting, performance management, public/media relations, and as an active performing and studio musician.

Along with Creatio, Jeff manages and plays drums in the popular Northwest band Creme Tangerine. This group of five professional musicians—known internationally for its authentic covers of Beatles and rock music classics—has played the largest sporting, corporate, festival, and non-profit events in the Pacific Northwest, including clients such as The Seattle Seahawks, The Seattle Sounders, The Portland Trailblazers, Google, and Microsoft.

Jeff was recognized by the Mayor, City Council, and Cultural Council of the City of Kirkland, WA with the 2011 CACHET Award. It is given to the individual who had the most influence on the arts, culture, and heritage in Kirkland that year. Jeff has been highlighted in CBS News, NPR, BBC, The Seattle Times, KING 5 (NBC) Evening Magazine; KZOK 102.5 FM; KJR 95.7 FM, Q13FOX Seattle, and Seattle's "425 Magazine's 2013 Big Idea Issue."

Steve Smith

Director of Creatio Recording Arts Technology Program
Chief Engineer of Creatio Studios

Having spent over 38 years in the heart of the music industry, Steve Smith has recorded and mixed numerous gold and platinum albums—including two Grammy award winners. He has worked with some of the best: Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Heart, DC Talk, Steven Curtis Chapman, Pearl Jam, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Gin Blossoms, Van Halen, Guns and Roses, Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer, Steven Spielberg, Puff Daddy, and Eddie Money.

Steve's long list of credits includes achievements in recording engineering and producing, recording studio design and construction, motion picture and video game soundtrack recording, live sound installation and implementation, and audio production technology education curriculum.

Steve serves as an adjunct professor and is the Creative Director of Creatio. Steve was most recently nominated by the Grammy Foundation (National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences) as a candidate to receive the first ever Grammy Music Educator Award in 2014.