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Matt Kramer:

Finely tuned listening skills, patience and a calm ability to help people resolve their problems have served Matt Kramer well as mediator in a broad range of conflicts ranging from business and workplace disputes to family crises.

He has mediated litigated cases for the California Superior Court; arts related conflicts for California Lawyers for the Arts; management disputes for the corporate arena and served on ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) panels for the Los Angeles County Bar Association; the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, and numerous other ADR organizations.

Prior to becoming a mediator in 1994, Matt worked in the music industry for 25 years, first as a follow-spot operator for Bill Graham and as a lighting and sound technician at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Eventually he transitioned to production and management; he produced the Troubadour's legendary Monday night hoot where many performers made significant steps in their music careers (Kris Kristofferson, Tom Waits, Rickie Lee Jones, Karla Bonoff, Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther to name a few), then he opened his own club, At My Place, in Santa Monica which became a similar stepping stone for aspiring artists including Sheryl Crow, Suzanne Vega and The Dixie Chicks. In 1984, he was a founding member of the production company, Kramer, Heller and King and helped start the Twilight Dance Series on the Santa Monica Pier, a series of ten weekly summer concerts which is celebrating its 25th year this year.

Currently Matt serves on the mediation panel for RECOURSE; "Redwood Empire Conflict Resolution Services" in Santa Rosa.


Stuart Yahm:

In his over 30 year career in the music industry, Stuart worked with some of the worlds most popular musicians, setting a positive, calming, and creative atmosphere for hundreds of successful recordings.

After seven years heading up the promotion departments of several major record companies, in 1972, Stuart became Director of Artist Relations and eventually General Manager of A&R for Capitol Records where he worked on the careers of such artists as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Steve Miller, Grand Funk Railroad, Peggy Lee, Glen Campbell, Helen Reddy, Merle Haggard, The Righteous Bros., and later BB King among many others. He eventually left the corporate record world to work as a personal manager, negotiation consultant and a source of advice and insight for numerous artists and other personal managers.

In 1998, Stuart was introduced to the profession of mediation where he realized that its use of collaborative negotiation was very similar to his innate style of working with people. Fascinated with the process, he immersed himself in the field of conflict resolution. For many years he volunteered his mediation services to the Los Angeles Small Claims Court and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Girl Scouts of America to help people reduce their hostility and resolve their conflicts in an amiable way. Today, in addition to his work with families as a certified mediator, he is a non-denominational minister performing personalized weddings and pre-marital counseling for couples in the state of Georgia.



The Book:
(Click for scaled down, full view)And The Band Broke Up, the book
by Matt Kramer and Stuart Yahm
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