About Us

Our Team

Derek and Tina Gaskins have over 20 years of experience promoting events. They have produced a myriad of functions including music concerts, comedy shows, collegiate events, professional seminars and banquets. Their social events consisted of jazz festivals, R&B/Hip-Hop concerts, First Fridays, and Final Fridays in several key markets around the USA. Their professional events include fraternity and business conferences at the University of Iowa, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, The Awards Banquets for Freedom Youth Academy and corporate events for Procter & Gamble. Based in Washington, DC, they coordinate events in Atlanta, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, Los Angeles, Miami, and other glamorous markets around the world.

Derek GaskinsDerek Gaskins
Founder & CEO of Gaskins Productions

Derek is currently Chief Marketing Officer – CMO with Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS). He has had several marketing positions with companies such as Giant Eagle, Procter & Gamble, Nabisco, and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). He earned his MBA from the prestigious J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his BBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Iowa. Previously, he worked on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs as a Sales Trader of Fixed Income Securities and Equities in New York City. Prior to that he was the Director of the community service center of the non-profit organization Covenant House in Southeast Washington, DC.

Tina GaskinsTina Gaskins
President & Executive Director of Gaskins Productions

Tina manages the operations of the organization full time. She attended University of Iowa and is a graduate of Harold Washington College with a degree in Communications. She has prior experience as a Leasing Manager with Charles E. Smith Property Management in Washington, DC. Before that, she was an administrative assistant at Murphy Jahn Architects in Chicago, and a sales associate at Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Tina brings a wealth of experience in planning and producing events. She is an unstoppable mom and all-around phenomenal woman. She also has a keen fashion sense, and leads the Glamour Life Fashion label.

Collie D. CollieCollie D. Collie
Vice President, Promotions & Operations

Collie is a native of St. Louis and a math enthusiast through the University of Iowa. With over 10 years of vocal performance experience and 20+ years in recreation and hospitality services, planting "smiles" is his passion. As a positive enrichment professional, Collie continues youth development work with the Freedom Youth Academy (DC), the American Youth Foundation and the Julius and Pernellia Union Scholarship Foundation.

Todd GauldingTodd D. Gaulding
Vice President of Midwest, Director of Operations

Todd comes to the Glamour Life Family from Nashville, TN by way of his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He is an IT professional with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH. He obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from Tennessee State University. Contrary to the technical background Todd possess, he's a trendsetter in this ever evolving world of Entertainment, Fashion, & Culture, which gives him a logical yet spicy approach to making events a success. Todd ran and operated his own Entertainment firm while in college, promoting parties and concerts as a hobby. Also being a personal trainer as well as a systems analyst secure his desires for excellence within every endeavor. Maintaining connections in every major metropolitan hot spot in the U.S., Todd will definitely help enhance, expand and further secure Gaskins Productions/GlamourLife Inc's vision for Independent, Quality and Positive events for the willing, full of life residents of the world.

James Ramon Ponder
Vice President, Southern Region

James is a Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. He also obtained an MBa from Bellarmine University. As a native of Louisville, he is well connected throughout the southern region, and has produced numerous events while in college and professionally. He has elevated First and Final Fridays Kentucky to another level. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and active with the Urban League and Young Professionals of Louisville.

Samuel RichardsonSamuel Richardson
Vice President, Northern Region

Samuel is a talented designer, artist, and trendsetter. He is an entrepreneur that has several patents and trademarks for inventions. His flair for Kreativity is a strong asset. he is a graduate of Edinboro University, and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. As a native of Pennsylvania, he is well connected and wields tremendous influence throughout the Northeast corridor.

Kai Alexander
Vice President, Music Production

Born in Minneapolis, MN, Kai is an accomplished musician who has been playing the piano for over 20 years. He has a diverse musical background with foundations in classical piano and Jazz. He has studied classical piano for 6 years at the collegiate level and started playing jazz in high school. His style reflects this background as well as his keen ear for Funk, R&B, Rock, Hip-Hop, and Soul. Kai is not only an accomplished musician, but he is also an adept composer, arranger, producer, and performer; a true virtuoso with enormous talent. He's entered and won numerous competitions across the country from Massachusetts to Minneapolis and many points in between. Kai draws musical inspiration from the following sources Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, James Brown, Shuggie Otis, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Marvin Gaye to name a few. Personal friends include Cindy Blackman, (Lenny Kravitz's drummer), Tommy B and Michael B. of the NPG, Chris Robinson of the Black Crows, and Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish.

Rich Kee
Vice President, New Business Development Chicago

Rich has worked closely with Derek and Tina over the last 8 years on various events lending his distinctive creativity to the idea development and implementation of several promotions. Rich is currently seeking a degree in film at renowned Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois where he presently resides. He has worked the last 8 years at various clubs and hotspots in Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Chicago. His experience in the nightlife and hospitality industry is extensive. Further, his eclectic background has seen him living in some of the most progressive communities in the United States Florida, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York/New Jersey, and the Southwest to name a few. A gifted writer (screen, song, and poetry), Rich has in development some of the most innovative projects ever seen on any medium. A young man with endless talent, energy, and charisma Rich is an essential component to realizing the vision of Gaskins Productions/Glamour Life, Inc.

Anthony "Gip" Palm
Vice President, Southern Region

Anthony "Gip" Palm hails from Gary, IN and has a long track record of promoting events in Chicago, Gary, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Lexington. Gip has been in the promotions business for over 15 years. He is a graduate and former starring guard of Western Kentucky University . He has proven himself to be an entrepreneur and very influential promoter in the are'’s entertainment sector.

T.L. Sanders
Entertainment Editor in Chief, Atlanta

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Chicago, Illinois, T.L. Sanders represents himself from within himself; the heart, and the eyes are the keys to the soul. If you don't know, you better ask somebody! It's all a play on words; language as we know it. ***Words from the Entertainment Editor-in-Chief*** Tim serves as CEO of EntertainmentReporters.com and hosts Cutty's Couch TV based out of Atlanta. He attended University of Iowa, and is a member of the Gamma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Jermaine "Wylie" Kynard
CEO, Wylie K & Friends

Wylie grew up in SE, DC on the same block with Derek and Que. Wylie attended the prestigious Florida A&M University (FAMU), and today is one of the top promoters in the country. He built his name by producing some of the most lavish events in Miami, Washington, DC, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas. His annual Miami Takeover is one of the top events in the world, and he brings respect and clout to the GlamourLife family.

Que GaskinsHenry "Que" Gaskins
Chairman Emeritus

Que Gaskins is a visionary game changer possessing over 25 years of marketing experience. Currently he is the Chief Marketing Officer - CMO of personal.com in DC. He has served in executive leadership positions with NIKE, Reebok, American Eagle, and Saks Fifth Avenue. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the prestigious Florida A&M University (FAMU) and received his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Que is a true innovator, trend setter, and curator of culture. He has directly shaped fashion, entertainment, and sports culture for the past 20+ years through his personal and professional endeavors.