Grammy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated record executive coming to UNT Nov. 6

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 14:21

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Amir Windom, a Grammy Award-winning and Oscar- nominated record executive who has also helped create successful global marketing campaigns, will speak at the University of North Texas Nov. 6 (Thursday).

Windom's free presentation, "Moving from Success to Significance," begins at 6 p.m in Room 106 of the Chemistry Building, 1508 W. Mulberry St.

Windom is a rising young leader who has helped develop and manage careers for some of today's most noted music artists, including the band "fun," T.I., Bruno Mars, Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West. He recently was honored for his work on Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" album, which won "Best Pop Vocal Album" at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Windom also was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award in the Best Original Song category for his contributions to "Happy," performed by Pharrell Williams. The song was featured in the movie "Despicable Me 2," for which Windom served as the music supervisor.

"I will be talking about striving to be more than successful, but striving to be significant," Windom said. "Significance is improving the quality of life of people and things around you and being focused on creating a legacy to be proud of, versus just striving for the 'successful' tangible things such as money, status and accolades. If you strive for significance, the success will come."

"Amir is an amazing young man," said Dorothy Bland, dean of UNT's Frank. W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, which is one of the sponsors of Windom's visit to UNT. "I met him when he was a public relations student at Florida A&M University. I could see he was an entrepreneur at heart with a passion for music and making the right connections. He's living his dreams."

Windom has assisted in the creation of global marketing campaigns for brands such as Kodak, Adidas and ESPN. He coordinated and launched the "Respect My Vote" tour featuring artists Jay-Z, John Mayer and Mary J. Blige. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and has earned a variety of awards, including the ASCAP A&R/Music Executive of the Year Award. In addition to the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, Windom's speech is being sponsored by UNT's College of Business and the College of Music.

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