MEET THE TEAM
Bert W. Dearing Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 1,1944. He grew up on Detroit's east side, and as a little boy had a very large paper route. After graduating from Northeastern High School, he attended electronics school and briefly worked at a Chrysler Corporation automobile factory. He was drafted into the US Army during the Vietnam War, but serve most of his duty in Korea.
His desire and determination to own and operate a business was inbred at an early age. He come from a long line of independent thinkers and self starters. His great - great grandfather, Joe Cox was a merchant marine until the late 1800s. His family lived in Jasper, Florida where his daughter,
Bert's great - grandmother, Josephine sold pots and pans from a covered wagon. Her father Joe started his business by going down to the railroad tracks and carring rider's luggage from the train station in a wheelbarrow. from that beginning , he eventually owned a hotel and store.
Bert Dearing's grandfather, Edward Alford came to Detroit in the late 1930s and became a business owner. He was a follower of the Marcus Garvey Universal Negro improvement Association. As a little boy, Bert Dearing was a fixture in his grandfather's store in the Black Bottom neighborhood where they lived. He learned at an early age that family, and the costomer is the village that nurtures the children and community.
Miller London = MANAGER
Publisher/CEO/Owner of the Urban Network Magazine, Mr. London served as President of the publication for 9 years before acquiring it from broadcasting's largest company, Clear Channel Communications in 2003. He served at the legendary A&M Records as Executive VP / GM of Urban Music Division at the legendary A&M Records working such major artists as Barry White, Lo-Key, Mint Condition, CeCe Peniston, also Grammy Award-winning producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Miller held various positions at RCA Records from Vice President of product development to Vice President Sales and Marketing. His 21 years at Motown Records in various capacities including Senior VP /GM, has afforded him the vantage point of seeing the music business as few have, working closely with Motown Founder Berry Gordy.
Al Gibson = MANAGER
ALFONSO GIBSON has over 20 years of leadership management in Business and Organization. Additionally he has a storied career in sports with All City awards in baseball and basketball. As an adult, Gibson has focused on participating in slow-pitch leagues. Among many awards, he was selected MVP of the Softball City Invitational Tournament. He was later selected to play in the first American Pro Slow-Pitch League. While playing with this team (Little Caesars) Gibson won two World Series. Recently, he was inducted into the Detroit Negro Slow-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame
Jai -Lee Dearing
Jai-Lee was born in 1972, a lifelong Detroiter who owns and operates his family’s 4th Generation, Detroit-based business. He grew up on Detroit’s East Side and attended William Robinson Elementary and later, St. David’s Middle School. Jai-Lee made the Honor Role and graduated early from Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in 1989.
For City Council
Headed by former record industry executive, Miller London, Russell Street Entertainment, LLC is the new in-house production company for Bert’s Warehouse Theater. Miller is the founder and Publisher of the Urban Network Magazine, he served as President of the publication for 9 years before acquiring it from Clear Channel Communications in 2003. He also served at A&M Records as Executive VP / GM of Urban Music Division at the legendary A&M Records working such major artists as Barry White, Lo-Key, Mint Condition, CeCe Peniston, also Grammy Award-winning producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.Miller held various positions at RCA Records from Vice President of product development to Vice President Sales and Marketing. His 21 years at Motown Records in various capacities including Senior VP /GM, afforded him the vantage point of seeing the music business as few have, working closely with Motown Founder Berry Gordy. The goal of the new partnership is to bring Detroit’s chic night club atmosphere made famous by venues like the 20 Grand and the Flame Show Bar during the historic era of Paradise Valley. At Bert’s Warehouse Theater, guests are seated at a table where they will enjoy a great show while having a full course meal and a cocktail. Most of the shows will be geared towards an over 35 crowd and will feature a lesser ticket price than many of the other offerings in the city. “When it comes to entertainment choices, everything seems to be geared towards a younger demographic and no one seems to be presenting performances for a mature audience,” says Miller. “What we are trying to do will create more opportunities for people to see quality entertainment at a great price but also allow ‘forgotten hit-makers’ to do what they love in front of an audience that normally would not get the chance to see them perform,” he added.