Veteran music industry producer Andre Fischer to keynote BDPA annual awards ceremony

Veteran music industry producer Andre Fischer will offer the keynote speech at the Black Data Processing Associates-Twin Cities (BDPA) fifth annual awards ceremony Friday, January 8, 2010 at the Radission Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.
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Veteran music industry producer Andre Fischer to keynote Black Data Processing Associates Fifth Annual Awards Ceremony

Minneapolis – December 16, 2009 – The Black Data Processing Associates-Twin Cities (BDPA) invites you to an evening of celebration Friday, January 8, 2010, as it honors the Twin Cities’ top IT professionals at its fifth annual awards ceremony. Music industry producer Andre Fischer, recognized for producing and arranging Natalie Cole’s Grammy award-winning album “Unforgettable,” will keynote the BDPA’s ceremony -- “Challenges for Today, Strategies for Tomorrow” – which will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 35 S 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis. The social hour will begin at 6 pm; the dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 7:30 pm.

The BDPA awards ceremony is open to the public. The cost is $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Register and pay by credit card at www.bdpatc.org, or http://bdpatcawardsregistration.eventbrite.com. Or mail registrations to Twin Cities BDPA-Dinner Reservation, 2399 Ariel Street, Suite A, St. Paul, MN 55109.

If you have any questions about this event, please call Joseph Richburg at (651) 777-9119.

Fischer is responsible for producing, performing and recording with many of the music industry’s most gifted pop, R&B, rock and jazz performers. In 2007, he was named the executive director of music industries at the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR) in Minneapolis

The emcee, Dawn Stevens, reporter and weekend news anchor for Fox 9 News will create a most memorable evening as the BDPA recognizes an IT Black Professional, the IT Business Enterprise of the Year and the students who participated in the 2009 BDPA-Twin Cities Community Youth technology programs, which includes the BDPA National High School Computer Competition team, High School Technology Program and the Community IT Youth summer camp. The BDPA will pay special recognition to the Minnesota high school competition team, which won 4th Place at the National BDPA High School Competition in Raleigh, NC. Each student earned a $1000 Bemley College Scholarship.

The event’s sponsors include 3M Co., Medtronic, Ajasa Technologies and Keystone Computer Solutions.

For more information about the Black Data Processing Associates –Twin Cities Chapter, visit www.bdpatc.org; to learn about the national chapter at www.bdpa.org.

About Andre Fischer            
With 40 Platinum and 25 Gold Albums, Andre Fischer is best known for producing and arranging Natalie Cole’s Grammy award-winning album “Unforgettable.” Fischer is responsible for producing, performing and recording with many of the music industry’s most gifted pop, R&B, rock and jazz performers, including Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Michael Franks, Tony Bennett, James Ingram, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, the Pointer Sisters, the Temptations, Dusty Springfield, Lou Rawls, Jackie DeShannon, Nancy Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions, Jerry Butler, The Rolling Stones tour, the Elton John tour, The Who tour, Etta James, Neil Diamond, Anita Baker, Janet Jackson, Tower of Power, The Isley Brothers, Donny Hathaway, Ralph Tresvant, Al Green, Bobby Brown and many more.

He has held executive positions at various record music/film companies such as senior vice president, MCA/Universal Urban Music; vice president Jazz A&R for Quincy Jones at Qwest/Warner Bros.; and vice president
of Publishing Development for 20th Century Fox Records and Film.      

About Dawn Stevens
Dawn Stevens, a Fox 9 News reporter and weekend news anchor, joined the Fox 9 News team in September 2006 as a general assignment reporter, covering crime, politics, city council and school board issues. She previously served as a weekend anchor and reporter in Madison, WI, where she won 1st Place in the 2006 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for “Best Hard News Story.”        


About the Black Data Processing Associates-Twin Cities Chapter  
The Twin Cities Black Data Processing Associates –Twin Cities Chapter (BDPA) is a national non-profit professional organization dedicated to strengthening the expertise of its members in the Information Technology (IT) industry. The BDPA hosts an annual youth computer training program, which is sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BDPA. The BDPA- Twin Cities Foundation is a 501c3 organization.
   
For more information about the Black Data Processing Associates –Twin Cities Chapter, visit www.bdpatc.org; to learn about the national chapter at www.bdpa.org.
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