Most Influential 2016: John Reese produced some major music fests in SoCal this year


Age: 55

Role: Owner of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE)/Music festival and event producer

Bio: John Reese started his own security company after graduating from Arizona State. He later was hired to provide security for L.A. rock band Guns N’ Roses. By the late ’80s, he was the band’s tour manager. He moved to Orange County in 1990 and managed other artists before he began producing shows, starting with the Cure’s 2004 Curiosa festival. Reese started SGE in 2005. He lives in Laguna Niguel.

Why he is an influencer: In 2016, SGE presented some of the biggest live entertainment experiences in Southern California, including the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival in Irvine, the two-day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest metal festival in San Bernardino and the inaugural two-day Ohana Festival and one-day Driftwood country music event in Dana Point. Reese said putting…



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