Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, CEO, Majority Owner
Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American rapper and actor. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) and The Massacre (2005). Get Rich or Die Tryin' has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. His album The Massacre has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA and has sold 11 million copies worldwide.
After releasing his album Guess Who's Back? in 2002, Jackson was discovered by rapper Eminem and signed to Interscope Records. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his first major commercial successes, Jackson became one of the world's highest selling rappers. In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo.
He has also pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2005, the Iraq War film Home of the Brave in 2006, and Righteous Kill in 2008. 50 Cent was ranked as the sixth best artist of the 2000–2009 decade by Billboard magazine. The magazine also ranked him as the fourth top male artist and as the third top rapper. Billboard magazine also ranked him as the sixth best and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000–2009 decade and as the number one rap artist of the 2000–2009 decade. Billboard ranked his album Get Rich or Die Tryin' as the twelfth best album of the 2000–2009 decade and his album The Massacre as the 37th best album of the 2000–2009 decade. He is currently working on a new studio album that is expected to be released in early 2013.
Jackson is a prolific entrepreneur, establishing ventures in a number of different fields. In November, 2003 he signed a five-year deal with Reebok to distribute a “G-Unit Sneakers” line, an extension of his G- Unit Clothing Company. He has also been involved in deals with Glaceau, the creators of Vitamin Water, and Right Guard to create exclusive products bearing his name. Most recently Jackson launched the energy drink Street King in conjunction with Pure Growth Partners, as well as forayed into the audio world with as the majority owner of SMS Audio.
Brian M. Nohe, President
Currently Brian Nohe is President and partner of SMS Audio, a premier audio headphone and accessories brand founded with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. With more than 25 years of general management experience, Nohe has a consistent record of success and achievement in both North America and Europe within Fortune 200 companies and entrepreneurial ventures. As an executive with a global perspective, his leadership is characterized as entrepreneurial, motivational and collaborative in business development and implementation. Throughout his many business ventures, Brian has showcased his strategic strengths and innovative thought leadership in organizational development processes.
A long term employee within The Gillette Company, his expertise in management encompassed marketing, supply chain management and sales management responsibilities; to include, VP North American Operational Services and President Central Europe. Conducting business, living and traveling extensively in the U.S., Canada, the Far East and across Europe, Brian’s global perspective works hand- in-hand with his executive-level manufacturing and management expertise in demand planning, production, warehousing and distribution.
Now partnered with a world-renowned entertainment and marketing icon in 50 Cent, Brian leads a team focused on building SMS Audio into a world-class, performance-driven brand within the consumer electronics industry.
Additionally, Brian established two companies; founding World Touch Group, LLC a boutique marketing company and KoNo Enterprises, LLC, a designer, developer and manufacturer of fashion headphones that was acquired by SMS Audio, LLC.
A graduate of Florida International University, Mr. Nohe also holds an advanced management degree from Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration.