Gary Haber, Top Hollywood Business Manager, Dies at 68

Courtesy of Haber Corp

UPDATE: His clients included such music acts as Carrie Underwood, Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd and screenwriter Les Bohem.

Gary Haber, a veteran entertainment industry business manager and accountant whose clients included Carrie Underwood, Peter Frampton and screenwriter Les Bohem, has died. He was 68.

Haber, who was on The Hollywood Reporter’s 2013 list of Power Business Managers, died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, publicist Anna Loynes announced. The cause of death was cancer.

His clients also have included Julianne Hough, Joe Cocker and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Haber established the Haber Corp. out of Encino in 1977. When his client list grew to include a substantial number of country artists, he opened a branch in Nashville in 1990 and spent a third of his time there. The two offices combined employ more than 80 people.

The company expanded again in 2000 to better respond to the global market by joining forces with Mark Robertson to open Haber & Robertson International Llc., based outside Paris.

THR's Power Business Managers 2013

Haber served on the board of directors for the Alliance of Artists Recording Companies, the Academy of Country Music, ACM Lifting Lives, where he also was a past president, the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, where he served as CFO as well, and for the TJ Martell Foundation (West Coast).

He was the founder and president of the Nashville Screenwriters Conference and part-owner and CFO of Nashville hotspot Music City Tippler. He actively supported the charitable endeavors of MusiCares and the TJ Martell Foundation. 

Survivors include his wife, Sherri; children Katelyn, Spencer, Lauren and Randal; and grandchildren Brooklyn and Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that memorial donations be sent to:

ACM Lifting Lives; 5500 Balboa Blvd., Encino, CA 91316

or the TJ Martell Foundation; 15053 Ventura Blvd, Suite 206, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Simi Valley, Calif.

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