Dick Grass was in the entertainment business since 1956. He became very well known back in 1958 when he formed “Dick Grass & The Hoppers” and recorded a hit entitled, “Mr. John Law.” The group traveled around the country playing at colleges, nightclubs and concerts. While playing in Florida in 1961, Dick got drafted and served two years in the U.S. Army. After returning home, he decided to get into management and promotion work rather than playing.
After having his own company from 1964-1970, he formed in 1971, a new management company with Marvin Shnayer and Larry Spellman, called, Complex IV, having offices and
recording studios in Bridgeport at the Stratfield Motor Hotel. He also had offices in Beverly Hills, California.
The company managed 50 self-contained show groups that played at major hotels across the country including Vegas, Reno and Tahoe. Complex IV West headed by his partner,
Larry Spellman, represented such stars as: Pat Cooper, Al Martino, Vic Damone, Frank Gorshin and Tommy Sands.
After leaving Complex IV in October 1978, he formed GMS Management and devoted most of his time to local organizations helping them to raise funds for their treasury. Since
forming GMS Management, the company has grown into booking everything from children entertainment to adult entertainment. Dick Grass passed away in September of 2005, but
his legacy continues.
GMS is currently owned and operated by Dick’s son, Rich Grass. Under the tutelage and guidance of long-time friend and business partner of Dick’s, Dan Scarpone, and the
degrees he earned while attending Quinnipiac University (M.B.A.- Marketing ‘05’ B.A.- Public Relations ‘03’) Rich has been able to pick up right where his father left off.
Combining some of the “old school” techniques with “new school” techniques, Rich represents, books and promotes the places, the people and events that have been with GMS
since the beginning while branching off to undertake and service new ones as well.