Business 100 - 2008

Robert Frank/KOCH Records

Robert Frank is president of KOCH Records, the leading and fastest growing independent music company in the U.S.

Frank launched the label by coordinating KOCH’s deal with the Velvel Music Group in 1999.  KOCH has released music from across all
genres, including Ringo Starr, Earl Klugh, Foxy Brown, The Wiggles and many more.

Frank has spent many years in the music industry. He became president of the Velvel Music Group in 1997. He also spent eight years with Polygram Records, four as the Senior Vice President/ General Manager of Mercury Nashville Records.

During Frank’s time at Mercury the label released 10-time platinum albums by Shania Twain and Billy Ray Cyrus. Sales also increased from $16 to $150 million, and Mercury became the most profitable label in Polygram three years in a row.

Married with one child, Frank traces his Irish roots to County Wexford. He made his first trip to Ireland during the 2004 Christmas season, and is known to be a big fan of Declan MacManus, better known as Elvis Costello.