Andrew Cecka is a musician, producer, real estate investor, community organizer, and financial professional in Portland, Oregon. He moved from Madison, Wisconsin in 2008 to experience the natural beauty, art, music, and career opportunities that this magnificent little city offers. In 2013, he married his soul mate, Mo. Andrew and Mo have lived in Portland's Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood since their arrival.
Andrew has worked in the financial industry for 15 years. As a banking expert, he focuses on improving the financial lives of his clients and friends, helping them with credit, budgeting, and planning. He has worked one-on-one with many people to help them take control of their financial lives. As a skilled public speaker, Andrew has presented over 50 seminars on credit and budgeting and has delivered speeches at a number of other private and public events.
Community stewardship is something that is very important to Andrew and volunteering is a big part of his life. He is an active board member of his neighborhood association and he is the founder of the Portland Synth Improvisers Collective, a group that brings synthesizer enthusiasts together to play, share knowledge, and build community through music. Andrew also volunteers at many Portland non-profits, including the Oregon Food Bank, School House Supplies, and Festival of Trees, among others.
A music lover, Andrew found a way to support Portland's thriving scene with his organizational and financial skills. As the Finance Director for Portland's PDX Pop Now! in 2010 and 2011, he helped plan and execute the organization's annual 3-day, 44-band, 6,000-attendee music festival. He managed the organization's funds and volunteered directly to assist with programming needs for the non-profit. Being on the board of such an energetic, tuned-in organization was a humbling and valuable experience for him.
Andrew is a drummer, synthesist, and producer as well. He has written and produced his own songs, co-produced an arts and culture segment for 107.1 FM KZME called Neon Frontier, and produced audio for Unitus Community Credit Union's web ads. You can catch him playing drums live with a number of bands, including Brownish Black (original soul band), Old Soul Brew (jazz combo), and Sarasin (classic soul band), and you can hear his studio drumming on the soon-to-be-released album from Neon Culpa.
Andrew is always looking for opportunities to play music. To inquire about hiring him for drum, synth, or production work, click here.