2020 Keynote Speakers:
Joe Fingerhut is the oldest jumper at his local trampoline park, and his neighbors know him as the Dad who walks to his kids’ bus stop on stilts. In his uncle’s words, Joe has “not worked a day in his life.” Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Joe began an exploration of countries and careers in college at Loyola University Chicago, where he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and being the school mascot (a wolf). In the eight years after college, Joe went to thirty countries on six continents, with adventures including backpacking through Europe, teaching English in Japan, a two-month honeymoon in South America, and an around-the-world trip soon after that. Joe found his next gig during his wedding reception, when he figured the DJ had a pretty fun job. Invaluable training by epic mentors led to 10 years as one of the most-requested wedding/mitzvah/corporate DJs in St. Louis, plus events in six other states. Along the way, he picked up a few “other jobs,” building up a wide range of skills as a professional magician, juggler, unicycler, stilt walker, and hypnotist. Joe took all the lessons learned in entertainment and travel, and decided to help other people follow their dreams. Since 2010, Joe focused on motivational speaking, and delivers dynamic keynotes at conferences, leadership events, and schools. Audiences are inspired to replace “I Can’t” with a “How Can I?” mindset, as Joe shares lessons from his adventures in travel, language, and various stage skills. When he’s not traveling to speak at conferences and events about maximizing life’s opportunities, he’s in St. Louis doing magic, juggling, and DJ shows, often at the same event. Joe’s endeavors are inspired, supported, and tolerated by his wife Michiyo. They travel to Japan every year with their two kids, who are still young enough to enjoy seeing Dad on stilts at the bus stop. Connect with Joe and check out his book “Permission To Play” at www.joefingerhut.com.
Matt is the Founder/CEO of Rock The House Entertainment Group, Inc. (RTH), a Cleveland, Ohio based production and entertainment company. In 1999, he founded Rock The House and acquired regional competitors in 2010 (Selective Sound Entertainment) and 2013 (Zone Entertainment). The RTH family of companies has more than 125 employees and produces / performs at over 1,800 events per year including corporate events & meetings, non-profit galas, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and more.
Radicelli started DJing at age seven and regards his parents’ divorce when he was twelve as his “entrepreneurial catalyst.” As a teenager, he started his disc jockey business organizing high school dances and teen parties – a bold move that allowed him to invest heavily in other ventures. A ‘straight A’ student at the time, Radicelli decided not to go to college and started another business designing and installing audio-visual systems for nightclubs and restaurants. In 1999, Matt was asked to perform at his first Bat Mitzvah and the rest, as they say, “is history.”
Matt has been featured as one of Crain’s 20’s in their 20’s, profiled by Smart Business Magazine, and was named valedictorian of his Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses class. He is a member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), past president of the International Live Events Society (ILES), and past President of DJ Think Tank.
One of Matt’s main passions is to share his experience and knowledge with other business owners. He speaks, coaches, and mentors others throughout the country, but never stops learning. His motto, “Delegate, Decline, Do” keeps him on track daily to give his time and attention where it’s needed most.
Matt works hard but keeps his priorities straight; his commitment to his team and clients comes second only to his commitment to his beautiful wife and 4 children.
Todd Michaud is a serial entrepreneur who previously spent time trapped in an IT executive's body. Todd is recognized as a thought-leader in the areas of entrepreneurship, big data analytics, CRM, retail technology, loyalty, payments, CRM and retailer mobile apps. In his thirst for knowledge and love of a good challenge, he is currently working on several projects to see how Artificial Intelligence can enhance the marketing and operations of large retail and restaurant brands as well as launching his first e-commerce brand.
Todd has a rare blend of business acumen, marketing strategy and IT leadership, yet doesn’t forget the hometown roots that he grew up in. He uses them to connect to the people behind the data and technology, making him ever valuable in the quest for businesses to connect with their ever-changing clientele.
Over the last 20 plus years, Todd's companies have helped major companies like Dunkin Brands, Dairy Queen, Marcos Pizza, Cinnabon, and dozens of others crush their marketing and squash their costs by being an innovative big thinker who gets things done.
Todd’s a father of three beautiful children, a former Ironman, a stand-up comic, and writer who lives in Marietta, Georgia
In 2013, Doug started his reinvention into the world of customer service and sales training as a professional speaker, author and podcaster. Armed with over 30 years building a DJ business that produced as many as 600 gigs a year, Doug set out on a new journey, to educate organizations on how to make customer service a top priority and how to make the customer journey an important part of a company’s purpose. As an expert in the field of customer service, his book, Nice Guys Finish First, quickly ranked as a #1 Amazon Best Seller. As a podcaster and podcast producer, Doug has interviewed Arianna Huffington, John C. Maxwell, Dan Harris from Good Morning America, Ron Klain, White House Chief of Staff and dozens of celebs on topics including customer service, wellness and building winning relationships. He specializes in teaching others the "how-to's" of creating a lasting network and strengthening connections. Doug is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and 4x recognized INC. and Forbes online podcast producer. Doug's podcast, The Nice Guys on Business has been downloaded 3.2 million times.
2020 Presenting Speakers:
Jeff Scott Gould
On a good hair day, Jeff Scott Gould stands at a strong 5’4″. He has been entertaining at private events before he had a driver’s license and attributes his love for the entertainment industry to the musical influences he was exposed to while growing up. Jeff Scott Gould (also known as JSG) is always pushing to stay on the pulse of what’s next… from music, to media, to the latest tech and social trends, his energy is endless, and his passion is all about creation and performance. He is one of the most talented professionals in the private event industry and one of the most requested Event Hosts at the SCE Event Group.
Jeff is known as a tri-fecta in the industry, a true MC | DJ | VJ. He is a creative multi-talented artist who is attentive, charismatic, and never stereotypes his music and visual programming based on the event he’s performing at.
He has hosted or been part of just about every type of event you can imagine. He has entertained and produced events for clients across the world including Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Miami, Cancun, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, LA, Seattle, San Francisco and virtually every venue in the area. In addition to hosting over 1000 wedding receptions and countless private events, some of JSG’s corporate clients include: United Airlines, Barcardi, Miller Lite, Bose, Electro Voice, Coors Light, ISES (Washington DC), Devotion Vodka, WeddingWire, Mobile Beat Magazine, Salon Centric, countless Fashion shows, and a national tour with Playboy. Some of his TV appearances include cameos on Extra, Bravo, and HGTV.
Currently, JSG’s weekly gigs are a blend of private, social, nightlife, and corporate events locally in the NY/NJ tristate area as well as nationally and internationally (we love to fly coach).
Kristin Cole and her husband, Adam, own Sound Wave Events in Boise, Idaho. They started their company in 2006 and experienced rapid growth and success. They serve over 300 events per year through DJs, Photo Booths, Dance Floors, and Event Lighting and employ a staff of 30.
Additionally, Kristin is a graduate of Boise State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Management & Leadership. She is a light giver - she seeks to spread love, laughter and happiness to everyone she meets.
Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Justin Reid has been DJ’ing and entertaining weddings and private events since 2003. His adventures in DJ’ing have taken him to several major cities including Atlanta, Chicago and Las Vegas. He has always had a great love and passion for music, so when the opportunity to become a DJ he jumped at the chance.
At first, Justin DJ’d part time on weekends, but over time, he decided to go full-time and dove head first, DJ’ing 4-5 nights a week for various clubs and events. Justin has been a full-time DJ since 2007.
Justin’s passion lies in creating fun and unique events, especially weddings. He says “No two events are the same. Each couple is unique and deserves an event that fully reflects who they are.” He has a B.A. in Graphic Arts from The University of South Carolina - Upstate, so his eye for design ties in quite well to creating a particular aesthetic and experience when it comes to weddings and events.
When it comes to throwing once-in-a-lifetime celebrations, some of Justin’s go-to songs include (in no particular order) “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”, “Party In the USA”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Bye Bye Bye”, “It’s Tricky” and “Yeah”, to name a few. Justin’s strengths are in music programming (creating the perfect order and soundtrack of songs to fit the vibe and atmosphere) by reading the crowd and his organization in helping plan the perfect flow of events for any event.
When he’s not rocking events, Justin writes for Mobile Beat magazine, the mobile DJ industry’s longest running publication. He also consults other wedding and event-related small businesses on marketing and organization. For fun, Justin loves watching sports, enjoying a great meal, listening to music and podcasts, playing golf, binge-watching a good Netflix series, checking out a new brewery, attending a concert, and spending time with his wife.
Kristin Wilson is the Founder of the all-female DJ company, Our DJ Rocks and photo booth rental company Photobooth Rocks headquartered in Orlando, Florida where she leads a team of more than 35 employees who market, sell and produce 800-900 events annually. Her journey into the world of DJing began when she asked a simple question, 'Can chicks be DJs too?' The answer was YES and the learning began.
Kristin DJed her way through college and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations with a double Minor in Marketing and Education from the University of Central Florida. When Kristin launched Our DJ Rocks in 2010, the goal was to bring her energy and passion for music to every event including weddings, corporate events, and parties of all types.
In 2014, Kristin started expanding her DJ team and has more than quadroupled the Our DJ Rocks DJ roster to currently 12 DJs, in less than 5 years. She meticulously trains every DJ in the Our DJ Rocks “DJ University” Training program growing the business to the only all-female DJ multi-operation company in the South East.
Kristin has grown two successful businesses with a rock solid foundation using a combination of creative marketing/branding and building a company culture that people want to connect with.
She is well-known in the event industry as someone you 'have to know' and continues to expand both businesses through constant recruiting and training, seamless operations, a laser focused sales management and leadership.