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.
A new type of DJ and movement was formed over a decade ago on the Western shores of Lake Michigan. Former professional basketball player Shawna Nicols became DJ Shawna and disrupted the male-dominated industry in route to becoming one of the Midwest’s premier open format DJs. The Milwaukee-native has a knack for effortlessly bringing a room together with her infectious personality and high-energy mixes that keeps crowds engaged and begging for more.
DJ Shawna has made her presence felt on a national and international scale with past DJ residencies in Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, Louisville and Europe. DJ Shawna has worked for clients like the Milwaukee Brewers, Wisconsin Badgers, NCAA, Marquette University, Summerfest and iHeart Radio just to name a few. In addition, she is now the official DJ and producer for the Milwaukee Bucks. Shawna and her #DareToBe movement has inspired people all over the globe to be their best selves and to never stop reaching for the stars.
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
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