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USODJA Names Interim Executive 


Glenn Miller, CEO of the United States Online Disc Jockey Association, is proud to announce, the appointment of the interim President & Vice President, who will help shape and develop USODJA's future, taking to higher levels in this industry.

The new President is Dave Yantz. Dave currently runs a single operator DJ service that was started in 1983. He designed and built a unique 12-volt sound system in a 26-foot Snap-On Tool van. The system is capable of mixing and voice-overs and everything runs with 12 volts. The system is also capable of 128 dB of clean sound at full power.

Dave was featured in Mobile Beat Magazine's 1996 Oct/Nov issue. He was chosen for their "In search of the best sound and light show on earth" article. Only 6 DJs annually are selected for this distinction. In their article they called his van the "Ultimate DJ Dream Machine." Dave was on the cover and was featured in the National Entertainer Magazine in their March/April 1997 issue.Dave has served on other associations, and has moderated the boards at DJChat.com, USODJA/CODJA.com and has been to a number of shows in the US.
You can reach Dave now at president@usodja.com

The new Vice-President is Patrick McDonald. Patrick has been a DJ for twenty-two years. Two years as an on air personality doing morning show comedy and voices, six years in clubs from LA to Tampa, Florida. The last fourteen years Patrick has owned and operated Twilight Entertainment, located in Findlay, Ohio. Eleven of those years were as a single operator, three years as a small multi-op with three units.
You can reach Patrick now at vice-president@usodja.com

We are currently taking applications for Membership Director and Secretary.
If you are interested, please email me at ceo@usodja.com with a small bio and the position you seek!

N.A.M.E. ties The Knot


A letter from the office of Bruce Keslar:

Fellow Entertainment Professionals,

Education of the media and the consumer has always been of paramount importance to the association, and with this goal in mind we have scored a major breakthrough.

In late May of this year, the association finally made contact with Ms. Carley Roney, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of The Knot.com, the largest wedding site on the internet. Their company overview states that The Knot has focused on filling the void created by antiquated wedding resources and curing the clutter of the highly fragmented bridal industry. They provide to-be-weds with first class wedding planning information, tools and resources through online properties and print publications.

In an uninterrupted hour long phone conversation we were able to pique the interest of Ms. Roney and she set up a face to face meeting in New York with Ms. Jennifer Cegielski, Content Director and Ms. Julie Raimondi, Executive Editor of The Knot Wedding Pages. Ms. Roney wanted I to know how the association and The Knot.com might better serve the wedding industry.

During the meeting the association was finally able to present issues we have considered so vital to the membership and the industry. N.A.M.E. representatives began by stressing the importance of the selection of entertainment in wedding planning and how little respect was being paid to the professional mobile entertainer. When presented with the latest statistics showing better than 72% of all weddings last year utilized our industry they were most attentive. It was also pointed out that a majority of our industry was not aware of The Knot.com and the potential benefits it could provide them. The Knot is the # 1 wedding resource and gift registry on the internet and attracts an average 2 million brides to their site each month. Considering the startling fact that better than 65% of most professional mobile entertainers' revenue is generated through weddings, each of these visits could represent a potential clients The association is seeking to become the # 1 entertainment resource for The Knot. In order to accomplish this it will fall upon the association to continue to educate The Knot executives and also its own members on the potential benefits we will provide for one another.

A great deal of information was exchanged during this meeting and the association feels that a new path of communication has been firmly established. The association will be linking to their website in the very near future and will begin networking with their advertising department in order to provide our members with a connection to their site and to their publications throughout the country. In the not too distant future we hope to proudly display The Knot.com's banner on our own website.

The association is excited at the prospect of working with this ground breaking company and will continue to pursue this fabulous opportunity to faring recognition to our members and the industry at large.

In the associations' continuing efforts to bring our members to the attention of the media, we submitted proposals to several of the national television news programs who produce wedding segments. Again, the associations goal was to educate the media and also the viewers on the value of selecting a professional entertainer for their wedding, Our presentation caught the interest of Ms. Haletgh Safran, one of the producers of "The View". This ABC daytime Emmy nominated show features well known news correspondent Barbara Waiters, as well as Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar and Lisa Ling.

Ms.Safran extended an invitation to N.A.M.E. to come to New York and meet with her personally at the network studio offices on June 4th. She was interested in our presentation and asked quite a few questions. As a result of our meeting, she suggested that the massage we were trying to convey was, important enough to be included in an upcoming shows to air in July and August. The association's contribution to their scheduled wedding programming will be in conjunction with the presentation from The Knot. N.A.M.E. will finally have an opportunity to present the association and its members to a national television audience. We will keep you informed as we get closer to a scheduled date for the program.

 

Bruce Keslar - NAME
http://www.djkj.com

 

 

 
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