Holidays from all of us at Master Entertainment! As we wrap up the year and spend some time with family and friends we reflect upon our blessings. You are a very important part of our company and I want to thank you for your business, support, and referrals. Our company truly is nothing without you.
At the same time, we look forward to what the future will bring. In November, we officially launched DJ Trivia. This has been our largest change for the year. This division helps local bars and restaurants sell more food and beverage on slow nights by building a weekly trivia crowd. Check out locations at www.djtriviaquadcities.com and make sure to let us know if you know a location that could benefit from this. Also, 2017 will mark the official closing of Master Event Design. While we will still continue to provide event lighting, pipe/drape, and a few other services; our in-house full service design will be shutting down. We will continue to work with and refer these services to other local quality vendors. We will also be having a huge “garage sale” with lots of vases, some linens. and décor items soon.
We look forward to what the new year will bring and what new ideas and people will walk through our doors. It is always an adventure and we are always striving to be better and constantly changing.
With that, I wish you a happy remainder of 2016 and a prosperous 2017. Be thankful for all that you have and always be striving for more. We are here to serve and help in any way we can. Happy Holidays!
3 Doors Down at the Fair
My favourite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something.” -Groucho Marx
September is upon us and it one of my favorite months. First off, it is my birthday month. Secondly is starts the bridge between summer weather and fall weather. It marks the beginning of autumn. Changes are evident and life keeps moving.
August was of course busy though I did get to so some fun activities. I sat through a severe thunderstorm while watching 3 Doors Down at the Mississippi Valley Fair with my wife. We also got a chance to take the kids to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque. If you haven’t seen this place, it is worth checking out. Way more than I expected in terms of size and quality.
Of course this time of year, weddings are plentiful. September and October are both crazy busy as we both work for and attend weddings. We are seeing a lot of rustic decor trends right now which I think fit well with fall.
When I think of fall, I also think of Halloween being just around the corner. I enjoy this so much I even owned a haunted house one year and continue to consult with a couple to this day. While I do not like the blood and gore, I am a huge fan of the production and behind-the-scenes of these “shows”. If there is one thing we love at Master Entertainment, is it big productions.
As I write this our staff is prepping for several large events: testing equipment, finishing decor, meeting with clients to plan, and pulling together all the details of the normal day to day right now. That being said, we also have our eye to the winter and start to book up with holiday parties right now. If you haven’t checked out what we do for these events, give us a call. We have a way to make the event very fun… really!
Until next month..
Cars lined up and ready to go!
Greetings Loyal Master Entertainment Fanatic! I hope that your summer has been going great and you are taking some time to enjoy the summer months. Here at the Miller household things have been as busy as ever (as any of you with kids know).
While I tend to stay inside and hide when the temp is over 90, there have still been some chances to get outside and have some fun. Our two boys have enjoyed being pulled around behind our bicycles in their child trailer. Only problem is they seem to think they are in a chariot and Mom and Dad are their horses. I hear “wheeee” and “go faster” quite often our of Logan’s mouth.
I also got a chance to head to Las Vegas yet again this year for another public speaking gig. Temps out there were something ridiculous like 115 degrees. Guess I have never been there in the middle of summer, but it felt like someone had a blow-dryer turned on high pointed at me.
Despite the heat, I got outside and spent a morning at Speed Vegas. SV is a racetrack designed just for people to rent and drive exotic cars as fast as possible while being as safe as possible. Take your choice of Mustang, Corvette, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche… you name it. I chose a Mercedes and managed to get going 125mph on the straightaway. I highly recommend this activity if you are in Vegas and want to do something besides gamble. The place is brand new (still under construction) and the staff is great.
We have also worked some amazing weddings this past month including one that contracted a professional fireworks display over their private lake. We have had several new offerings out this month and continue to bring innovative ideas to our events with the addition of our in-house designer and décor rental services we added earlier this year. We offer a TON of different services now all in one stop with the attention to detail and high quality we are known for. If you have not already, I invite you to like us on Facebook (facebook.com/mdjqc) so you can see all that is new.
Until next month…
Enjoying some pool time with our oldest son, Logan.
Summer is officially here and the days are now getting shorter again as the solstice has passed (unfortunately). During summer we take some time to meet up with and play with family and friends.
My wife and I celebrated our 6th Anniversary by staying at Jumer’s and eating at the steakhouse (and yes we even won some money gambling). We also spent some time eating and drinking at Greekfest (and trying to keep Logan from interrupting the dancers). We have also have spent some time swimming at my parents pool as well as Riverside Park. Beyond that we have had a couple cookouts, celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday (Happy Birthday Merle), and I got a chance to watch a live broadcast of a Drum Corps International show (hoping to see one in-person yet this year).
Yes, crazy, busy times the summer months are but they also help keep in perspective what is important. I encourage you to take time to play this summer. Try not to get overwhelmed but keep busy and create experiences for you and your friends/family. We are truly in the experience business at Master Entertainment and it should be no different in our personal lives.
In our newsletter this month, you will find some info on our outdoor movie services. This is an awesome way to get together with those you love and create memories. It is easy to setup and tear down and gets you out of the house for one evening. Check it out and we hope that you will take us up on the offer to have a little fun under the stars this summer. If you don’t subscribe to our newsletter, give us a call at 309-797-2702 to get more info!
That’s all for this month. I need to go finish refurbishing my deck at home in time for the annual Independence Day gathering.
Until next month..
Justin and Rick Harrison
It’s not summer yet, but it sure feels like it. The weather has finally turned to warmth and the craziness that is summer is upon us.
Last month, I traveled twice. Once to Jacksonville, Florida for a marketing conference. While there I got a chance to meet Rick Harrison (from History’s Pawn Stars show). I also found out a festival was taking place within walking distance of my downtown hotel, so I was able to catch two bands I wanted to see, Collective Soul and Three Doors Down. Yes, I am a 90’s/00’s pop/rock fan.
A few days after returning from that trip, it was off to Phoenix, Arizona for a sales conference along with our COO Johnathan. No concerts this time, just a small group of amazing entrepreneurs furthering their sales skills. There were about 30 of us. On day three of the conference, we actually got on the phone and as a group we booked 1.3 million dollars’ worth of business. Not too shabby for a few dozen people and 6 hours of work.
Phoenix was supposed to mark the end of my travel for a while, but another speaking gig just got booked for Las Vegas again in July. Until then, I am looking forward to some much needed family time. My brother will be in the QC for Memorial Day weekend and get to spend some time with us. I also, just bought a new bicycle so hope to get to spend some time on that (although I much prefer my motorcycle which also needs the cobwebs dusted off.)
Should be some great stories next month after the official start of Summer.
Until next month,
With April wrapping up and May just around the corner, it is definitely feeling like summer around here. It is also still the middle of my convention season if you will. As many of you know, I invest heavily in education and attend many expos. I also have a marketing consulting company and speak at many industry conventions.
In April, we packed back up and headed to Las Vegas for the second time in as many months. This time for Photo Booth Expo. I hosted a full day workshop one day and spoke 4 other times while I was there. Good thing I wasn’t sick and had a voice the entire time.
While in Vegas, I got a chance to visit my brother again and eat some good food (including some of the best pizza I have had at Pizza Rock). While, not really a gambler, I did manage to win some money at craps and Aaron Brown seemed to have an uncanny ability to win at bingo… yes bingo.
That’s it for Vegas but now on to Jacksonville, Florida and then Phoenix, Arizona. Then, I will finally get to stay home for a while and spend some time with my wife and two sons. Mason (now 16 months) seems to be becoming quite the rascal and seems to love throwing things for reaction. Logan (now 3), leads a busy life between daycare and preschool. It is really tough to leave them so much within such a short time frame.
May will be another crazy busy month, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Until next month,
Justin with Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer
One fourth of 2016 is gone already. Do you believe it? The years pass by quicker and quicker as I get older and life becomes even busier. It seems there is no time to just stop and take it all in. Logan is 3 years old already and Mason is 1. I am sure before I know what happened they will be 4 and 2. So how is your year going?
Are you still on track for your new year’s resolutions and goals? If you are like most people, then likely no. The good news is that if you are still on track with a new behavior, by this point it should be engrained in your subconscious mind and be second-nature. When I was more involved with hypnosis, 21 days was the magic number for behavior modifications. I must admit that some of my goals need revisited again.
I am also now upon a very busy season personally. I just got back from speaking to 1,000+ disc jockeys in Las Vegas on marketing and management. While I was there, I got a chance to meet and get a picture with Jon Taffer of Bar Rescue tv fame and of course see my brother, Brian, who is a Vegas transplant from here in the QC.
In two weeks, I will be back on a plane again headed to Las Vegas to present. I am hosting a one day private marketing workshop and also presenting at an expo for photo booth owners (with likely 1,000 in attendance from over 30 countries). Two weeks after that it is off to Florida to do some learning and then a few days later off to Phoenix. Busy busy busy.
April also marks the unofficial kick off of busy season for Master Entertainment so things are quite hectic. As I write this it is the last week of calm before the storm. We are very, very excited to be busy and blessed to have many of you as customers and clients that make it that way.
Until next month,
The winter that never came? Ok, I know we are not out of the woods yet, but the mild winter here has been quite a relief to me. While my wife and I still have not had a chance to go sledding with the boys in our new backyard this winter, I certainly have not missed the bitter cold. In just a couple short weeks we will be springing the clocks ahead. This means we lose an hour of sleep in the morning, which I don’t like, but we will also have more daylight after the work day is done. I really love actually having some daylight hours with the kids after work rather than feeling like all the time is gone already. I’m really looking forward to something as simple as changing the clocks.
Last month, my wife and I got a chance to take a Valentine’s Day staycation at the Stoney Creek thanks to some babysitting from my folks and a hookup from hotel staff (thanks!). With life being as hectic as it is, we just do not get enough time to ourselves. That being said, we wouldn’t trade it for anything either. We do thoroughly enjoy our “date nights” as much as we can. If anyone has any restaurant recommendations, shoot me an email.
Coming up here in March and April I will be spending lots of time on the road speaking at various conventions and consulting with clients in my Profit 911 business. I enjoy traveling but it puts a huge burden on the rest of my family and is hard emotionally not to be able to help out with the boys. One of the benefits of being self-employed is a flexible schedule but the downside is that there are many parts of the job that also take away from home life that employees do not have to deal with. I get to travel the country, but the inside of the conference rooms all look the same.
Master Entertainment is doing great and our newly launched décor division is picking up steam under the direction of Alyssa. What we offer has become so many different things and we continue to add more. It really is an exciting company to guide as things are always evolving. While Johnathan has the reigns on the operations, I am able to focus on the strategy. If you have ever worked for a small company, you know that it is completely different from anything else out there.
I am sure I will have plenty of new stories next month after my trip to Las Vegas to speak. I also am set up with VIP access to meet Jon Taffer of the show Bar Rescue, so that should be neat as well.
Until next month..