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Happy February! We’re rapidly approaching Valentine’s Day which tends to be the final holiday that we see a large amount of people get engaged on. This, of course, is great for those of us in the wedding business.

January was filled with multiple bridal shows and even a TV appearance on Paula Sands Live talking about wedding trends for 2016.  You can view it here.

So far 2016 is looking to be a great year for our company and we have introduced several new offerings. We have officially launched Master Event Design, an event design and décor rental division headed up by our lead office ninja, Alyssa Condit. Our primary style is clean, elegant, and modern.

In addition, we are now offering photography services for event portraits (dance, churches, etc) as well as roaming photographers for other special events.

We also continue to innovate and offer unique additions for our higher end DJ entertainment packages and that has proven quite successful.

On the homefront, despite mild weather it seems like our house is starting to see some winter illness for the boys again (which of course they like to pass on to me).  Hopefully we can get by without too much more trouble but who knows.

Looking forward to an awesome year as we begin the transition back from booking season to wedding season. Please continue to refer your friends to us as it is truly what keeps us in business and this is the best time of year to do so.

Until next month,

Justin Miller

Community Life – January

Mason at his 1st birthday party.

Mason at his 1st birthday party.

 

Well, the new year is upon us and the month of December was absolutely crazy busy for my family. Both of our boys celebrated birthdays (Logan 3 and Mason 1). We attended multiple Christmas gatherings. I appeared on Paula Sands Live on New Year’s Eve. I even stayed up to see the ball drop. (eastern time zone still counts right?)

As I look back on the year as a whole, it is hard to believe just how much has happened. It seems more like a decade than a year and at the same time seems very short. Some goals were achieved and some are still in progress. New goals are being made for 2016 and even some plans for 2017.

There’s an old saying that if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. Make some real goals for yourself right now. Make a plan to achieve them. Make 2016 your year. Don’t let another one slip away. I will be right there with you making the most out of it myself.

Until next time..

-Justin

 

Community Life

Happy 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. On January 1st, we are officially launching Master Event Design. More news will be coming but we are now offering our clients a full service event décor and design service. This will include chandeliers, up lighting, table décor and centerpieces, chair covers and linens, theme elements, chairs, lounge furniture, tents, and other rental items and custom fabrication. No more having to go five places to source things and hope they all communicate with each other and things go smoothly. We will handle it all for you with the same level of service and detail we are known for.

What will make us different is our technical knowledge and unique ideas that will add a little magic and wizardry to help create lasting memories that nobody else even knows are possible. We are very excited about this and you can call us at 309-797-2702 to schedule an event design consultation right now. If your event is in 2016 we even have discounts on some items to help promote the new services.

With that, I wish you a happy remainder of 2015 and a prosperous 2016. 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!

 

-Justin Miller

Community Life

On the beach in Puerto Rico

On the beach in Puerto Rico

Another month gone and the cold air is starting to blow. There were so many fun moments in October that it is even hard to list them all. The family took a trip to the pumpkin patch earlier before it got so cold, my wife and I spent some beach time together in Puerto Rico, our son Mason is starting to say his first words “mama” and “bye bye”, and I had a close friend get married and was part of the wedding party just to name a few.

As I write this, I am preparing things to get ready for Trunk or Treat at Christ Church in East Moline. Following that, I will be making my annual pilgrimage to closing day at Six Flags Great America and will be traveling to Denver and Orlando both during November as well. Logging a lot of miles lately.

The ending of October also marks the unofficial end to wedding season. While there are scattered ones throughout the winter they are the exception not the norm. Our staff now begins to focus on corporate events and holiday parties (which we love). If you or someone you know of having a work party, please let us know. We have a ton of options for entertainment and love working these events. You can email me at justin@masterdjonline.com if you want some more info.

Until next month…

-Justin

Community Life

Logan and myself at the apple orchard

Logan & myself at the apple orchard

Happy Fall! It’s official! September 23rd was my birthday and also the first day of fall. Fall is my favorite season and I look forward to it every year (as long as I don’t think about the season that follows it). The weather gets a little cooler and I love it.

We have already done one of the traditional fall activities; we took a trip to the apple orchard. You can see a picture of Logan biting into an apple fresh off the tree (I don’t think he was overly impressed). He was greatly impressed with the animals at Stone’s Apple Barn as well as the kettle corn vendor. He loved watching it pop in the big kettle and Kat and I enjoyed eating it. Mason of course was with as well and as usual was smiling the entire time. I will make sure to get a new pic of him in a future issue as he is going to be turning one year old in December.

By the time this newsletter is printed and reaches you, I will likely have started decorating for Halloween (one of my favorite holidays) at home. I would have started a month ago but apparently that is too early according to my wife. The new neighborhood won’t know what hit them.

On the business side of things, we have a ton going on. We are in the middle of a new service launch which should take place next month. We are also launching two more services in early 2016 so keep an eye out for details on those. The ones next year are wedding and event related so if you are a client you may want to give us a call to inquire. Other than current clients, the details are still top secret.

I hope you all enjoy the first full month of fall and get out and support your favorite local haunted houses (another industry I have been part of on and off over the years).

Until next month….Justin.

 

Community Life

Myself with Daymond John

Myself with Daymond John

Welcome to my favorite month of the year. My birthday month, September! The start of fall. The start of the leaves changing color. The start of the return of seasonal flavors.

It seems like last week I was writing for you in the August issue of our newsletter. August proved to be an awesome month for us! We helped with some amazing weddings and had a ton of fun things going on outside of the business.

I have enjoyed trying to educate the masses on I-74 on what the zipper merge method is. I have enjoyed trying to educate business owners on how Donald Trump has many business lessons to learn from in his campaign (regardless of whether or not he is even nominated).

In our home, our 8 month old son, Mason, is just starting to crawl. We are very excited about this but it also means more babyproofing in our future. His older brother Logan (2) has been caught snuggling with him, telling him “it’s ok buddy” while patting his head. It is a very challenging, yet incredibly rewarding time as a father with these two boys and I wouldn’t trade it for anything (though a couple hours for a nap here and there would be great).

As you see in the picture this month, I got a chance to meet Daymond John while he was in town for a presentation. I was thrilled about this as I am a huge fan of the show Shark Tank on ABC. My wall of fame with celebrities is starting to grow. Who knows what will be next, but I know for sure I will force a picture with Jon Taffer of Bar Rescue in March next year when we speak at the same convention.

Enjoy this wonderful month and celebrate!

 

Until next month…..

Justin

Community Life

My friend Aaron and I enjoying Raging Bull in Six Flags

My friend Aaron and I enjoying Raging Bull in Six Flags

We are in the middle of summer. Before we know it fall will be here. This summer has been crazy busy on many fronts with tons going on.

My wife and I hosted the annual family fourth of July gathering but by now that seems like ancient history.

My wife and I were able to spend some time together at the county fair for some good ol’ fashioned fun at the demo derby. The skies were threatening but we dodged the major rain.

Last weekend I even got a chance to visit Six Flags in Gurnee with my buddy Aaron and take in some roller coaster action. It was a great time even though I fell asleep on the ride home. I must be getting too old for this kind of excitement.

In my consulting business, I got word that I will be speaking in Vegas next year on the same stage as Jon Taffer of the show Bar Rescue so I am pretty excited about that. Also looking forward to the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting next month and hopefully grabbing a photo with Daymond John of FUBU and now Shark Tank. It must be a celebrity kind of year. I love Shark Tank and think it is awesome he is coming to the QC.

We have some crazy events coming up in August and hopefully will have some amazing pics and video for you soon on our Facebook so if you haven’t already, please become a fan at www.facebook.com/mdjqc

 

Until next month…..    -Justin

August 2013 Community Life

From our print newsletter:

It has been another very eventful month for the Miller family. My son Logan is now going on 8 months old and we continue to learn as we go.

We have been trying to find a new church and have been attending Christ United Methodist Church in East Moline and like it there. We have been sending Logan to the nursery so we can try to concentrate on the message during worship. The past 3 out of 4 weeks he has been “kicked out” off the nursery as he becomes inconsolable.

I have the church phone number programmed in my phone as “Jesus” so it is always amusing when it vibrates during the service and Jesus lets us know to come pick up our unruly sheep.

Last week we attended an earlier service and he actually made it through the entire service, much to our surprise.  We will continue experimenting until we find what works.

Logan has also been aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi twice, though I am not sure that he has any idea that he is on a boat or anything is outside the ordinary.

Top that all off with 4th of July at my house and my wife’s family reunion at her parents’ house and we have had a very busy month.  August might slow down a bit, though I do have my wife Kat’s birthday coming up on August 27th [note to self: buy gift]. Time sure does fly.

Also, a quick shout out to my dad, Al. Congrats on finishing another Ragbrai! For those of you that don’t know, it is a bike ride across the entire state of Iowa for crazy people that find it fun.