Sunday July 8, 2018

Sunday 11:00am – 5:30pm | Optional Workshop Chicago Mastermind Day with Alan Berg CSP


What’s better than hearing great presentations?
How about also spending the day, in a small group, with Alan Berg CSP!

That’s right, when Alan Berg comes to Chicago this July for The Marquee Show, he’s coming in early to host a Group Mastermind Day, but only for up to 10 businesses. Will you be one of them?

What is a Mastermind Day?
It’s a collaborative learning, and consulting session, where up to 10, success-minded businesses, spend the day discussing common business challenges, concerns and techniques. 

Is this only for DJ’s?

No, this is for all Wedding & Event pros – but only the first 10 businesses to register!

What kinds of things will we discuss?

  • Closing more Sales
  • handling email inquiries
  • website tips
  • getting the most out of your advertising
  • branding
  • pricing
  • following up, and more. 

Register for this workshop.

Sunday Conference Registration & Badge Pick Up 3:00pm – 8:00pm | Grand Ballroom Foyer

Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm | Exhibitor Set Up Grand Ballroom Pre Function Space

Sunday 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Welcome Guest Reception in Benchmark Bar

Monday July 9, 2018 

Monday 7:00am – 9:20am | Breakfast with Scott Faver, “The Game Master”  Lakeshore Room

For the early riser, join Scott Faver at 7:00 a.m. for a “get your morning started” session filled with excitement and fun with The Game Master. Scott’s energy is overwhelming and he is loaded with a ton of fun games, great marketing ideas, and general knowledge that will start your day out the right way. 

Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm | Registration and Badge Pick Up Grand Ballroom Foyer

Monday 8:30am | General Session Dj Scott “Smokin” Silz 

Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm | Exhibitors in Grand Ballroom Pre-Function Space

Monday 9:00am – 9:20am | Welcome to the Marquee Show Keith “K.C.” KoKoruz Grand Ballroom

Monday  9:30am – 10:50am | Michael Cerbelli “The Hot List™” Grand Ballroom

“Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™” is the definition of inspiration. It exists to provide not only the urge, but the ability to accomplish creative greatness. This incredible presentation has become a ‘can’t miss’ annual event in and of itself. In “The Hot List™,” Michael takes the hottest, newest and most inspiring event and entertainment insights and showcases them for the producers in a breathtaking 90 minute, head-spinning romp. A word of advice; have your espresso ‘on board’ and don’t blink, you might miss something!

With “The Hot List™,” Michael identifies fresh trends in the ever-changing marketplace and showcases acts and innovations for enhanced experiential marketing. “Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™” is more than an education in the direction of event production, it is Michael’s way of giving back to the industry which has given him so much.

Monday  11:00am – 11:50am | Bernadette Smith  All Things Gay Wedding Grand Ballroom

In this 50 minute presentation Bernadette will walk you through the things that you need to know to truly be embraced by the LGBT community with regard to being a part of an amazing wedding day. 

Bernadette Smith is founder and president of 14 Stories and the Gay Wedding Institute (GWI), and award-winning author of three books, including The Business of Gay Weddings: A Guide for Wedding Professionals. 

Monday 12:00pm – 12:50pm | Average to Luxury, Mentality over Product Brian Bounessissi Grand Ballroom

Brian Bounessissi is an international performing mobile dj as well as the owner of B-Boy Productions doing business in New York, Florida, and Southern California. His talent and drive to give customers the best customer experience possible have led to his list of high-profile clients which includes Elton John, P Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony Hawk, Jim Carrey is Here, ESPN X Games Skateboarding, Sun Dance Film Festival, and the Dr. Phil Show to name a few. 

Monday 1:00pm – 1:50pm | Perfecting your 11 Second Elevator Speech Catherine John Grand Ballroom

How you introduce yourself at a networking event or even simply in passing creates an impression of who you are and if the other person wants to learn more about you and what you do if it is in a business environment. In this presentation Catherine John will make you re-think how you make a first impression upon meeting someone. 

A one-time wallflower, Catherine developed her way with words as a radio news anchor and morning show side-chick. She worked alongside legendary Chicago DJs Larry Lujack, Fred Winston, and John Landecker. Launching her own business, Catherine discovered she was a natural at networking, thanks to the skills she’d honed as a radio personality. She coaches clients in those same talking AND listening skills because they’re the key to successful marketing and sales. Catherine shows her audiences how to get out of the boring introduction rut, have real conversations with real impact. Ultimately increasing their influence and income. 

Monday 2:00pm – 2:50pm | Why don’t they Call me? Alan Berg  Grand Ballroom

With more than 25 years in sales, marketing and sales management, Alan Berg has been called “The Leading International Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events”. He’s a Certified Speaking Professional®, the highest earned designation conferred by the National Speakers Association and one earned by less than 800 speakers worldwide.

Alan is a featured presenter every year at Catersource, The Special Event Conference and Tradeshow, Wedding MBA, the Irish, Indian & Dubai Wedding Summits, the UK Wedding Conference, WEPP Cancun, Love Elevated Saint Lucia and other major industry conferences in North America and internationally. 

Monday 3:00pm – 3:50pm | Matt Radicelli Building you’re “Rockstar Team.” Grand Ballroom

As Founder and CEO of Rock The House in Cleveland, Ohio, Matt Radicelli leads a team of more than 135 employees who produce and perform at over 1,800 events per year including corporate events, non-profit galas, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and more. Valedictorian of his Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses class, member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), past president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), and current 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 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.

Monday 4:00pm – 4:50pm | The Knot’s Anja Winikka How to Build a Standout Wedding Brand Grand Ballroom

Anja Winikka is the Director of Education & Industry Innovation for The Knot. In her seminar How to Build a Standout Wedding Brand she will explain articulating your brand to millennials, digital branding must-dos, and case studies that show certain companies and how they has established themselves as a standout brand. 

Monday 5:00pm – 6:00pm | ADJA National Meeting Grand Ballroom

Join the American Disc Jockey Association at their national meeting. You do not have to be a member to attend. During the national meeting you will learn what the goal of the ADJA is and how it serves the disc jockey industry. You will also witness a series of awards given out to members for service to the industry and to charity.

Monday 8:00pm | Opening Night Party Details announced shortly

Tuesday July 10, 2018

Tuesday 7:00am – 8:45am | Breakfast with the Game Master Lakeshore Room

For the early riser, join Scott Faver at 7:00 a.m. for a “get your morning started” session filled with excitement and fun with The Game Master. Scott’s energy is overwhelming and he is loaded with a ton of fun games, great marketing ideas, and general knowledge that will start your day out the right way.

Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm | Registration and Badge Pick Up Grand Ballroom Foyer

Tuesday 8:30am | General Session Dj “Bobby Dee”

Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm | Exhibitors in Grand Ballroom Pre-Function Space

Tuesday 9:00am – 9:50am | John Murphy Achieve Life Balance Grand Ballroom

“The Journey to Health Wealth and Happiness”. Discover the things you can do to live life with vitality and passion. This interactive and thought provoking seminar led by industry icon John Murphy is designed to help you grow to the next level of your life personally & professionally by taking action NOW!

Tuesday 10:00am – 10:50am | Andy Ebon Blogging: The Foundation of Social Media Success Grand Ballroom

Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram… all these social media platforms and more have one thing in common. Your work and promotion occurs on their platform. In the event that one of those platforms changes or shuts down, you have no say over it.

Blogs, though, exist on their own server on the internet. You generate your own content and attract your own traffic and activity. In this session, Andy Ebon will explain how to build a blog, develop original content and promote your essays.

Tuesday 11:00am – 11:50am | Eric Wenning “Make Social Media Advertising Work for You!” Grand Ballroom

The goal is simple, create ads that produce leads. During this workshop Eric will share methods to create effective and successful social media ads. You will also learn how to get 10,000 likes on your Facebook Business page within just 72 hours. 

Start by understanding the 4 components that help get your message across. Who are you selling to? Why should they buy? Next, choose your voice. Which of the 7 psychological emotions will your ad copy play on? Now, it’s time to think outside of the box and get creative. Entertainment makes the difference! How will you pique their curiosity? Finally, make your call of action clear and strong. Once you have these ideas in order you can set a proper sales funnel so that you are not just sending interested prospects to get lost on your website. Instead, send them to a Landing Page for that targeted sales funnel. 

Light a fire under prospective clients leaving them intrigued and ready to take the next step with your company! Start making money with social media ads instead of wasting money on ads that don’t convert!

Tuesday 12:00pm – 12:50pm | Bill Vaynercamp The Tech Side of Photobooths Grand Ballroom

A great photo booth photo finishes off a great experience in anyone’s photo booth.

What to do for great photos and what’s new for 2018 from the tech side?

Some things I will be covering.

• Different types of lights for your booth. Pros and Cons.

• Basic equipment and software tech.

• Printers and printer drivers.

• Hot new options for your printer.  Pano and square prints.

• Cameras and exposures.

Come and maximize your booth for your clients.

Tuesday 1:00pm – 1:50pm | Adam Weitz Djs going Live Grand Ballroom

It is true that in the late 1980’s the dj revolution changed wedding receptions and social events forever. Djs replaced live entertainment and featured the original artists being played as well as offering a larger selection of choices for the client to choose from. 30 years later however select high end djs are now adding live entertainers to their dj entertainment packages. During Adam’s presentation, he will walk you through how he has added to his company’s bottom line and differentiated himself from his competition by adding live musicians to his company. Most importantly, he will be walking you though the process of how you can do it in your company.

Tuesday 2:00pm – 2:50pm | Chris Meyer How I made $300k off of an iPad Grand Ballroom

Chris has been in the photo booth industry for just over 5 years – and in that time he has grown his companies into a national photo boothing powerhouse. Known mostly for slow motion – his brands range from super simple to the most extravagant of setups. Having completed over 3,500 events his teams (which cover 28 cities in North America) have seen it and done it all. Chris will be providing information on the hottest trend in the industry – iPad based photo booths. Come and learn how this vertical has grossed him over $300,000 in the first 12 months of adding iPad to their lineup. 

Tuesday 3:00pm – 3:50pm | Donnie Lewis Projector Mapping / Cake Mapping Grand Ballroom

There is no question that all of the wedding magazines and wedding related social media pages are featuring projector mapping as a type of décor and more specifically cake mapping is completely changing the game when it comes to lighting décor. Donnie Lewis will walk you through how this is done and give you the tools necessary to start adding this technology 

Tuesday 4:00pm – 4:50pm | An exciting seminar about photo booths is being finalized and will be officially announced shortly. 

Tuesday 5:00pm | Donnie Lewis’s Paid Workshop on advanced projector mapping and cake mapping. Grand Ballroom

At our advanced projection mapping workshop you will have the opportunity to learn how to navigate and manipulate Arkaos Grandvj to create a cake map and set up a wall for a larger scale projection. We will answer any questions and possibly demo the answers plus go over some tips and tricks for using Grandvj to its max potential, including layering visuals, effects and using the crop panel.

No Tuesday night party. Enjoy Chicago

Wednesday July 11, 2018

Wednesday 7:00am – 8:45am | Breakfast with the Game Master Lakeshore Room

For the early riser, join Scott Faver at 7:00 a.m. for a “get your morning started” session filled with excitement and fun with The Game Master. Scott’s energy is overwhelming and he is loaded with a ton of fun games, great marketing ideas, and general knowledge that will start your day out the right way.


Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm | Registration and Badge Pick Up Grand Ballroom Foyer

Wednesday 8:30am | General Session Dj “Dj Speed”

Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm | Exhibitors in Grand Ballroom Pre-Function Space

Wednesday 9:00am – 9:50am | Keith “K.C.” KoKoruz The Rules have Changed Grand Ballroom

What worked in business last week, last month, or last year no longer works today. Change is the constant and in this 50 minute presentation you will see how today’s millennial client is researching for the event that they are planning. You will discover the research that they do on your company, the hot buttons that will draw them into looking wanting to do business with your company. The most important thing is why they will purchase from you and not one of your competitors. 


Wednesday 10:00am – 10:50am | Yelp’s Emily Washcovick Five Star State of Mind Grand Ballroom

You don’t have to have a perfect five star rating to have a five star state of mind. In fact, it’s a mentality that any business can adopt regardless of your current rating today. It’s all about setting a goal for yourself and developing a strategy for dealing with customer feedback and getting reviews organically. Join this session to learn tips from Yelp’s Local Business Partner on ways to engage your customers online and make the most of your online reputation.


In this session attendees will learn about the world of online reviews and best practices for building up a great online reputation naturally, as well as ways to engage with their customer base to grow and market their business. There will be tips and tricks for responding to online reviews and how to take positive feedback from customers to spread the word about your business online. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of a Yelp representative. 


Wednesday 11:00am – 11:50am | Alan Berg 6 Steps to Wedding Show Success Grand Ballroom

It sounds easy: buy a booth and wait for the sales to come in… but the reality is that wedding show success, like any form of marketing and promotion, requires planning and follow through. Alan, who attended his first wedding show as a vendor over 20 years ago, will help you demystify the process and show you how to maximize your return.

Come to this session and hear:

• What you need to be doing before the show, to ensure your success

• The 6 Steps you should be taking to get the most out of the show

• What 90% of wedding show vendors are not doing, but should be

Wednesday 12:00pm – 12:50pm | Steve Bowen Grand Ballroom

Wednesday 1:00pm – 1:50pm | Matt Windsor Corporate Photo Booth Activations Grand Ballroom

While the majority of photo booth companies focus their efforts on weddings, mitzvahs, and school events, Matt Windsor’s company Tag Prints Digital focuses his business on corporate activations with a social media integration. Their client base includes CDW, Jack Daniels, Facebook, Ferrari. And CBS to name but a few. During Matt’s seminar, he will make you aware of what this market is and how you can go about capturing a portion of it in your own market place.

Wednesday 2:00pm – 2:50pm | Rob Johnson Midweek Work Grand Ballroom

The entire goal of this discussion is to help you increase your bottom line by adding MIDWEEK MONEY events to enhance your already successful weekend business.  Bring your ideas and an open mind to share and discuss ways you can take your business to the next level and increase your bottom line.

Wednesday 3:00pm – 3:50pm | An exciting seminar about photo booths is being finalized and will be officially announced shortly. 

Wednesday 4:00pm – 5:30pm | Randy Bartlett 1% Solution Grand Ballroom

Wednesday Night Party 8:00pm | Closing Night Beach Party @ Adobe Gilas’

Thursday July 12, 2018

Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm | Randy Bartlett: Advanced Mic Workshop I This workshop is sold out. 

Most DJs fall into the trap of being an announcer, a DJ with a microphone, instead of a skilled and polished Master Of Ceremonies.  This workshop with Randy Bartlett, producer of the 1% Solution Series, will help you make the transition from being an announcer to becoming a true Master Of Ceremonies.

In this workshop, Randy will work with each attendee, with their strengths and weaknesses to show how to “Master” the room, to gain full control of any audience within seconds without being cheesy or obnoxious and to have the guests riveted on every word you say.  With Randy’s critique and coaching, you’ll discover YOUR magic and how YOU can predict and control the audience response with even the rowdiest or lowest energy groups.  You’ll learn to create more applause and cheers than you ever imagined possible without ever asking or telling your audiences to clap.  You’ll learn to use your own talents to create excitement, emotion and total audience focus in a completely natural and organic method. This workshop focuses almost exclusively on the opening announcements at events, with a concentration on weddings.  Be prepared to perform and to be candidly critiqued.

Attendees from previous advanced mic workshops are welcome to attend at no charge, but will be limited to observing only and will not be allowed to perform or be critiqued unless signing up for the workshop at the regular price.