I grew up listening to my Dad host a morning drive radio show, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps when I was younger. So, at 18, I started DJing backyard BBQs and church events to help put me through college. With a little practice and a lot of luck, I eventually worked my way up to be one of the resident DJs at the 2nd largest casino in the U.S.
The talent manager there said to me one day, “Hey... you'd be a great host, you're a natural on the mic!” I politely laughed it off and thought to myself: “haaa... do people even do that for a living?” But, I was getting bored and burnt out from DJing, so I figured I'd give it a try.
Come to find out, getting bear hugs from elderly women on-stage as they win $25,000 in cash, isn't such a bad gig. Since then, I've had the great opportunity to emcee exciting events for brands like: Macy's, General Mills, Brookstone, Lowe's, Mohegan Sun, Head & Shoulders, The VFW, and The Guinness World Records (to name just a few).
Besides giving away nearly $1 million, on-stage over the past couple of years, it's been cool emceeing events for MLB & NFL superstars, Emmy-award-winning cast reunions, beauty pageants, celebrity chef battles, and theatrical productions in the 3rd top-ranked arena in the world!
I even had the late, James Gandolfini ask me before going on stage to introduce him and the rest of The Soprano's cast, “So, have you done this type of thing before, kid? 'Yes, James... a few times.' OK - well just don't f*** up, alright?” Thankfully the event was a hit, and I didn't get whacked.
When I'm not on-stage or in front of the camera, I'm behind the scenes, creating TV pilots. Right now, I've got five in development, being pitched through various production companies. On the production side, I also build and host custom-branded game shows for all types of events and companies.
Even though, I'm the spokesperson for Squiddledee Ties and a featured contributor in the upcoming book: “Today's Business Communication,” I'm probably more well know for winning the booty shaking contest on my last Caribbean cruise.
Awkward dance moves aside, if you're ready to inform and entertain your audience, while simultaneously promoting your brand at an event or on-camera... I'm your guy.