What does your company do? ANF has over 100 newspapers ready and waiting for your festival’s advertisement. We’re cost effective, we’re fast, and we love hearing our clients’ success stories!
What makes your company stand out from your competition? We don’t have a lot of competition, just great relationships with all of the newspapers!
First Paying Job: Telemarketer (I am sooo sorry if you received one of my calls during dinner. 16 year olds don’t really understand the concept of “annoying”)
First Break into your business: I got a job right out of college with Conde Nast in New York City. Newspapers don’t have as many fancy parties as Conde Nast magazines, but I sure like newspaper people more!
Best Book You Have Read: Elegance of the Hedgehog. A witty, funny, heartbreaking novel that I could read 500 times and never grow weary of.
Best Advice you have ever received: Will it matter in 5 years? If no, don’t worry about it.
Spouse / Children: I just got married on 4/13/13 on Anna Maria Island to my wonderful husband Thomas (which is why Porter is now tacked onto my name J)
Pets: Mardi is my cat from New York, and she definitely has the attitude to back it up. Thomas has 2 cats, Milo & Milo, so now we’ve got 3 kitties who bicker like real sisters.
College/Education: Loyola University New Orleans—if you’ve ever been to New Orleans, you’ll understand why only a job in New York could tear me away.
Favorite Sports Team(s): Orlando Magic always hold a special place in my heart, but since Tom Glavin retired from the Mets, I haven’t had a favorite baseball team.
What is one of your favorite quotes? Stressed is Dessert spelled backwards. I don’t know who said it, but I say it to myself about 5 times a day.
Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member? We joined to better understand festivals and events so that we can help attendance grow. The best benefit is FFEA allows us to give 20% discounts to its members!
What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry? Advertise!
Chris Allison The Bucky & GiGi Show 407-601-2917 Email Chris
What does your company do? From the Backyard to the Ballroom….. Center Court to the Center Ring….. these two former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clowns will amaze and amuse… dazzle and delight using Circus Skills, Physical Comedy, Mime, Magic Improvisation and Audience Participation!
What makes your company stand out from your competition? Our versatility and adaptability! We work with our clients to present a show suitable for their guests. Not only do we have our unique show, but we also can provide our own sound system, microphones, and custom circus back-drops and circus ring for shows.
First Paying Job: Fast food restaurant
First Break into your business: Being offered a job to travel with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a clown right out of high school.
Spouse / Children: Wife and comedy partner Gina and our son Hunter.
College/Education: BFA (Bachelor of Fun Arts) Ringling Bros. Clown College.
Favorite Sports Team(s): NY Yankees / NY Giants
Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member? To meet and network with festival and event members. Since moving here 6 months ago I am amazed at how many festivals / events take place in Central FL.
What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry? Undersell and Overdeliver!
John Galloway, Owner ZipLine Adventures 765-376-4181
Number of Years with your current company: New Family Owned Company
What does your company do? We operate a Spectrum Sports mobile zipline.
What makes your company stand out from your competition? Our company was established to provide real work experience for our three college student grandchildren who are very smart with no moxi (street smarts).
First Paying Job: Making ten pound potato bags out of 100 pound potato bags.
First Break into your business: Finding Indiana and Florida Festival and Events Association.
Best Book You Have Read: God is my Co-Pilot
Best Advice you have ever received: Never give up.
Spouse / Children: Wife-Donna, Children-Natalie and John
Favorite Sports Team(s): Chicago Bears and Sprint car racing.
What is one of your favorite quotes? Nothing offers so much and pays back so little as revenge.
Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member? Help us not make rookie mistakes. Working with members.
What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry? Never forget the importance of a customer.
Phil Marro Jr, Sales Manager Complete Ticket Solutions (954) 889-0875 | Email Phil
Number of Years with your current company: 5 Years
What does your company do? We are a full service box office that provides online ticket sales, ticket printing and staffing to events all over the world. If it involves a ticket, we can do it.
What makes your company stand out from your competition? The fact that we are FULL SERVICE. Most of our competition only focuses on the advance ticket sales process, which is great, but what happens on event day? That’s where we can come in and handle everything from A-Z as if we worked out of the same office for the same organization.
First Paying Job: Box Office Representative for the Miami Dolphins and Florida Marlins.
First Break into your business: Meeting CTS when I was in college and working with them at SunFest.
Best Book You Have Read: Always By My Side by Jim Nantz
Best Advice you have ever received: “Find something you love, make a career out of it and you’ll never work a day in your life”.
Birthday: February 10, 1985
Pets: Lab/German Shepherd - Sandy
College/Education: 2007 BA – Northwood University
Favorite Sports Team(s): The U, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Blackhawks
What is one of your favorite quotes? “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying” Michael Jordan
Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member? The best part of being an FFEA member is the Hospitality Suite!
What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry? Join and get involved in an association for the events industry such as FFEA.