Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Rich Shea

Our awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board member, Rich Shea runs HiBall Events, which owns 7 different event companies operating in 6 states, and Washington, DC. Most noteworthy within HiBall is the Big Night America New Year’s Eve events, which produce 5 of the largest NYE celebrations in the country! Bigger news than that party, Rich is a new daddy!

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Rich brings great insight to the Pelonkey Advisory Board with all of his event planning and venue experience. Being neck deep in the entertainment industry and managing different artists across the nation on a regular basis gives him a very focused understanding of all levels of company operations. Specific to Pelonkey, Rich brings insight to the relationship between the artist, the promoter, and the venue from the promoter’s perspective. He also has a good degree of marketing/sales expertise, especially in regards to the online world, which can be helpful to Pelonkey as it scales up.

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Marketing is Rich’s strongest skill – he has extensive experience in opening new markets by connecting people with unique event environments. Rich believes that Pelonkey will bring all event industry people closer together, since the back business content is easily automated and taken care of, allowing more time for everyone to do what they love best: entertain!

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HiBall has many exciting events coming up, and the one Rich is most excited for is a new Big Night America in Chicago! Located at one of the best hotels in the city, the Hilton Palmer House, this event is sure to be huge and super awesome!

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One thing you may not know about Rich from the outside is that he loves bananas. They are fruity perfection. Rich also plays hockey in his free time with DC Street Hockey, making sure he maintains a great summer bod all year round! If you would like to email Rich, you should customize your font to Helvetica, which is his favorite due to its aesthetic appeal. We love having Rich on our Pelonkey Advisory Board as a great power player!

Digital DC teams up with Pelonkey for the Summer Kickoff Reception at Capitale!

Last month, Pelonkey provided two of our awesome DC DJs, DJ Costi and DJ Hi Def, to mix and mash up some super dope beats for Digital DC‘s Summer Kickoff Reception!

Hosted by Carlos Gray, Mayor Vincent Gray‘s son, the event brought together awesome people from the DC government, including 1776 mentor Erin Horne McKinney!

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Starting off the night was Pelonkey’s DJ Costi, feeling out the crowd with some upbeat lounge and house music. Halfway through, DJ Hi Def kicked into club mode, mixing in some hip hop and a little modern house. What a great vibe from the two of them!

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Capitale proved to be an excellent space for the networking party, which consisted of NFL Pro Sports, startups (mostly from WeWork, another event sponsor), and real estate members.

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St. Louis Rams Safety, Rodney McLeod, was in attendance with a few of his football buddies, attracting quite a crowd!

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With Lulu’s ice cream also in attendance sharing the delicious love, it was quite a successful event all around!

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Pelonkey was happy to be a part of the Summer Kickoff Reception!

CEO, DJ Neekola, Represents Pelonkey for the June #MESmixer at Malmaison in Georgetown

Last month, DJ Neekola went to the Metro Event Specialists‘ June mixer at the beautiful Malmaison in Georgetown!

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Representing her startup, Pelonkey, Neekola was able to network with some of the best in the event and entertainment industry.

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Partnering up with the Meant 2 Live Foundation, Metro Events has started #MEScares by raising donated clothing and accessories for inner city youth as they join the city’s workforce, benefiting House DC.

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It was a wonderful mixer, as always, and this time around was hosted by JBC Events. Neekola walked away with multiple new contacts from her great networking!

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Look for updates on #MESworks as well, which are workshops to help companies boost their events business evening more by taking classes taught by experienced industry professionals. Hope to see you at the next #MESmixer!

DJ Neekola Represents Pelonkey for Tech Cocktail Week in Vegas!

Yes, our lovely, wonderful DJ Neekola will be showcasing her tech startup, Pelonkey, in Vegas this week for Tech Cocktail Week, hosted by Tech Cocktail! After sending in an application against other startup companies across the nation, Pelonkey – based out of the 1776 DC startup incubator – was chosen to come to Vegas to network with the most promising companies around. Not only will she meet other like-minded entrepreneurs as passionate as she is about her company, Neekola (aka: Nicole Gallub) will also be able to network with investors, angels, venture capitalists, successful senior entrepreneurs, speakers, mentors, and other great techies at this conference!

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Frank Gruber with Tech Cocktail will be doing book signings for his newly released book, Startup Mixology. Also speaking throughout the week will be Jen Consalvo with Tech Cocktail, Saul Colt with Kinetic Cafe, Brad Wisler with SproutBox, Eric Olson with Origin Ventures, Andy White with VegasTechFund, and Amy Jo Martin with Digital Royalty. As if that weren’t enough, Neekola also applied to pitch for the Startup Showcase on Friday and was accepted! Pelonkey will be seen and heard by hundred of the right kind of people, for a one minute pitch time to fire out how awesome this events and entertainment app is! Go Neekola!

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We have big plans for Pelonkey, and Tech Cocktail Week is a great opportunity to continue to spread awareness and keep the good press going! Neekola is excited to network with other potential partners and mentors, as well as meet other awesome entrepreneurs throughout all the seminars, expos, tours, and classes that Tech Cocktail offers throughout the week while Pelonkey explores the playground that is Vegas. Bon Voyage, Neekola! We know you will do great things with Pelonkey and make the most out of your Tech Cocktail Week experience!