Beautiful corporate gala at the Library of Congress with Design Cuisine, Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola, Braxton Cook, and Max Major!

Taken from Ciera Gallub‘s post on the DJ Neekola blog 11.11.14.

Tis the season for the fun corporate holiday parties to start rolling in! Design Cuisine make the Library of Congress look and feel immaculate for this high end corporate party, bringing out top talent for the evening – Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola on the decks, Braxton Cook with some sweet jazz sax, and Max Major with his mind-reading abilities!

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DJ Neekola was thrilled to have some top Pelonkey talent rocking the evening with her!

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Braxton did an amazing job on the sax, playing along to Neekola’s tunes, and even hopping on the bar a few times to jam out for the guests!

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Max Major pulled some top notch levitation, amusing and thoroughly baffling many of the fancy bystanders!

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With Amaryllis designs and florals bringing together a perfectly sculpted tasting palate from Design Cuisine, the presentation could not have been more perfectly tuned.

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The event was lovely, and all of the guests had a wonderful time enjoying the music and talents of all of Pelonkey’s finest performers! Thank you to Design Cuisine for allowing everyone to be a part of such a great experience! Here’s to the next awesome party!

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What we learned in Vegas at Tech Cocktail Celebrate

The Pelonkey Team had an amazing time out in Vegas this past week for Tech Cocktail Celebrate! We easily had the coolest booth at the expo, and Max Major and DJ Neekola tore up the pitch competition, impressing all the attendees, judges, and mentors with their passion and vision for the company.

We learned some very important tips and lessons from the many great speakers and panelists at the conference, including 1776 Co-Founder, Donna Harris! Some of these pointers that we felt were especially applicable for our company, we have shared below.

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1. Make your own path. We do not want to mimic or follow the rules and boundaries set by other companies, whether similar to Pelonkey’s goals or not. Pelonkey plans to completely revolutionize the event and entertainment industry, changing the way entertainers and party planners do biz together – that will take risks and traveling down the unbeaten path, a challenge we are more than excited to face!

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2. Be selective about whom you choose to partner with. The Pelonkey Team has worked very hard to bring our customers only the best in local partnerships for the company. We chose one of the most popular night venues in the city, Heist, to host our awesome entertainer events at; the Beat Refinery DJ school offers discounted classes and sessions to local DJs, who can also test to become Beat Refinery certified; Chuck Levin’s offers discounted equipment specials to Pelonkey musicians; Digital DC is our connect with the local DC government; EventsDC brings Pelonkey all the latest in events around the area as well as an in to the party planner side of things. We are always looking out for the best interests of our Pelonkey peeps!

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3. Know your audience and constantly customize your product to their needs. We want to know all the good stuff as well as what we can improve on here at Pelonkey – please reach out to us with any feedback! This site is for you all, so we want it to be the best experience possible.

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4. Be responsive on social media. Pelonkey’s company values focus our priorities on customer service. If you need something, we try to be as accessible as possible to your request, whether it’s in a tweet, email, FB message, text, you name it!

There are many other awesome tips we received from the pros at the Celebrate Conference, and we wanted to outline these four super important lessons we learned for all of our great supporters and users! Vegas was awesome, and we can’t wait to launch Pelonkey officially in early 2015! For more deets into what we did while at Tech Cocktail Celebrate, check out our previous blog post here.

Updates while in Vegas for Tech Cocktail Celebrate!

Pelonkey has been super busy while we’ve been at this fun conference! Tech Cocktail Celebrate has certainly not disappointed!

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DJ Neekola and Max Major wowed everyone at the expo yesterday, including the judges! With fellow Vegas magician Luke Dancy, founder of Social Mischief, the Pelonkey expo booth was by far the best of the bunch!

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With giveaways like Pelonkey shades, stickers, pens, Chuck Levin’s sponsored Go-Pro camera, headphones, and more, Pelonkey’s booth was blasting fun music, entertaining people with two magicians, handing out fun swag from our other sponsors like Events DC and Digital DC, and pitching up a storm to anyone within earshot!

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Neekola took full advantage of the speakers, mentors, and classes being offered throughout the day at the conference.

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With the Pelonkey team back here in DC tweeting and posting updates throughout the day, all the home fans were able to enjoy the Celebrate Conference just as much as the people in attendance!

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Pelonkey has had a marvelous experience being back in Vegas for Tech Cocktail Celebrate, and we can’t wait to announce the outcomes for the pitch competition! Stay tuned!

Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Max Major!

Posted by Pelonkey writer Ciera Gallub.

Max Major is not just an awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board member, providing sound business and entertainment advice and bringing great industry insight to the table. Max Major is also DC’s finest and most popularly booked magician, with his own company. He performs for corporate events, privates parties, and all sorts of special events on top of his highly successful magic show THINK, which will be taking a national theater tour this summer from Chicago to New Orleans!

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On top of that, Max Major is also the owner of Metro Event Specialists, a highly specialized network of event industry professionals. MES mixers and workshops are hosted every month, benefiting local event planners, entertainers, and business people by helping them make excellent connections and contacts within the DMV area.

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Max brings a lot of excellent qualities to the Pelonkey Advisory Board table, with vast event industry experience, insight from an entertainer’s perspective, as well as excellent business advice for Nicole, being an entrepreneur himself. Not to mention his ability to read minds and his perfect hair – that swoop though! For anyone who was wondering, yes, I did ask Max to read my mind during our interview, which he was successful at!

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Asking Max for his activities while he wasn’t working was difficult – he’s always working! However, being a lifetime snowboarder, he sometimes indulges in the beautiful snowy slopes. Max also frequents the gym, and his drink of choice is whiskey. If Max could only eat one food for the rest of his life, he would consume sweet potato hash forever because it is “buttery and fatty and delicious”. He has no idea what his favorite color is. Perhaps it is green, like butter lettuce.

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Check out Max Major’s amazing mind-reading abilities at his next upcoming THINK show! Let him know that he makes an awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board member while you hand him a whiskey shot.

Meet the @Pelonkey #AdvisoryBoard Members!

Ever wondered who the awesome brains behind the genius of Pelonkey are? Meet our amazing Pelonkey Advisory Board!

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 We will do a weekly spotlight on each member individually, and here is a quick look at our seven top notch advisors.

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Nicole Gallub, aka DJ Neekola, is our lovely Founder and CEO, and she has put together a rock solid team of people who really know what they’re talking about!

DJ Neekola: http://djneekola.com

Guest of a Guest: http://guestofaguest.com/tag/nicole-gallub

In The Capital: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/all-series/dc-trendsetters-dj-neekola-spins-big-parties-and-a-big-business-idea/

Uber Stories: http://uberstories.com/tag/nicole-gallub/

Fox 5: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/23727653/dj-neekola-on-fox-5-dj-friday

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Max Major is DC’s best and most popular magician. He is also the Founder of Metro Event Specialists, the DMV’s finest event networking group which hosts mixers and workshops to help people boost their business and meet other like-minded individuals in their industry.

Max Major: http://maxmajor.net

Metro Event Specialists: http://metroevents.org/author/max-major

What Weekly: http://whatweekly.com/2014/01/30/magician-max-major-get-paid-to-play-tricks/

CBS DC: http://washington.cbslocal.com/tag/max-major-mind-reading-and-magic-show/

DC Metro Theater Arts: http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/07/24/an-interview-with-magician-max-major-by-eric-denver/

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Victoria Michael has run her own public relations company, VM Public Relations, since 2001. You might have seen some of her fine work with the Washington Nationals, the Washingtonian, or Dirty Martini, just to name a few.

Victoria Michael Public Relations: http://vmpublicrelations.com

Washington Life Magazing: http://www.washingtonlife.com/?s=victoria+michael&x=15&y=9&=Go

Sip With Socialites: http://sipwithsocialites.com/the-socialites/victoria-michael

Guest of a Guest: http://guestofaguest.com/directory/victoria-michael

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Rich Shea is the owner of HiBall Events, one of the area’s biggest party and festival coordinators around. HiBall controls Big Night DC, New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago, and National FreedomFest. Locally, check out HiBall Thursdays, which have great presence in the Clarendon scene.

HiBall Events: http://www.hiballevents.com

In The Capital: http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/all-series/dc-trendsetters-the-districts-biggest-party-thrower-rich-shea-preps-for-the-season/

Guest of a Guest: http://guestofaguest.com/tag/hiball-events

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Charles Koch, aka DJ Dirty Hands, is a prominent DJ in the area as well as a nightclub owner. Not only does he spin some crazy good beats, but he also owns Heist DC, a very popular lounge in DuPont.

DJ Dirty Hands: http://www.djdirtyhands.com

Heist: http://www.heistdc.com

The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2014/01/10/dj-chuck-dirty-hands-koch-mixes-the-news/

DC Cool: http://www.dccool.com/dj-dirty-hands

The Music Trust: http://themusictrust.com/djs/dirty-hands/

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Eddie Fam is the CEO of IMPACT Marketing & Events,  as well as the Events and Marketing go-to guy for the Winery at Bull Run. Eddie is also the founder of Networking for Good, which allows charitable organizations and business leaders to come network together on an affordable platform, as well as the Meant2Live Foundation, which promotes the well being of children and impoverished youth overseas.

IMPACT Marketing & Events: http://impactme.com

Networking for Good: http://www.meant2live.org/#!/networking-for-good

Meant to Live Foundation: http://www.meant2live.org/#!/home-page

The Winery at Bull Run: http://www.wineryatbullrun.com/about-us/the-people-of-twabr/

InKandescent Networking: http://inkandescentnetworking.com/network/eddie-fam-founder-networking-for-good

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Tony Cord is the Co-Chairman for DC Innovates, and handles corporate and client relations. He is also an Advisory Board member for ConnecTech DC and the National Crowdfunding Services.

DC Innovates: http://www.dcinnovates-us.org/about-us/board-of-directors/tony-cord

ConnecTech DC: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/morning_call/2013/01/connectech-initiative-launched-to-help.html

National Crowdfunding Services: http://www.prlog.org/12338923-accomplished-experienced-entrepreneur-tony-cord-joins-the-ncs-advisory-board.html

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Steve Britt is an experienced technology attorney who works for a small law firm, Leach Travell Britt pc, out in Tysons Corner. Steve also mentors tech startups and entrepreneurs on their legal issues and questions.

Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jstephenbritt

With this awesome team pulled together, we know Pelonkey will thrive! Please feel free to reach out to any of our Pelonkey Advisory Board members by emailing ciera@pelonkey.com “ATTN: Board Member Name” in the subject line.

First #MESWorks at the #CityClub Hosted by @Metro_Events!

DJ Neekola and Pelonkey staff writer, Ciera Gallub has a published post in WDIW detailing the events from last Tuesday night’s MES Works first ever workshop!

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Featuring speakers Jodi Moraru from EVOKE, Max Major magician and founder of MES, Dan Berger with Social Tables, and Brennan McReynolds with Event Farm, this workshop presented great advice from all the speakers on how to effectively run a business and succeed in DC’s event industry.

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See the article in What Do I Wear here: https://whatdoiwear.co/2014/06/03/inside-metro-event-specialists-hosted-mes-works/.

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Awesome photos courtesy of the Umbrella Syndicate!

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InTheCapital also did a great recap of the workshop, dictating seven key tips to being a successful manager and the importance of building a team and delegating tasks in a business. See more event info here –

Metro Event Specialists: http://metroevents.org

InTheCapital:http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/channels/7-lessons-for-event-professionals-from-mesworks/

City Club of Washington: http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/The-City-Club-of-Washington

Awesome #AprilMESmixer by @Metro_Events at @IrishWhiskeyDC

This past Tuesday, Metro Event Specialists hosted their April #MESmixer at Irish Whiskey! Being a Board Member for MES, DJ Neekola went out to the Irish pub for a fun night of awesome networking with the best professionals in the event industry DC has to offer!

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Run by the amazing duo, Max Major (DC’s best magician – and most eligible bachelor!) and Troy Francis (Troyal Events), the mixer started at a large bar immediately entering Irish Whiskey. With Social Tables checking everyone in flawlessly, you were immediately welcomed into a bustling room full of energetic people, ready to meet everyone!

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  Meant 2 Live Foundation and Impact Marketing and Events owner, Eddie Fam, had a place in the corner where the Metro Events people were collecting gently used smart phones, business attire, and business accessories for people in need in the DC area.

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  Downstairs, Irish Whiskey had another bar that reminded me of an almost speak-easy atmosphere. Upstairs, the pub supplied a delicious array of warm pretzel bites with spicy mustard and sweet “drunk” donuts!

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 A big thanks to Photography by Alexander and the Umbrella Syndicate for these awesome event pictures!

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   Upstairs is where the DJ was rocking out, and paired with another bar, the good times kept rolling!

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Near the end of the mixer, Max and Troy made announcements for the winners of the door prizes, raffles, and twitter contest for whomever tweeted with the hashtag #MESmixer. Everyone was excited about their prizes!

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These mixers are always a blast, sporting the best bites, drinks, atmosphere, networking, and people in the city. We always have a good time and make some awesome connections!

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You won’t want to miss the next MES Mixer – always a packed and sold out event! The next mixer is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th, with details to come! See you there!

Metro Event Specialists: http://metroevents.org

Irish Whiskey: http://www.irishwhiskeydc.com

Troyal Events: http://troyalevents.com

Max Major: http://maxmajor.net

Umbrella Syndicate: http://www.theumbrellasyndicate.com

Photography by Alexander: http://www.alexandermorozov.com

Impact Marketing and Events: http://impactme.com

Meant 2 Live Foundation: http://www.meant2live.org

Social Tables: https://www.socialtables.com