MES: Most Extraordinary Stars? Or…

MES: Many Excellent Successes. MES: Master Entrepreneur Supporters. (<– Hey, that was actually a pretty good one.)

MES: Metro Event Specialists, aka our homedawgs. Our peeps. A real swell group of hardworking event tycoons.

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We have introduced you to lots of heavy hitters in the events world (shoutout to our ab-FAB Pelonkey Launch sponsors!), but there’s one group we want to throw in the spotlight for a hot minute. MES holds a special place in our hearts as our good friends Max Major & Troy Francis are the ones that run it, and our CEO Nicole is on the board. Max & Troy and the rest of the MES gang have a finger on many crucial events that take place in DC, and they have been nice enough to toss us countless tips, tricks, and advice on our path to entertainment marketplace stardom (that’s a thing, right?).

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You’ve already heard a little about them through our MES Mixer coverage (we sponsored all the entertainment at their August mixer at the National Archives), but we want to urge all of you in the events industry to take a closer look. Get involved with them. They are a network of event professionals in the DMV area. They are 100% free (um, yes, really), AND they host super fun events with food and drink and talking and laughing and mixing and photo booths and fun and, well, now I’m just rambling.

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They were well-represented at our launch party, and we wanna throw ’em some love. Some mushy, mushy event lurrvvve. They are such a force in the area, and we are glad to call them partners. Get on their list, and don’t miss their next event! No, don’t miss it. Don’t do it. Don’t make us come over there…

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Pelonkey Board, BAM, & Partners celebratory happy hour!

On Tuesday, our wonderful Pelonkey team celebrated our amazing new tech partnership with a fun come and go happy hour! BAMtech members were able to meet and interact with our amazing Advisory Board, partners, and lawyers.

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The whole team had a blast making friends! Pelonkey’s partners the Beat Refinery DJ school and Heist were there to sip in the celebrations!

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Our amazing CEO DJ Neekola made a toast to a glorious future where Pelonkey will disrupt the beans out of the events and entertainment industry!

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We are beyond thrilled to welcome BAM on to the Pelonkey team, and we can’t wait to make this app a success together!

We spy a Pelonkey ninja at the 5th Anniversary MES Masquerade mixer!

Modified from Ciera Gallub‘s post on DJ Neekola’s blog on November 6th, 2014.

Being keen as ever, Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola hopped around the Metro Events Specialists 5th Anniversary Masquerade party without anyone knowing who she was until her reveal!

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The MES event did not disappoint! Taking place at the beautiful Carnegie Library at Mt Vernon Square, the venue was completely decked out for the occasion.

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Beautiful lights and draping landscaped the rooms and halls, and strange but brilliant masked creatures turned up around every corner, making the night take on a mythical vibe!

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Neekola had an incredible time munching on tasty little treats and morsels, dancing to the band, enjoying a libation or two from the open bar, getting her picture snapped left and right from the Umbrella Syndicate, socializing with friends, and networking Pelonkey with the best professionals the DMV events industry has to offer.

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Here’s to the next amazing MES mixer and five more spectacular years!

Pelonkey goes to Vegas for Tech Cocktail Celebrate next week!

It’s the conference we have all been waiting for – Tech Cocktail Celebrate! This is a nation-wide expo and pitch competition that gathers in Vegas to see who the hottest showcasing startup is. Back in July, Neekola took Pelonkey out to Vegas for Tech Cocktail Week and won that competition, earning Pelonkey the chance to pitch with double the competition to national investors, techies, and other important people in the tech world next week!

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Tech Cocktail Celebrate is completely worthwhile with everything that it offers to both its competitors and participants. The conference presents a fantastic line up of speakers from companies like Zappos, SmartThings, and KISSmetrics to name a few. David Copperfield will be speaking as well, which is super exciting! For the competitors, there are also over 30 mentors available for personal business sessions, including 1776‘s own Donna Harris! Aside from an awesome expo opportunity that Pelonkey plans to take full advantage of, there will also be unlimited networking opportunities as well as fun parties and classes to attend.

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Pelonkey is the only startup represented from Washington, DC that is competing for the pitch presentations! Follow our other Pelonkey social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for some great updates throughout the conference! DJ Neekola and Max Major will also be live posting from their social media accounts as well, and as a general following, check out the Twitter hashtag #CelebrateConf to keep up with all of the awesome events. It will be almost as if you were there yourself! We will keep you all updated on how Pelonkey does in the competition as the conference unfolds.

Annual Washingtonian Style Setters at the W Hotel with Pelonkey CEO, DJ Neekola!

Modified from Ciera Gallub‘s post on DJ Neekola’s blog, 9/30/14.

Last Thursday night, Pelonkey‘s CEO, DJ Neekola was asked to perform for the infamous Washingtonian Style Setters event, held at Pinea Restaurant in the W Hotel.

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 The event honors the top 10 trendiest people in the City who dare to be different and fabulous with their fashion (pictured below).

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 DJ Neekola had the entire place bouncing whilst networking with the fiercest and most wonderfully styled people in the city.

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 Providing all the lighting for the evening, Pelonkey and Neekola Entertainment’s lights had the room glowing a beautiful blue with amber and white accents.

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Eventually, the restaurant opened up the downstairs and patio area to allow the guests to really spread out and enjoy the luxurious W Hotel and all of its fun little hangouts.

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Neekola kept the crowd pumped the entire night, and everyone was having a blast!

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Style Setters 2014 was definitely a night to be remembered!

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 A big thanks to Revamp and Guest of a Guest for the wonderful pictures!

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!

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.

Pelonkey’s CEO, DJ Neekola, Performs at the RAMMY Awards 2014!

At one of the most exciting events of the year, Pelonkey CEO DJ Neekola was booked to perform at this year’s RAMMY awards!

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Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, this year’s event was bigger and better than ever!

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Hosted by RJ Whyte’s fabulous event planners, the convention center looked immaculate.

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Neekola’s booth stood above the main bar area, where various whiskeys, spirits, craft beers, and cocktails were being served to the guests.

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The night started with a live band, keeping the crowd in a fun, upbeat mood to eat, drink, and socialize!

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During their awesome performance, DJ Neekola took the opportunity to go network with some of the biggest socialites in the city.

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She even ran into a Pelonkey Board member, Victoria Michael with VM Public Relations!

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Catch a spotlight post on her in the Pelonkey blog soon!

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We also ran into a great friend of ours, Daniel Mahdavian, partnered with a couple new restaurant ideas launching soon – stay tuned!

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Those are bound to be incredible new eating spots in the city!

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With a different theme at each station, all of the chefs from various restaurants and eateries in the area represented a different country.

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The hand-written chalk decor for these food stations was nothing short of stunning!

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Once we had our fun running around, munching on some delicious eats and chatting with some of the best people you will ever meet, it was Neekola’s turn to take over the dance floor!

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Starting off the dance and party portion of the evening was a live flash mob!

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As always, DJ Neekola used her superior skills to read the crowd and rouse everyone to the dance floor!

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This was a fun task after the incredible flash mob dancers busted their moves, but she managed just fine to get everyone into the dancing mood!

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Keeping the crowd packed the whole night, she had to end the night with Andrea Bocelli remixed with Imogen Heap to clear the floor for cleanup, and people still found a way to dance to it!

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Her rhythms are just too good.

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A big thanks to all of our great photographers, such as Ben Droz, Brightest Young Things, and Washington Life Magazine the for some of these wonderful photos!

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Thank you to RJ Whyte for booking Neekola for this amazing event!

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The RAMMYS always promise good memories and great times with awesome people, and we very much appreciated being a part of it all!

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!