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  THE MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: AND THE SURVEY SAYS; OVER 51% OF MPI D/FW DOES BUSINESS WITH MINORITIES

BY RICHARD S. POLLAK, PRESIDENT

RAINBOW ENTERTAINMENT/SPEAKERS/SPECIAL EVENTS

 

     A bold independent meeting planner explained, “I’ve always done business with multi-cultures, every time that I had a meeting. They setup my tables and served us our food. Now, they are some of my biggest clients, I am not even Jewish or Mexican and over 40% over my business is with those minorities and that doesn’t even count all of my ethnic suppliers!”

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

   “I’ve done more meeting business as a Caucasian member of the Dallas Black Convention and Visitors Bureau because of referrals from Dvorah Evans than I ever did as a paying member of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, yet the DBCVB would never use my services as a non-Afro-American supplier for their own events and I don’t have any problems with that!.”

 RICHARD S. POLLAK, RAINBOW ENTERTAINMENT

      Pollak will be presenting “Integrating Multi-Cultural Entertainment into any event at THE SPECIAL EVENT MAGAZINE CONVENTION in Dallas, Texas in January.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Colleen Rickenbacker has traveled around the world as an expert speaker on etiquette, “In Singapore, as a minority (woman), I was not permitted to speak until I was spoken to.” THEN, Colleen told her hosts: WHERE IT’S AT!

 Last year, when we tried to have a multicultural dine around, we couldn’t find 3 ethnic restaurants that are members of MPI! Now that we’ve identified the opportunities and worked with the Hispanic, Black and Asian Chambers of Commerce, we need them involved in the meeting planning industry as preferred suppliers.

 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

       According to Author, meeting planner extraordinaire and the MPI D/FW’s first multicultural committee chair, Jim Monroe, “In order to do business with minorities, you have to know and understand their customs, traditions and special needs. You must first get them to trust that you know them in order to do business with them even if you’re already best friends.”

      Having successfully worked with a multitude of minority cultures like with Orthodox Jews, South Americans and women, Monroe pioneered the MPI D/FW Multicultural Initiative Survey. Of the 797 MPID/FW members only 16.7% (133) answered the survey questions on doing business with minorities and he asks!

  WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

      MPI DFW Director of Professional Development, Laura Jordan,CMP of the Wyndham Worldwide attended her first MPI Multicultural meeting as a replacement  liason representing the MPI D/FW board , now she’s hooked on the Mexican fish Tacos and a monthly meeting regular.

    WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?     According to M.T. Hickman, Chairman of the MPI D/FW multicultural committee and program coordinator at Richland College, “Our charge as the multicultural committee for the Dallas MPI chapter is not only to provide you (the chapter) the programs you have expressed a need for, but to continue to raise the level of awareness regarding the dollars and “sense” of doing business with all ethnic groups. Your charge as members is to embrace the education inherent in this ever-changing society and to set a precedent in our industry for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity. After all, it just makes good business sense.”IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS THE MPI D/FW MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE HAS PLANS FOR SEVERAL EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS. EVERY MONTHLY MEETING OF THE MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE IS A MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN ITSELF AS WE MEET AND DINE AT A DIFFERENT ETHNICALLY DIVERSE RESTAURANT.WE ENCOURAGE MORE MPI D/FW MEMBERS TO BECOME INVOLVED AND TRY THE MATZO BALL SOUP, DIM SUM,FISH VERA CRUZ AND COLLARD GREENS! 

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 RAINBOW ENTERTAINMENT/SPECIAL EVENT SERVICES    Featuring over 6,000 NATIONAL HEADLINERS        AND OUR OWN TEXAS TALENT FOR   FESTIVALS*SPECIAL EVENTS*CITY/HOLIDAYCELEBRATIONS*GRAND OPENINGS*CORPORATEBANDS/ETHNIC/SPECIALTY/CHILDREN’S/THEMEPRODUCTIONS/FUND RAISERS/MEETINGS/GALAS10,000 HARD TO FIND SPECIAL EVENT PRODUCTS/SERVICES CONTACT: RICHARD S. POLLAK      PHONE: 972-267-8474    Email:RICHARD@RAINBOWENTERTAINMENT.COM WWW.RAINBOWENTERTAINMENT.COM

  THE MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE: AND THE SURVEY SAYS; OVER 51% OF MPI D/FW DOES BUSINESS WITH MINORITIES

BY RICHARD S. POLLAK, PRESIDENT

RAINBOW ENTERTAINMENT/SPEAKERS/SPECIAL EVENTS

 

     A bold independent meeting planner explained, “I’ve always done business with multi-cultures, every time that I had a meeting. They setup my tables and served us our food. Now, they are some of my biggest clients, I am not even Jewish or Mexican and over 40% over my business is with those minorities and that doesn’t even count all of my ethnic suppliers!”

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

   “I’ve done more meeting business as a Caucasian member of the Dallas Black Convention and Visitors Bureau because of referrals from Dvorah Evans than I ever did as a paying member of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, yet the DBCVB would never use my services as a non-Afro-American supplier for their own events and I don’t have any problems with that!.”

 RICHARD S. POLLAK, RAINBOW ENTERTAINMENT

      Pollak will be presenting “Integrating Multi-Cultural Entertainment into any event at THE SPECIAL EVENT MAGAZINE CONVENTION in Dallas, Texas in January.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Colleen Rickenbacker has traveled around the world as an expert speaker on etiquette, “In Singapore, as a minority (woman), I was not permitted to speak until I was spoken to.” THEN, Colleen told her hosts: WHERE IT’S AT!

 Last year, when we tried to have a multicultural dine around, we couldn’t find 3 ethnic restaurants that are members of MPI! Now that we’ve identified the opportunities and worked with the Hispanic, Black and Asian Chambers of Commerce, we need them involved in the meeting planning industry as preferred suppliers.

 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

       According to Author, meeting planner extraordinaire and the MPI D/FW’s first multicultural committee chair, Jim Monroe, “In order to do business with minorities, you have to know and understand their customs, traditions and special needs. You must first get them to trust that you know them in order to do business with them even if you’re already best friends.”

      Having successfully worked with a multitude of minority cultures like with Orthodox Jews, South Americans and women, Monroe pioneered the MPI D/FW Multicultural Initiative Survey. Of the 797 MPID/FW members only 16.7% (133) answered the survey questions on doing business with minorities and he asks!

  WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

      MPI DFW Director of Professional Development, Laura Jordan,CMP of the Wyndham Worldwide attended her first MPI Multicultural meeting as a replacement  liason representing the MPI D/FW board , now she’s hooked on the Mexican fish Tacos and a monthly meeting regular.

    WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?     According to M.T. Hickman, Chairman of the MPI D/FW multicultural committee and program coordinator at Richland College, “Our charge as the multicultural committee for the Dallas MPI chapter is not only to provide you (the chapter) the programs you have expressed a need for, but to continue to raise the level of awareness regarding the dollars and “sense” of doing business with all ethnic groups. Your charge as members is to embrace the education inherent in this ever-changing society and to set a precedent in our industry for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity. After all, it just makes good business sense.”IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS THE MPI D/FW MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE HAS PLANS FOR SEVERAL EXCITING AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS. EVERY MONTHLY MEETING OF THE MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE IS A MULTICULTURAL EXPERIENCE IN ITSELF AS WE MEET AND DINE AT A DIFFERENT ETHNICALLY DIVERSE RESTAURANT.WE ENCOURAGE MORE MPI D/FW MEMBERS TO BECOME INVOLVED AND TRY THE MATZO BALL SOUP, DIM SUM,FISH VERA CRUZ AND COLLARD GREENS! 

Business: Columnist Cheryl Hall

He's built his business on characters

 

Need a Santa, or maybe an Elvis? Talent shop owner can hook you up

11/24/2002

By CHERYL HALL / The Dallas Morning News

When Santa Claus comes to town, Richard Pollak provides the map. He also knows when to send in the clowns and what time Elvis needs to leave the building.

The 49-year-old owner of Rainbow Entertainment is a one-man talent shop that books 1,200 independent performers for every imaginable gig.

A goofy shopper dressed like Cher for a Saks Fifth Avenue store opening?

A silver-painted lady who stands statue-still for the State Fair of Texas?

Six country bands for a cattle drive in the West End?

No problem.

He's got Fat Elvis, Young Elvis and Hispanic Elvis. He hasn't discovered Black Elvis yet, but Mr. Pollak is sure there's one out there somewhere.

These days, Mr. Pollak is deploying a dozen Santas, six elves on stilts and a legion of holiday-clad clowns to parties and events throughout North Texas.

Ironically, one of his white-bearded-and-paunchy crew had to go on a diet to wedge into his Santa suit.

Among his most popular is Saxophone Santa, who plays Christmas tunes in addition to doling out lap time.

"All my Santas are either professional clowns or schoolteachers who work with children year-round," Mr. Pollak says, acknowledging that he's careful about who he puts in contact with kids. "They're not just fat guys with white beards."

These are spiritual clones of the real guy at the North Pole, he insists.

One St. Nick will listen to wish lists at the downtown Neiman Marcus, beginning Sunday through Dec. 24. And as you might expect, playing Santa at Neiman's is no ordinary sit-down job.

He'll cruise into valet parking, provide a lap of luxury in his designer mink suit, listen to wishes in an enchanted forest and get paid $4,000 for the one-month season.

The oddest Claus caper Mr. Pollak ever arranged was in 1993 at a Mesquite funeral parlor, which invited folks into its chapel to meet the big man in red. A quirky but neighborly idea, Mr. Pollak thought. So he equipped Mrs. Claus to take 600 souvenir Polaroid photos during the two-hour event.

Afterward, Mr. Pollak had 588 exposures left.

"That's how I got into 'Have your picture taken with Elvis' and 'Have your picture taken with a Las Vegas show girl' at casino parties," Mr. Pollak laughs. "I had to get rid of all that film."

Rent a reindeer

This year, Rainbow Entertainment's holiday entourage includes a team (eight and a spare) of live, 5-foot-tall yearling reindeer replete with 3-foot antler extensions. In the off months, these Blitzens and Vixens live on a Weatherford ranch.

"That's what I want to do in my next life," says Mr. Pollak. "Earn $350 an hour [per reindeer] for four weeks and then spend 11 months doing nothing but eat."

After a year, though, they grow to 3,500 pounds and are sent into retirement at Arbuckle Wilderness, a drive-through exotic animal and nature park in Oklahoma.

Mr. Pollak, unmistakable in his neon Rainbow Entertainment shirt, has enjoyed several lives himself. He's no shrinking violet.

He came to Dallas 21 years ago as regional marketing manager of Burger King and helped implement the famous "Battle of the Burgers" ad campaign, which achieved 12 straight quarters of higher sales.

Looking for an encore, he gave up burgers and fries in 1985 to book stand-up comics for St. Louis-based Funnybone, which was opening a club here.

"We were like the McDonald's of comedy," Mr. Pollak recalls. "Our comedians had to work two weeks straight at each of our 18 clubs."

This was before television really targeted comedians for sitcoms, he says, and many high-voltage comics started in small venues like his - Roseanne Barr, Jeff Foxworthy and David Spade, to name three.

"They all used to get $1,500 a week from me and [were] very happy to get that," he says.

In 1988, when competition and TV dealt a deathblow to Funnybone, Mr. Pollak created his own comedy circuit at Holiday Inns.

"The towns kept getting smaller and smaller," says Mr. Pollak, who operates out of his house in Far North Dallas. "We started out playing Saturday nights in Tulsa. A year later, it was Tuesday nights in Enid, Okla. And I had to sit home and hope the guy who ran the Holiday Inn in Enid would mail me a check."

As his comedy business waned, Mr. Pollak got a call out of nowhere asking him to provide entertainment for a children's festival benefiting the Family Place.

He didn't have kids and had never booked a children's act. Undaunted, he turned to the Yellow Pages, filled five stages for three full days and became one of the largest children's entertainment agents in Dallas overnight.

Business improves

Today no event is too large, or small, to garner his attention.

His wife, Marsha Pollak, keeps him on the straight and narrow. "If your wife's an accountant, you don't spend a dollar until you make a dollar," he says.

When Mr. Pollak considered giving up the lower-end clown trade, she pointed out that he earned $2,500 last year by booking 100 clown hours over the telephone. That paid for their vacation to Hawaii.

Looked at that way, he kinda likes those rubber-nosed fools.

And compared to some of the higher-paid "stars" he's endured, funny folks with big feet are considerably more enjoyable.

When Joan Rivers (whom he booked for a local Jewish charity event) stormed off her plane screaming obscenities about getting to her limousine, Mr. Pollak knew he was in for a long, bumpy ride.

His company will bill $550,000 in entertainment this year. Mr. Pollak, who gets 5 to 25 percent of that, will pocket $140,000. That's up sharply from his $103,000 take last year, when 25 percent of his corporate clients canceled celebrations after 9-11. They're back in force this year.

Event planner Marsha Singer wants Santa and his reindeer for Holiday Magic in the West End on Dec. 7 after the downtown parade. She doesn't know just how many antlers she can hire yet, but she knows Mr. Pollak will work within her client's budget.

"I can say, 'Richard, I have this much money,' and he'll get me what I need."

In April, she needed a circus - big-top tent, performers and animals, right down to the cotton candy. Mr. Pollak found one through a festival trade show in Houston.

Errol McKoy, president of the State Fair of Texas, says Mr. Pollak is his go-to guy for local talent of the strange and eclectic ilk.

"Everything I ask for is kinda screwball," Mr. McKoy says. "I don't know how he does it, but he's able to ferret out these people."

For this year's fair, he needed a talking robot, a midway barker, a band of belly dancers and crowd-friendly horses for the nightly parade.

"I had to find the best-trained horses in town," says Mr. Pollak, who actually found his equestrian ensemble in Cowtown, not Big D. "They performed at the Fort Worth Stock Show in pitch darkness in an arena with fireworks. I figured those horses must be deaf, dumb and blind and willing to go where they're told to go."

Going the distance

He often hires unemployed actors, who are usually offended at first. "They say, 'No way. I'm a performer.' But when I say $200 a day for 29 days, they go, 'I'm in,' " he chuckles. "You don't have to put State Fair of Texas on your résumé. You just have to deposit the money in your bank."

Last year, Megan Wright, a tax accountant at Lennox Industries Inc., needed to put together an executive go-cart race to kick off the company's United Way campaign. Mr. Pollak contracted for six race cars, which executives put into high gear around a lake at the Richardson headquarters.

The event was such a hit that Ms. Wright recently arranged an expanded version, pitting employees against execs.

Rainbow Entertainment's business is fairly evenly split among family celebrations, city-sponsored festivals, corporate events, conventions and holidays. About 90 percent of its business is local.

But Mr. Pollak doesn't know exactly how to classify a recent job that came his way through an international tourism organization.

He booked 40 Cossack dancers from Russia to sit-kick for a month early next year at an international shopping festival in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

He didn't know any Cossacks, but he certainly wasn't going to let a $30,000 fee slip away. He tracked them down and made the arrangements without ever leaving his desk thanks to the Internet.

Now Mr. Pollak only hopes his check is in the mail.

Pleased with his punctual turnaround, the government-sponsored group in Dubai is now talking about signing a big-name recording star for the 2004 festival.

That, he says, probably isn't going to happen but not because he won't give it a shot. "I think they're thinking $250,000, not the $2 million it would take."

Once the holidays are over, most of his Santas will become clowns again, with Mr. Pollak busily booking them for kids' parties.

His Elvis impersonators will croon at corporate gigs. People arranging Easter events will start calling for petting zoos.

"The only ones who'll get to kick back and relax," he says cheerily, "will be the reindeer."



Cheryl Hall

Cheryl Hall
Cheryl Hall is a columnist for The Dallas Morning News.
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Some Men see things as they are and say WHY? I dream things that never were and say WHY NOT!
Robert . F. Kennedy

 

            THE NEW DALLAS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

 MEMBERS RALLY BEHIND NEW CHAIRMAN J. PETER KLINE

AS DRASTIC CHANGES ARE NEEDED

     BY RICHARD S. POLLAK

             MAYOR LAURA MILLER OF DALLAS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF J. PETER KLINE, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF BRISTOL HOTELS, AS THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE DCVB. MR. KLINE TAKES ON THE THANKLESS CHALLENGE OF REVITALIZING THE DISASTROUS CONVENTION GEOGRAPHY  AHEAD OF US FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

       IN THE PAST, THE DCVB   HAS LOST SUPPLIER   MEMBERSHIP  EVERY YEAR BECAUSE OF THEIR INABILITY TO PROVIDE SUPPLIERS EFFECTIVE MARKETING PROGRAMS, CREATIVE ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS AND ACTUAL CONVENTION BOOKINGS  TO GENERATE  IMPACTFUL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES.  

   I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE DALLAS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU FOR OVER 5 YEARS. AS A SUPPLIER OF NATIONAL HEADLINERS AND OUR OWN LOCAL TEXAS TALENT FOR CONVENTIONS, TRADE SHOWS, GRAND OPENING AND SPECIAL EVENTS, IT TOOK ME ALMOST THAT LONG TO FIND OUT HOW TO GET CONVENTION BUSINESS IN DALLAS.

      UNLIKE ARLINGTON, FORT WORTH, IRVING AND PLANO, WHO GLADLY SUPPLY CONVENTION CONTACTS TO SUPPLIERS AT NO CHARGE, YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF THE DCVB IN ORDER TO GET A CONVENTION CONTACT LIST OR VISIT A SECRET ROOM OF CONVENTION CONTRACT FILES.

   DURING MY FIRST YEAR, AS A MEMBER OF THE DCVB, I SAT BACK AND WAITED FOR ALL THIS CONVENTION BUSINESS TO FALL INTO MY LAP. WHICH NEVER HAPPENED.

   THE NEXT 2 YEARS, I WORKED HARD AT FINDING OUT EXACTLY HOW TO GET CONVENTION BUSINESS IN DALLAS. THE MAJORITY OF THE LARGE CONVENTIONS HAVE THEIR OWN OUT OF TOWN CONVENTION PLANNERS OR HIRE A LOCAL DESTINATION/EVENT PLANNER COMPANY TO COORDINATE THE WIDE VARIETY OF LOCAL CONVENTION SERVICES.  ACCORDING TO THE OLD DCVB’S STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES, THE DCVB CONTROLLED CONTACTS AND MANIPULATED SUPPLIERS INTO THINKING THAT MOST OUT OF TOWN CONVENTIONS PREFER NOT TO BE CONTACTED BY   INDIVIDUAL DALLAS SUPPLIERS LIKE ENTERTAINMENT AGENCIES, SOUND COMPANIES OR DECORATORS, ETC. THEREFORE, MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH YOURSELF WITH ONE OF THESE OUT OF TOWN EVENT PLANNERS. THESE PLANNERS MAY BE PRODUCING JUST ONE DALLAS CONVENTION AND RELY ON DCVB EXCLUSIVELY FOR RECOMMENDATIONS..   THE DCVB PLAYS A COLD HAND WHEN IT COMES TO REFERRALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. THEY OFFICIALLY   DON’T! HOWEVER, IN THE PAST, MANY SUPPLIERS COMPLAINED   AND QUIT BECAUSE THEY FOUND OUT THAT  PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR MANY YEARS.

     IN ADDITION, THE DCVB PRODUCES EVENTS ON   IT’S OWN   THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO PROMOTE THE CITY. AS MEMBERS OF THE DCVB, WE ARE ASKED TO DONATE OUR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES ALL THE TIME FOR THESE EVENTS. I ATTENDED A MEETING WHERE A FORMER DCVB EVENT SPOKESWOMAN STATED THAT SHE DOES OVER 1O0 EVENTS PER YEAR.

      AS ONE OF 12 MEMBER ENTERTAINMENT AGENCIES, I ASSUMED AND EXPECTED AT LEAST 3-4 PHONE CALLS A YEAR FOR DCVB SPONSORED EVENTS. WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT THE PERSON IN CHARGE USED WHOMEVER SHE WANTED AND SHE NEVER WENT THRU A PROPER RFP PROCEDURE. I WENT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE   DCVB AND THE MEDIA AND SOON SHE WAS  FIRED.

   LAST YEAR, AT A TxACOM LUNCHEON, THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE DCVB SPOKE AND SAID THAT YOU CAN ASK HIM FOR ANYTHING! SO I PINNED HIM DOWN UNTIL HE PUT ME ON THE POWERFUL   DCVB SALES AND MARKETING COMMITTEE .AT THE QUARTERLY MEETINGS, THE SALES MANAGER REPORTS ON HOW MANY HOTEL ROOMS THEY PROJECT TO BOOK OVER THE NEXT 7 YEARS TO A COMMITTEE OF THE 5 LARGEST HOTELS IN THE CITY AND PRACTICALLY NOTHING ELSE.

     UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE NEW CHAIRMAN, J. PETER KLINE AND THE HIRING OF A NEW PRESIDENT, THE DCVB IS GOING TO TAKE NEW SHAPE AND A NEW APPROACH INSTEAD OF DOING THINGS THE OLD WAY.  

     AS LEADER OF A LARGE GROUP OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE DCVB, I AM GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CHERYL LEWIS, AS THE NEW HEAD OF MEMBER SERVICES, THAT THE DCVB NO LONGER HIRES OUT OF TOWN EVENT PLANNERS FOR VICTORYFEST, DOES NOT GIVE HOTELS EXCLUSIVE EVENT PRODUCTION ON FAMS AND DOES NOT GIVE PAYING OPPORTUNITIES TO A ONLY A SELECT FEW MEMBERS WITHOUT PROPER RFP’S. ALL WE INSIST ON IS AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD. WE DEMAND THAT THE DCVB EVENT PRODUCERS AND SALES FORCE PUT PAYING OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY UP FOR BID.

 A SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGE IS DUE TO MS. JAN GILLAN, WHO WAS RECENTLY LAID OFF FROM THE DCVB. JAN WAS A DEDICATED WORKER, WHO WORKED EXTREMELY HARD AT TRYING TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL, ORGANIZATIONAL AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TO THE DCVB MEMBERS AS SERVICES COORDINATOR

THE PERILS OF THE PARTY

BY RICHARD S. POLLAK, PRESIDENT

       RAINBOW ENTERTAINMENT/SPECIAL EVENT SERVICES

      When Waukesha Electric Company of Wisconsin was attending the Electronics Convention in Dallas, Texas, they wanted to put on a ROOTIN-TOOTIN Western Themed party for their clients and they called Rainbow Entertainment. It started out simple enough requesting A Top Touring C&W band and casino equipment. But as the discussions continued, we were in for THE PERILS OF THE PARTY.

        Working with their company event planner, my first question was where the event would be held! To my surprise, the answer was outside one of their warehouse facilities which were not a bad idea, at first. However, after we planned a wonderful event providing Bar-b-que catering, a giant tent and transportation from the Convention Center. The Perils arose!

       I discovered in discussions with the warehouse receptionist just 10 days before the event that the Warehouse was located in one of the worst industrial neighborhoods in town. Now, I was told of horror stories and realized why they were being surrounded by barbed wire fencing and steel grate covered windows. The facility was a weekly target of theft and vandalism and it was a dry area so we could not serve liquid refreshments. Not only would I be required to provide 24 hour armed security to protect my tent, chairs and tables BUT no bar!

      Fortunately, I was able to convince my out of town client that we needed to make an immediate change. With most of the most convenient venues already booked, I was able to make arrangement to bring our event to one of the top hotels in town because of my industry connects at MPI and saved the day. We still were able to have a salesmen’s meeting at the warehouse and take advantage of all of our non-refundable deposits on transportation, catering and rentals that my client had made!

 

RICHARD S. POLLAK, is President of RAINBOW ENTERTAINMENT/SPECIAL EVENT SERVICES, a full service Entertainment Talent worldwide and provider of special event products/services in Texas.

RICHARD@RAINBOWENTERTAINMENT.COM

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