ArmDJs 12 Gatlinburg, TN

Date: Mon, June 17, 2019– Wed, June 19, 2019

Location:  Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center Gatlinburg, TN
Call (865) 436-4151 Ask for the ArmDJs Room Block

Shop and Trade Gear at the DJSwapMeet.com Available all day for attendees.

Passes are on sale here: Eventbrite


Monday - Meet Greet ‘n’ Jam

Kickin’ ArmDJs 12 off with a Party! June 17th 7pm at the Edgewater Hotel and Conference Center Ballroom.
Featuring DJ’s from around the country spinnin’ 20 min sets.


TUESDAY - June 18th - Timeline/Lineup

8am - Breakfast and NetWorking (Free to all that stay at host hotel)
"Registration Begins, Sponsors are on display, DJSwapMeet starts and NetWorking with DJ's for around the country."


10am - Sean “Big Daddy” McKee and DJFlint Kick Us Off


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Richard Mills

10am - TBA

Description: TBA

Bio: TBA


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Randy Bartlett

11am - “Entertainment Planning at POW Level.”

Description: Entertainment Planning at POW Level. To stand out from the average DJ, you need a whole new level of POW to impress today's consumer and that comes largely from leading amazing meetings that go well past creating a timeline. In this seminar, Randy will share the methods used to uncover the opportunities missed by most DJs in creating amazingly personal wedding celebrations.

Bio: Randy Bartlett owned and managed Premier Entertainment in Sacramento, CA for over 30 years. A full time entertainer and Wedding Entertainment Director®, specializing in weddings, as well as performing at hundreds of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, corporate and social events, his referral based business had his clients paying him substantially above the average rate of DJs in his market.
One of the country’s most recognized speakers for the DJ profession, he’s presented his hilarious and educational seminars to standing room only crowds at conventions in the US, Canada, England and Jamaica. His consistently sold-out Microphone Skills Workshops have helped DJs around the world reach new levels in their wedding businesses.
He’s the producer of the acclaimed 1% Solution series of training DVDs, and is a member of the Wedding Entertainment Directors Guild™ and the ADJA, serving on the Board Of Advisors, and has been featured in the books “The Best Wedding Reception…EVER!” “The Mobile DJ Handbook,” “Mind Your Own Business, “Performance Beyond Expectation” and “Celebrate Life.”
Prior to his career as a mobile DJ, he spent 15 years in sales, with 10 years in sales management & sales training and was a nationally recognized and award winning salesman.
In 2017, he was inducted into ADJA Hall of Fame and in 2018, inducted into the Mobile Beat Hall of Fame.


Noon - 1:30pm Break for Lunch

https://edgewater-hotel.com/food-fun/dining-in-gatlinburg/

Also a great time to return those phone calls. ;)


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Dave Ternier

2:00pm - "I Am The Walrus"

Description: What does the path to uniquely creative and entertaining moments at a wedding look like? How does a helicopter surprise a bride at her own wedding ceremony and how on earth can Cards Against Humanity be appropriately brought to a wedding reception without offending anyone? How are these moments created and what do they have to do with the MC or DJ? This is the road we’ll be taking in "I Am The Walrus".

Bio: Based in Manitoba, Dave Ternier is a single operator DJ/MC for his company, Special Request Weddings. His work specializes in helping wedding couples create uniquely creative and entertaining weddings. He is the Vice-President of the Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association, recipient of the international WED Guild® certification and founding author of aDJthought.com, an industry blog focused exclusively on mobile wedding DJs.


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Larry Williams presents…

3:30pm  - "Front & Center" (Session 1)
Featuring 4 talks. Names and Subjects TBA

Description: Front & Center - Everyone has something to share. We all know the elation of commanding the stage as a DJ. But what about sharing our knowledge from the stage at a conference? They say some of the best takeaways come from the hallway conversations. Front & Center is a series of short 15 minute TED-style talks, delivered by your colleagues, that feature the very best tips and ideas that would normally be shared from the conference hallways.

Bio:  Industry speaker Larry Williams is an accomplished TEDx speaker and member of the National Speakers Association.


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Sean “Big Daddy” McKee

5:00pm - "Inspirational Educational Motivational"

Description: Inspire your performance, Educate you to be the best you can be and Motivate you to live your life to the fullest and spread love every day. BDLY

Bio: If there’s ever been a man perfectly qualified to speak on passion and performance, it is Sean McKee. Using the nickname “Big Daddy” he has effected every life he has touched in his nearly 50 years of entertaining. He spreads love and positivity to everyone he meets and he proudly wears his heart on his sleeve for all the world to see. He has spoken at conventions for almost two decades now and he always brings his unique style to the stage. Whether he is encouraging attendees to “smile as loud as you can” or showing everyone how to perform with passion, Sean McKee is always a hit.


8pm-11pm Our first ever…. Casino After Party
Presented by Group Dynamics Entertainment “Horse Racing” and Now Event Group “Casino”


WEDNESDAY - June 19th - Timeline/Lineup

8am - Breakfast and NetWorking (Free to all that stay at host hotel)
"Registration Begins, Sponsors are on display, DJSwapMeet starts and NetWorking with DJ's for around the country."


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Mike Walter

9am - “Why People Dance And What We Can Do To Maximize Their Experience”
Description: After all the formalities are over, our number one job is to get people dancing. But people dance for different reasons and understanding them goes a long way towards getting the most out of a crowd. In this in-depth seminar, Mike Walter will break it down for you. He’ll talk about the three main categories of dancers and why each one gets on the floor. He’ll offer suggestions for getting more people up, ways to make your dance floor a “judgment free” zone and strategies that can take your event to an even higher level than you’ve ever experienced. Everything we do at our parties matters; from the songs we play to the things we say. After this seminar you’ll understand better how you are the epicenter of it all and how your actions, even the smallest ones, can make a huge difference

Bio: Mike Walter is the proud owner of Elite Entertainment, a Multi-System DJ Company in New Jersey that has been selected by TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com as a top Entertainment company in the country. For over 30 years, he has MCed events from weddings to fashion shows and beauty pageants and his public speaking experience and acumen have served him well as a presenter.
He began to offer seminars in 1998, at first specifically to the DJ Industry, then he expanded to speaking to event groups and finally to any and all audiences. His seminars are known for their fast pace, mix of information and entertainment and deft use of Keynote. Having sat through enough tedious seminars in his life, Mike vows to never bore an audience. Whether he is offering life changing advice, motivational challenges or hard-core information on how to grow and expand your business, Mike promises he will deliver a quick, concise, and nugget-filled presentation every time he speaks.
Mike has published three books, Running Your Multi-Op which is widely consider the most comprehensive book for anyone interested in expanding their DJ business, the self-help primer, Ten Things You Can Do to Have a Better Day and the music history compendium: On This Date in Music. He’s also released a number of education videos to help his fellow DJs and business owners. In 2014 he partnered with Joe Bunn to start the PhDJ Workshop and in 2017 the two began a weekly podcast called the PhDJ Podcast. For more information head to DJMikeWalter.com and OnThisDateInMusic.com


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Randy Bartlett (Again)

11am - “Feel This - Unleashing the Beast of Emotion”

Description: Feel This: Too many of us still don't quite understand what our clients really want. This seminar is designed to teach you how to use the information gained in your planning meetings to create those emotional moments that translate into direct referrals at premium rates, instead of just hearing “Great job,” once again at the end of the night. As performing artists, everything we do is based on emotion, the feelings you transfer from you or the hosts to the guests, so that guests are cheering and dancing to the moment, rather than the song or the DJ schtick. You’ll leave this seminar with the understanding and tools to create even more than you ever thought possible, whether you’re a creative genius or just learning how to use emotion.

Bio: >>insert Joke about Randy here<<


Noon - 1:30pm Break for Lunch

https://edgewater-hotel.com/food-fun/dining-in-gatlinburg/

Also a great time to return those phone calls. ;)


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Douglas Scholten

1:30pm - "Efficiencies and Logistics."

Description: TBA

Bio: aka “Toad”
Catch Toad at the major DJ Conventions in Las Vegas & Atlantic City (and now ArmDJs). He's been part of dozens of expert panels and showcase events. He now offers innovative products for sale to DJs all over the world. Check out the one of a kind Toadmatic Rolling Video DJ Console, now used by some of the top mobile DJs in the country.


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David Sporn

2:30pm - "Advice from a Millennial DJ"

Description: TBA

Bio: aka "DJ Dook"
There are few young DJs in the Richmond area that are as gifted as David Sporn.  His mixing skills have made him one of the fastest rising DJs on the scene.  David has the ability to create a playlist that is fun, energetic and will appeal to everyone from your grandparents to your youngest nieces and nephews.  David is also well known in the Mitzvah community.  He really connects with his audience to keep them engaged from beginning to end.


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Larry Williams presents…

3:30pm  - "Front & Center" (Session 2)
Featuring 4 talks. Names and Subjects TBA

Description: Front & Center - Everyone has something to share. We all know the elation of commanding the stage as a DJ. But what about sharing our knowledge from the stage at a conference? They say some of the best takeaways come from the hallway conversations. Front & Center is a series of short 15 minute TED-style talks, delivered by your colleagues, that feature the very best tips and ideas that would normally be shared from the conference hallways.

Bio:  Industry speaker Larry Williams is an accomplished TEDx speaker and member of the National Speakers Association.


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Ron “Hot Rod” Ruth

5:00pm  - “Learn To Speak Fluent “WOW!” | The Language Of High-Paying, Loyal, Raving Customers

Description: Much has been taught about the sales process and how to persuade customers to sign on the “bottom line.” The more important lesson that is often lacking, however, is---how to deliver the type of experience your customers expect and demand once they’ve committed to you and your service or product. It is no longer enough for any business to rely solely on the delivery of basic customer service to build a loyal customer base. Customers want and expect an extraordinary "WOW!" experience, as well.

During Ron’s Presentation You’ll Learn:

  • Why customers will pay more for a product or service from businesses that provide a better experience

  • Valuable secrets to making emotional connections that produce customer loyalty

  • Simple steps to differentiating your business from the competition, eliminating the need to compete on price.

  • Effective ways to measure the experience and verify that your customers are feeling the “WOW!”

  • How personalizing the client experience leads to increased sales, referrals and profits.

  • And more.

Bio:  With over 45 years of experience in corporate management and small business ownership, Ron is celebrated as an inventive Customer Experience Design speaker and consultant. His keynotes and workshops are engaging, entertaining and interactive, with ample easy-to-implement content that inspires audiences to immediately transform what they’ve learned into real-world innovation, benefiting both their businesses as well as their customer’s lives.