ROCKstar of the Month of October: Marissa Diaz

October’s ROCKstar of the Month is Marissa Diaz! While she has always excelled in her role as Executive Assistant to the COO, her responsibilities and skills have grown significantly in her four years at RTH. At any given time, you may find her coordinating large-scale event planning efforts, in the warehouse prepping, or on-site assisting with video and media content!

RTH Rockstar of the Month, Marissa Diaz

My favorite thing about being on the RTH team is the culture because everyone is a like a family member. It’s not like most workplaces where you just show up, do you job, and leave. On top of that, you learn something new every day… but it’s when you least expect it. For example, I came on board as an admin, handling paperwork and being an assistant, but now I’m also a content manager and handling on-site video. At Rock The House, you can choose your path and are encouraged to branch out and expand your knowledge. It’s an amazing place to learn, grow, and challenge yourself. – Marissa Diaz, ROCKstar of the Month

Marissa has a lot of experience being quick on her feet – literally and figuratively! As a dancer, figure skater, and instructor, she has spent years honing her technique as well as directing and producing Skate Dance Dream (SDD). Before joining the Rock The House team, she was also a researcher for IceNetwork.com and “Olympic Ice,” a figure skating show which covered stories during the Winter Olympics. After working on the show and producing SDD, she learned to troubleshoot a variety of situations that were thrown at her. And she felt the event industry was a logical next step!

RTH Rockstar of the Month, Marissa Diaz

A Few Fun Facts About Marissa Diaz:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? It’s a tie between Hanson’s “Where’s the Love” and S Club 7’s “S Club Party”
  • Favorite artist? *NSYNC
  • Favorite movie? Another tie… between Mulan and Blades of Glory
  • Favorite TV show? Alias
  • Favorite pre-event snack? Fruit by the Foot
  • Favorite cartoon? Animaniacs
  • Biggest fear? Failure. Also spiders… but I can step on them. I can’t step on failure.
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Teleportation because I hate waiting to get somewhere.

“While Marissa has always excelled in a support roll, she also saw a deficit between the capabilities of our amazing technical team and the opportunities our sales team was able to present to clients through the craft of video and GFX. To close that gap, she worked with our technical managers to learn the top softwares that we use for GFX, blending, video playback, switching and special visual effects, allowing her to better design shows with our clients that truly allowed them to come to life!” – Ryan Konikoff, Chief Operating Officer

RTH Rockstar of the Month, Marissa Diaz

Of the many events Marissa has worked on, she shared that one of her favorites was the Great Lakes region awards celebrations for Metro last year. “It was so fun to bring their region to our backyard and have a chance to show off Cleveland,” says Marissa. “Their company is known for creativity when it comes to company celebrations and it was definitely unique. We had the chance to coordinate two very different parties for their team – the internal awards at Tenk West Bank, which was 90s hip-hop themed, and the dealer awards at the Hilton, which was modern, classy, and very cool.”

When not at Rock The House, Marissa continues to ice skate and dance, working both as a coach and teacher. She also enjoys going to concerts and theater shows.

Congratulations to Marissa on being October’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Marissa to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

ROCKstar of the Month of September: Michael Johnston

Congratulations to September’s ROCKstar of the Month, Michael Johnston! Over the last few years, he has grown from a dancer to a DJ and is now training as an MC. Whether he’s connecting with guests or engaging with his teammates, Michael’s positive energy and passion for his work shines through in all he does!

MICHAEL JOHNSTON, RTH ROCKSTAR OF THE MONTH

“My favorite things about being part of the RTH team are getting to work with new people at every event, getting to grow positive relationships with clients and fellow team members, and making sure our clients have the most fun possible! Plus, the friendships that I’ve forged while at Rock The House have brought a lot of happiness into my life.” – Michael Johnston, ROCKstar of the Month

While on the high school dance team, his director told him about an entertainment company, Rock The House, that needed dancers. “I didn’t know what to expect but if I got to dance, then that sounded great,” said Michael. “I ended up loving it and still love it.” Of all the events he’s worked, Michael still looks back fondly on his first event, which took place at a theater down in Columbus. “The kids and team were great, and we had a blast!”

MICHAEL JOHNSTON, RTH ROCKSTAR OF THE MONTH

A Few Fun Facts About Michael Johnston:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
  • Favorite song and/or artist? “You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson
  • Favorite movie? Power Rangers
  • Favorite TV show? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Favorite pre-event snack? Snickers and blue Gatorade
  • Favorite post-event snack? Water
  • Biggest fear? That I’ll fail at something that I’m trying to do.
  • Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? To Geneva, New York – they had really cool public art: murals and statue of a guy reading a book that you could climb on.
  • How do you take your coffee? I’m not a coffee drinker – I drink lots of water.
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I would be super fast because I’ve always loved the Flash.

When not at Rock The House, you can still find Michael doing what he loves: dancing! He also enjoys doing theatre in his free time and will soon be performing in Notre Dame College’s production of Frankenstein. When it comes time to take a break, Michael likes to relax and play video games like Madden.

“Ever since Michael started here at RTH, I saw a lot of potential in him. He began as a dancer and I noticed his energy, work ethic, personality and interaction with our guests. I knew that he had the tools and talent to play a bigger role at RTH. Michael does an amazing job connecting with our guests and as a team member, he is someone you always are happy to see on your event. I couldn’t be prouder of what Michael has brought to our team. I look forward to seeing Michael’s continued growth at Rock The House.” – Nick Duvé, General Manager, Entertainment Division 

Congratulations to Michael on being September’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Michael to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

ROCKstar of the Month of August: Dominick Ferlito

Congratulations to August’s ROCKstar of the Month, Dominick Ferlito! Since joining RTH as a technician over two years ago, Dom has never stopped learning and improving his skill set. He recently worked a series of large-scale events and truly went above and beyond in his role, all while getting great feedback from his team members!

RTH ROCKSTAR OF THE MONTH, DOMINICK FERLITO

“I like that I learn something new almost every day. Each day I get stronger as a technician and that’s because I work with great people that come from diverse backgrounds that make everyone a well-rounded technician.” – Dominick Ferlito, ROCKstar of the Month

Dom’s interest in production began while doing tech crew in high school and journalism in college. What began as an interest in audio evolved and, after joining the team at Rock The House, he began to work in lighting and some video as well. When not at RTH, Dom enjoys having a beer with friends or participating in his bowling and softball leagues.

A Few Fun Facts About Dominick Ferlito:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Summer Girls” by LFO
  • Favorite song and/or artist? Dave Matthews Band or Chance the Rapper
  • Favorite movie? Ocean’s Eleven
  • Favorite TV show? White Collar
  • Favorite pre-event snack? Chipotle
  • Favorite post-event snack? Sleep!
  • Biggest fear? Raccoons and all rodents
  • Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? Last summer I took a month off work to travel in Europe and went to Caronia, Sicily where my family is from. That is, by far, my favorite place, but Florence is a close second.
  • How do you take your coffee? Black
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Flying because it’s faster than driving and who doesn’t want to fly?!

RTH ROCKSTAR OF THE MONTH, DOMINICK FERLITO

“Dom is a well-rounded member of the team and is always willing to take on a new challenge and step outside of his comfort zone. This is great in that while he is still learning, he is able to also teach some of those around him in different areas of what we do every day.” – Ryan Durfee, Production Manager

Congratulations to Dom on being August’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Dom to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

ROCKstar of the Month of July: Anthony Miozzi

July’s ROCKstar of the Month is Anthony Miozzi. In just under a year, Anthony has evolved from a part-time technician to working as an audio engineer, learning video, rigging lights, and even getting certified to operate Sparkular!

Anthony Miozzi, Rock The House Technician

“I enjoy being a part of and seeing something really cool come together, like when lights are timed perfectly with music or flawless screen transitions happen at a big conference. When a show goes well, it’s a great feeling and you always learn something. The ability to constantly learn new things is one of my favorite parts of this job.” – Anthony Miozzi, ROCKstar of the Month

Anthony went to school for Audio Engineering and has played in bands, so he’s very familiar with studio and live audio. But as someone who loves learning new things, he’s always looking to expand his knowledge of both the technical and performance sides of an event. When not at Rock The House, Anthony loves to play and write music of all genres and enjoys learning new languages – he’s currently learning over five of them!

A Few Fun Facts About Anthony Miozzi:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor
  • Favorite song and/or artist? Avenged Sevenfold
  • Favorite movie? Thor Ragnarok
  • Favorite TV show? The Office
  • Favorite post-event snack? Protein bar and then sleep.
  • Favorite cartoon character? Archer
  • Biggest fear? Situational heights – I can go up on a mezzanine, but not a 12-ft ladder.
  • Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? The 1000 Islands near Alexandria Bay, NY. It’s really pretty, and there’s an island in the middle of the lake that’s right on the border of the US and Canada. There’s a huge mansion there called Boldt Castle that’s really cool.
  • How do you take your coffee? With cream and chocolate syrup.
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Telekinesis –It would be fun to lift heavy things with my mind. So, if a car is parked badly in a parking spot, you could move it over and then be able to park next to it.

Anthony Miozzi, Rock The House Technician

“Since Miozzi joined the team, he has gone from helping out part-time in the shop and with load in/outs to being the main audio engineer for all the Rock The House LIVE! gigs! While we knew he had audio experience, he has blown us away with his skill level and his customer service! Not only is he always on time and works hard on every event, but he is also such a ball of positive energy! I don’t think there is anyone on our team that doesn’t enjoy working with him.” – Tricia Adams, Production Assistant

Congratulations to Anthony on being July’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Anthony to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

 

ROCKstar of the Month of June: Libby Jackson

Congratulations to June’s ROCKstar of the Month, Libby Jackson! While still fairly new to the RTH team, it feels like she’s been part of the family for a while! As the Director of First Impressions, Libby is not only the smiling face who greets our office guests, but she also assists the sales team and recently became part of our photo host team. What can’t she do?!

RTH ROCKstar of the Month: Libby Jackson

“I love working with this team. Everyone is super fun and friendly to work with, but also so hardworking. It’s rewarding to assist with producing amazing events. There’s something really special about being a part of these important moments and events in people’s lives.”

As a theatre major, Libby knows all about producing incredible entertainment on stage and working hard behind the scenes. So, the event industry was a natural fit! When she’s not at RTH, Libby enjoys spending time with friends, going to see plays, and serving as a registrar for Olmstead Performing Arts.

A Few Fun Facts About Libby Jackson:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Best Song Ever” by One Direction
  • Favorite song and/or artist? Janelle Monáe
  • Favorite movie? Currently, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
  • Favorite TV show? The Office
  • Biggest fear? Spiders or getting lost in the dark.
  • How do you take your coffee? With lots of sweetened hazelnut creamer!
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I would like to stop time so that I could have more of it!

RTH ROCKstar of the Month: Libby Jackson

“Libby has stepped up every time there is a new project or task that needs to be accomplished. The most notable achievement is her filling in while one of our teammates has been on maternity leave for the past month. This enabled us to continue providing our ROCKstar teams with what they need to be successful at each and every event. If you haven’t connected with Libby yet, take a moment to walk in the front door of our office during regular business hours and introduce yourself!” – Amy Van Duyne, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Congratulations to Libby on being June’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Libby to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

ROCKstar of the Month of May: Nate Diggins

May’s ROCKstar of the Month is Nate Diggins! Since joining the RTH team three years ago, Nate has grown from being a dancer to an MC, DJ, and technician! He’s a jack-of-all-trades and the kind of coworker who puts a smile on your face and always makes you feel welcome.

Rock The House, Rockstar of the Month, Nate Diggins

“The people I get to work with are really interesting, different, and all bring something to the table. When I’m working an event with my RTH teammates, I’m confident that we can get whatever is needed done!” – Nate Diggins, ROCKstar of the Month

Nate has always been interested in entertainment, so when a friend who worked at Rock The House brought him in to be a dancer and party motivator, he was excited. But what started as a side job has now turned into, as he puts it, “What I want to do for the rest of my life.”

“It’s amazing to be able to share memories with so many different people and be a part of cornerstone events in people’s lives. These are events they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives and being able to share that with them is very rewarding.” – Nate Diggins, ROCKstar of the Month

Rock The House, Rockstar of the Month, Nate Diggins

A Few Fun Facts About Nate:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “A Little Less Sixteen Candles” by Fall Out Boy
  • Favorite song and/or artist? Blink 182
  • Favorite movie? Anything Marvel
  • Favorite TV show? Arrow
  • Favorite pre-event snack? Chipotle
  • Favorite post-event snack? Taco Bell or Steak & Shake
  • Biggest fear? Spiders. Or not having enough XLR on a show.
  • What’s something not many people know about you? From my freshman to junior year of college, I was a competitive male cheerleader.
  • How do you take your coffee? Very sweet
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? Super speed – for a quick event loadout!

Of the over 200 events that Nate has worked while at Rock The House, he shared that his favorite was the Girl Scout Lock-In at the SouthPark Mall. Growing up visiting that mall, Nate was amazed to see the space transformed to feel like a concert venue. “It was a blast getting up on stage, introducing people, and watching everyone go crazy,” he said.

When not at RTH, Nate enjoys catching up on sleep, hanging out with friends, and bowling.

Rock The House, Rockstar of the Month, Nate Diggins

“Nate is one of the hardest working employees I have on my team. His communication and willingness to step into many different roles is a testament to his work ethic and talent. He exceeds my expectations and is a great example of someone who puts in the time and effort to earn opportunity.” – Nick Duvé, General Manager, Entertainment Division

Congratulations to Nate on being May’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Nate to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

RTH Signature Event: Rock Your Prom 2018

Rock Your Prom Sign - Rock The House Cleveland DJs

It’s prom season and that means students are busy getting gussied up, so they can get down on the dance floor! Rock The House has been a part of over a dozen proms so far this season and while each is an amazing night, we love highlighting one in particular – Rock Your Prom 2018!

Rock Your Prom DJ and MC - Rock The House Cleveland DJs

Every year since 2012, we’ve teamed up with 96.5 KISS FM for an epic contest! Students from around the region are encouraged to nominate their school to win a $5,000 Ultimate Prom Package from RTH. This year’s Rock Your Prom entertainment team with the most was none other than DJ Mattitude and RTH’s own Signature MC, Nick Duvé.

Rock Your Prom Students Dancing - Rock The House Cleveland DJs

This year’s winner, with an overwhelming number of votes, was Cleveland Heights High School! Students rolled up to Landerhaven in style for their Met Gala-themed festivities, which featured a red carpet and photographer. After receiving the celebrity treatment and a delicious dinner from the Executive Caterers at Landerhaven team, it was time to ROCK the dance floor!

Rock Your Prom 2018 - Rock The House Cleveland DJs

In addition to spinning the hits all night long, Rock The House provided custom lighting for the room as well as SocialCast screens so that students could hashtag and share their experience throughout the night.

Special thanks to our additional Rock Your Prom 2018 sponsors: Cuyahoga County Safe Communities Coalition and the UH Rainbow Injury Prevention Center.

Photos courtesy of The Rock The House Photo Archive.

Want us to ROCK your next school dance? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started!

ROCKstar of the Month of April: Ryan Durfee

Congratulations to April’s ROCKstar of the Month, Ryan Durfee! For over six years, Ryan has been an essential part of the production team. As Production Manager, he constantly works to improve our inventory system, translate client visions into reality and continually goes the extra mile for clients and teammates.

Rockstar of the Month Ryan Durfee

“My favorite thing about being on the Rock The House team is being a part of such a large variety of events. It’s really rewarding to know that the work we put in makes some of the most important days of people’s lives better.” – Ryan Durfee, ROCKstar of the Month

While there are many roles to play and reasons to work in the event industry, Ryan appreciates the “man behind the curtain” aspect of the job. He enjoys the opportunity to be a part of large, important events, while not having to be the person on stage talking.

Of the many events that Ryan has worked, his favorite was the Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium fundraiser. This event features all sorts of theatrical elements wrapped into one day and happening simultaneously across multiple stages.

A Few Fun Facts About Ryan Durfee:

  • Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Barbie Girl” by Aqua… Not because I like the song, but because when I was in school, I programmed my automated lighting design final to that song. I’m pretty sure it’s the reason I aced the exam.
  • Favorite movie? Shawshank Redemption
  • Favorite post-event snack? Anything that’s open at 3AM. Usually, it’s Taco Bell.
  • Favorite cartoon character? Archer
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be? I’d be Batman.
  • Where’s the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled? I once went to Guatemala for a mission trip. We moved 80,000 rocks up a hill to build a patio!

Rockstar of the Month of April, Ryan Durfee

“When Ryan started at RTH, he was part of a three-person team overseeing 700 events. He now oversees a staff of 25, executing 1,800 events. Ryan continues to see down the pipeline and knows what is needed for the department to grow. He works hard to develop his skills and is always bettering himself as a leader and team member. Ryan’s focus is always people first, equipment after.” – Ryan Konikoff, Chief Operating Officer.

Congratulations to Ryan on being April’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Ryan to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

ROCKstar of the Month of March: John Vlach

How do we survive the madness of March?! With help from our ROCKstar of the Month, John Vlach! In just under 3 years, John has grown from part-time intern to full-time Graphic Designer. A vital member of our Marketing Team, John works on everything from event highlight videos to photo station designs to print media and collateral.

Rock The House ROCKstar of the Month, John Vlach

John says his favorite part about being on the Rock The House team is being a part of a diverse group of people who all do different things, but work together to produce amazing events.

“We all pull together as a team and help in the ways that we can. Different team members specialize in different things, but we all have the same goal. As the graphic designer, I enjoy that I get to create media for clients that highlights their events and then get to see them pleased and enthusiastic about it.” – John Vlach, ROCKstar of the Month

A Few Fun Facts About John Vlach:

  • Guilty pleasure song? “The Middle” – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey
  • Pre-event snack? Cookies from Subway
  • Post event snack? Nothing is open that I like, so I go home and make a sandwich – like a BLT.
  • What’s your favorite movie? Forrest Gump
  • What’s your favorite TV show? Monday Night Raw
  • What’s your favorite song/artist? Envoi
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? When I was in vocational school, I did a short film about a watch that allowed the user to freeze time. The main character got greedy with the power and abused it. As a consequence, the watch disappeared, and he was stuck in frozen time. So, I would like that power, as long as I didn’t get stuck.

Rock The House ROCKstar of the Month, John VlachIn addition to working in-house to create amazing content, you can frequently find John on-site filming or photographing events. Of the many events that he’s had the pleasure to capture, John shared that the MetroPCS Dealer Summit in Dallas was one of his favorites!

“Working with MetroPCS allowed us to expand our capabilities as a company and I got to do things I’ve never gotten to do before. Usually, we’re in Northeast Ohio and so going to Dallas was an exciting new experience.” – John Vlach, ROCKstar of the Month

John loves being on big events with the team but also thrives on solo videography outings. Another event he enjoyed took place at the Mansfield Reformatory. There, he had the opportunity to film the Entrepreneurs Organization during one of their educational programs. John loved the unique location of the shoot, as well as the fun elements that EO incorporated.

“John is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. You can see the passion he has for his craft in every detail of what he does. He is meticulous, creative, committed and so supportive of this team. John is the media-savvy engine that propels the marketing department forward, allowing us to be imaginative and innovative. I’m so proud to have him on this team and can’t wait to see what he creates next!” – Stephanie Rose, Marketing Manager

In his free time, you can find John honing his craft by shooting stock footage, reading articles, or watching tutorials. John also enjoys watching WWE wrestling and NFL football.

Congratulations to John on being March’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like John to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started!

You can also check out some of John’s most recent work for us on our YouTube Channel. Keep up the great work John, and thanks for everything that you do!

Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.

 

 

ROCKstar of the Month of February: Matt Heyl

February’s ROCKstar of the Month is Matt Heyl! Since joining the RTH team five years ago, Matt has continued to fine-tune his skills as a DJ and deliver phenomenal entertainment. No matter the event, when he’s behind a set of turntables, we know the event is in great hands!

Matt Heyl, Rock The House DJ and Rockstar of the Month

“My favorite things about being on the RTH team are the opportunities to meet new people, work in different venues, and experience first-hand the planning and execution of amazing events. It’s rewarding to have a job that I truly enjoy and look forward to doing every weekend.”

– Matt Heyl, ROCKstar of the Month

Matt’s interest in entertainment began at a young age when he received his first set of turntables and he hasn’t stopped fueling that passion since! When he’s not spinning tracks at an event, Matt enjoys riding his motorcycle and customizing his sports car.

Of the many events that Matt has worked, he shared that his favorite was the Belkin bat mitzvah at the House of Blues.

“I have attended many concerts at the House of Blues, but to see the entire venue decorated pink was surreal. On stage as a DJ, it was an incredible feeling knowing that I am standing on the same stage as world renowned artists that have performed at the House of Blues. It was a night I will never forget.”

– Matt Heyl, ROCKstar of the Month

Matt Heyl, Rock the House DJ and Rockstar of the MonthA Few Fun Facts About Matt:

Favorite guilty pleasure song? “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Favorite movie? The Japanese anime classic, “Akira”

Favorite TV show? Cowboy Bebop

Favorite song/artist? Eminem

Favorite pre-event snack? Wendy’s or McDonald’s, whatever I can fit in before a show

Favorite post-event snack? Any fast food place that is open

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why? I’d like the ability to fly, just so I could experience the freedom of floating in the clouds

What’s something not many people know about you? I support the Cleveland arts scene by attending shows at Playhouse Square and the Cleveland Symphony

How do you take your coffee? On the rocks (iced)

Matt Heyl, Rock The House DJ and Rockstar of the Month

“I am proud to have Matt on our entertainment team. He is the kind of employee that everyone wants on their team. He works hard, is always on time, listens to our clients’ needs, and understands his role. He is always willing to learn and is now training to become an MC as well. I look forward to watching Matt continue his growth at Rock The House.”

– Nick Duve, General Manager, Entertainment Division.

Congratulations to Matt on being February’s ROCKstar of the Month! Interested in working with rockstars like Matt to produce your next event? Contact our team of event professionals today to get started! Photos courtesy of the Rock The House Photo Archive.