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Bonus! TSE Featured Speakers: Adam Kahan & Alan Katz

Meet the speakers of Catersource + The Special Event!

Adam Kahan, Senior Vice President, Empire Entertainment, Inc. 

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Adam Kahan has 25 years of experience contracting keynote speakers and headline entertainers for corporate conferences and special events. He joined Empire in 1997 and has been Senior Vice President since 2007. A graduate of NYU School of Law, Adam manages contracts and legal matters for the company but focuses his efforts primarily on producing events and securing headline talent for projects worldwide. He has traveled to Russia to present Lionel Richie on a yacht in Moscow, contracted Duran Duran to perform a private show at Kensington Palace in London, presented both Andrea Bocelli and Pitbull at the world-renowned Sporting Club in Monaco, and has even had Michael McKean reprise his character David St. Hubbins from “This Is Spinal Tap” at a private event.  

Adam has been the Executive Producer of The Webby Awards every year since 2006, an event which has included onstage appearances by Prince, David Letterman, Kim Kardashian, Dave Grohl, David Bowie, Ben Stiller, Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and others. Adam has worked with Lizzo, Robert Redford, Malala Yousafzai, John Mulaney, Kevin James, Flo Rida, Seth Meyers, Sebastian Maniscalco, Imagine Dragons, James Taylor, OneRepublic, Janet Jackson, Jim Gaffigan, Janelle Monae, and hundreds more, and has produced events for clients including Target, BuzzFeed, Bustle Digital Group, Architizer, and BJ's Wholesale Club. 

Carpe Per Diems! A Close (& Fun) Look at Managing Speaker & Entertainment Contracts 

Wednesday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. 

You might understand hotel contracting, but getting to “yes” with speakers and entertainers is a different negotiation, often with riders and addendums that may be unfamiliar to meeting and event professionals. Join this session for expert advice on how to start the contracting process to keep it more in your favor and protect your company’s interests. Also, get clear and concise explanations of legal terms like “indemnification” and “force majeure” as they relate to your speaker contracts. 

Alan Katz, President, Great Officiants 

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Alan Katz is the Owner of Great Officiants, the most successful Wedding Officiant company on the West Coast. With a team of 37 Officiants, doing around 2000 weddings per year, they dominate the market with their unique approach to wedding ceremonies. Alan has received almost every major award in the industry. WIPA Names him top Officiant in the Country, ABC Orange County named him Trendsetter of the Year, California Wedding Day Magazine named him Best Officiant in LA, and the Knot and Wedding Wire have given him Top Honors. Alan is known as the King of Reviews with over 2500 online reviews and testimonials. He is a mentor to industry professionals. He has appeared on many TV Shows such as: 90-day Fiancé, Kelly Clarkson, Say Yes to the Dress, Spouse House and More. He is the go-to source for local media reporting on wedding related issues. He’s also funny as hell. 

How To Get Your Business on TV & Promoted in the Media 

Wednesday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m. 

Want to learn how to get your business on TV, radio, local news or podcasts? Alan Katz has been able to get himself and his business on all of these many, many times, including shows like 90-day Fiancé, Kelly Clarkson, Say Yes to the Dress, Spouse House and more. He'll take you through the process, step by step. He'll show you how to find the go-to person for broadcast news, talk shows and podcasts in your area and beyond! He will also teach you how to write press releases and product launches, and how to promote your appearance to your social media and clients—all in a fun interactive environment. 

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