Matt Preis

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LIFE EXPERIENCE:

Summary

Experienced business owner and team leader with a demonstrated history of working in the events and services industries. Strong business development professional skilled in event planning, customer service, advertising, sales, and entrepreneurship. Exceptional presentation, negotiation, and relationship-building skills. Founder of the ROCK! AWAY! Summer Fest and Music Fest and many other events. Work closely with educators, BID's, local and national businesses, and city agencies to create multi-cultural events for communities. Recently completed MBA.

Skills and Expertise Include:
✓ Event Management ✓ Talent Acquisition ✓ Business Management ✓ Project Management ✓ Team Development and Leadership ✓ Artist Development and Mentorship ✓ Adobe Creative Suite ✓ Graphic Design ✓ Photography ✓ Networking & Relationship Building ✓ Creative Promotions & Marketing ✓ Branding ✓ Video and Audio Production ✓ Negotiations & Contract Development ✓ Communications ✓ Budgeting and Finance ✓ Strategic Sales Planning ✓ Digital Marketing ✓ Entrepreneurship

1997 - PRESENT — NYC

Max Power Presents, LLC

Max Power Presents* (Formerly *Productions) began as a way to market my various freelance services (Photography, Writing, Design, etc) starting in Minneapolis in 1997 and then in NYC in 2001. DJ Max Power Events launched in 2003 and from there a two-decades long passion project of mostly free events began, including but not limited to:

• Founder and Executive Director of ROCK! AWAY! MUSIC FESTIVAL and ROCK! AWAY! SUMMER FEST est. 2015
https://www.eventable.nyc/rock-away

- Coordinated booking of over 80 bands at 9 venues during 3 days and arranged lodging for over 25 musicians and crew
- Responsible for and executed marketing, branding, and artistic direction and design
- Created and maintained multiple budgets, procured sponsorship and advertising, and created various streams of revenue 

I am working towards building an expansive ROCK! AWAY! Summer Fest spanning the whole Rockaway peninsula from Riis Park to the Beach 17th Bandshell (140+ blocks)

• Creator of EVENTABLE.NYC
www.eventable.nyc
I created eventable.nyc to have complete ticketing control and offer full  transparency of events I create or am involved in. I plan to have someone else update, refine, and improve the site

• 20 years of NYC Event Productions, Event Management, Talent Buying, and Consulting for full venue events and other creative arts productions including but not limited to:

Max Power’s SCRAWL! 
Part bar/restaurant crawl, part music/food/and booze scavenger hunt multi-location neighborhood events involving over 20 businesses working together and featuring interactive puzzles, trivia, and multiple creative acts
https://www.eventable.nyc/SCRAWL (new page coming soon!)

Max Power’s Bloody Battle
THE BEST DAMN BLOODY MARY CONTEST EVER! 
https://www.eventable.nyc/BLOODYBATTLE (new page coming soon!)

•  Co-founder of Rockaway Beach Studios (formerly RBBC Radio & Rockawaves Radio)
https://www.rockawaybeachstudios.com/  @rockawaybeachstudios

January 2002 - September 2023 (RIP? TBD) Brooklyn & Queens — NYC

Chuck and Buddha's Pet and Home Services, LLC

Owner/Founder
www.chuckandbuddha.com

• CEO, COO, CFO, and CMO

• Built business from $500 to a $250,000+/year company

• Led teams of employees

• Managed Payroll and Compliance

• Created a positive-reward ethos among clients and co-workers

• Full Business Management, Marketing, and Branding

Due to the pandemic I recently chose to close my pet service and rebuild myself in a career focused on music and creative arts

2003 - PRESENT

Event Management, Talent Buyer, Bar Management, and Bartending at multiple NYC locations including:

The Emerson Bar Brooklyn, NY
2009 (opened in 2010) - Present
Member of the opening team, Consultant, and Bartender

Rockaway Brewing Company Rockaway, NY
2016-2018
Bar Management, Event Management and Production  
2018 - Present:
Ongoing Event Production 

Playland Bar and Grill Rockaway, NY
2014-2016 (RIP)
Assistant Management, Talent Buyer, Event Management, Bartender

Sayra’s Wine Bar Rockaway, NY
2013-2014
Helped rebuild, open, and run a new wine bar after Hurricane Sandy. Sayra’s is the reason I moved to Rockaway, NY in 2013

ROPE Bar Brooklyn, NY
2003-2010 (RIP 2013)
Hiring Consultant, Assistant Manager, Bartender, DJ, and Special Events Producer

*NY FOOD HANDLERS CERTIFICATE
*NY ATAP CERTIFICATE

Download the bar/venue resume pdf here

MBA and Digital Marketing Add-On Program

The Power Business School

September 2021 - September 2023
SKILLS MASTERED INCLUDE: 
✓ Business Model Innovation ✓ Testing business ideas & Lean startup ✓ Business & marketing strategies ✓ Leadership ✓ Entrepreneurship & Fundraising ✓ Marketing ✓ Brand Development  ✓ Finance & Accounting ✓ HR & Talent management ✓ Project Management ✓ Budgeting ✓ Business Development ✓ Digital Marketing ✓ GDEIB and SDG

Certification:
https://verified.sertifier.com/en/verify/38455433001707/ 

I wish I had gotten an MBA before I started multiple businesses… I have learned A LOT from The Power School MBA and would recommend it to everyone who doesn’t have their MBA, no matter what they do in life. The additional Digital Marketing add-on program is greatly beneficial in navigating the rapidly changing world of branding and advertising in a digital age. 

DECEMBER 1991 - MAY 1997

Winona State University, Winona, MN

B.A. English (Literature & Journalism)
B.A. Photography & Mass Communications (Marketing, Graphic Design, html/web development, etc.)

• Worked as head photographer for Winona Post Newspaper to help pay for education https://www.winonapost.com/

• Developed and hosted multiple successful live radio shows on KQAL Radio https://www.kqal.org/ 

• Developed and ran a very successful college ‘zine’ with wide readership and print run over 5000 (before the internet)

• Studied abroad at Oxford University and throughout Europe 

• Received post-graduate admittance with partial scholarship to Oxford University — chose not to accept it

Life, Worldwide

PhD

I’ve been lucky enough to follow my instincts and it has taken me on adventures throughout the world in over 20 Countries and 30+ States, learning more in the real world than I ever did in any of my schooling (but the schooling definitely helped). 

A FEW OTHER THINGS ABOUT ME

OTHER SKILLS

* Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop/Illustrator/In-Design/
Premier/Dreamweaver/etc.
Microsoft/Google: Excel/Docs/Word/Sheets etc.



* Leadership: Leading teams of 5 to 500 (my ROCK! AWAY! Summer Fest has booked over 100+ acts with multiple musicians and performers). Chuck and Buddha’s Pet Services had a dedicated staff of up to 10 people.


* Familiar with MLA, AP, APA, and CMOS editing styles



* Types 80+ WPM



* AND SO MUCH MORE!

OTHER NOTABLE WORK

• Co-founder of Rockaway Beach Studios (formerly RBBC Radio & Rockawaves Radio) 
@rockawaybeachstudios
https://www.rockawaybeachstudios.com/ 

Freelance Work —  Ogilvy MatherBBDODublin Productions, and others

Richard Hamilton Smith — Studio Manager, Photo Editor, Photo Assistant
https://www.richardhamiltonsmith.com/

Steve Wewerka — Photography Assistant, 2nd Shooter 
https://stevewewerka.com/

North American Outdoor Group (NAOG formerly NAMG) — Photo Editor, Book Development, Pre-Press Proof Checker (print runs done at RR Donnelley, Roanoke VA)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_Media

https://www.chiefmarketer.com/cendant-sells-north-american-outdoor-group-to-doughty-hanson-affiliate/

Winona Post Newspaper — Head Photographer, Typesetter, Reporter, Copy Editor, Ad Creation, Distribution
https://www.winonapost.com/site/about.html

Various other Freelance Publications/Articles/Photos/etc.

VIEW LINKED-IN HERE

WHY / HOW / WHAT

WHY i'm looking for work (and WHY this is a perfect opportunity for YOU), HOW I can help you, and WHAT I am optimally looking for...

WHY

WHY I AM LOOKING FOR WORK:

After a long, hard (and expensive) decision I’ve recently chosen to close Chuck and Buddha’s Pet and Home Services and pursue rebuilding my life around what brings me the most joy — events and creative artists (though I still love dogs and all animals!).

This creates a perfect opportunity for an established organization or a start-up with amazing vision and proper budget to acquire a dedicated team player to help them grow!

HOW

HOW I CAN HELP YOU:

  • Great at leading teams and people
  • Excellent communicator with knowledge across many fields
  • Connector, Maven, and Salesman
  • Multi-faceted background 
  • Able to articulate many different angles to any project
  • Associated  with 100’s of professional musicians, comedians, creatives, and people involved on every side of the music and events businesses

WHAT


WHAT I AM (OPTIMALLY) LOOKING FOR:

* A professional company with a vision that I can help grow while at the same time grow with and learn from them


* Preference for full-time Executive Director/Event Director of a music-centric venue or organization that offers good benefits and a clear career path


* Positions in various sides of the Music and Events businesses including A&R, Touring, Management, etc. 


* Open to discuss many situations/opportunities