29th Annual Conference 

The Society of Talent and Entertainment Professionals

Annual Conference & Showcase
Thank you everyone who attended the 2018 STEP Conference and Talent Showcase! 
The Houston Chapter put on an amazing educational and networking experience! 

Boardwalk Inn - March 4-5, 2018
Located on the Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, Texas.                     



Just 20 miles from downtown Houston, and nestled in the center of the Kemah Boardwalk in Kemah, Texas, this boutique, waterfront hotel offers you the feeling of an elegant seaside getaway while keeping you right in the middle of all the fun. A special room rate of $119.00 (plus applicable taxes & fees) is being offered for the Conference.

Make your reservations by February 9, 2018 and take advantage of the special rate.
 
The 2018 Conference will feature...

Educational Seminars: 
Featuring discussions on Marketing, Legislative Issues, Entertainment Technology, Booking Celebrity Talent and The State of The Texas Entertainment Industry. 

Network with Industry Peers: 
Gather with entertainment agents and entertainers from across Texas. 

Entertainment Showcase:
In the great tradition of STEP Confabs a showcase of talent has been planned to showcase acts, both new and familiar, traditional and not-so-traditional all for you to use and enrich the variety of talent you can offer your clients. See some great venues and enjoy an evening of food, fun and discovery! 


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Dates:  
Sunday March 4, 2018 – The Opening GENERAL SESSION LUNCH will start promptly at noon followed by education, dinner and the legendary STEP Talent Showcase Event. 

Monday, March 5, 2018 – Educational sessions begin with breakfast at 9:00am We will wrap up by 3pm Monday afternoon. 

Full Schedule Below

Attire:
Casual – It may be chilly during the showcase so bring a coat Sunday evening.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION    

Convention Registration 
$250 per STEP Member attendee or $350 for non-members for full event access and privileges.

This will include admission to Sunday Brunch, all of Sunday’s sessions, the President’s reception, our Entertainment Showcase/Dinner/Pub Crawl, all of Monday’s sessions and break out snacks on both dates.  Each person is responsible for paying for his or her own alcoholic beverages. 

Guest Tickets 
Guests DO NOT include entertainment professionals or associates of an entertainment agency or production company.  Employees of member companies and individuals in the business of booking entertainment are required to pay full member registration. 

These tickets are for spouses, significant others, and non-entertainment-professionals that are invited guests of full registrant attendees and who wish to attend the Sunday evening Dinner/showcase/pub crawl, they may do so at 2 levels.

$100.00 for President’s Reception, Dinner and the Showcase, which also covers Showcase transportation fees.   
-or- 
$50.00 for the showcase only 

Again, each person is responsible for his or her own alcoholic beverage expenditures.  

If you are not a member you may join now to take advantage of the Member conference rate: 

Membership Dues - If you have not joined STEP or paid your membership dues please do so prior to registering or when registering you need to pay the Non-Member Confab Registration Rate. 
  
29TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018                                  

10:30 - 12pm                  
REGISTRATION OPENS - 2ND FLOOR LANDRYS

12 - 1pm                         
OPENING GENERAL SESSION AND LUNCH

1 - 1:45pm                      
KEYNOTE SPEAKER











HIGH TECH TEXAN (MICHAEL GARFIELD)
It is tough to categorize Michael Garfield as he fits and defines many categories.  He is heard, seen and read by an audience of millions with his unique take, comments and reviews on everything from technology to travel; fashion to food.   Michael hosts radio programs heard around the world on iHeartRadio and terrestrially on one of the largest news/talk stations in the U.S. – KPRC-AM (Houston).

Industry executives, entertainers, athletes and other guests open up to Michael with insights on their profession and inside scoop on his long-running program, “The HighTech Texan® Show with Michael Garfield.”  

He also serves as the Technology Correspondent for TV outlets and radio stations across the U.S.  These platforms feature listener call-ins, product reviews, tips and opinions that reach millions of consumers.

He writes columns for LOCAL Houston and Prime Living magazines, authors several blogs and updates his widely viewed websites at HighTechTexan.com and iHeartVehicles.com.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Radio-TV-Film.   He began his broadcasting career in the late 1990’s on the Houston NBC-TV affiliate and has built a nationally recognized brand across several media including a columnist for magazines, websites and blogs.

Michael gained experience in the communications, marketing and promotion areas with key roles in companies like Microsoft, MCI, Chase, and ProServ Sports Management.  But it was his first job out of college that propelled his drive to evangelize products in front of masses.

Hired as one of the youngest TV Show Hosts on QVC Network, Michael honed his skills as a product pitchman guiding viewers across the country through products like fine jewelry, hardware, household items and electronics.

Michael appears regularly on regional and national TV commercials and hosts satellite media tours for several companies.  He has appeared on ABC’s General Hospital, ran ten marathons, floated in zero-gravity, sky and SCUBA dived, just to name a few of the activities that keeps him busy. 

As one of the country’s youngest Eagle Scouts (age 13), Michael is considered a gogetter and over-achiever.  He works diligently with clients around the world to ensure their projects and messages are completed with clarity.  He also emcees high-profile events, delivers uplifting and keynote speeches.  

He denotes his time and resources to many organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, various charities and schools.

Michael lives in Houston and has three teenage sons who always seem to think they know more than their dad.  They hope to one day take over his jobs.  Michael hopes that day comes soon.

1:45 - 2:30pm                











THE MAGIC OF MARKETING VARIETY ACTS (CURT MILLER)
Houston-based Corporate Entertainer Curt Miller shares highly effective marketing techniques you can use to generate more income selling variety acts to your clients.             

2:30 - 2:45pm                
BREAK

2:45 - 3:15pm
                







ARTIST MANAGEMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE  (STEVE THOMAS)
Steve began his musical career as a musician in Houston, touring with Roy Orbison , the Winters Brothers and playing with other Houston-area bands. In 1976, after college in Virginia, he founded EastCoast Entertainment, then sold his share in the company in 2013. While at the company he opened the Atlanta office of the company, developed a statistical method of adjusting bands’ pricing and founded the company’s video production department. Since the 1970s he has managed cover bands. Currently, he managing is large-format party bands,  ATL Groove Factory and Atlanta Rhythm & Groove. He  produces live entertainment sales videos for clients across the USA. In his spare time Steve travels the world with his wife Abbie and leads motorcycle tours in both in the USA and Europe.                                                     

3:15 - 4pm                      











SELLING & BOOKING HOUSE CONCERTS  "SINGER SONGWRITER"  (BROOKS MCGUIRE)
Maui based, Nashville recording artist, Brooks Maguire breathes new life into Americana music summoning his Gulf Coast roots with that southern touch of gospel, rock, blues and country as he weaves his Texas, Louisiana and Hawaii histories into his uplifting music that touch the hearts and lives of his audience!

4 - 5pm                           
BREAK - Check into the BOARDWALK INN

5 - 5:45pm                      
PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION - LANDRYS PATIO BAR
Downstairs (Weather Permitting)                         

5 - 5:20pm                      
BRIAN CARRION
Eclectic, energetic loop Artist 

5:20 - 5:45pm                
Bama Breeze
Tropical Variety Trio                                                  

6 - 7pm                        
DINNER - UPSTAIRS LANDRY'S BALLROOM

6 - 6:20pm                      
ANTHONY CACERES – Jazz Trio
Previous member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra and touring artist with the off-Broadway musical production of Miss Saigon and performed with the Four Aces, Freddie Jones, Ed Soph, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Greg Abate and the late Carl Fontana. 

6:20 - 6:50pm                
CAPEDA – Jazz Standards, Brazilian Repertoire, Venezuelan music 

6:50 - 7:05pm









C.W. KENDALL
PRESENTED  A "LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM STEP

7 - 10:30pm
SHOWCASE - THE OUTDOOR PLAZA AREA (2 STAGES)

7:10 - 7:30pm
RAPTURE – Plaza Stage 
One of Houston's favorite variety band who are the house band of the Houston Texans and also featured at the Golden Nugget - playing everything from Top 40 with a touch of Latin.

7:30 - 7:50pm
MARK MAY – Cool Zone Stage
Gulf Coast Blues Guitar Legend "Mark May's gutsy tone, feisty pull-off licks and ground-glass vocals invite comparison to any number of Texas bluesmen."

8 - 8:20pm – Plaza Stage
YELBA
Houston's favorite Latin Crossover and Top 40 Variety artist.  Since 2001, Yelba has specialized in weddings, corporate events, city concerts and fundraisers. 

8:25 - 8:45pm
JAKE BUSH – Cool Zone Stage
Young, up and coming Country singer songwriter who was featured at many local Country Dance Halls recently opened up for Texas Bowl for Cory Morrow.

8:50 - 9:10pm
(KAOS) BLOND JOVI & SIEMPRE SALENA – Plaza Stage
Houston's only under-cover band and one of the hottest variety/cover bands in Houston since 2010.  Showcasing their strong male and female vocals, KAOS covers all the great artists from the 80's through today's hottest stars.

9:15 - 9:35pm
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S – Cool Zone Stage
Breakfast at Tiffany's is a Houston based variety band that understands that the     show is just as important as the music covering all genres from Dance to Eighties to Rock.

9:40 - 10pm
FLASHPOINT – Plaza Stage
Flashpoint specializes in pop, rock and Motown dance hits of the 70s and 80s, as well as current hits by artists like Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Elle King and Daft Punk.

10 - 10:25pm
THE SLAGS – Cool Zone Stage
Fun, Energetic Top 40 Variety band featured at the Astros World Series Parade. Houston Texans Battle Ready Band as well as featured at Coushatta.  Top 40 variety to 80s Rock.

10:30 - 11:30pm            
PRESIDENT'S SUITE (BOARDWALK INN)

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018

9 - 9:30am                      
STEP BUSINESS MEETING & BOARD ELECTIONS
(LANDRY'S BALLROOM)

9:30 - 11am
GOOD AND WELFARE

11 - 11:30am
BREAK - HOTEL CHECK OUT

11:30am - 12:30pm







BRENDON ANTHONY - STATE OF THE TEXAS MUSIC INDUSTRY
Director of the Texas Music Office provides insight in to the State of Texas’ music industry and will inform us of any significant developments within the Texas music industry

Anthony began playing live music with a variety of Texas acts while attending Texas A&M University, which he graduated from in 1999. In 1997, Anthony began playing full time with Pat Green, with whom he toured nationally and internationally for 15 years. During his decade and a half as a touring musician, Anthony toured both the United States and Europe, played on a gold record and was a member of the band when Pat Green received three Grammy Award nominations. 

In addition to being a successful touring musician, Anthony has also performed on dozens of studio recordings and produced multiple records, including Drew Womack’s “Sunshine To Rain.” In 2010, Anthony helped start OneLive Media, which began as a primary ticketing company for Texas music venues and festivals before expanding into the e-commerce industry and becoming one of the premier online entertainment sales and marketing companies in the country. Anthony is a classically-trained violinist who has played fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and banjo both in live performances and studio recordings.
Anthony was born in Dallas, raised in College Station and has now called Austin home for 16 years.

12:30 - 1:00pm
LUNCH (LANDRY'S BALLROOM)

1:00 - 1:45pm







NATIONAL  ACT  "PAINTJAM"  Dan Dunn tells his story of his journey to the National Stage
Since beginning this amazing journey, Dan’s been painting and performing on stages and screens around the world with superstars like Taylor Swift, Jay Leno and Queen Latifah to name a few!
He has performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Rachael Ray Show, the Super Bowl Pre-Game Show and more!            

1:45 - 2:30pm
UNFINISHED BUSINESS AND ADJORNMENT         
  
  
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