Glenn Thayer is personality for hire.
He incorporates his voice, smile and knack for knowing people into his business that provides a variety of entertainment services.
Whether it’s a business awards ceremony, a wedding or a dance party, Thayer is offering to be a front man for the event as emcee or master of ceremonies.
Thayer made a stop between events recently to tell CSBJ about himself and his business.
* Organization: Emcee Squared Entertainment
* Position: Master of ceremonies/professional spokesman
* Hometown: Southern California
* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Four years
* Education: Record production and music publishing at UCLA. Performing arts studies at Palomar College, emphasizing vocal performance and musical theatre. I am currently finishing my business management degree at the University of Phoenix.
* A few words about your company: Emcee Squared Entertainment provides disc jockey, master of ceremony, visual art, and voice talent services for corporate functions, weddings and social events. We also provide award show services including PowerPoint design, technical direction, show management, master of ceremonies, custom award music and voice-overs. The Better Business Bureau’s “Excellence in Customer Service Awards,” The Urban League’s “Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner” and the Pikes Peak Advertising Federation’s “Big Daddy Addys” are just a few of the award shows that we work on.
* Recent accomplishments: I am the 2005 president for the Colorado Springs Customer Service Association. I serve on the board of directors for the Denver chapter of the International Special Event Society and started the “Soco Social Club”.
* Biggest career break: A couple years ago I hosted the “Wild on Weddings” television spots for KXRM FOX21. The television spots and working in the industry for 20 years helped establish me as an expert in the local wedding market.
* The toughest part of your job: The toughest part of the job is educating our clients on what options are available for their events. There are so many ways we can enhance an event to make it a memorable occasion. In this fast-paced market, the challenge is introducing our clients to the newest innovations and techniques available for their events.
* Someone you admire: My father. He has always been a foundation for my success. He has taught me that life is too short not to enjoy every moment.
* About your family: I am the oldest of six siblings (four brothers and one sister) who reside in Southern California along with my mother. My father and stepmother recently moved to Colorado Springs from Nevada City, Calif. My wife, Jennifer, is a voice artist for local and international radio and television commercials. Our daughter, Julia, is almost 3 and is the most wonderful thing in our lives.
* Something else you’d like to accomplish: I want to make a difference in the city I live in.
* How your business will change in the next decade: As technology becomes more affordable, more competition enters the marketplace often diluting the value offered by legitimate business. Years ago a top-line professional DJ sound system sold for $6,000. Today, a comparable system can be purchased for under $1,200. With this increase in competition, client education becomes paramount. I also see tighter integration with “entertainment-driven” content for corporate conferences and events.
* What book are you currently reading? “The Flight of the Creative Class” by Richard Florida.
* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? The arts community does a great job for our city, but there is plenty more that can be done. We have such a great artistic community here that needs much more exposure than they currently receive.
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