Over the past 25 years of being behind the scenes as an engineer in the music industry, I’ve met a lot of people and have seen a lot of changes. Most notable of the changes has been the gradual decline of collaboration amongst the industry players.
That’s why I had the ambitious idea last year to organize and host an industry event that would be a great excuse to bring the people of our industry together to forge new friendships and rekindle those friendships from the past. I decided that a poker charity event was the right way to do it. Within minutes of coming up with the idea for a poker tournament, I knew right away that Karen Dunn was the right person and essential to help me put this together.
Having never organized a major fundraiser/event, I knew I was going to need someone who’s an expert in event production and also knows the people of our community. I have known Karen for many years and have experienced first-hand, the success and pleasure of the golf tournaments and Mix Magazine TEC award events that she was responsible for coordinating. What I know now more than I did back then, is that there’s an incredible amount of work and dedication involved in pulling off a successful event- so having someone who’s ‘been there- done that’ was an important choice, and that’s why I needed Karen.
Karen was right there with me from the beginning. Her experience and connections made the first annual Recording Industry Poker Tournament grow from an idea to a success without any problems. Every detail: food, parking, people, place, budget, notifications, volunteers, decor, promotion, sponsorship, website, press etc., was carefully planned and executed with a great partner, enough so, that the 2nd annual Recording Industry Poker Tournament will be brought to our industry again by Karen and KMD Productions.