There’s No Business Like No Business

We explore the ever changing world of Live Events before, during and what might happen after Covid19.
We’ll be inviting guests from a wide range of professions in Corporate Events, Music, Stage, Film, Television
and the Hospitality Industry to share their experiences.

‘I’m giving you gold here!’- With Mike Carbone

June 24th, 2021

June 9, 2021

Mike Carbone is one of North America’s most sought after corporate event hosts.  After years of entertaining audiences in comedy clubs, he found his way to the corporate stage.  His “The Pretty Late Show with Mike Carbone” has become extremely popular with meeting planners and event producers. The popularity of this familiar format spawned other variations like the “CNN: Conference News Network” and “Live & Interactive”.  Mike has travelled the world, hosting events for Fortune 500 companies in just about every industry sector.  During the past year Mike has taken his talk show and event hosting online. He hopes to be back on stage in front of a live audience soon but for now we’re the ones asking the questions!


The band from the Rush discussion:


This episodes shout-outs go to:

Palm Desert, CA

Dallas, Tx

Los Angeles, CA


“I love thinking of the worst possible outcome” - With Siobhan Colleen

June 3rd, 2021

May 20, 2021

Siobhan Colleen is a strong advocate for women working on the tech side of events, especially rigging. She obtained a BA with emphasis on Design & Technical Production from California State University, Fullerton. Her CSUF senior honors project was called – ‘Beginner’s Guide to Fall Protection and Prolonged Harness Suspension’.  Siobhan is a Fall Protection and Rescue instructor, SPRAT L1 technician and an ETCP Certified Arena Rigger. Since Covid her focus has been on her EdTech start-up Industry Explorers. Through interactive guest interviews the Industry Explorers podcast investigates a wide range of career options and personal development tools for her young audiences. Hopefully, this will allow Siobhan to reach new heights … no harness required!


This episodes shout-outs go to:

Palm Desert, CA

Los Angeles

Las Vegas


A “Premium” episode … insurance that is! - With Terry McRae

May 8th, 2021

April 29, 2021

Terry McRae is a damage insurance broker and Vice President, Senior Client Executive, Sport & Entertainment at BFL Canada. Terry’s original career choice was to be a record producer.  Like most of us, our first choices are not necessarily the ones that stick.  He later decided to follow his uncle and started working in the insurance business.  Terry then realized that he could combine his love for music with insurance by focusing his practice on commercial insurance in the music industry.  The rest is history.  He would soon be writing policies for many of Canada’s major recording artists, studios, production companies, the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy Awards).  The firm Terry works for, BFL Canada, has a long list of clients in the live event business including the world’s biggest cirque company. Have a listen, we "insure" you this episode will be fantastic!


This episodes shout-outs go to:

St. John's, Newfoundland

National Harbor, MD

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico




“I’ve got a few tie dyes … ya” - With Robert Newton

April 24th, 2021

April 17, 2021

Robert Newton is a globe trotter or at least he was before March 2020. Being the Global Lead Event Producer for EY still keeps him on his toes he just doesn’t see many airports these days.  Over his 26 years at EY, he and the events team have produced events in over 20 countries.  We talk to him about everything from the navy, The Atlanta College of Art, a Grateful Dead cover band to his current position at EY.  What did he learn along the way?  He learned that strong collaboration in concept, creativity and execution will lead to innovative and enduring experiences for their audiences.  Outside of work, Robert’s zen is illustration and creating music.  Speaking of music, we discovered that he still has some tie dye around the house and even the costume he wore as a performer at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta! 


Robert's Ceaser (Ape) Drawing - Youtube


This episodes shout-outs go to:

Marietta, G (Atlanta)



“We heard about 3D hologram tables and we want one!” - With Ryan McClure

April 17th, 2021

April 9, 2021

Ryan McClure is a busy, busy guy. While we sleep, he’s up working.  Well, that’s because he lives on the other side of the world in Indonesia.  Ryan earned his MBA at the Ivey School of Business in Canada.  He is the Managing Director of TWOMC 360 Digital Marketing & Communications Agency with locations in Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Canada.  In addition, Ryan is the co-founder of Skylar Solutions Information Technology & Services in Hong Kong that specializes in AR and VR through their hologram tables and beyond.  Ryan also knows his way around a cocktail, having co-written ‘Cocktail Cool Bar Textbook for Bartenders’.  It is hard to decide what was more fun to talk about – AR/VR or martinis!


Holotable Demo Video


Holotable App for Android  



This episodes shout-outs go to:



Saratoga, Wyoming

‘Ruben! Ruben!’ - With Karen Somers

April 9th, 2021

April 7, 2021

Karen Somers is an award-winning producer, director, director of photography, camera operator and photographer.  She is the owner/executive producer of Karen Somers + Company, a bi-coastal production house based in Los Angeles.  Karen and her team create documentary specials, series, commercial campaigns and inspiring brand and Behind-The-Scenes content.  Some of her clients include Disney, NBC/Universal, ABC, PBS, Amazon and Netflix.  Karen co-hosts a podcast called ‘Give Her A Microphone’ which inspires and supports women in the film and television industry.  Apparently, she also has a gardener named Ruben!

Karen Somers Podcast -


This episodes shout-outs go to:

San Antonio

Las Vegas

Los Angeles


‘I’m Not Peter Mansbridge’ - With Tony Ambrosi

March 25th, 2021

March 16, 2021

Tony is a Toronto based stage manager who works in the corporate events world.  He has travelled extensively throughout North America and the Caribbean, managing shows and keeping them on track.  He has extensive theatre experience and stage managed large productions such as Long Day’s Journey into Night at the Stratford Festival, Sunset Boulevard and Phantom of the Opera in Toronto.  Tony later became the production stage manager for the Blueman Group. With over 20 years in the theatre industry together with his years in live corporate events, he has certainly gained a keen sense of timing, direction and creativity. Two things to avoid doing around Tony … 1) miss one of his cues and 2) drink the last glass of prosecco!

Live Performance Health and Safety During Covid 19 DOC- Ontario


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‘Why Did You Bench Us??’ - With Cyn Ukas-Bradley

March 9th, 2021

February 24, 2021

Cyn is the owner of Cynful Productions, Go For Site Management and a founding member of EIR - Entertainment Industry Response, an events-based team of logistic experts and suppliers to help governments respond to the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.S..  As a Technical Director, Production Manager, Line Producer and Logistics Specialist, her expertise in large events is almost limitless.  Since March 2020, Cyn has tirelessly studied the effects of Covid-19 on the live events industry and shares her thoughts on how we might re-open safely.  Her name is frequently repeated onsite “Cyn knows”, “Ask Cyn” or “Cyn has it”.


This episodes shout-outs go to:

La Jolla, California-

San Francisco, California-

San Carlos, California-

‘Basically, I have no idea!’ - With Glen Speed

March 9th, 2021

February 17, 2021


Glen Speed is one of Canada's most sought after corporate and special events technical directors.  For over 30 years, he has managed numerous productions that have taken him extensively throughout North America, as well as U.K., Europe and South America. We will talk to him about his background in the business and what he's been doing lately in the virtual meeting world.  We may even get a quick peek into the future.  If you need to get him out for chat, just mention steak and cabernet!

This episodes shout-outs go to:

Toronto, Ontario-

Bend, Oregon-

Fort Lauderdale, Florida-

‘I’d Rather Be Getting The Lighting Guy Money’ - With Sean Nieuwenhuis

March 9th, 2021

March 2, 2021

Sean is a Digital Designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  His time is split between corporate, special events and theatre.  After honing his projection design skills over 10 seasons at the Stratford Festival, in Stratford, Ontario, he expanded into operas designing for shows in L.A., San Francisco, New York and Sydney, Australia.  Sean also designs for musicals including The Who’s Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar and was working on Summer: The Donna Summer Musical before live events were shutdown.  He likes quiet walks on the beach, romantic dinners and 20-hour work days in dark ballrooms.


This episodes shout-outs go to:

Montreal, Quebec -

Atlanta, Georgia -

Del Mar, California -

Vancouver, British Columbia


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