MICHAEL CERBELLI 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN EVENT CREATION
September marks a major milestone for the event production industry in New York City and Cerbelli Creative in particular; Michael Cerbelli celebrates his 40th Anniversary creating legendary events.
There’s no way that on September 10th, 1977, American Legion Post 573 in Canarsie had any idea what they were putting in motion when they hired a skinny kid to DJ a Saturday afternoon block party. (Nor is it likely they knew it Michael’s 13th birthday.) But four decades later, that skinny kid with the big smile and Radio Shack turntables has left an indelible mark in NY; first as a DJ, then as a popular emcee, then event planner, producer, and finally Executive Producer of grand scale events. The kid hit it big.
As his resume so eloquently proves, Michael Cerbelli is a master of growth and reinvention. In the last forty years, the event production industry has undergone a sea change due to the information & technology explosion. Those who do not adapt to change become casualties of change. Michael doesn’t just keep up with change; he’s become a catalyst for change – embracing and leveraging the newest and latest. But Michael has always worked to help others thrive in a world of change; from Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List to the dozens upon dozens of professionals he has established in event production.
So, what does he do to top forty years of excellence? How does he reinvent Michael Cerbelli after four decades? This is a vexing question even for Michael. But as 2020 nears, his heart is in sharing the wealth; bringing others along on his incredible journey and mentoring the next generation of event planners.
“I want to turn this all over to dreamers. That’s the only legacy I want.”
After watching Michael, who would doubt his chances at finding the right people to take the industry – and Cerbelli Creative – deep into the new century. And when they achieve their goals it will be because Michael achieved one of his major goals; “Paying it forward.”
Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List™
A Creative Event Expert’s Favorite Ideas to Take Events to the Next Level
"Sixteen years ago, I started Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List. I’ve spoken at various conferences and meetings throughout the year to reveal the hottest and most innovative trends in events and entertainment. When I first started this, people thought I was crazy. They thought to themselves, why would you share all this information? Why give away all your ideas? The truth is, it all started when I asked a colleague about an idea. In the late ’90s and early 2000s, I, along with many other meeting and event planners, were going to conferences to learn, to find ways to be a more effective event planner and to make our events more exciting.
In 2001, I saw a presentation by a great event designer and an incredible speaker. He took out a vase, put it on the table, and turned a switch..."
WATCH: Michael Cerbelli discusses Michael Cerbelli's: The Hot List ™ and Party Must-Haves on Great Day Washington
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"These beautiful, soft blankets will last for years of cold nights on the couch on the couch cuddling together" - Michael Cerbelli, CEO and president..."
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"As New Yorkers, we’ve waited many long and cold months for these precious few weeks of warm weather. And there’s no better way..."
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MPI BLOG - FEEL THE HEAT
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"Almost 16 years ago, many event producers asked me the question: Why are you giving away all your ideas for free?..."
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"...Other keynote speakers include Bruce Mau, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Ron Tite, Michael Cerbelli and Sarah Prevette..."
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"At the center of the romance: the lovers. Vying for equal attention these days: the castle..."
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"Celebrity event planner Michael Cerbelli shows us all the graduation party essentials that could work for any summer event"
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"You don't need a bottomless bank account to have a beautiful and memorable wedding day. In fact, you can have the day of your dreams for under $10,000 (yes!)..."
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