Monday night at our staff meeting, I got a little choked up. I was attempting to present Tom Monaco and Chris Monaco with plaques commemorating their 20th anniversary with Elite Entertainment and I was trying to thank them for their loyalty and excellent work over those two decades. But emotions got the better of me and, not one to bawl openly in public, I just cut my speech short and asked them to come up and accept their awards.
I wish I’d been able to finish. Because if I had, I would have talked about how integral both Tom and Chris have been to the growth of Elite Entertainment as well as our impeccable reputation in the wedding industry. I would have talked about the importance of consistency in the wedding industry and how Tom and Chris have never stopped working. They’ve been DJing and performing and staying on the cutting edge of everything in the industry for all of the past twenty years. I would have talked about the importance of exemplary customer service and throwing GREAT parties, two traits both Tom and Chris demonstrate each and everyday. I would have praised their DJing skills as well as their proficiency as videographers and editors which has made our sister company, Elite Films, into a highly respected videography company in the state. I would have talked about their influence over the rest of the Elite staff, since Tom and Chris are two of our most respected veterans and many new DJs come into the company hoping to emulate them. I would have complimented the two of them on helping Elite with our upgrades since they both own and manage what we call our Elite Extreme division which provides lighting and other options to our clients. But most importantly I would have talked about how much they care. How well they treat every client who books them and how far and above they go to make sure every event is awesome. That’s the level of dedication that Tom and Chris both showed way back in the Spring of 1997 when each did their first events for us, and it’s the level of dedication they still have today.
I was able to get the words “thank you” out at our meeting but I feel the need to repeat that here. Thank you Tom Monaco and thank you Chris Monaco from the bottom of my heart. You’ve helped make Elite the company we are today and I’ll always be grateful for it.