Selecting and Contracting Event Entertainment and Production Vendors

Selecting and Contracting Event Entertainment and Production Vendors

Deciding Which Vendor to Use. The audition process:

Industry honors or awards received (you have seen some highlights on the home page)

  • Hear the entertainment live
  • Watch video clips
  • Listen to audio clips
  • Know your favorite entertainment purveyor
  • Trust your friends or colleagues
  • Schooling
  • Is anyone on the staff Certified in events?
  • Did your present vendor write the book, “Event Entertainment and Production?”
  • Brand recognition

Event Entertainment and Production BookMark Sonder Production, Inc. has established its strong brand since 1985.  First in New York City, then the USA as well as internationally.  In addition, he has literally written the book, “Event Entertainment and Production.” Furthermore, MSP boasts two employees that are Certified Special Event Professionals!!

Now headquarted in Virginia, USA, the company positions its clients for vibrant growth by leveraging keen understanding of business to business and consumer-based marketing with the goal of gaining a competitive advantage through international best practices. 

As an award winning entertainment agency, Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is one of the national leaders in designing event marketing solutions through headline entertainment and production services for facilities, casinos, concerts, corporations and associations.

Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP was educated at The Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.

Original Beach Boys To Reunite For Tour

Touring News Original Beach Boys To Reunite For Tour

A corporate/association favorite, this band is still rockin’ after all these years!  Call today for availabilities and pricing +1-540-636-1640.

LOS ANGELES (MediaWire) — The founding members of The Beach Boys announced that they are planning to reunite for a 50th Anniversary in 2012 that will include both a new studio album as well as a 50-date international tour, kicking off in April with a headline billet at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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Top 10 Acts in 2011

These are the proven headliners, measured by amount grossed, that would no doubt be a huge hit for you next meeting, convention, tradeshow, exposition, special event, casino date or other dates. Read more for the list.

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Special Offers

Special Offers

Please check frequently for additional offerings.


Offer Expires August 31, 2012 at 5:00pm EST

RichardLustigWebSpeaker Richard Lustig (topic: Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning The Lottery) will be offering 10 of his books FREE, name eponymous with topic, for any speaking engagements that go to contract in August.  This represents a savings of $400! 












Offer expires 7/31/12 at 5:00pm EST

LinwoodSmileIn celebration of the USA’s 236th Birthday, we offer, as a MP3, “America The Beautiful,” sung by Linwood Peel (of Linwood Peel’s Stars from The Drifters) with chorus and orchestra FREE to all people of the world!







Offer expires Friday, 8/31/12 at 5:00pm EST

nathanEngage Nathan Schulhof, speaker and inventor of the MP3 Player and the force behind the new Solar Joos (renewable solar panel energy for almost anything that can be re-charged through a mini USP cable), to present at your meeting, convention, trade show, exhibition or special event and enjoy a 50% reduction in price in the lower 48 US States just for “liking” our corporate Facebook page!  Regular international speaker rates still apply.








LinwoodAdPSOffer expires 5/24/12 

Book Linwood Peel’s Stars from the Drifters for performances in:

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Delaware

And receive 50% off the cost of the talent fee. This does not include any production, hotel, round trip air, etc. that may be needed. Offer expires 5/24/12.







Come hear and see Linwood Peel’s Stars from The Drifters PLUS have dinner on us just for the asking! Limited amount available. Up to 4 tickets per telephone call at 540-636-1640 (to redeem). Show date, Saturday 2/25/12 in Dover, Delaware. Dinner at 6pm. Show to follow.

Offer expires Friday 2/24/12 at noon EST


Contact Us

Contact Information

World Headquarters    +1-540-636-1640
2479 Freezeland Road
Linden, Virginia 22642 USA

National Sales Office
Telephone: +1-202-369-1063

Mark Sonder Productions will be closed in observance of all major US Holidays.

General Information


Mark Sonder, MM, CSEPMark
Chief Entertainment Officer
USA and International
Tel: 540-636-1640

KathrynKathryn Summer
Southeast Sales
National Sales office
Tel: 202-369-1063
Darrell BridgesDarrell
Production and Project Manager
National Sales office
Tel: 202-369-1063

Kim I. MurrayKim
National Sales
Special Projects
Tel: 540-636-1640

KathyKathy Bee
Nevada and West Coast
Project Manager 
National Sales office
Tel: 202-369-1063

Bob SurenBobSuren2
Texas and National Sales
Tel: 540-636-1640


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Employment Information

Employment Information

Exciting opportunity to work with our entrepreneurial company in a fun, casual atmosphere! In this job you will have the luxury of having your office, preferably out of your Washington DC area home! If you meet the following description AND you have the background outlined below, We’d love to hear from you!

In this position you will represent, demonstrate, and sell Mark Sonder Productions’s product and services to Fortune 500 organizations, meeting planners, hotel and casinos. Cold call on new prospects in an effort to meet and exceed sales quota and grow assigned territory. Attend local/regional networking and trade show events periodically. Follow up on inbound calls and inquiries regarding products and services. Maintain accurate and current account records utilizing company contact management system. Attend, the meetings/events/shows in person. Answers to Mr. Sonder.

Requirements for consideration include:
— At least 3 years of successful sales experience
— Strong understanding of various software, and Internet capabilities
— Proven ability to negotiate and close a deal
— Proven track record in exceeding sales quotas
— Experience in selling regionally, nationally and/or internationally
— Recognition as a top producer in current organization
— Experienced and successful in selling 6 figure deals
— Experience and success with sales quotas of $1million+

— High performer seeking perfection in job related tasks
— Absolute passion about job responsibilities
— Ability to solve problems and work with minimal supervision
— Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills
— Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
— Willing to travel, if applicable

– Entrepreneurial environment
– Challenging and fast changing business environment
– Innovative and creative atmosphere
– Getting the job done is more important than the hours of work
– Customer service oriented
– Fun and casual atmosphere

Compensation is based on total industry revenues from the practice with no base salary. This is a true entrepreneurial venture meaning you get out what you put in. Income has no limits. If interested and qualified, please email Mr. Mark Sonder, CSEP at

Press Releases


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American Bankers Association

American Brands

American Dental Association

American Heart Association

American Express

American Library Association

American Standard

Anne Klein & Co.


Banca Della Suizzera Italiano

Bank of Montreal


Billboard Magazine

Bristol Myers Squibb Immunology

British Airways

Burlington Industries

CBS, Inc.

Chase Manhattan Bank

Chemical Bank

Chevrolet Motor Division


Coopers and Lybrand

Cushman and Wakefield

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Discovery Channel

Elizabeth Arden Salon

EMI Records

Equitable Life


Folger Shakespeare Library

General Electric

Glaxo SmithKline

Goldman Sachs

Guiness Stout

Hammacher Schlemmer

Harvard University



Inc. Magazine

Intn’l Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Reagan International Trade Center

Johnson & Johnson

John Hopkins University

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

K. R. Murdoch

Lederle Laboratories

Lotus Development Corporation

McGraw-Hill Companies, The



Miles Pharmaceutical

Morgan Stanley

MTV Video Music Awards

National Kidney Foundation

National Stationery Show

Natural History Magazine

NBC / NBC Primetime

Newsweek Magazine

New York Life Insurance Company

Outdoor Advertising Assoc. of America

Parenting Magazine

Penthouse International

People Magazine

Pfizer Inc.

Philip Morris

Polo / Ralph Lauren

Pontiac Motors

Price Waterhouse Coopers

 Ralph Lauren Footwear



RJR Nabisco

Sanwa Bank – BGK Securities

Sara Lee Corporation

Sun Microsystems

TV Guide

TV Globos (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Union Bank of Switzerland

Union Station (Washington DC)

US Council on International Banking

US House of Representatives

US Mission to the UN

Waldorf=Astoria Hotel (New York City)

Weight Watchers International

Wella Corporation

Wells Fargo

Woolrich Corporation

WR Grace

Verizon Center

Young & Rubicam

Zeckendorf Corporation


How About YOU?




Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is the first corporate entertainment producer to receive a testimonial from Eddie Money who stated, “I always feel like I’m in good hands when working with Mark Sonder Productions…Mark really knows his stuff.

So I want to take this moment to say “thank you” for your hard work.”
— President George W. Bush, 5/25/06

“What a fantastic show! It was the best, and a perfect finale for a great meeting. All of the acts were unbelievable, but Joan Jett really blew everyone away. I want to thank you for all your efforts in making our House of Blues Night a great experience and success. The Meet & Greets were fun and all of our VIPs were thrilled to meet the “stars” of the evening.”
-JoAnn Huckvale, Boehringer Ingelheim 
“The Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education Awards dinner was a first-class event with real flair. The quartet created the ‘right music’ for our gathering. An event is only as good as its underpinnings! To you and your associates, many thanks for being a member of the team that made it all possible.”
–Joseph L. Dionne, The McGraw-Hill Companies

“Thank you for all of your help.”
–Kelly Corroon, Polo/Ralph Lauren Corporation

“Thanks for the wonderful job your musicians did last night. It was a pleasure to work with you.”
–Pat Elustondo, Union Bank of Switzerland

“What an incredible show Sunday night at The Franklin Institute [Philadelphia]! We are sure we speak for everyone when we say how amazingly captivating the Shangri-LA Acrobats were! We must thank you profusely, not only for the Pentz Group, but for our client and their many, many guests, all of which were enthralled with the performers and their astonishing display of flexibility. Again, our deepest thanks for providing us with the best in entertainment!”
-Chris Pentz, CMP, Pentz Group Communications for Hoffman-LaRoche  

“Also, I wanted to thank you for everything…you made my life so much easier!”
-Emily Rotolo, Bisnow Media

“They were terrific. The drummers had our guests literally dancing in the halls, and the quartet was wonderful and sensitive to the flow and mood of the evening.”
–Leah Zennario, Reuters Information Services Inc.

“Thank you for the outstanding job Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. did producing music and entertainment for NAPL’s special events at our annual Top Management Conference.”
–Tricia Palumbo, National Association of Printers & Lithographers

“I have never seen so many people still on the dance floor at midnight at any of my conventions! Working with a professional such as yourself made my job that much easier and pleasant; again, thank you…”
–June Schultz, National Kidney Foundation

Meeting/Event Companies
“Your selection of talent hit the mark with the demographic.”
-Ryan Haanstra, Walt Disney Event Productions

“Thank you so very much. I’m glad we are working together.”
–Jaclyn Bernstein, Empire Force Events, Ltd.

“Congratulations on your recent Super Six Award. You [Mark Sonder] and your company are an example to the entire meeting planning industry. Your efforts and exceptional work have raised the bar that every company in the industry will be measured by.” –The Members of the Event Mall, Orlando FL

“Thank you for your assistance with our plans for the Opening Night Reception for the National Stationery Show. We are very excited to work with Mark Sonder Productions again!”
–Cate Doyle, George Little Management 

“Wanted to let you all know that BAE could not stop praising the event last night. I spoke with Bill this morning and he heard nothing but rave reviews from his guests. Thanks for making this event such a great success!”
-Amy Ellis Hauser, Jack Morton Worldwide 

“It was a pleasure to work with you. The music was fantastic! I look forward to other opportunities to work with your group in the future. Thanks again!”
–Caroline Kirk, The Atlantic Monthly

“Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with our readers!” (For words and pictures by Mark Sonder, on the cover story, “On with the Show: Event Entertainment Evolves in the New Corporate Climate,”)
–Natasha Garber, Special Events Magazine

“Thanks for the great band!”
–Jo Coppola, BusinessWeek  

“We are both delighted and honored to have Mr. Sonder contribute his words and concepts to our magazine and our readership. We are excited that he has decided to share with us his knowledge and experience on music, entertainment and production for meetings and events.”
–Tyler Davidson, Chief Content Director, Meetings Focus Magazine 

Fine Arts
“It was good to meet [your musician], and while her time in the building was very short the sound was great and it added to the cocktail portion of the evening. Thanks for all your help.”
–Gwen Neild, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

“…everything was wonderful! They’re [all the musicians] delightful!”
–Celia Flye, The National Symphony Orchestra
“More than 300,000 tourists and New Yorkers came to Little Italy during the event [Christmas in Little Italy]. The musical talent and choral groups you provided each weekend performed nobly and were important assets in creating a holiday atmosphere in the neighborhood. Their performances on parade floats as well as in various restaurants proved to be very popular with those who visited Little Italy during the festival weekends.”
–Robert Ianniello, Jr., Little Italy Merchants Association for Christmas in Little Italy 

“The information I learned in your classes (as well as from your book) have proven to be invaluable. Thanks again!”
–LaKeisha Sabol, Cirque’s Las Vegas show Zarkana and producer for the Nevada Ballet Theatre.

“Your musicians were marvelous and I thank you for your assistance.”
–Paul Munick, Madison Square Garden Corporation 
“Thanks for all your help. It was overall the best concert and show [Ronnie Milsap] El Paso has seen in 20 years.” –Steve Gramzay, Program Director, KHEY-FM a Clear Channel Communications station

“Thank you so much… everything was wonderful.”
–Nicole B. Clarke, The Westin Grand Washington DC

“I went to hear [José] Cid last night (05.08.12) in Feira de Santiago in Setúbal. [He] just lamented his small (6 men) band for 2 hours. What a sight! We knew that was good recordings, but before all that singing, dancing, ecstatic people that sounded fresh and young. Sometimes jumped 8 times, waved his handkerchief and just listened to people singing his lyrics.”
–Ira Lieberman (from The Metropolitan Opera Company in NYC) on one leg of José Cid’s 2012 European Tour

“The Platters were wonderful. Not only was their performance magnificent – they are truly charming and delightful people. It was a pleasure to have them perform at our gala. I also wanted to thank both of you – Mark and Jonathan for being so helpful and responsive. I certainly hope that we get to work together again, some time in the future. You made my job very easy.
–Valerie Ramsay-Brown, St. Peter’s Hospital, Ontario, Canada

“A belated thank you for all of the work you invested in making the CIMMYT dinner a successful event. The way that the AV equipment was set, was excellent and helped us to deliver our message. Thank you also on the recommendation of the musical group. Many of our invitees said that the music had been excellent.”
–Patricia Lopez, CIMMYT, Mexico

Mark Sonder, Chief Entertainment Officer at Mark Sonder Productions, Inc., one of the country’s leading suppliers of headline entertainment for meetings and events.”
–Patti Shock, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

“[I] don’t need any testimonials — I’d say the Dodgers speaks to the high caliber and quality of your work! Keep up the awesome work!” 
–Connie Banford, Mobile Marketer, Team Builder & International Marketing Consultant