HOB Promotes Chuck Dinkins and Welcomes Sharisse Pessar To Talent Executive Roster
Hollywood, CA — April 05, 2006 In a continuing effort to dominate the live event industry in the U.S. Southeast, House of Blues® (HOB) has promoted Chuck Dinkins to Talent Buyer and appointed Sharisse Pessar, a former talent buyer for Live Nation, as Talent Buyer. Utlizing a team approach alongside House of Blues Concerts Vice President Jim Mallonee, Dinkins and Pessar will book an extensive list of venues in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
"The entire regional team of House of Blues professionals will work closely together in booking and producing an enormous share of live events in an expansive market," said Mallonee, who oversees programming, marketing and promotion of all HOB-produced festivals and shows in the region, including those booked at HiFi Buys in Atlanta and Booth Amphitheatre in Cary (Raleigh-Durham), North Carolina. "The wealth of experience Sharisse brings to the table complements the tremendous level of knowledge and professionalism Chuck has demonstrated throughout his tenure with House of Blues. I'm extremely proud of the quality of shows and level of guest experience we continue to achieve. We are looking forward to a hugely successful year!"
Although primarily responsible for booking the top-ranked House of Blues Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale's Revolution, Pessar will also book or co-book other HOB-promoted venues in the region. Immediately prior to joining the HOB talent buyer roster, Pessar served as Senior Talent Buyer for Live Nation in Florida. She began her music industry career in 1992 at Fantasma Productions, Florida, and continued to hone her skills after joining Cellar Door Concerts as a buyer for several premiere clubs in Jacksonville, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. Following the SFX purchase of Cellar Door in 1999, Pessar moved to Nashville to become Marketing Director of Starwood Amphitheatre. In 2001, she was offered the opportunity to oversee the college department of Mad Booking, a position she left in 2003 to return home to Florida to work for Clear Channel / Live Nation.
Dinkins will serve as primary talent buyer for House of Blues Myrtle Beach, Center Stage at the Plex in Charleston, South Carolina and Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. Like Pessar, Dinkins will also program or co-book other venues throughout the Southeast, including HOB Orlando and Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale. Dinkins spent more than seven years as a professional skateboarder before applying his knowledge of music and lifestyle marketing as a music buyer for two Florida retail outlets and later as a music editor for Swerve Magazine in Orlando. The Memphis native assisted talent buyers at the Sapphire Supper Club (now the Social) from 1996 to 1998 and continued to broaden his knowledge of the industry working as an assistant agent at HepCat Booking and Artist Management in Maitland, Florida, from 1997 to 1998. Dinkins joined House of Blues in 1998 as Assistant Talent Buyer.
Mallonee, nominated as Talent Buyer of the Year by both Performance Magazine and by his colleagues for Pollstar Magazine, joined the executive ranks at House of Blues in 1997 and has more than 25 years of professional entertainment experience under his belt. For ten years, from 1982 to 1992, Mallonee acted as President of Raleigh-based Showtime Agency, routing Southeast portions of national tours for top agencies and representing more than 20 venues in the region. In 1991 alone, he booked more than 800 live events throughout the Southeast before partnering his talents with Cellar Door Productions from 1992 to 1997. Responsible for booking HOB-produced festivals like the 3 Rivers Festival in Columbia, South Carolina, and large HOB Concerts amphitheatres, Mallonee also guided HOB Orlando and HOB Myrtle Beach to become ranked as the top two clubs in the Southeast in 2004 and two of the top ten venues worldwide.
Mallonee, Dinkins and Pessar are based in Orlando. For more information on House of Blues, venues and scheduled shows, please visit http://www.hob.com