Testimonials

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."

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

Corporate
"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.

Association
"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 

Publications
"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.

 

Artists
"I always feel like I'm in good hands when working with Sonder…Mark really knows his stuff." 
--Eddie Money

"Thank you for the excellent hospitality." 
--Tito Puente, Jr.

  
Facility
"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

"You've exceeded our expectations!
--Rick Brown, The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club


International
"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


Miscellaneous
"
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

 

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Professional Memberships

  • American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), Front Royal/VA affiliate, founding member
  • Association of Entertainment Professionals (AEP), founding member
  • International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
  • International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA)
  • International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA)
  • International Institute for Sustainable Tourism (IIST)
  • Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
  • North Carolina Presenters Consortium (NCPC)

Clients

American Bankers Association

American Brands

American Dental Association

American Heart Association

American Express

American Library Association

American Standard

Anne Klein & Co.  

AT&T  

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