2012′s most unusual excuses for missing work:
“My sobriety tool wouldn’t allow the car to start.”
“I forgot I had been hired for the job.”
“My dog was having a nervous breakdown.”
“My dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation.”
“My toe was stuck in a faucet.”
“A bird bit me.”
“I was upset after watching ‘The Hunger Games.’”
“I got sick from reading too much.”
“I was suffering from a broken heart.”
“My hair turned orange from dying my hair at home.”
- MacKay Marketing & Entertainment, Straw House EntertainmentTalent Agent & Manager, present
- Poylgram & Mercury Records, MacKay Brothers Management, Black Jack EntertainmentPromotion, 1985 - 1989
Gordon D. MacKay
Gordon MacKay of MacKay & Entertainment. MacKay was meant for show business, with almost 30 years in the Entertainment Industry, his credits and successes have had his peers call him a Leader, a Visionary and a Modern Day P.T. Barnum. Experiencing all facets of the entertainment industry: music, theatre, circus, rodeo, fairs, festivals and politics. Gordon believes in a cross-disciplinary approach, of what works in one industry, can be easily adapted to work in another industry.
From an early age MacKay had a knack for promoting events, and quickly learned the art of Concert Promotion & Production. In his first year MacKay booked and promoted such legends as Willie Nelson, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and Ricky Nelson. From 1984 through 1992 MacKay also booked and promoted such artists as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Megadeth, Faith No More, Poison, Warrant, Cinderella, Anthrax, Run DMC, Extreme, The Ramones, and Dokken, to name just a few.
While working getting his chops down as a concert promoter, Gordon attended St. John’s University as a film student (later graduating with a Communications and Marketing degree). While at Polygram Records Gordon was promoting major acts and worked on "number one" singles for John “Cougar” Mellencamp, Tears for Fears, Bananarama, Bon Jovi and Vanessa Williams. With his knowledge of the hard rock and heavy metal scene MacKay was assigned to work with Kiss, Def Leppard, Rush, Scorpions, Lita Ford, Deep Purple, ELP and more.
In 1986 MacKay Bros. Entertainment was started and Gordon and his brother Frank teamed up to promote tours for several acts on Atlantic and Polygram Records. Promoting three or more shows a week, they were hit with heavy advertising bills. The brothers needed a cost effective way to promote their shows throughout the New York Tri-State area. They decided to publish Network Tri-State Music & Entertainment Paper. The paper was published monthly and was supported by advertisers, who in fact indirectly financed the promotion of their concerts. Network grew and became a cult favorite, and through their contacts the MacKay Brothers were getting the toughest interviews in the business and even started scooping the big national magazines. Financing and distribution was secured and the brothers went national with Metal Network. It didn’t take long, until Metal Network was a national favorite, and in 1989 the brothers sold the magazine to the New York Publishing Group.
The Brothers also managed such acts as Forbidden, Overdose and A&E's "Mind Freak" Criss Angel. The MacKay Brothers have also negotiated over 50 record deals for acts. Frank & Gordon along with business partner Bill Bogardt also owned a string of music oriented nightclubs by the name of Dr. Shay's.
An unexpected meeting legendary animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Gordon spent parts of four seasons with the Circus and then met his wife Marybeth in 1993.
MacKay’s Olympic career continued as he was hired in 1996 by Coca-Cola to Produce a Circus to run in Atlanta & Athens as part of the Olympic events. While in Atlanta he was tagged as a consultant to launch a Brand Marketing Campaign for AT&T. 1997 MacKay created Circo Mundial to help introduce AT&T as a new provider of local phone service in Puerto Rico.
Upon his return from Puerto Rico and two major clients Gordon expanded MacKay Marketing & Entertainment as an agency and consulting firm representing Family Entertainment.
MacKay Marketing is a firm focused on the Amusement and Entertainment Industries. Gordon's team is talented, full of creative energy, and brings a wealth of experience and skill to each engagement. MacKay Marketing's highly motivated staff can not only design, but can also fully implement a marketing or management strategy from top to bottom.
1999 Gordon & Marybeth MacKay were hired to consult and train personnel for Circus Smirkus in preparation and during filming of the Disney Channel production of “Totally Circus”. MacKay developed and implemented a marketing plan to assist local hosts in filling all performances, so that Circus Smirkus and the Disney Channel could have the best possible showing in front of the American Public.
MacKay Marketing works with clients in a variety of ways depending on their needs. Creating brand images for touring circuses, bands, and consumer products; Developing and implementing Non-traditional and Lifestyle campaigns for such artists as Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, the Jonas Brothers, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Lil John, Usher, Michelle Branch, Luther Vandros, Three Days Grace, Dashboard Confessional and more.
Creating and implementing advertising and promotional campaigns, and booking national tours are our primary focuses.
MacKay Promoted "number one" Singles for Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Vanessa Williams, John Mellencamp, Tears For Fears and Bananarama. Also handled video promotion for Kiss, Rush, Kool and The Gang, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, Kathy Mattea, Billy Ray Cyrus, Deep Purple, ELP and the Scorpions.
MacKay Entertainment is full service agency, working with each client on a one-to-one basis fulfilling the needs and goals that they have to make each event a success. We specialize in producing branding and promotional events as well as a full range of services for casinos, fairs, festivals, corporate events, cruise lines, malls, television, movies and commercials.
Whether you need help with an existing event or a planning a new event MacKay Entertainment has the experience and expertise to achieve all the goals of your event. MacKay Entertainment makes it easy for our customers, by tailoring a program to fulfill their needs. Our range of services range from talent buying, consulting, to complete turnkey show productions.
Gordon has Promoted and acted as Talent Buyer for over 500 venues. Acts Included but not limited to Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chuck Berry, America, Paul Rodgers, Eddie Money, Sam Moore, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Faith No More, Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty, Ricky Nelson, Soundgarden, The Platters, The Ramones, The Drifters, Shirelles, Poison, Extreme, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Joe Nichols, Trick Pony, and Sawyer Brown.
MacKay Marketing and Entertainment has worked with such clients as Evel Knievel, Criss Angel, Robbie Knievel, The Flying Wallendas, Eddie Money, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bello Nock, The Galaxy Girl, Willie Nelson, Jade Kindar-Martin, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey, Cities of Seoul, Madrid and Boston
Straw House Entertainment
MacKay's newest venture along with Marybeth is Straw House Entertainment. Straw House is a one-stop entertainment solution, with worldwide distribution. Straw House will be a home for Heritage & Classic Acts; as well as developing newer artists to assist them in getting to the next step in their careers. Straw House is a multi-media company and will also develop programming for TV and Stage. Straw House Entertainment is distributed in the United States through SONY/RED.
Mr. MacKay holds a BS in Marketing & Communications from St. John’s University and a MSM from Lesley University.
- St. John's University, Lesley UniversityCommunications & Marketing, 1983 - 1987
- Lesley UniversityMSM Management, 1996 - 1999