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Meet Our Staff

Staar Entertainment was established in 1999 with one mission in mind: to bring real, high quality Entertainment Services to the Tampa Bay area!

Our passion for excellence is what inspired us to open our doors, and it continues to drive us each day, inspiring us to keep growing. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, and have developed great relationships with long-standing clients because of it.

John Wendelken

Owner | Auctioneer | MC | DJ

John’s passion and expertise for the event industry is demonstrated through his life’s work. As a graduate of Florida Auctioneer academy, John has experience as a dynamic Auctioneer and Master of Ceremonies for Fundraisers and Galas.  John has performed as a DJ/Emcee at upscale events throughout Florida.

After graduation from High School, he attended the Musicians Institute of Hollywood, California. Then he completed his bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University  before completing his Masters Degree in Communication Sciences at the University of South Florida.

John is a knowledgeable expert at everything from live sound and video productions to performing as an Auctioneer, MC, DJ, and Percussionist. John has performed for and with world class entertainers and productions both nationwide and internationally. He is dedicated to bringing his excitement, knowledge, and experience to your next event.

Dr. Ashley Nelson

Director of Sales and Operations

Dr. Ashley Nelson has over 20+ years in the entertainment and hospitality industry having served most of her career as the Member Relations Director for Hunter's Green Country Club (owned by ClubCorp) and also serving as Regional Field Specialist from 2003 to 2009.  Ashley's expertise is in Customer Service and Communication holding both an Undergraduate and Masters Degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida.

She recently completed her PhD in the same discipline from University of South Florida. Ashley has years of training and knowledge in all aspects of event planning, execution, and follow up to ensure complete customer satisfaction.

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Frankey McCormick

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Project Manager | Artist | Web Master | Graphic Designer

Frankey has grown up in the entertainment industry, having learned the frontend and backend of the trade right from the professionals that run the Tampa Bay area. In her 12+ years she has aided in all aspects of an event.

She most enjoys the creative side of events, creating and building physical decor elements. Frankey has also taken the time to learn website design and the digital arts. She can make anything from your unique event logo to your child's cardbox.

Speaking of the digital side of the business, she has recently

been busy rebranding Staar Entertainment, upgrading the website, and pushing our marketing efforts over the edge.

See What Our Clients are Saying

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Jamie Marco

Surprise Party

John and his team truly made my Mom's 70th surprise party outstanding.

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Larry King

Private Party

Hey, you wanna have a great party? You call Staar Entertainment like my family did.

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Mary Collier

Bat Mitzvah

Our family had one of the best nights of our lives at our daughter's bat mitzvah!

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