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Our Staff

Staar Entertainment was established in 1999 with one mission: 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. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, and have developed great relationships with long-standing clients because of it.  


Staar Entertainment is truly your one stop shop for all of your entertainment needs.  

We specialize in the following:

  ● Ceremony and Cocktail music

   ● Lighting and Customized Gobo’s 

   ● The most up to date in Audio Visual Technology rentals 

   ● DJ Services for your reception with our Dance Floor Guarantee 

   ● And so much more!!!

John Wendelken


John Wendelken

John Wendelken’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, video productions to performing

as an Auctioneer, Emcee, DJ, and Percussionist. John has performed for or with world class entertainers and productions internationally and is dedicated to bring his excitement, knowledge and experience to you for your next event.

Ashley Allen-Nelson

Director of Event Sales

Ashley Nelson

Ashley Allen-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 is currently pursuing her PhD in the same discipline and 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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