Ron Blackmore is a talent agent/broker and runs a company called NextLevel, which contracts talent for private events. I have worked with Ron for over 10 years and always feel that he puts the clients’ interest first every time.
One of the things I most appreciate about Ron is his ability to present a group of potential speakers for any type of request. Whether you are in need of a rock group or a financial expert, he’s got a list of recommendations for you.
After the talent selection is made, Ron sets up and participates in pre-production calls with the client regarding the content and message of the speaker’s presentation.
He attends the event to serve as a liaison between the production team, client and presenter. This service is included in his cost, but his hotel room is an additional charge.
What I am most impressed with: We had a keynote schedule to present first thing in the morning and had a scheduled rehearsal the evening before. Due to a ridiculous combination of travel obstacles the talent arrived just 30 minutes prior to the rehearsal. Ron had arranged for all of the talent’s props to be delivered to the ballroom, set them on the stage, reviewed the performance and answered questions for the production crew. He even offered to get the audio and lighting lead coffee from Starbucks while we were waiting for the keynote. He helped make what could have been a frustrating rehearsal run very smoothly.
Bottom Line: Ron is a good alternative to large booking agencies because he takes ownership and pride in his job. He is professional and personable and has always delivered.