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After 40 Years of Entertaining, EastCoast Entertainment Adopts New Name To Reflect Its National Scope

Since its founding forty years ago, EastCoast Entertainment has grown into the largest full-service entertainment agency in the U.S., boasting 14 offices along the East Coast. The company has flourished as a go-to source for creative events, booking entertainment and producing custom events from not only here in Charlotte, but from coast-to-coast and around the globe.

In January, the company announced it changed its name to ECE. The new name reflects its growth into a national and international powerhouse for entertainment. ECE’s new brand identity includes a new logo and redesigned website.

“The evolution of our name ensures people understand we can serve almost any need anywhere, across the country and internationally,” says ECE President Doug Daniel.

ECE books and oversees entertainment for weddings, social events, corporate events, universities, performing arts venues, and private parties. The company is known for creative entertainment and excellent customer service.

You can hear more from Doug Daniel on ECE’s mission as an industry leader in this video.


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Corporate Partners

Casco Signs, Inc. – 199 Wilshire Avenue, Concord, 28025. Family owned and operated since 1998, we are an identification solutions company located in Concord, North Carolina. With over 17 years in the sign business we craft custom signs to capture your market’s attention. We specialize in LED message centers, channel letters and metal fabrication. For more information, contact Nick Denton @ 704-788-9055 or visit website

Ecolab – 9735 Northcross Center Court, Ste N, Huntersville, 28078. Our team will partner with you to ensure you deliver a great guest experience, for the dining room to the restroom to the kitchen. Our solutions ensure cleanliness and food safety while maximizing efficiency and conserving resources. For more information, contact John Hostetler @ 704-765-3491 or visit website

MacPherson Consulting, GmbH – MacPherson Consulting provides international business development, product design/manufacture support focused on European, Middle East, USA and APAC markets. Supports large multi-nationals and small business start-ups. Operations in Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia and USA. Designs and manufacturers medical devices’ critical components and with a partner manufactures the complete device. For more information, contact Frank MacPherson @ 704-763-0698.

Corporate Sponsors

204 North Kitchen & Cocktails - 204 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails is a modern farm to table restaurant with craft cocktails, local beer and bottles of wines to share. We locally source our meats and produce allowing the natrual flavors of the Carolinas to come through with each dish. Stop by and enjoy some Carolina flavors! For more information, contact Kristin Denise @ 704-333-3747 or visit

Homewood Suites & Hilton Garden Inn SouthPark – 4808 Sharon Road, Charlotte, 28210. Chartwell Hospitality is proud to introduce the Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites Charlotte SouthPark. This is a dual-branded property. The Hilton Garden Inn has 150 rooms and the Homewood Suites has 120 suites. The hotels are scheduled to open Q1 of 2017. For more information, contact Mike Scaffidi @ 704-442-4050 or visit

Keaton Barrow Realty – 10130 Perimeter Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28216. Keaton Barrow Realty was established in 1990. The company provides residential and commercial real estate services. Corporate relocation services are offered as well. Free homebuyer education workshops are conducted on a monthly basis. Company CEO, Michelle Keaton-Barrow, is an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist. All brokers provide professional service and expert advice! For more information, contact Michelle Keaton-Barrow @ 704-380-0241 or visit

MJ & Associates/Keller Williams – 5925 Carnegie Blvd, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209. MJ & Associates slogan is; “Your Journey, Our Passion.” Our philosophy on real estate is to focus 110% of our efforts on delivering our clients to most competent time and money saving service that delivers outstanding results! We hope to work with each of you, soon! For more information, contact Mary J. Herold @ 704-363-2271 or visit

Partner MD – 8035 Providence Rd, Suite 315, Charlotte, 28277. PartnerMD is a concierge medical practice in Charlotte that specializes in primary care and executive health. Our care approach is rooted in giving physicians and patients more time together to form a plan to proactively manage illness and maximize health. For more information, contact Dan Argenas @ 704-816-2626 or visit to learn more about the PartnerMD difference

Publix Super Markets, Inc – 4135 South Stream Blvd, Suite 500, Charlotte, 28217. Publix is privately owned and operated by its 184,000 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,121 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, contact Kim Reynolds @ 704-424-5017 ext 71014 or visit

Spirit Communications – 1500 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Spirit Communications provides voice, data, internet and fiber optic solutions, along with a full suite of Cloud services to commercial businesses and government agencies across the Southeast. The company’s mission is to enable customers to transform their operations through fast, stable and secure offerings that flex with business demand. For more information, contact Kelsey Hennighan @ 803-726-3422 or visit

Sunway Charters – 2400 Queen City Drive, Charlotte, NC 28206. As the largest motorcoach operator in the Carolinas, Sunway Charters provides charter and sightseeing services for pre-arranged groups, and operates contact and shuttle services for private and public events, conventions, and individual travel. Sunway Charters operates 100 + vehicles and offers on-board amenities including Wi-Fi, USB portals, and satellite TV. For more information, contact Lee Helms @ 704-348-1200 or visit

Truliant Federal Credit Union - Truliant Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution promising to always have its member-owners’ best interest at heart by improving their lives through guidance and affordable financial services. Chartered in 1952, it serves 200,000+ members. Fourteen of its 33 locations are in the Greater Charlotte area. For more information, contact 704-916-4790 or visit

Turner Construction Company- 4601 Park Road #601, Charlotte, 28209. Turner is a North America-based, international construction service company and is a builder in diverse and numerous market segments. With a staff of 5,200 employees and 1,500 projects each year, we offer clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization. For more information, contact Josh Dobeck @ 704-554-1001 or visit

Regular Members

Advantage Truck Center - 3880 Jeff Adams Drive, Charlotte, NC 28206. Advantage Truck Center is one of the Southeast’s largest providers of trucks and truck related products and services between our four convenient locations. We offer the following: authorized dealer for Autocar, Hino, Isuzu and Volvo trucks, and Autocar terminal tractors (X-Spotter); full services lease and rental operations; complete parts; services and collision center; extensive inventory of used trucks-all sizes and makes; complete finance and insurance services. For more information, contact Jay Patel @ 704-597-0551 or visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas – 3801 E. Independence Blvd, Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28205. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas is the nation’s largest donor andvolunteer supported mentoring network. We believe that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more information, contact Joseph Butler @ 704-910-1301 ext. 1017 or visit

Bouley Printing Co. Inc. - Bouley Printing Co. is a mid-sized commercial print shop specializing in Quick Turn digital and offset printing. Trade show materials, wired and saddle stitched books. All size envelopes, labels, brochures, post cards…wide format materials…use your own art or we design…mailing and fulfillment range 50-50,000. Semi-professional printing! For more information, contact Glenn Bouley @ 704-588-2940 or visit

Century Link- 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217. We are the 3rd largest telecommunications company in the US providing voice and data solutions to 98% of the Fortune 500. 56 global data Centers providing true Enterprise hosting and cloud solutions. Centurylink is 1 of 2 companies that the Department of Homeland Security can use for colo and hosting. For more information, contact Jay Hatcher @ 704-837-1031 or visit

Dan Deas & Associates- PO Box 3151, Rock Hill, SC 29732. We are proud to be the sales representatives for Dyer-Royce Manufacturing, a USA manufacturer of furniture for the hotel industry. Our manufacturing plant in eastern Tennessee places us in a great place to service the Carolinas with furniture that will meet your expectations and enhance the experience of your Guests……making them want to stay with you whenever they leave home. For more information, contact Dan Deas @ 803-230-6334 or visit or

Deborah Bell and Company, LLC - Through an artist’s eyes, event decor interior and exterior design company, focused on corporate, weddings, seasonal and convention projects. In March of 2017 we competed against Charlotte’s top 4 design companies and were chosen by Herbal Life to design their top 3 International events in Charlotte. Artful reflections…experienced. For more information, visit

Ecoscape Solutions Group - P.O. Box 3328, Huntersville, NC 28070. Serving North Carolina and beyond, Ecoscape Solutions Group provides professional, high qualified and experienced commercial landscaping services. Our specialties include landscape maintenance, landscape design and installation, fertilization and pest management, irrigations services, and flowers and snow removal. We look forward to the opportunity to make our team your partners in success. For more information, contact Kelly Jimenez or Jed Warner @ 704-509-0020 or visit

Fairfield Inn & Suites/Residence Inn Charlotte Airport – 2220 West Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC 28217. Marriott Dual Branded Fairfield Inn & Suites & Residence Inn Charlotte Airport Opening November 2016. Co-located under one roof with 204 rooms and just minutes from CLT Airport, the property offers complimentary airport shuttle service, breakfast and Wi-Fi. The hotels will share an outdoor pool, large fitness center and 2250 square feet of meeting space. For more information, contact Randy Rushakoff @ 980-265-5544 or visit or

Fitzgerald's- 201 East 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Fitzgerald’s is an American Tavern with an Irish Twist! Lively and festive any time of the day, Fitzgerald’s is the perfect place to gather with friends or meet new people. A variety of menu items and a perfect pint awaits which can be enjoyed alongside our large-screen TVs spread throughout the pub! For more information, contact Lauren Shoaf @ 704-900-8088 or visit

Gecko Hospitality- 1171 Market Street, Suite 201, Fort Mill, SC 29780. Gecko Hospitality teams up with a client, like you, to understand your company culture and management staffing need. We agree on the key skills that you want in a candidate. We screen, interview and present the best qualified candidate. Then we become your trusted resource for staffing. For more information, contact Joan Koelbel @ 704-780-1045 or visit

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont – 5301 Wilkinson Boulevard, PO Box 668768, Charlotte, NC 28266. Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provides job training and employment services free of charge to individuals in the region, thanks to material and financial donations made by the community. Goodwill offers a free four-week hospitality and tourism training course for local job seekers to learn skills of the industry. For more information, contact Valerie Matthews @ 704-332-0295 ext 3125 or visit

Home2 Suites Charlotte I-77 South – 6025 Tyvola Glen Circle, Charlotte, NC 28217. Home2 Suites is a spirited, innovative hotel for savvy, cost-conscious travelers staying a few months or a few nights. From studio and one-bedroom suites to complimentary bonuses like the continental breakfast, internet access, fitness facility, pool and inviting outdoor spaces, Home2 has everything needed to customize your visit. For more information, contact Heather Evans @ 704-405-4000 or visit

Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport Lake Pointe – 4119 South Stream Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28217. Hyatt Place Lake Pointe offers an array of services and accommodations designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s travelers. 122 guest rooms and 1736 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, guests enjoy free breakfast, Wi-Fi, parking, airport shuttle and more. Great location; easy access. Dedicated team- ready to serve! For more information, contact Christy Szczukowski @ 704-357-8555 or visit

Illuminating Technologies- 401 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 110-119, Charlotte, NC 28204. With over 20yrs of experience, Illuminating Technologies is a premier source for hospitality, restaurant, and commercial lighting solutions. We are committed to meeting project goals by understanding your business, operations, and lighting requirements; the end result being a quality light fixture and control package for a new or retrofit project. Do you have a lighting question? For more information, contact Angela Saladino @ 704-995-5197 or visit

International Minute Press - 901-G N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206. We produce everything from business cards and envelopes to direct mail campaigns, promotional products, and signage. We’re also your source for screen printed and embroidered corporate apparel! With our onsite digital capacity, we can turn around most projects within a few days – and may be able to accommodate same day. For more information, contact Dan Haggerty @ 704-377-3464 or visit

Just Hanging Wallpaper Inc- 1227 Caldwell Williams Road, Charlotte, NC 28216. Family owned and operated for over 40 yrs. JHW is 4th generation professional finishes contractor. We have 20yrs+ as a Vendor for CHS and their construction division CSG. We have established ourselves as a leader in the field ensuring impeccable quality and dependable service for all of our clients. For more information, contact Lisa B Rushing @ 704-399-2266 x200 or visit

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks– 200 S. Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202 & 4335 Barclay Downs Dr., Charlotte, NC 28209. From fresh seafood to aged steaks, our goal is to exceed your dining expectations. Our menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. We source products from local farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes. For more information, contact Blakely Scott @ 704-337-0201/704-442-5522 or visit

Morton’s the Steakhouse – 227 West Trade Street, Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28202. Recognized for impeccable service, fabulous food and a comprehensive wine and spirits list. In the heart of Uptown, we offer hearty American fare, generous portions, USDA grain-fed Prime-aged beef, fresh fish, lobsters, and chicken and spectacular desserts. The Private Dining services are flexible for any occasion, offering 4 private rooms in house. For more information, contact Lisa Heim @ 704-333-3925 or visit

Mosaix Group- 15720 Brixham Hill Avenue, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28277. Mosaix Group, your event solution, is a full-spectrum event services and destination management company. True to our name, we synchronize the hundreds of details and decisions in producing everything from spectacular first impressions to the perfect finishing touch. We provide: Transportation Management, Off Site Special Events and Dinners, Customized Tours and Activities, Team Building Activities, Event Design and Décor, Convention and Meeting Services, Gift Concierge & Hospitality Services, Entertainment & Stage Production. For more information, contact Christa Hovis @ 864-304-9085 or visit

Perkins+Will – 330 South Tryon St, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28202. Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based, architecture and design firm established in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. Recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms, and with hundreds of award-winning projects annually, we are ranked as one of the top global design firms. For more information, contact David Harrison @ 704-972-5632 or visit

Piedmont Social House – 2135 Ayrsely Town Blvd, Suite C, Charlotte, NC 28273. PSH capitalizes on the synergies of great food and fun, social activity. Our gaming component boasts 12 bowling lanes, billiards, ping-pong, shuffleboard and darts to name a few. In addition, PSH has three full bars, 43 HDTVs and a huge outdoor patio making it the social hub of Southwest Charlotte. For more information, contact Nicole Miller @ 704-916-2592 or visit

Residence Inn by Marriott SouthPark – 6030 Piedmont Row Drive South, Charlotte, NC 28210. Experience the modern style of this all suite hotel. Featuring Studio, One and Two Bedroom’s, a hot breakfast buffet served every morning and an evening MIX featuring light food and beer/wine. Located in a tranquil setting in a suburban area, across the street from SouthPark Mall. It’s not a room, it’s a Residence. For more information, contact Michael Owenby @ 704-554-7001 or visit

Treehouse Vineyards – 301 Bay Street, Monroe, NC 28112. Treehouse Vineyards is a North Carolina family owned vineyard and winery. We produce North Carolina wines ranging from dry to sweet both red and white. Treehouse Vineyards is also recognized for our charming treehouses. The vineyard is also the perfect place to host your private event such as a wedding, birthday celebration or corporate event. We celebrate it all! Good wine makes good friends and we enjoy making both. For more information, contact Torie Manning @ 704-283-4208 or visit

Utility Management Services - 913 Westbrook Drive, Unit B, Charlotte, NC 28208. Utility Management Services INC is the largest and most successful utility auditing firm in the Southeast. Our goal is to make sure power providers are not overcharging commercial and industrial businesses. Whatever refunds, credits, or savings we are able to obtain for you, we will just split them with you 50/50; otherwise our service is free. To schedule your free power provider audit or to have more information sent to you, contact Patrick Cerri at