Rock The House Entertainment Group Inc. has new ownership with COO Ryan Konikoff acquiring the majority share of the business. Rock The House Founder and CEO Matt Radicelli will remain at the helm of the company.
The entertainment group was started by Radicelli in 1999 as a small, home-based business. Over the years, the company has grown and developed into a full-service entertainment and audio-visual company, producing and entertaining at more than 1,500 events annually. In 2010, Rock The House acquired Selective Sound Entertainment, which specializes in providing expert DJs for weddings and other events. Then, in 2013, the company acquired Zone Entertainment, a boutique entertainment company specializing in Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and school dances.
These acquisitions enabled higher quality and increased efficiency for clients of all brands.
The new ownership structure consists of six officers who have been instrumental in the company’s growth. Radicelli and Konikoff will serve alongside CFO & Vice President, Steve Tanruther; Vice President of Operations, Amy Van Duyne, CSEP; Vice President of Social Sales, Jeff Kutz and Founder and President of Zone Entertainment, Jeff Dick.
“We’ve always functioned as partners, so more things won’t change than will change and we’ll continue to push each other,” Konikoff said in a statement. “I think of it not as buying an asset, but as investing in our team to allow us to move forward, stay together and build something even greater.”
Radicelli said it’s this collaboration that has enabled Rock The House to thrive.
“I’ve always felt that everyone was in,” Radicelli said in a statement. “Four of us have been together since the beginning and this change is the formalization of how we’ve been doing business for the past 20 years.”
Rock The House has experienced double-digit growth 19 of its 20 years and has won multiple national awards for its event work. The company plans to expand with a new build on the horizon and will continue to push for growth both regionally and nationally.
Konikoff added: “We see so much potential here in Cleveland, but we also want to push for regional and national growth. Will we be the same company tomorrow, next week or in five years as we were the day we signed the deal? Not a chance, but I don’t think anyone would want or expect us to be.”
Photo: Left to right - Jeff Kutz, partner, vice president of social sales; Amy Van Duyne, CSEP, partner, VP of operations; Ryan Konikoff, partner and COO; Matt Radicelli, partner, founder & CEO; Jeff Dick, partner, founder & president of Zone Entertainment; Steve Tanruther, partner, vice president & CFO.