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July 2018 - The Goomba Guru of Negativity Management


By: Ginger Garner, CMP | Jul 2, 2018

phoenixsneak-035Vinny Verelli

The Goomba Guru of Negativity Management

Everyone says it, so it must be true, “People learn more and retain more when they’re having fun.” That’s why Vinny created The Bada Bing Philosophy, his simple and highly customized approach to negativity management.  One maxim, 2 steps, and 3 simple tools. The maxim, “If you’re not having fun you’re doing it wrong” is not only the corner stone of Vinny’s keynote, it’s a way of life. 

You might think you recognize funny keynote speaker Vinny Verelli from an episode of “Cops” but the truth is… he’s really character actor Jon Schwartz, an award winning speaker with over 40 years of professional performing experience. Jon toured prisons with his production of Samuel Becket’s Waiting For Godot and has performed mime at Carnegie Hall. He has worked with Tennessee Williams and sailed the seas as cruise director and entertainer.

For 20 years, Jon and wife Ginny King produced themed entertainment for corporate and special events in the Atlanta area winning wining eight 8 Allie Awards. He is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association and a two-time Chapter Member of the Year. In 2011, he received the Kay Herman Legacy Award for his dedication to the chapter; and in 2014, he received the NSA National President’s Award for Distinguished Service.  Although Jon did not appear on an episode of “Cops,” he did appear on an episode of “World’s Wildest Police Videos.”


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GTS Entertainment Group, is a full service entertainment company that’s been making events for over 25 years. GTS works within the style, size, and budget needs of your event to make sure it's the best and most fun event possible. 

Todd Sparks, President of GTS Entertainment, claims: “Bios are boring, if you’re famous, everybody already knows and if you’re not, nobody cares!” Boy, does Todd have a great story. He is a singer/songwriter; and in 2010, he and Tom Hoots started a song for Southwest Airlines to celebrate a new route to Panama City, Florida. The airport is Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP). They recorded the song and sent it to Southwest Airlines. The company liked it and invited his band, The Shrimpboat Cowboys, to play for the airport grand opening. The song is entitled: “Southwest Take Me There.”

Todd, the company, and his spirited band reside in the Florida Panhandle. GTS has a plethora of happy customers. They provide entertainment and talent of all shapes and sizes – bands, performers, comedians, DJs, karaoke, and even unique teambuilding activities.

If you’re looking for something different, GTS has you covered. Click here to learn more about working with GTS Entertainment 

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