ENTERTAINMENT SAINT LOUIS
We are an award-winning event production and marketing agency with over 35 years of combined experience in the entertainment industry.
Founded in 1999 by Mike Kociela, ESL started out as a “one man show” producing local college concerts and small community gatherings. We have since grown to become the leading entertainment production company in the region and the “go-to” guys when it comes managing logistically challenging, high profile events. Our seasoned staffers now travel coast to coast producing extraordinary functions for some of the most well-known companies in America, governmental agencies and individuals.
Whether it’s celebrating our nation’s independence with a million people underneath the Gateway Arch, a televised cooking competition between the New England states or a 45 city college concert tour for Crocs, ESL offers a diverse skill-set of production solutions certain to satisfy virtually any request. We thrive on generating the concept, creating the project’s brand identity, determining the technical plan of attack and rolling out the marketing campaign.
Digging into the details is our forte and when it all comes together, there is no better feeling than watching our clients shine with success. Each an every event is an adventure and that excites us. Simply put, we LOVE what we do! We’re a full service agency with the energy, talent and creativeness to make your next adventure a smashing success.
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Meeting Mike Kociela you wouldn’t believe he’s been in the music and entertainment industry for over 25 years. He began his musical journey in fourth grade by picking up the violin but quickly switched to the trumpet and guitar. While attending college on a full ride music scholarship, Mike started a rock band that eventually landed a major label deal with Universal Records. His band traveled coast to coast for nearly ten years, made it on to virtually every radio station and lived the rock dream. However, the road began to loose it’s luster and they decided it was time to move on. That’s when the call came from a prominent entertainment agency offering Mike the position of local talent buyer. After two years of climbing to the top, he outgrew his role and decided to launch Entertainment St. Louis and the rest is history.
Mike set out on a tireless quest to become the regions premier entertainment marketing agency and that is exactly what he and his team did. One production lead to another and the client list began to build. Notable names include the White House, Major League Baseball, Fair St. Louis Foundation, Crocs, Ford, World Poker Tour, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Meeting Planners International, ASAE, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball, Qwest Communications and many more. Mike’s most recent endeavor is the effort to build the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis. With a recent gift of six million to the project, it’s full steam ahead.
When he’s not behind the desk crunching out production schedules, Mike still finds time to pick up the bass guitar at jam sessions, work on vintage motorcycles and talk shop with his chef buddies about his latest hot sauce recipe. [column_break]
Originally from Chicago and a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Christine moved to St. Louis right after college to pursue a career in advertising and to, well, marry Mike our CEO. After several years of media planning, buying and sales, she was persuaded to leave corporate life behind for an adventurous trek into the world of events.
She initially joined the ESL team in 2005 to “help with the books.” Since then, she has grown into the role of Chief Financial Officer and currently manages the books, makes sure everyone gets paid and generally cracks the whip when it comes to budgets. Aside from her accounting duties, Christine is often found coordinating artist travel arrangements and taking on some of our corporate party planning logistics. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, working out, trying new recipes and dining at the many culinary hot spots throughout the city. Oh yeah, she is also the CDW (Chief Dog Walker) to a demanding Boston terrier and a bossy French bulldog.
Patrick’s journey into the Entertainment Industry began as most do. He began to teach himself guitar in grade school, learning to play Classic Rock songs heard in his father’s extensive vinyl collection. In high school, he played on the St. Louis circuit until New Orleans called him away. In 2009, Patrick trekked south to study the industry at Loyola University of New Orleans. He received a Bachelor of Science from Loyola’s Music Industry Studies Program in 2013, a program that covered everything from Contract Law, Digital Media and Marketing, Artist Management, Song-Writing, Live Sound Production, Studio Production and Web and Graphic Design. In addition, he received a Business Administration Minor from Loyola.
While in New Orleans, Patrick also began writing and playing live. Not too long after, He formed the band Citylark and began gigging around the city. The band’s resumé includes opening for Grammy-Award winning Rebirth Brass Band at the Legendary Tipitina’s Uptown and performing at BOMB Fest, a multi-stage festival in Connecticut.