Meet the Team
Ari is the President & CEO at Degy. He started in music with modest internships at record labels, and signed his first band to a management deal at age 20. That was the starting point of Degy where he built the business in his bedroom in a rental house at The University of Michigan. Degy was first formed with his business partner as a management firm and later refocused its business into a full-service booking agency in 2001. Outside of business, Ari likes to play tennis, golf, play cards, travel (which he does a little too much of), and most importantly, spend time with his wife and twins.
Degy Booking International Vice President, Jeff Hyman has been in the Entertainment Industry for over 20 years. Starting off working in the college division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. as an account representative, and then at Auburn Moon Agency as Vice President and Director of the College Division.
Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Major Events Operations Manager
Natalie found her passion for live events while a student at Arizona State University (ASU). After her time at ASU, she was a Program Adviser for the University Program Board at St. Cloud State University while obtaining her Master’s in Higher Education Administration. Natalie has experience in a variety of capacities from spending time at an arena and fairgrounds in Montana, to producing special events for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, WA, and as well as being a Production Manager for AEG’s Pacific Northwest Region. Natalie is excited to be bridging her passion and experience for events with her background in higher education with this role as Major Events Operations Manager at Degy Entertainment.
Major Event Operations Manager
Jess got her start in the live events industry at the age of 18 in the Atlanta music scene working with local booking and productions agencies and venues. She carried this experience into her undergraduate involvement running the student programming board at Shorter College the entirety of her 4 years there. After obtained her Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina, Jess moved to the Philadelphia area and began her career working in colleges and universities, advising programming boards and producing student events.
CFO / Agent
Canadian Operations / Booking Agent
Kristen will be Jeff Hyman’s new agent assistant. She was formally the concert chair for 3 years at the U of Tampa, where I worked with her closely. She then went onto other roles in the business including her recent stint at the Ritz Carlton working on their events team.
Marie will be Nick DiRoma’s new agent assistant. Marie was actually a fierce and strong competitor of ours as she ran a successful agency of her own in the college space. Prior to that she worked for other college agencies such as Metropolis. With her already proven past as strong agent, we’re excited to have experience aboard.