Meet the Team

Degy Entertainment was started as a management firm in 1996.  After several years of successful label signings, publishing signings, and licensings, Degy choose to enter the booking world.  In September of 2001, Degy Booking International, Inc. launched as the booking arm of Degy Entertainment, and quickly grew to a client base of nearly 100 music acts. Over time, the company developed specialties in the college and military booking fields, and became one of the most prominent agencies in the world for such niche bookings. The company now books over 2000 events each year while working with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business.
Ari Nisman

Ari Nisman

President/CEO

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.

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EMAIL: ARI@DEGY.com

Jeff Hyman

Jeff Hyman

Vice President

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.

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EMAIL: JEFF@DEGY.com

Nick DiRoma

Nick DiRoma

Senior Agent

The son of Capitol recording artist, Ron DiRoma, Nick’s original career path was surprisingly not in the entertainment industry but the hospitality field.  He graduated from Florida Culinary Institute in 1996 and was a rising star in the culinary world, cooking in renowned restaurants such as Cucina Del Arte in Palm Beach, FL & The Trillium at The Sagamore Hotel in Lake George, NY…

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EMAIL: NICK@DEGY.com

Evan Schaefer

Evan Schaefer

Major Events Operations Director

Evan’s personal and professional career path is nothing short of incredible. After the tragic loss of his mother in 2000 and father in 2005, he knew that he had two options for his life path. He could either allow the tragedy get the best of him or use the adverse experience as a foundational pillar that shapes the rest of his life. As his parents would have wanted, Evan chose the latter.

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EMAIL: EVAN@DEGY.com

Josh Sherman

Josh Sherman

Director of PAC Booking/Senior Agent

Josh Sherman (Director of PAC Booking/Senior Agent) is an eighteen year veteran of the touring arts community, specializing in national theater tours, performing arts center attractions and concert bookings. 

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EMAIL: sherman@degy.com

Jess Claar

Jess Claar

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.

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EMAIL: Jess@degy.com

Tiara Constantino

Tiara Constantino

CFO / Agent

College: Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Stockton University  
First job (paid or unpaid) in music: First unpaid job in music – singing in the shower. First paid job in music – Degy Entertainment
First concert:  Tom Jones with my mom!
If I wasn’t working in music I would be… in the…

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EMAIL: TIARA@DEGY.com

 Nick Weir

Nick Weir

Booking Agent

Nick has been surrounded by music ever since he was a young’n. Growing up in Northwest Illinois he played the drums and sang in bands all through middle school, high school, college and beyond. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management, he realizes it was time to hang the drum sticks up and find a career he was passionate about, while staying close to the music community…

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EMAIL: nick.weir@degy.com

Tim Fraser

Tim Fraser

Canadian Operations / Booking Agent

A graduate of the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College, Tim spent several years at Canada’s Oldest Independent Folk Label, True North Records as the Digital Marketing Manager. He then returned to his alma mater as the Events and Activities Programmer for the Fanshawe Student Union, where he booked hundreds of events ranging from pub trivia, and comedy nights, to major concerts…

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EMAIL: TIM@DEGY.com

Kristen Mathe

Kristen Mathe

Agent Assistant

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.

EMAIL: Kristen@degy.com

 

Ashley Pudas

Ashley Pudas

Agent Assistant

Ashley is a graduate from Western Michigan University with a degree in organizational communication and event management. She discovered her love of events through being on the executive board of her university’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) as Comedy Coordinator and eventually Vice President. Over the past 3 years she has…

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EMAIL: ASHLEY@degy.com

 

Marie Monroe

Marie Monroe

Agent Assistant

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.

EMAIL:  Marie@degy.com