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 chose 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.
President / CEO
Ari Nisman is the President and CEO of Degy Booking International and Degy World LLC. Ari got bit by the music bug as a college student at the University of Michigan. Interested in finding a job in either sports or music, he pursued both options at Michigan to see which one would stick. Sports began and ended pretty quickly, when an internship in the Cleveland Indians organization made him realize it was a slow, long grind to get to the top of any sports organization. So, he looked at the entertainment world with earnest as a nineteen-year-old junior in college. An internship with Polydor/Atlas Records and then Capitol Records as a college marketing representative set him on his track. His internship work at these labels allowed him to help artists such as Jimmy Eat World, George Clinton, Radiohead, Mazzy Star, and Lucious Jackson. Ari formed his first music company at 21 years old, when he signed the band playing the fraternity scene on Michigan’s campus. Six months later he scored them a record deal contract with a division of Warner Brothers. Soon after, he added three more bands to the roster, and was off and running in the music business at the rip age of 22. A few years later, while having issues getting his own management clients booked, Ari bought out a booking agency in Colorado and formed Degy Booking International, Inc.
Degy Entertainment is now responsible for nearly 3000 events and bookings a year in 30 countries around the world. With two very separate divisions (and a third with virtual since COVID), Degy maintains a roster of nearly 150 entertainers, speakers and dance parties while also having a robust talent buying division. Degy is one of the largest buyers in the world for the US Military/Department of Defense, colleges, corporations, minor league baseball teams, summer camps, and more. Among the many acts recently booked by Degy for its clients are Pitbull, Maroon5, Imagine Dragons, Train, John Legend, Charlie PUth, Florida Georgia Line, Spike Lee, The Chainsmokers, Tim McGraw, The Avett Brothers, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Boyz II Men, Snoop Dogg, Old Dominion, H.E.R., Sam Hunt, Sara Bareilles, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Future, Kesha, Chase Rice, Brett Eldredge, Abby Wambach, Jon Bellion, Nick Offerman, DNCE, Gabby Douglas, Bob Dylan, Chris Young, Alex Rodriguez, and so on.
Ari is a happily married man residing full time in Delray Beach, FL. He is the father of eight-year old twins (boy/girl) who keep him extremely busy, and further reduce his sleeping hours. His interests include tennis, golf, clubhouse rooms, sports in general, and trips to Disney World.
Our Vice President at Degy Booking International, Jeff Hyman, has been in the Entertainment Industry for over 25 years. Starting off as a College Programmer, then working in the college division of Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., and then at Auburn Moon Agency as Vice President and Director of the College Division. Jeff has been working with College and University Clients, Festivals and Fairs, High Schools, Performing Arts Centers, Corporations, Experiential Marketing Groups and Theaters all around the world booking music, comedy, poetry, speakers and celebrities. He has previously represented international touring clients and was the responsible agent on booking Kevin Smith’s speaking engagements and Red State Movie Tour.
Jeff has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) serving in the role of Associate Member Representative to the Board and to the Executive Committee for 4 years. He has held numerous leadership positions on the regional level for NACA as well including the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-America and Northeast Regions, and AAG. He has won 6 Associate Member of the Year awards.
Hyman has been involved in NACA since a student at York College of PA. He received his MBA from Bloomsburg University. He is happily married and living in upstate New York with his lovely wife and daughter.
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.
Open – heart surgery to replace his aortic valve in 1999 brought Nick to change career direction. He joined his Dad at Station Avenue Productions and worked as an intern learning the entertainment business. By now his father Ron had become a respected agent in the market, buying big – named entertainers for Casinos and Corporate Events. Despite great success at Station Avenue Productions, Nick wanted to work with the younger acts so he broke off to start his own agency.
In 2007, Nick started Impact Entertainment, an agency focused on providing entertainment for Colleges and Festivals. A recession and an inexperienced, unknown talent roster brought the agency to the brink of closure within a few years. In an effort to survive in an already saturated market, Impact was re – branded in 2010 to become Impact Colleges, an agency primarily focused on talent buying for the College & University market. From there, the agency thrived and grew from 1 client to 50, primarily from referrals. Nick’s motto was simple – Every client is the most important client. Impact Colleges was acquired by Degy Entertainment in April, 2015 which provided Nick a global reach and the resources to better – service clients. He lives in NJ with his wife, Cristina, daughter Luciana and their furry friend Walter Cronkite
Chief Operating Officer
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.
In 2007, Evan graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Simpson College, a small, private liberal arts college in Indianola, IA. During his time at Simpson, he had got involved in the Campus Activities Board (CAB), Student Government Association (SGA), Student Ambassadors, Storm Sports Announcer, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and more. His interest turned from being a music teacher to being in Higher Education and working with college students to produce events.
In 2009 Evan received his Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. While attending SCSU, he worked for the University Program Board (UPB) as a Program Advisor working with student leaders to produce university wide events.
In February 2010, Evan got a call from Arizona State University (ASU) asking him to join their team advising the programming board and overseeing international programs. Shortly after arriving to ASU, Evan’s experience was soon tapped with creating and producing large scale student events. HE did an exceptional job with integrating the student learning aspect into producing them for students that had an interest in learning about large scale event management.
While at ASU, Evan became actively involved in the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) as a West Regional Block Booking Coordinator. In May 2013, he was selected as the NACA National Block Booking Coordinator. During this time, he began a two-year transformation of the NACA Block Booking system which helped elevate the accessibility of the collegiate buying experience.
In the fall of 2014 Evan was hired by the Arizona Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee as an Operations and Logistics Coordinator working with a team to oversee the transportation, aviation, parking, game day operations. One month after the Super Bowl concluded, Evan proceeded to start working on his biggest challenge yet — planning his wedding. He admits it was spectacular planning. Since then, he worked closely with the Downtown Tempe Authority producing their large scale events including the largest New Year’s Eve Block Party in Arizona which hosted the state’s second ever open container campus (next to the Downtown Super Bowl XLIX events).
Evan is one of only seven in the state of Arizona who hold a CSEP (Certified Special Event Professional) and this September, he will complete his Certified Special Event Executive (CFEE) certification through the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA).
Evan currently lives in Tempe, Arizona with his beautiful wife Elizabeth and two black pugs, Penny and Sheldon. After a fairy tale engagement of earning a $12,000 engagement ring during halftime of an ASU football game, he dropped to one knee right there on the goal line and proposed [VIDEO]. Fortunately for him, she said yes and they were married on March 27, 2015 (just one month following his appointment with the Super Bowl).
Director of Roster Operations
Tiara found her passion for the music industry in a unique way! After graduating from Stockton University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology, she was faced with a decision. In front of her were two acceptance letters for graduate programs to continue her education in the speech field. Unsure of where she wanted her career path to go, she chose to take a year off. In that year, she stumbled upon a nannying job that would later change her life. How is that possible, you ask? And, how did nannying lead to the entertainment industry? Simple! Her boss was the CEO of Degy, Ari Nisman!
Within a few months of working with Ari’s children, observing Degy’s inner workings and knowing the impact music/entertainment can have on people’s lives, Tiara was offered a part time position with the company. Still unsure of her future, accepting the position seemed like a no-brainer! After another few short months, Tiara was offered a full time position with the company, accepted without hesitation and has been with Degy ever since; elevating her role to CFO of the company. And the rest is history…
Most importantly, in Tiara’s personal time, she enjoys being with her beautiful daughter Charlotte, her husband Scott and their family and friends. She’s an avid gym goer, a food enthusiast and animal lover!
Major Event Operations Director
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. Her most recent role was the Assistant Director of Student Activities at The College of New Jersey where she advised the College Union Board, planned Homecoming Mainstage performances and activities, and focused on creating legacy events and unforgettable experiences for the students.
She has also been involved with, and on the board for, the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Greater Philadelphia Chapter since 2015. Jess has also been awarded ILEA Rising Star (2016-2017) and Best Entertainment Production (Kesha F*ck the World Tour feat. GrooveBoston’s “Proximity Tour” after party – 2017)
Jess has a variety of experience she brings to the Degy team, from live music and entertainment; conference logistics coordination; and even wedding planning. She is excited to return to her roots working in live entertainment, and bridge her passion for events and experience working with students, into her role as Major Events Operations Manager at Degy Entertainment.
Chief Technical Officer
Agent & Internship Coordinator
Jessica is a recent graduate of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She was with a professional Opera company in Miami while in school studying Classical Voice. After taking classes like “Music Business Agreements” and “Copyright Law” she discovered her love for the business aspect of the music industry and added Music Business and Entertainment Industries as a double major. Outside the classroom, she got industry experience though Henry Stone Music, Grammy U, and as President and Co-Founder of CMA EDU Miami Chapter, the County Music Association’s collegiate training program, at the University of Miami. She created a first-ever collaboration with Tortuga Country Music Festival and CMA EDU Miami Chapter among many other projects. She also has a passion for helping our military. She was a Student Ambassador for the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and sent hundreds of care packages to deployed service members each month. As Vice President of the Veteran Student Organization at UM, she worked with administration and student veterans to help them assimilate on campus and represented the school annually at the National Student Veteran Conference. Jessica was a previous intern and is very excited to officially be a part of the amazing Degy family!
Adam’s passion for event operations from the technical side first came to light in grade school and high school. Enjoying working behind the scenes, Adam’s interest in events and technology lead him to serve and lead multiple event production teams through high school and college. Adam also has a strong history of combining marketing and event management as a freelance audio engineer and designer for local events.
Adam has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication and minor in Business Administration from Truman State University. His first job at Truman was Media, Production, and Technology Intern for the Student Union. While attending college and after graduation, Adam continued his professional career at Truman State University with several roles of increasing responsibility leading to, most recently, Assistant Director of Union & Involvement Services where he advised the Activities Board and several other event, facility, technology, and marketing focused teams.
Adam is excited to bring his technical, higher education, and event management background to the DEGY team.
Outside of work, Adam enjoys exploring Kansas City with his girlfriend, spending weekends with his family on the lake, and cooking at home.
Eric W. Bakerman, a Certified Management Accountant, joined Degy Booking International as its Finance Manager in June 2021. In this Capacity, he is responsible for the management of the financial matters of the company. He oversees the development and monitoring of control systems for the safeguarding of company assets and the accurate reporting of financial performance of the company and its affiliates. He also represents the company to various stakeholders including investors, banks, customers, vendors and others. Mr. Bakerman is a member of the executive management team charged with leading the company into new areas of opportunity and growth.
Mr. Bakerman brings over 30 years of experience leading organizations seeking to create shareholder value and improve operations. In his career, he has held executive positions in both private and publicly held companies and has been involved with several startups. He has consulted with clients evaluating acquisitions and divestitures, implemented management reporting systems and has advised senior managers seeking greater returns on their investment in technology, people and business assets.
Mr. Bakerman is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where he was awarded both a BBA and an MBA with a concentration in Finance. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and serves as an alumni member of the North American Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).
Eric and his wife, Earlene, are the proud parents of Philip and Dr. Sara.
Autumn McGuffie is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied Environment with a minor in Performing Arts Management. In college, she served on the board of a student-led event production organization on campus that planned and promoted entertaining events for students on campus. In July of 2020, Autumn joined Degy Entertainment as part of the first group of Intern VEPs in Degy World. One year later, she is excited to start her career in the entertainment industry as an Agent Assistant to Degy’s VP & Senior Agent Nick DiRoma. In her free-time, Autumn enjoys watching & discussing films, learning new languages, and reading a good book!
Sophie Low is a recent graduate of Belmont University where she received her degree in Music Business. She is excited to start her career in the entertainment industry working as an agent assistant at Degy Entertainment. Sophie is a dog lover with two American Bully’s at home, and in her free time she enjoys working out, taking her dogs on walks, and cooking healthy meals.
Samantha holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in Event Leadership from Temple University, she also holds 12 industry-related non-degree certificates. Over the past 6 years, Samantha has been involved in events (planning, logistics, ops, budgeting, vendor management for 30-1500 attendees in the University and Influencer spaces), concert promotions, tour travel coordination, road management, talent management, independent label administration, artist marketing & branding, creative copywriting, A&R admin, influencer marketing, artist and label services, music video production, and artist/talent relations. She is excited to join the Degy team and push forward on her 7th grade goal to focus her career on touring and events.
In 2020, Samantha created and developed her own position “Executive Fan” that breaks the current boundaries of the music industry by allowing an employee to utilize all of their strengths in multiple departments with artists that they are genuinely invested in; working with artists like G Herbo, Waka Flocka, Yung Bans, and Desiigner. In 2022, Samantha launched The Executive Fan Career Development program in partnership with IndustryWorks and Girls Behind The Rock Show, to teach highly motivated fans how to build an effective career in the music business by utilizing their inside knowledge as a member of an artist’s fanbase. She hopes to continue to build other programs focusing on neurodiversity, improving mental health, and addiction awareness in the music industry in the future, and become a millennial voice for necessary change in the entertainment world.
Kayla Harvey is a music industry professional with a bachelors degree in business and a background in artist management, marketing, and public relations.
Prior to joining Degy, Kayla founded artist services agency Lunar Desk Management in 2019 and co-founded Slumberland Art & Music Festival in Orlando in 2022.
Kayla is based in Jacksonville, Florida and is mom to Elliot, Everett, and Delta. Her interests include experiential art and live music.
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