• Meet Justen Pohl, Jumping Through Hula Hoops

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    Justen Pohl turned his skill for entertaining a crowd into a successful business.

When was the last time you had an aerial bartender at your event? Or disco ball contortionists? What about a 500-gallon mermaid tank? If you didn’t know these were even options, you haven’t met Justen Pohl, founder and director of Enticing Entertainment

“Entertainment is the No. 1 thing that’s talked about at an event or remembered,” says Pohl, who recently won the 2017 Esprit Award for Best Event Filmmaking (Videography) for its Cirque Holiday Extravaganza.

Pohl owes his success to a hula hoop, who first tried it about 10 years ago. The lifelong Minnesotan became so skilled in the art that people asked him to perform at their events. While touring solo nationwide, he befriended performers in the circus community and learned aerial arts and acrobatics. When he returned to the Twin Cities, he started recruiting artists he met to create over-the-top spectacle events. 

Realizing there was a need for showstopping performances, he left his real estate career behind and founded Enticing Entertainment in 2014.

Pohl finds that when clients first work with him, they ask for a magician, balloon twister, or other relatively tame entertainment option. When Pohl presents the plethora of performers he has at his disposal, clients get inspired and opt for more daring options. 

“We have clients that totally want to go overthe-top crazy, maybe a little bit more risqué and then we’ve got certain clients that are extremely conservative,” Pohl says.

Entertainment certainly isn’t an “afterthougth” anymore. “I feel like Minnesota is getting a little more adventurous,” says Pohl. 

League City CVB manager Stephanie Polk shares her career journey.

Originally from Kentwood, Louisiana, Stephanie Polk, TDM, CTE, first made her mark on the travel and tourism industry as director of marketing for the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau. There, she helped to elevate the city as a destination for recreation travelers and business groups. Wowed by her accomplishments, in 2020, League City brought her on board to lead its marketing efforts. She shares with us highlights and advice from her experience in the industry. 

 

For Andrea Mokros, Minneapolis-based public relations executive and independent event consultant, the last decade has been a whirlwind. From serving as special assistant to President Obama and director of strategic planning for then-first lady Michelle Obama, to welcoming newcomers to the Bold North as the vice president of communications and events for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Mokros shares the key takeaways that inspire her work today.