Who is TEP?
We help people find Talented Event Professionals for their next event.
What is TEPs mission?
Our mission is to help people who are having events quickly find a variety of Talented Event Professionals (TEPs) and save them time, money, effort, and stress in the process.
The TEP Idea
In 2010, Kevin McCarthy was booking a holiday vacation for his family when he realized how easy it is to book flights, hotels, rental cars, etc. online. He realized you can fill out one form and within a few clicks have a variety of choices based on your needs – competitive pricing, various options, etc. As a professional entertainer, booking agent, and TEP himself for over 20 years, he provides a variety of event services. At that time, he was also very busy with a variety of shows including weddings, holiday events, company events, and school shows working directly with a wide-variety of clients.
As he was going through the steps of booking services for his vacation, he realized that there is nothing like this online for events or event professionals. If you search event professionals, each individually, you can book events and services online directly and there are agencies that book events and services. However, for events, the process is still very time-consuming and basically still done the old-fashioned way: search separately for what you want – and then decide to book individually what you want. Our TEP, state-of-the-art concept was brought to events in 2010 with TEP!
What is the history of TEP?
In 1985, our founder, Kevin McCarthy began performing for events as the lead singer of Outlet. For 34 years he’s been involved a wide variety of events. While in college, he formed an original band with his brother and was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2009 as a founding member. Since the late 1980s, he has been involved in the booking, promoting, and marketing of his shows. He has performed for just about every type of event you can imagine since 1985! In the mid-1990s, Kevin began his solo career performing for all types of events – including weddings, company events, schools, private parties, etc. It became his full-time career in 1998. In 1999, Kevin McCarthy started McCarthy Entertainment which provided a variety of entertainment services throughout Western New York. This includes booking all of the entertainment at a busy downtown Western New York club for almost 20 years (with over 70 bands in headlining rotation and 5 sound guys). He is also the event booking manager for a cultural and heritage center in South Buffalo, New York. In addition, he has booked a number of event professionals including bands, musicians, face painters, DJs etc. In 2010, Talented Event Professionals (TEP) was born! Kevin then decided to merge McCarthy Entertainment with TEP. TEP has grown steadily throughout the years and is currently primed for critical mass. Big expansion plans are in the works for the upcoming years!