THE TEAM

 

Darryl Lenox - CEO

Darryl is a seasoned comic and entertainment entrepreneur, having spent 27 years performing in the best clubs, theaters, and festivals in North America, along with digital radio and television. He has made appearances on Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central, WTF with Marc Maron, Starz, BET, and A&E. His standup special "Blind Ambition" was filmed at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver and was picked up by the Starz network.

 

Darryl has been performing in comedy clubs throughout the United States and Canada since the early 1990s. Some of his career accomplishments include opening for Chuck Berry and Maxi Priest, winner of the "Best New Play" at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and winner of the Seattle Comedy Competition. His extensive experience resonates from his grass roots of stage performance to honing skills in club & talent management, negotiations, public relations, writing & producing. Health, Wealth, Success, & Love "Darryl Lenox"

Neil Ferguson - CDO

 

Neil is responsible for the daily operations and oversight of Ellison Rains. Being a small company, we cross paths daily and share "the beast of burden" they call business. We're excited to be in this together!

A Hoosier born & raised. Neil studied at the Herron School of Art & Design & received a degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He started his career in TV broadcasting working as a graphic designer for Fox News. There he worked along side many TV personalities from Meteorologists to Sports Commentators, assisting them to reach their audiences across Indiana.

 

Missing the hands on approach of designing and building in his environment. So in 2007, Neil started a design & management firm focusing on historic renovations, additions, turnkeys, & build-outs for residential & commercial spaces. Tackling hundreds of projects & builds along with managing residential portfolios for clients all over the US. His rolodex of clients include professional athletes & many successful business franchises.

Suzanne Stewart - EA

Suzanne is the heartbeat within our operation. She is the bridge that connects our diverse team of professionals located in the US & Canada.

 

A native of Africa but now calls Vancouver, BC. her home. After raising three amazing sons, building her own family business in merchandizing, and decades of assisting other corporate enterprises she joined ERE because of her belief in our vision & a fresh environment. Like Darryl, she believes heavily in the universe and its infinite wisdom when it comes to timing. The right people will show up at the right time and often delays turn out to be blessings. For her this is a love story, a love for humor, love for humanity, and a love for those who believe in making dreams come true. The world needs a bloody good laugh. 

Advisory Members

Donald H. Noble - Finance

Don has over 20 years of financial management experience across various industries and specializes in fast-growing organizations in the first and second stages. He has extensive knowledge in corporate finance, accounting, analysis, strategic planning, international operations, and technology. Before joining ERE, he was Chief Financial Officer for VetCor, Merlin Law Group in Tampa, FL, and LSGF Management in Atlanta, GA. Don is also a partner in the Florida CFO Group and is a Board Member and Treasurer for CareerSource Tampa Bay. In addition, he volunteers as a mentor to Veterati and InLab at HCC, joined the Leadership Tampa Class of 2021, and frequently speaks on LinkedIn regarding professional networking, mergers & acquisitions, and finance & accounting.  

Don is a United States Air Force veteran and earned his Master of Science in Finance from Boston College's Carroll School of Management. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance & International Business from the Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business.

Monica Edwards - Marketing

Monica is a strategic marketing and communications executive with over two decades of experience growing and fostering brands. Monica's marketing career began with Prescriptives Cosmetics and Saks Fifth Avenue. She then served as Vice President of Marketing for Drexel Heritage, where she helped create collections with Frances Mayes ("Under the Tuscan Sun").

 

Monica is trained in crisis mitigation and public relations strategy through PRSA. Her career highlights include fostering brand partnerships with The Walt Disney Company, Toshiba, Sports Illustrated, Miramax, Project Runway, ABC, HGTV, and more. Monica earned her BA in Journalism from San Diego State University and obtained a Masters in Product Development from Kellog School of Management, Northwestern University. 

Harlan R. Halper - Talent Management

Born in New York City and graduate of Brandeis University. Harlan Halper had successful careers in executive recruiting and 19 years in live entertainment. His work included co-founding the largest comedy club in NY, Comix Comedy Nightclub, where John Oliver, John Mulaney, Anjelah Johnson, Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick, and Donald Glover made their first NYC headline weekend appearances. He stayed busy promoting live comedy concerts in venues across the U.S, tour managing the Undateable Comedy Tour in advance of the TV sitcom’s Seasons 1 and 2 launch on NBC along with directing the live event booking and programming for the Mahaffey Theater and Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL. Currently, Harlan is a Director of Downstage Entertainment, a talent booking, talent  representation, and entertainment services company based in New York City which he founded in 2011.

Leonard Holloway - Club Management

Leonard grew up in a small town in Mississippi with an approximate population of 2500. Leonard's work life began in the Navy. As a young man, fresh out of school with his whole life ahead of him, Leonard knew that the next decision he made would affect the trajectory of his life. Like many young men his age, a career in the armed forces seemed like the best and most logical answer to the next chapter in his life. Fortunately, while researching his options, he found himself sitting across the desk from a Navy man who was surrounded by beautiful photographs of the places he had visited around the world. Leonard immediately knew that was where he belonged and where he would be able to feed his insatiable desire to see the world and meet people from other countries and cultures. Leonard spent the next four years in the United States Navy serving in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm, finishing his tour of duty with an Honorable Discharge.

 

This background story is important because it forms the basis of who Leonard is as a person. Leonard is a people person, a self-starter and a visionary. He loves meeting and getting to know people. He has the ability to connect with people and bring out the best in them which he has continuously demonstrated throughout his career and life. Leonard spent the next 14 years in the hospitality industry where he worked his way through the ranks from Maintenance Engineer to the Assistant General Manager and occasionally the Acting General Manager. During that time, Leonard gained a great wealth of knowledge in all areas of management, including but not limited to daily business operations, budgeting, scheduling, high-level industry logistics, monitoring and motivating personnel.