Each month, we highlight one Bohlsen Group staff member who represents the best of our work and the culture here at Bohlsen Group and we let you sit down for a virtual beer together. This month’s honoree is Vice President Andy Wilson, who provides the strategic vision for all events and entertainment accounts.
Andy is always ready with what would seem to be a limitless amount of stories on how music has impacted his life. The whole office has even seen a photo of Andy in his elementary years rocking out on a microphone in the family living room, so it’s no surprise that his love of music has become a 20-plus year career promoting events of all persuasions.
It only takes about a minute to sense Andy’s expertise when you meet him. No matter if the client is a large music festival, a touring event spectacle, a Broadway production, or a local event, Andy always works quickly, diligently and effectively to get the results the clients deserve. Best of all he is constantly applying his knowledge to find new ways to earn successes for our clients.
Jessica Redden, Director of Event Publicity & Promotion, said it best,
“He never takes a boring approach to anything – ask him to brainstorm something with you and just watch the creative wheels turn, it’s pretty cool.”
Outside of his work ethic, the most consistent thing you’ll hear about Andy from his coworkers is his sense of humor. From sarcastic comments to hilarious rock star antics, the chance of you leaving a meeting in Andy’s office without laughing is slim to none.
While Andy has spent time amongst the likes of Mick Jagger, we’re pretty thrilled he still calls Indianapolis home. So, take a minute and learn a little bit more about Bohlsen Group’s own rock legend.
IPAs. If I’m at a local event I’ll have a Sun King in my hand.
Favorite thing about working in the PR/Marketing industry?
Being challenged daily to come up with creative solutions and strategies to leverage earned media to help raise awareness for our clients.
Best advice you have ever received?
Always say please and thank you.
A lot of music legends passed away in 2016 (Bowie, Lemmy, Prince, etc.). Out of all of them whose work was the most meaningful for you? Did you ever meet or work with any of them?
Yes. I worked on David Bowie’s last show in Indy and in the past worked on Prince and Motorhead shows. Unfortunately, never met any of these three, but I did work on and meet a few that passed in 2016 including Glenn Frey of The Eagles and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire.
I was actually interviewed by WIBC about Bowie after he passed.
What is your most memorable concert experience?
I have so many, but I’d say it would be my first large scale concert in 1988. I was in Jr. High at the time. I went to see “Monsters of Rock” at the Hoosier Dome and saw Van Halen, The Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken and Kingdom Come. It changed my life. I was hooked.
That show in ’88 was presented by Sunshine Promotions and a legendary concert promoter from Texas named Louis Messina. I would later get my first job in live entertainment with Sunshine and in the summer of 2009 I was at a stadium show in Louisville sitting face-to-face with Louis brainstorming ways to sell tickets to a show. Small world.