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Eddins named partner and V.P. of MPE

MPE Entertainment is announcing that Joe Eddins has become a full partner in the firm, effective immediately. Eddins, 32, has been with the company for over 15 years beginning as a production assistant and now serving as both an Agent and Producer for accounts in multiple states.

Joe studied Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and also received his bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.

Founded in 1971 by Bill Heaberlin, MPE is a full-service entertainment and production company providing services to festivals, special events, corporations, arts organizations, fairs, and commercial concerts. Based in Huntington, WV, MPE has a wide range of clients across the country providing entertainment on a national level. Their affiliations include the International Entertainment Buyer’s Association, International Association of Fairs & Expositions, Huntington WV Regional Chamber of Commerce, Country Music Assocation (CMA), and numerous state associations, such as the Ohio Fair Manager’s Association, Festival Association, and WV Fairs & Festival’s Association.

Locally around the tri-state area MPE provides national entertainment and production services for such clients as Summer Motion in Ashland KY, The Marshall Artist’s Series, Barboursville Fall Festival, St. Albans Riverfest, Charleston’s Rod Run & Doo Wop, The WV Coal Festival, WV Italian Heritage Festival, Wheeling Port Heritage Sternwheel Festival, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of WV, Alcon, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall University, The Keith Albee Performing Arts Center, WVU Children’s Hospital Gala, The Lawrence County Fair, and many other businesses, civic organizations, and non-profit entities.

Along with the partnership Eddins will be elevated to Vice President and will assume administrative functions while continuing his work as a talent agent and event producer.

“Joe is a remarkable young man with a brilliant future”, according to MPE President and founder Bill Heaberlin. “His expertise, professionalism, experience, and product knowledge are evident in every event that he services. Coupled with his extraordinary background in graphic design and a friendly demeanor, Joe’s marketing acumen and dedication are most impressive”.

Along with his college experience Eddins gives credit to MPE President Bill Heaberlin. “Bill has been a true mentor and has given me all the tools necessary to succeed in this business through on-the-job experience and relationships. I am confident that we can exceed the expectations of any client and provide a level of service that is unparalleled”, Eddins says.

In tandem with Eddins’ promotion, Heaberlin is also naming long-time  Associate Andrew J. Kelley as Marketing Manager and Senior Producer. Kelley has been the company’s pacesetter in client acquisition and customer service.

“Andy Kelley began as a client when he was President of the original Tri-State Fair and Regatta years ago”, Heaberlin said. “His insight into event management, client liabilities, event design, and efficiency make him an invaluable part of our operation”.

Heaberlin added, “As a company, we are well-positioned for calculated growth and expansion. It is a joy to serve our valued clients and to be a viable part of the national entertainment scene while serving our city, state, and region. We are blessed to be a part of something for which we have a true passion”.

For more information contact MPE Entertainment at 304-697-4222.

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