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Neste Event Marketing was created by Gil and Liz Cunningham in 1996. The company originated in Omaha, Nebraska as a full service marketing and sponsorship agency. In 2003, Gil added talent buying and event production to Neste Event Marketing’s services. A few years later, Gil and Liz moved to the Nashville area and the Neste Event Marketing office was opened in Brentwood, TN.
Prior to the creation of Neste Event Marketing, Gil and Liz had each built impressive resumes of their own. In 1972, Gil began his work in the entertainment industry as a talent buyer and in 1988 he became involved in the event production business. Gil’s career as a talent buyer began in Omaha, Nebraska at the Don Romeo Agency where he was mentored by one of the industry’s most well respected talent buyers of all time, Don Romeo. After working under the Romeo Entertainment Group for several years, the company was purchased by TBA Entertainment in 1999. Gil became the Vice President of Sales and would continue in this role until 2003 when he joined Liz full-time at Neste Event Marketing.
Liz Cunningham began her career in the event industry as the Marketing Director of Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. As an employee of Summer Festivals for four years, Liz assisted with the start-ups of two Country Thunder festivals and another Country Jam USA. Liz’s detailed marketing and sponsorship programs created many successful partnerships for these events over the years. Liz then moved to Omaha, Nebraska and was contacted by a group of investors from Kansas to start up the Country Stampede festival in Manhattan, Kansas. Soon after, Neste Event Marketing was formed.
Neste Event Marketing has played an integral role in the growth and development of many events across North America and continues to book more than 400 concerts each year. Neste Event Marketing has earned a solid reputation within the industry and strives to always provide clients with outstanding service.