Donald and Robbi are simply awesome! This dynamic duo delivered their special brand of humour, wit and entertainment as MC’s at our recent Caltex All Stars Conference in Sun City South Africa in front of 524 delegates. Consummate professionals, Donald and Robbi added value, kept the sessions flowing and enthralled our delegates with their boundless energy and creativity. What makes them so special is that they go out of their way to understand your conference objectives and tailor the right approach and balance to reinforce key messages and themes for your delegates. Importantly, Donald and Robbi clearly have fun doing what they do and the laughter is contagious!
Operations Manager – Consumer Sales Caltex Australia
I simply cannot thank you enough for your incredible performance for the NRMA 90th Year Roadside Assist Anniversary. With such short lead times you crafted an incredible performance bringing to life a rich and vibrant history. The feedback from the audience was one of excitement and many laughs were had. It is important to note that your dedication and professionalism in the pre-production phase was un-wavering. The sheer volume of extra effort and work that you undertook to ensure the success of the performance was so greatly appreciated by the entire team, and all was delivered within a very tight budget for such a complicated performance piece - your creativity truly stole the show! I very much look forward to the next opportunity for us all to work together again.
Events Organiser - NRMA
DCA Worldwide contracted Donald MacKee on behalf of the Canadian Tourism Commission, to host 5 travel trade exposition events throughout Australia.
The events were creatively styled in the format of a live television game-show, with Donald playing the show’s host. Each event lasted for up to 2 hours, so Donald had the tricky task to warm up the audience with a humorous monologue, then control the show and work with each of the 17 presenters to make sure that the show was not just entertaining but also educational.
With events in all 5 Australian capital cities, it required a demanding schedule of early morning flights, short turnarounds and the ability to cooperate and coordinate with over 17 different presenters and adapting to their individual presenting styles.
His hours of detailed script preparation, creative ideas and development with the event producer and his friendly disposition endeared him to all of our presenters, earning him a recall in 2015.
Above all, we enjoyed high attendance levels, great feedback from attendees and the envy of our competitors in creating a creative showcase for our travel products and services.
Donald MacKee was an integral part of the whole process and we thank him for his dedication to its success. He comes highly recommended for clients holding similar multi-day, multi-location events where more is required than just another event emcee.
Account Director - Trade, Australia - Canadian Tourism Commission
They were brilliant and CSL were delighted. I have had some great feedback. They were extremely professional, very easy to deal with, very clever - and funny. There were delegates who told me on the evening they hadn't laughed so much in a long time.
They were very sensitive on a corporate level and they involved senior key Directors in an activity that worked brilliantly. I couldn’t recommend them more highly, they were perfect for the evening.
Event Manager - BIO CSL
I wish to place on record our gratitude for the exceptional work Donald MacKee (aka Commodore MacKee) carried out for The Risk Store as a ‘character’ MC for our annual life risk forum on Hamilton Island.
Nothing was too difficult or unachievable for Donald. His attention to detail, his organisational skills along with his easy adaptation to the usual time changes that occur during a two and a half day event were nothing short of magnificent. His skills in engaging the audience and keeping them engaged for the duration of our event while remaining both ‘in character’ and ‘on message’ is testament to the capability, talent, resilience and complete unflappability that Donald possesses as a performer.
He was very, very funny when appropriate and was the key contributor to the overall warmth and the fun atmosphere everyone experienced and commented on during the two and a half days there on Hamilton Island. Right up to the last session he was seeking approval to add new elements, to lift the mood and counteract the weariness of the delegates after a very long, taxing, technical event.
We can highly recommend Donald to anyone wishing to consider hiring a creative, responsive, responsible and caring MC and can only suggest you allow yourself the opportunity to judge for yourself by interviewing him personally. Your investment in time will be well spent.
Managing Director - The Risk Store
Thank you for the wonderful way you facilitated our recent National Sales Conference. Because there was a lot of information to be absorbed throughout the day, it was important to inject some light-hearted moments into the agenda and you achieved this splendidly. It is not an easy task to keep people motivated and interested over such a long period but your vitality and wit kept us all attentive, energised and focused. You were clearly in tune with the room as they related to you instantly and the feedback we received was brilliant. You were professional and you knew exactly how far you could push your humour, which along with your ability to improvise, made our conference a huge success. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to other organisations. In fact they are crazy if they don't hire you!
Category Marketing Director - Wyeth Consumer Healthcare
Don emceed our national conference brilliantly, exceeding the already-high expectations we had of him thanks to his emcee work at last year's conference. Embracing the conference theme of 'Engage, Excite, Ignite' and utilising the company background information we supplied, Donald read the audience well and adapted their unique sense of humour to suit both the educational plenary sessions and the evening functions, each of which were different in look and feel. They had the audience totally engaged throughout the three days and nights. Donald had our delegates hooked on every word and all feedback we have received so far has been resoundingly positive.
Both leading up to the event, and during the conference itself, Donald impressed me with his professionalism and the ease with which he collaborated with organisers and attendees.
Managing Director - Mortgage Choice
This is the third time New Holland has used Donald as an MC for one of our events, his unique approach and interaction with the audience is always a pleasure to watch. Whether he is ensuring the smooth running of a business or training session or lightening the audience prior to a product launch, Donald always rises to the occasion.
Sales & Marketing Director - New Holland
I’d like to thank you and the team for your work at our International Sales Conference in Singapore. You and your team's involvement in our program allowed us to take a new approach to running these meetings. The feedback has been sensational. Not only were the team entertained throughout the session but the content was also supported by your performances.
Whilst the meeting did provide some challenges, (having 1000 people in attendance and being translated into 14 different languages), the professionalism in your preparation made sure that all ran smoothly on the day.
Thanks for making our meeting the successful day that it was. I would gladly recommend you to any company wanting to run a meeting that will have an impact!
Marketing Manager - Stryker Australia
Thanks Donald and team, we really thoroughly enjoyed the day and the time working with you all, we were just thrilled with the outcome. Your creative ideas and imagination were supported by flawless execution, we could not have asked for anything more.
Divisional General Manager - Johnson & Johnson Consumer Australia
Thank you for doing such a great job with our team last Friday! Your energy and humour were exactly right for our audience - in fact I think you read them like a book all day! They can be a tough crowd but you had them engaged from the first moment. I've already had lots of requests to bring you in again so I hope you liked us too!
Internal Communications Manager - Coca-Cola Amatil (Aust) Pty Ltd
"Donald was a fantastic addition to our Trivia Night as the MC and entertainer. From the very beginning the crowd were hooked and it can be said that they all enjoyed themselves regarding the entertainment, games and trivia! Donald helped make the night a huge success and one to remember! Thanks again Donald – everyone truly had a blast."
Category Manager Group Procurement - QBE Insurance Group Limited
THANKS Donald and your team! It really was a pleasure working with you guys. I haven't had the official debrief with the client but what has filtered through was that it was a success. I have even had one delegate ask for your contact details - so expect some fan mail to come through. I've advised all of CiEvents that you are all 'fab' so I'm sure there will be future gigs with us.
Jennifer Pole Executive Producer - Cievents
We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the wonderful work that you did for us at Star City as Master of Ceremonies for the Joe Berry Awards. The program was quite full with numerous activities taking place. The handling of the Finalists before the announcement of the Winner was the most important part of our evening and you handled that with ease. We appreciated your preparation in making sure that you knew who would be attending and who was fair-game, for some humorous ribbing.
Everyone had a great evening that we are sure was much to do with your abilities to make it an interesting night. Thanks for the help, look forward to working with you soon.
Joe Berry Award Convener - ASMCA