Michael G. D’Amore – aka Kensei
Founder & Managing Director of Kensei Consulting LLC
Our Founder and Managing Director, Michael G. D’Amore Sr., – aka Kensei, is a veteran of countless trade shows – as both an exhibitor and attendee and knows what it takes to be successful. He has been called one of the most visionary people in the consumer electronics industry today – and with good cause. With over 25 years of experience – ranging from the trenches of retail – to middle management at the largest company in the industry. Positions in sales, marketing, research and development, in OEM and retail products for both hardware and software products– AND line item, management responsibility to multi-million dollar sales, and multi-million dollar expense budgets. There are very few people with success in both hands on, and management tasks – and Michael is one of them.
Having worked for some of the largest manufacturers in the Consumer Electronics and Music Industries, he has not only had to attend some of the largest shows in the world (Music Messe – Germany, CES, NAB, in Las Vegas, NAMM in Anaheim Ca. etc…) – but has also taken on the responsibility for booth design, staffing, and more. He has not only been there, done that – he has felt the pain of everyone exhibiting at or “simply” attending a large or small convention!
During that course in time – it was necessary of course for Mike to become very well versed in entertaining his various clients and associates from this country and abroad. Whether landing in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago New York City, and beyond – Being responsible for those who were not only to take care of business at the trade show or simple meeting, but for their well being as well is no easy task! Especially when there are language barriers, time zone swings, jet lag and younglings on their first business trips away from the office – AND – the usual multi-national politics within and surrounding some of the largest consumer electronics companies in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.
In the later part of 2001 – forced from the corporate world by the dot bomb, catastrophe… Kensei Consulting LLC of southern California was born. Now headquartered in Henderson, NV. – specializing in the audio, video and audio for video interactive and their vertical markets.
Taking on such diverse opportunities as developing business plans for entrepreneurs, product market research, sales & marketing plans, due diligence and expert testimony for some of the largest companies in the industry. His client list reads like the who’s who of the digital entertainment world – with names like Yamaha, Gibson, Creative Frontier and organizations such as the MIDI Manufacturers Association (MMA), the Digital Media Device Association (DMDA) and others. From Hollywood to Hong Kong – Las Vegas to Macau – and New York City to Maui – his built a reputation in the industry that many envy – and few can equal.
In 2003 – the company expanded to internet publishing – beginning with the Kensei News & Information Services and now includes the very popular – Las Vegas Trade Show Guide, (http://www.lvtsg.com) and in early 2009 launched SinCity-247 (http://www.sincity-247.com) – a consumer entertainment news, information & e commerce site.
Michael has been called many things during his years in the industry – from words not repeatable in mixed company to a modern day renaissance man, a mentor, philosopher, and sensei. But as Michael will tell you himself – even with all the accolades – one can never close your mind to new opportunities, one can never stop learning nor learn enough. You eye’s can be deceived – so you need to “see” with your ears…sometimes you hear only what you want to hear – so learn to listen to things you don’t want to hear! Take what you know – and disprove it, figure out what exactly it is you don’t know – and learn it! Then – and only then can you move to the next level…and start it over again.
All that experience is now available to the readers of the Las Vegas TSG and SinCity-247 sites
Not Just Las Vegas…
Michael is also an Anaheim Orange County Specialist – not just the land of Disney, but also some of the best restaurants, coast lines, shopping that the west coast has to offer – AND – just a 40 minute hop from McCarran Airport! Awarded by the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau to those going above and beyond to learn all about Anaheim Orange County and what this destination truly has to offer.
About the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
Formed in 1961, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau is the area’s official destination marketing organization. Our mission is to position Anaheim and Orange County as a premier visitor, meeting and convention destination.
The AOCVCB is composed of approximately 800 member organizations, including lodging, dining, shopping, arts, attractions and transportation, as well as businesses and individuals seeking to enhance their business through Anaheim and Orange County’s visitor industry.
The Bureau is a private, non-profit organization with approximately 50 staff members and a Board of Directors, made up of respected industry leaders. The majority of funding is derived from the Transient Occupancy Tax on hotel rooms in the City of Anaheim and membership dues.