April 29, 2020

Mike Jurken: President Majic Productions, Inc

What do you do?

I own and am the President of Majic Productions .. for now at least (haha COVID).

Tell me how you started your company?

Started my company was I was 12, way back in 6th grade. I went to a family wedding and saw the DJ setting up and said, “Well that looks kind of fun.” After that I went around bringing my boombox to my friends' basement parties in grade school, then I went to Miami, Florida to study Musical Theatre for a scholarship. Long story short, the business kept growing and growing. I was flying back and forth between Miami and Milwaukee until I transferred to Madison and started doing more production stuff. From there, it just kind of grew. I graduated college then a year later my now wife came on. The rest is history. We do about 1000 events a year, in a dozen countries, and 4 continents.

Was this your first job then?

I’ve been a  summer camp counselor, mechanic at a gas station, bartending and stuff at state fair. I've done a lot of different things but this has been my job since age 12.

Favorite part about your job?

Definelty the people- it’s different everyday. It really is just so different. You get to be out in the field which is fun, too.

Least favorite part about your job?

This job has a lot more stress. If you're an attorney and miss a deadline, you miss a deadline. If you're a constuction worker that's late, you can push it off until next week. But this business, the Super Bowl is February 6th and that’s it, it’s February 6th. For White House events its down to the minute even.

Hardest lesson you've learned while being a business owner?

Not let the highs be so high and the lows be so low.

What's something someone said or something that happened to you that changed the way you view the world?

COVID. This will impact me for the rest of my life. How quickly everything can change. Six weeks ago I was in Paris seeing the Bucks play. Now, I haven't been out of the house for 6 weeks. I've had the mantra to live life when you can and aways be present though.

Any turning points in your life?

Coming to madison from Miami. If I was to stay in Miami, I was going to be a performer and do the whole Broadway thing. Moving to Madison I met my wife, and that was probably the biggest turning point in my life.

What's your favorite play you ever did?

Les Miserables.

Biggest pet peeve?

I have very low patience. When people don't operate at the same speed of me I can get frustrated. Or even just other's not being cognizant of other people's time. Having low patience is more of a fault of mine than a pet peeve.

What's a skill you'd like to master?

Learn more Polish. My wife's family is from Poland. Also, be better at golf.

What's the most annoying question people ask you?

Did your dad start your company?

What do you wish your brain was better at doing?

I wish it was better at resting. I can never shut it off. I'm always thinking.

What's the best and worst piece of advice you've ever received?

Best advice would be to follow my heart or follow my gut as my wife would say. Worst advice I ever got made me burn a bridge. So never do that.

What's something you had to unlearn?

Back to the highs being not so high and the lows not being so low. I had to relearn Excel, though.

What made you join Hoan?

Ian made me (haha, kidding). Prior to Hoan, I never networked- I was focusing on developing my business and not my person relationships. Hoan gave me that ability and showed me like-minded people. When you get to this point in your career and your life, you want good relationships with quality people, and Hoan gets that prerequisite for you. You have an environment where all these people get into a unique environment and be themselves.

What's your favorite Hoan event?

The trip to Madison or Chicago.

Where do you want to see Hoan in 5 years?

Doing more with its network to throw the influence around- like a more public organization like the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Our opinion means a lot to the community

If you could go back in time where would you go?

I would go back to my childhood and relive it. Pre-internet and what not. I had a great childhood.

If you could make a rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be?

Be kind to others.

If you could make a rule that everyone in Hoan had to follow, what would it be?

When you start a conversation , you have to smile and shake their hand. Even phone call- always start with a smile. Before I start a phone call, I smile. People can feel the inflection in your voice and sense it. So starting all conversations from a place of joy to start with positivity.

To grab a virtual drink with Mike, say hello at mike@majicpro.com!

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