“The companies that had been around for decades were still using CDs and even cassette tapes,” Terranova said.”Our competition wasn’t embracing technology. I knew that we could help the entire industry raise the bar for Cleveland wedding entertainment. Entertainment, for me, has never felt like a job. Simply put: It’s a passion. I am one of the few that do not work for a living; I simply live my dream!”
A Northeast Ohio native, Terranova graduated from Garfield Heights High school in 2003. Following high school, he took his talents to Mount Union College (go Purple Raiders!) where he majored in history and triple-minored in adolescent young adult integrated social studies, American studies and political science. He taught at Garfield Heights City Schools while growing SPE. Eventually, the business demanded more attention, and he made it his full-time career.
SPE’s success is driven by Terranova’s strong work ethic and dedication to clients.
“I want to be the best,” he said. “Mediocrity simply will not work for me. It’s a standard that I hold all of my employees to, and it would not be fair if I did not hold myself to it, as well. That feeling drives me to work hard for myself, my family, my employees and all of our clients! No person or company is perfect, but why not try?”
In his free time, Terranova enjoys spending time with his wife, Jillian, and daughter, Gianna, who just turned 1! You can also find him hitting the links for a round of golf.
What is your favorite part of the job?
Definitely the reception. It is so awesome to have met and planned with our clients for the previous eight to 14 months and see all of the plans come to life,” he said. “It will never get old watching a bride live the moment she has dreamed of since she was a little girl. At the end of the night, I always grade myself on a pass/fail scale. We want smiles and thank yous! Anything less is a failing grade!
What’s your favorite song to play at events?
I don’t know why, but my favorite song to play is “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” by The Four Seasons. Talk about an iconic song!
What is the biggest piece of advice you would give a bride?
Do your homework! An educated consumer is our best client! Make sure you are dealing with reputable vendors. A good start is checking for insurance and visiting the Better Business Bureau and review websites such as WeddingWire and The Knot!
What do you do to relax?
Honestly, I enjoy music more then almost anything. Give me a cool breeze and some great tunes, and I am a happy camper. I’ve also played drums since I was 8 years old. I credit this with my amazing dancing and rhythm skills.