THE #BSE TEAM
Neal Dorsey | Co-Owner & Co-Director of Entertainment
Neal E. Dorsey, otherwise known as DJ NEDROC, was born in Olney, Maryland and raised in both Howard and Carroll counties, Maryland. As a young child, he discovered an early interest in music. Upon graduation from high school, Neal enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he specialized in radio communications. During this time, his DJ skills were truly honed and refined. Stationed in California and the Orient, Neal began performing at house parties. Soon, he raised the bar and began performing in local clubs throughout Camp Pendleton, San Diego, and the Philippines. Neal went on to have his own radio show on the Far East Network, and won "Battle of the DJs," while stationed in Hong Kong.
Upon Neal's return home to Maryland, he partnered with his older brother to form the Carroll County Music Factory. The duo performed at numerous house parties and held a weekly stint at Chic's, in Howard County. In the mid-90s, Neal relocated to Montgomery County, Maryland, where he resides today. He is a proud husband and father of his two children. His commitment to music excellence continues. Neal has worked with countless family, civic, community, and fraternal groups; as well as businesses, to meet their entertainment needs.
Duaeno Dorsey | Co-Owner & Co-Director of Entertainment
Duaeno E. Dorsey also known as DJ DEUCE, is co-owner of Background Solutions Entertainment along with his father, Neal Dorsey. Originally hailing from San Diego, California, Duaeno and his father relocated to Maryland. Idolizing the late Michael Jackson and growing up during the New Jack Swing Era, Duaeno developed a passion for music at an early age. He attended Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland where he was captain of the football and basketball teams. After completion of high school, Duaeno continued his football career at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he majored in Economics and Business. Duaeno was also a member of the three-time Patriot League champion Leopards football team.
During his tenure at Lafayette, Duaeno took numerous music classes including music theory and electronic music composition. He was heavily involved in campus activities and gained popularity as a relevant musicologist, often responsible for providing playlists and music suggestions for local DJs. Duaeno premiered his DJing skills at "The Spot," a college-owned nightclub, where he also was a student manager. Blending extensive knowledge of music from the genres and eras in both of their lives, Duaeno and Neal provide a complementary DJing experience that is unique to the Background Solutions sound in the Washington, DC area.
Quajah Yeshila | DJ
DJ Quajah or as we call him, “DJ Q" hails from Ethiopia, Africa. He was raised in Addis Ababa, where he attended the Lycee Guebre-Mariam School. Upon his move to the United States, Quajah attended Wheaton High School in Wheaton, Maryland. DJ Q went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. DJ Q is passionate about soccer; but especially music, which he sees as a gateway source for happiness.
Quajah's music collection is quite diverse, consisting of selections from numerous decades, including today's Top 40. DJ Q's life journey has exposed him to different sounds and cultures; with that influence, he started to collect music and began DJing just to share this love for music with friends and family. Bob Marley is DJ Q's favorite artist and his collection of Reggae outweighs the rest. However, make no mistake, DJ Q is always "cued up," ready to play and let others experience the beauty of music.
Within a few years, following in the footsteps of a long-time friend named DJ Alex, Q began DJing at nightclubs, weddings, and various private events in the Washington, metropolitan area, as well as other states and the tropics. After doing a few events together, DJ Q joined the Background Solutions Entertainment team.
John Ravas | Director of Photography
John Ravas is a photographer for Background Solutions Photography. He joined the team in the summer of 2013, in a strategic move to help further expand the business into photography services. John grew up in New York and attended the University of Albany, where he studied Business Administration. His passion for photography was ignited while exploring Ireland during a summer abroad. Now, John enjoys expanding his photography skills by capturing weddings, events, portraits, and more! He is driven by encapsulating all the details-- both big and small- -that help people remember their special occasions.
Cristina DeLucien | Director of Mixology & Banquet Services
Cristina DeLucien was born and raised in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. In her mid-twenties she decided to move to San Diego, CA and return to college to pursue a career in the medical field. She has always enjoyed being around people and finds great pleasure in helping others.
During her return to college she began bartending, as it was a perfect, flexible part time job that worked around her class schedule. She worked as a bartender for an event company for four years, where she realized her passion for being a part of such special, intimate events. She has worked numerous events such as weddings, birthday parties, company picnics, holiday parties, and fundraisers, just to name a few. The greatest satisfaction is a happy client at the end of an event, who trusted her with their beverage catering needs. She obtained her mixology certificate and is TIPS certified. In her return to Maryland in October 2013 she continues to provide beverage catering services for various clients in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
Athena Samuel | Event Planner & Coordinator
Athena Samuel was born in Athens, Greece to Ethiopian parents and migrated to Montgomery County, MD at the age of three. She attended Watkins Mill High School and moved on to the University of Maryland University College to obtain her Bachelors degree in Accounting with a specialization in Business Administration. Her passion for Event Planning and Management was unexpectedly tapped into as various inter-company opportunities became available. Before she knew it, Athena assumed the role of Event Planner coordinating company events such as yearly Holiday parties, various client and vendor meetings, employee celebrations, and team building activities. Athena quickly branched off into planning and coordinating various social gatherings for family and friends such as baby and bridal showers, marketing events for local businesses, and Grand Opening celebrations in the area. Athena has learned to visualize all aspects of each event incorporating the overall design, food, beverage, and unique event details. Athena prides herself in making the event planning experience relaxing and enjoyable for her clients and memorable for the attendees.
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