Steven Pickett
Managing Director

Steven has many years experience in the business in just about every area including composing, performing, audio engineering, producing, booking, artist management and marketing.
His passion for music, justice and excellence has been the drive behind the meteoric rise of this organisation from its humble beginnings nearly 30 years ago. EAO Entertainment and Marketing has now become the premier entertainment agency in this region.
Over the years, Steven has been personally involved in the development of many artists, both on stage and in the studio. He has produced a number of singles that have received local and national airplay. He has also booked, managed and worked on several interstate tours.
Over the past decade, Steven has focused on the creation of a unique marketing formula specifically for hospitality venues like hotels, licensed clubs, nightclubs and resorts.
The design of the marketing strategies and media resources for radio, press, television and more has become a specialist field for Steven. The success of his clients has led him to becoming the leading licensed Venue Consultant in the Hunter.
Over the last few years, Steven has been working with his team to develop Newcastle Live, the region’s leading online Entertainment & Lifestyle Guide.
Despite the wide array of areas Steven has experienced, he claims that they all have 2 things in common that fuel the passion – creativity and the fulfilment of true potential.
Apart from this, Steven is able to thrive on minimal amounts of sleep and is obsessed with collecting rare, vinyl Australian Music – he is even writing a book on the subject.

Terry Lantry
Company Director, Agent & Venue Consultant

Terry’s primary role is consulting to and advising the venues EAO represents on the most appropriate entertainment to suit their budget and demographic. He also looks after a small, select group of acts from our exclusive artist roster. Terry has, over the past 20 years, developed an extensive network of contacts enabling him to secure national and international touring artists for selected venues & events in the Hunter Region.
Starting out in the industry over 30 years ago as a musician (….drummer, actually – some people would have you believe there is a difference…), Terry understands the needs of performing artists. After making the transition from musician to booking agent to Director of EAO, these days the only lugging he does is of his laptop.
Terry monitors both EAO’s act roster and EAO’s represented venues regularly to ensure quality is always maintained and in his spare time… checks out new talent.

Paula Best
Business Manager / Accounting Guru

Affectionately referred to as the Office Nazi, Paula knows how to fix it, add it, run it, order it and keep things rolling along just the ways she likes it…her way!
All teasing aside, Paula is the one who can answer just about any enquiry on just about anything. Paula is EAO’s business manager and looks after the finances for a select number of acts who are constantly amazed by her financial wizardry.
A recognised singer and performer herself, Paula understands the importance of professional representation in the entertainment business.

Eliza Taylor
Marketing & Events Project Coordinator

Eliza has an extensive background in the Events & Entertainment Industry in many different roles from admin to PR to logistics to event coordination and more. Eliza is passionate about the music and entertainment industry and loves thinking of new ways of connecting people to the music events that EAO Presents.
Eliza is also a staunch supporter of the Australian Independent music scene and is a pioneer of ‘house concerts’.

Lisa Richmond
Functions Entertainment Coordinator

Lisa has a strong background in hospitality and event management. Her hands on experience in the wedding and functions industry means she is well equipped in assisting clients with their enquiries and upcoming events. Lisa also has experience in music and picked up her first instrument at six years old, going on to learn a handful more including guitar, piano and playing in local garage bands. She now focuses on the organisation side of things and as a self confessed “control freak”, this suits her well.”

Sarah McEwan
Booking Agent

Sarah has worked in the music and events industry for over 6 years, starting off in community radio hosting her own program and then worked towards managing a community radio station. Sarah has booked regular shows at various music venues, some of the artists include the likes of WAAX, The Babe Rainbow, Ruby Fields, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and lots more. Sarah values her sense of community and always strives to boost local businesses and people.

Megan Morris
Senior Graphic Designer

Megan has 17 + years experience in graphic design across many different industries. At heart, she is a lover of balance who strives to find that sweet spot between creative integrity and commercial reality. Her passion is expressing concepts and ideas through design.