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Lisa Tenner

Lisa Tenner is the consummate multi-hyphenate business manager, marketing and sponsorship expert, philanthropist, television and film producer, music supervisor, music and gaming event pro and moderator and speaker at world class conferences and events. Her recent speaking engagements include the Global Gaming Conference, the EventPro Forum, and the Conference of Marketing presented by the International Institute of Research USA.

Although she is a true visionary, she never anticipated the diversity of her expertise when she started as an entry level stockbroker in Los Angeles at Joseph Sebag & Co. and became the most successful securities trader there.

Lisa studied psychology at UCLA not knowing what a vital asset that would be in her future in entertainment! She has since been an adjunct professor there, teaching the Business of Music for ten years as well as at Harvard in Internet studies. Her knowledge of the business came from experience including her foray into business management with Ed Silver, where she was introduced to the music business following her brief foray into stock brokerage, as she serviced Toto and The Tubes amongst others. Subsequently, as a principal in Nanas Stern Biers, a preeminent business management firm, she handled accounts including Jane’s Addiction, Warrant, KORN, Soundgarden, the Monkees, and got her taste for events working with Kevin Lyman and the Warped Tour. She formed her own company in 1991 and built a successful practice expanding her client base to include bands as well as music industry superstars including producers, record company executives and talent managers, providing her with even more insight into the workings of the music, TV, and film businesses.

She merged her knowledge and contacts by creating and producing EAT’M (Emerging Artists & Technology in Music), an annual event which debuted in 1998 in Las Vegas, which by then she called home. Her effort to introduce emerging artists to industry heavyweights became an annual “go to” event featuring a conference with educational and informational panels of experts from all facets of the music business, numerous showcases, and a festival. The platform served to launch many careers such as those of Papa Roach and Michele Branch, Slipknot and over two dozen over a four-year period.

With proven marketing skills, Tenner & Associates, Inc. became a sought after branding and marketing company both in the entertainment business and in others such as tourism and poker (players and events), She created award winning publicity-generating brand-driven campaigns and events, secured corporate and media sponsorships and negotiated television deals. Her client list included such notable entities as Jeep, Caesar’s Entertainment, Card Player Cruises, Hard Rock Hotel, Elle Magazine, Global Gaming Expo, to name a few. Among her successful ventures were numerous events showcased on VH1 including those organized for the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino, The Grand Lucayan Hotel and Resort, Card Player Cruises and many more.

It was this introduction to television production that whet her appetite to become further entrenched in that world in which she has already proven success. She was responsible for marketing the multiple award-winning public television series BizKid$, which she also co-produced, and is currently a producer and the music supervisor for Opportunity Knock$, an infotainment series debuting in Fall 2022. Simultaneously she is in development on Last Band Standing which she created and is executive producing. Lisa Tenner continues to expand her horizons as evidenced by her recent partnership in Game and Show which has a portfolio of over a dozen game, competition, and reality television shows.

She has never forgotten to pay her success forward. Philanthropic efforts she has created include Emerging Artists Fund, and one of which she is particularly proud, The Queens of Heart, the charitable arm of the World Series of Poker’s Ladies Event which benefits the American Heart Association and the Cure for Cancer Foundation.

Tenner has been recognized and honored for those achievements she has already accomplished. She is the recipient of the Nevada Governor’s Tourism Award, honored by the Mayor of Las Vegas for her contributions to the Special Olympics Nevada, with another proclamation bestowed on her for co-founding dedicated to creating fundraising charity poker events around the world. She has been named “Event Pro of the Year” in the live event performance category by her peers, tapped by Global Gaming magazine as one of the Top 25 People to Watch. Ms. Tenner has been a member of NARAS for the past thirty years and a member of ERMA for entertainment brand community. She continues teaching and writing for various publications.


  • Recently named a visionary in both Entertainment and Gaming and also tapped by Global Gaming Magazine as one of the top 25 people to watch.

  • Finalist for women in IGA Women in Gaming Awards in two categories.

  • Awarded “Event Pro of the year” by her peers in the Live Event performance arena.
  • Recipient of the Nevada Governor’s Tourism Award

  • Recognized by the Mayor of Las Vegas and honored with a Proclamation of Lisa Tenner Day for her charitable works with Special Olympics Nevada.

  • Honored and recognized along with her co-founders of for dedication to creating charity poker events around the world with a proclamation by the Mayor of Las Vegas

  • Recognition by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for twenty-five years of supporting the mission to improve the environment for music and the lives of all members.
Lisa Tenner Day Proclamation
Lisa Tenner Day


“We have used services provided by Tenner and Associates for the past 6 months and couldn’t be happier with the results. Lisa and her team are not only forward creative thinkers but have a strong network of go-to companies and associates to get those concepts and programs out in front of. Lisa is tenacious when she takes on a project, always helping us meet our goals and objectives and always wanting to be on the winning side of business for her clients.”
Larry Griffiths
Shoutz Inc.

“Lisa's creativity and imagination were invaluable in the development of our billion dollar Las Vegas strip property."

“This woman was omnipresent, perpetually positive and inspiring in both her words & deeds. Ms. Tenner has an impressive background in the music industry, including acting as personal manager of Toto”
Mike Spence
Entertainment Lawyer


Lisa Tenner - President

121 Quail Run Rd.
Henderson NV 89014

Cell Phone: +1 702.496.3286
Office: +1 702.454.9561



Poker Gives was founded by Mike Sexton, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and Lisa Tenner as a way for poker players to give back to worthwhile charity organizations. The mission of is to raise funds through poker events and private donations, and distribute them to mainstream charities on behalf of the poker world.

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