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Britt-based disc jockey company Mojo Productions is having a positive impact on communities in the area as well as communities far beyond central northern Iowa. Mojo recently received Fort Dodge Messenger’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Award for Best DJ Service for the seventh consecutive year.
Katie and Jared Wingert
Principal owners, husband and wife Jared and Katie Wingert, said the best part of this award is judged solely for their work, with newlyweds, and with communities that stretch across Iowa and beyond. They said their incredible employees, suppliers, and the people they serve made them what they are today.
“We’re definitely focused on weddings as far as our business is known, but we’re very interested in being part of the communities and giving back,” said Katie. “We are actually chamber members for Mason City, Clear Lake, Garner, of course Britt, Clarion, Algona, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge and we still do a lot of things in the city of Humboldt, even though they no longer have a chamber.”
Jared founded Mojo Productions DJ Services in 1999 after filling in as a DJ at a Fort Dodge event that same year.
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“I played in a band called Spooky Mojo,” said Jared. “Boys got married and had children, but we get together anyway. Being in bands and making music was all I knew. I literally just jumped up there and learned (to be a DJ). You have to be able to make people happy. “
To say the business has grown significantly since then would be an understatement. There are currently 11 core mojo disc jockeys including Jared and Katie, as well as two assistants. Katie described it as amazing.
“We work very closely with so many other companies in Iowa,” said Katie. “Jared is personally very attached to the city. He started a car show that now brings more than 500 vehicles into town (several times a year) and he always works with the local uptown companies to generate income. “
“The Britt Car Truck Bike Tractor Night Cruise, that’s our thing,” said Jared. “It’s a way to see brides and grooms and bring interest and dollars into town. When I started out, I was a college guy who played music for college kids and was a DJ between gigs. In my late twenties and early thirties I had a business partner whose father died. I had to buy up the other guy and realized I wanted to do it full time. It literally never stops. It’s not a job. It’s a different lifestyle, but I love what I do. “
Mojo employees work on approximately 180 weddings annually and travel across the state helping brides and grooms celebrate their big day. In addition, they help with so many other special events and benefits. You helped the city of Waldstadt at their annual Christmas party with music and announcements. Jared has also helped other communities with their auto shows, all of which are now growing in popularity.
Katie and Alissa Kirsch, who have an interest in Mojo, were both featured in Women’s Inc. earlier this year. They discussed their work as disc jockeys. Mojo was also named Best of the Best in 2021 by the wedding website knot.com.
The award-winning Mojo Productions team recently created special effects at a wedding fair.
In the magazine article, Katie notes how she believes in helping people, whether it be with their wedding, their job in the hospital or elsewhere. She said it was a blessing. Her favorite quote is attributed to Henry Ford as follows: “Whether you think you can or not, you are right.”
“Both Katie and Alissa are healthcare professionals, which seems to give them some aspect of caring for people,” Jared said. “They are used to seeing people at their worst. All three of us help to manage things here. “
Katie also has a knack for her role in coordinating events at Mojo. She describes herself as an over the top organizer. She began her DJ career in 2008 when Jared suggested she was a born wedding planner. She describes herself as the greatest wedding nerd you will ever meet.
“Giving back is our heart and soul,” said Katie. “Jared and I give people a lot, and we know what it’s like to go without it, so we try to be involved in as many things as possible. Whether it’s a benefit to raise money for a family in need, Santa’s workshop, or part of school events to raise money, we donate our time and play music in four or five different cities for Halloween suitcases every year – or treats for the children. “
Another example is Wingerts and Damon Baker who DJed for Mojo and brought free pizzas several times during COVID to all health care workers and staff at Hancock County Health System Memorial Hospital (MercyOne) and Britt and Garner clinics -19 pandemic. Katie is from Mason City and is also a respiratory therapist at MercyOne. The pizzas come from Titanium Lunchbox in Britt, of course, where Baker, his wife Karin and their son Josh run the restaurant.
Mojo Productions fed hundreds of Hancock County’s health workers on November 24, 2020. From left Jared Wingert, Katie Wingert, Curt Gast, Director of the HCMH facilities, and Laura Zwiefel, Chief Executive and Chief Nursing Officer of HCMH. Pizzas from the local DJ company boosted hospital staff morale and recognized their efforts during COVID-19.
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Mojo disc jockeys took part in a number of events that warranted local coverage, including this year’s Crafts and Traders Show, March 6-7. November in Forest City and last year’s cancer fundraiser fundraiser for Mark Fandel, also in Forest City.
“We play music for the inflatable fun days at the Mason City Youth Center and drive all the way to Fort Dodge for their domestic violence fundraiser, which we attend every year,” said Katie. “Jared in particular is known for knowing everyone everywhere. He always makes a personal connection, no matter where he is or what event he is doing. I’m proud of what Jared has built with his business. He worked hard to get where he is today. “
Mojo Productions DJ Service is based at 313 6th Avenue SE Britt, but also added an office in Mason City about seven years ago.
“The nice thing is that we can hire guys who are great DJs,” Jared said. “It went from having a fun DJ guy in college to wedding receptions, ceremonies, and special effects. Now we can give back to the community and host our own events. We have all the tools to create, promote, produce and make an event successful ourselves. “
The Mojo Production DJ Services Van will be shown at an event.
As for the latest award, Jared said the entire mojo crew are humble and honored. Fort Dodge Messenger has a large readership that covers much of the western half of Iowa.
“We never ask people to vote for us,” said Wingert. “None of us voted. It’s just something very special. “
Rob Hillesland is the Summit Tribune Community Editor. He can be reached at 641-421-0534 or by email at [email protected]
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