Duff is a native of New Hope, MN. He put himself through college at Columbia while working full time managing the Oak Theatre live music venue. Duff also spent six years working at Cubby Bear where he began in bar management and quickly progressed to talent buying and promotions. Having learned the business from the ground up, Duff founded Duff Entertainment in 1997 and quickly established his company as a reputable provider of entertainment and event services. Some of his early booking highlights include shows with BB King, Dave Matthews and the late, great Johnny Cash. In 2007, Duff Entertainment merged with Ravenswood Special Events, forming an alliance that has proved to be extraordinarily beneficial for both companies. While he still plays a pivotal role in guiding our talent booking services (including sold out shows starring Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Tony Bennett), Duff has become equally adept at developing new business. The Taste of River North, Downtown Palatine Street Festival and Bub City Windy City Smokeout can all be traced back to Duff’s solid relationships and reputation.
Duff, who despite his years of experience still looks like he can jump on a skateboard and ride to the mall, is a father of three active children. He can often be found on the sidelines at his kids’ soccer games, swim meets and basketball tournaments. On the rare occasion when he can shake himself free, Duff likes to play golf, fish and exercise.