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Whether they’re texting instructions to a field of nine professional drivers or navigating the steering wheel of a 200-inch stretch Cadillac Escalade, John Stoecklin’s hands stay busy.

A fulltime pharmacist by day, Stoecklin has rapidly expanded a weekend hobby into VIP Enterprises, a burgeoning business serving Southern Illinois and beyond. Limousine services, party bus rentals, DJ performances and photo booth rentals all fall under the umbrella of VIP Enterprises.

“I used to play in bands and this really all started when I would DJ weddings on the weekends,” Stoecklin said. “It really has just kind of snowballed.”

Whether you need a limo for prom, a ladies weekend at a local winery or to simply put together an amazing date night, VIP’s limo services has a solution that can fit both your need and budget.

For larger groups, Stoecklin offers the 24-passenger party bus. The monstrous luxury vehicle features a multimedia center, 39-inch television and two mahogany tables, and it's perfect for a trip to a St. Louis Rams game, a bachelor party in Chicago or a boot-scoot down to Nashville.

“We can take you out of the area, but we also take more people than I realized who really want to come into the area to experience the wine trails or stay in a local cabin,” Stoecklin said.

Along with DJ and limo services, VIP Enterprises can put together a photo booth experience or light show for an unbelievable wedding.

“We’ve gotten a ton of compliments on our wedding services,” Stoecklin said. “A lot of people really like bundling the services together. We’re definitely a one-stop shop.”

Stoecklin doesn’t drive as often as he did when the company was launching, but he still likes to get behind the wheel occasionally.

“It’s a ton of fun to interact with people and just help them have a great time,” he said. “Listening to customers one-on-one is what has helped build the business. We just continue listening to customers and the market.”

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