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ILEA Board Member Spotlight!

 

Introducing another board member spotlight of the week, Jessica McCormick! Jessica is one of our Directors of Program. She is an Event Designer with Eventfull Planning.  Keep reading to learn more about Jessica!

What do you specialize in?

Wedding and non-wedding social event planning and coordination

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how long in your current position?

10 years, in my current position for 3 years

 

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

2.5 years

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I joined ILEA for networking and education

 

What is the favorite event tool you use?

My phone!  (Email, call, social media, weather tracking, etc.)

 

What advice do you have to give to other event professionals?

Get involved!  

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I could never wear socks because my toes are partically webbed!   

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Behind the Scenes with Arthur Black

 

Arthur Black, the Drink Specialist, is with us once again to entertain and educate attendees on the history and science behind cocktails... It will certainly be a festive event with friends and industry colleagues. Cheers to that! Keep reading for a behind the scenes interview with him!

 

What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it? 

Wine and spirits distribution. Relationships with our customers.

 

What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field? 

Food and beverage is one of the most expansive areas of academia. You can eat and drink every day and never get sick of it. Just under 20 years.

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why? 

When you’re paid to travel around the world to eat and drink, there are way too many to count.

 

What is one thing people do not know about you? 

I’m pretty transparent, too much so. 

 

If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?

Astro-physicist if I were smarter.

 

Anything else we should know about you? 

You love me or hate me. Not much middle ground.

 

Join us on December 13th at The Montage at 11:00am! 

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ILEA Board Member Spotlight!

 

Introducing another board member spotlight of the week, Glenn Smith! Glenn is the Director of Membership. He is the Owner of Complete Weddings & Events.  Keep reading to learn more about Glenn! 

What do you specialize in?

Providing photography, videography, DJ, photo booth, and event lighting

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how long in your current position?

15 years.  I have been in my current position for 2 years.

 

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

2 years

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I joined ILEA to make new connections with event professionals.

 

What advice do you have to give to other event professionals?

ILEA is an excellent tool to help create communities.  The key is involvement.  Get involved and stay involved.  

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

During my 15 years with Compete I have personally been inolved with over 4,100 event services.  

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ILEA Member Spotlight!

 

  

Introducing another member spotlight of the week, Lora Pennington! Lora is on both the Communications and Membership Committees. She is the Owner of Magical Moments Event Planning.  Keep reading to learn more about her!

 

What do you specialize in?

Event Planning and Decor

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how long in your current position?

I have been in the business 5 years and have owned Magical Moments Event Planning for 5 years.

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

This is my first year!

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I wanted to be more involved in the community.

 

Favorite event tool you use?

Website and books

 

What advice do you have to give to other event professionals?

To get involved in the industry.  Stay involved.  Be true and honest to yourself and your craft.

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I live in the country on a 9 acre farm with cows and bees.  

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Board Member Spotlight!

  

Introducing another board member spotlight of the week, Sarah Sparks! Sarah is VP of Communications and an Event Designer for Jacquie's Gourmet Catering and Finley Creek Vineyards. Keep reading to learn more about her!

 

What do you specialize in?

Catering and Venue Sales

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how long in your current position?

I have been in the business 9 years total, 1 month at my current position

 

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

3 years

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I wanted to connect with Indianapolis industry professionals

 

What advice do you have to give to other event professionals?

Get involved!  You only get out of ILEA what you put in.  Networking and building relationships is so very important!

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I was captain of my high school soccer team!  

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Behind the Scenes with Pete the Planner!

 

Introducing our guest speaker for our November brunch, Pete the Planner. Keep reading for your behind the scenes look!

 

What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it?

 Pete the Planner® created Pete's Money School to help companies make their employees lives easier. Pete's Money School is an action-oriented financial wellness curriculum delivered on a mobile-friendly e-learning platform. Pete's programming provides a realistic path for a healthy financial future no matter a person's income, age, past or present situation. Whether employees are in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, or 60s, Pete has timely advice to help them make the best financial decisions possible. 

 

What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field?

 Pete figured out that financial success is about behavior and math, not money and numbers, and needed to spread that message. He sold his investment and financial planning practice and has been doing financial wellness for companies since 2005. He works with hundreds of companies and helps thousands of individuals each year.

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why? 

Pete wrote 6 books in 4 months and after doing that, nothing seems impossible.

 

What is one thing people do not know about you? 

Pete was a child actor and did plays and musicals all over Indianapolis as a kid. His favorite was playing Tiny Tim in the Christmas Carol.

 

If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?

 FBI agent

 

Come meet Pete the Planner at our November brunch on November 15th at Hawthorn's Golf and Country Club!

 

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October 2017 Luncheon

Thank you to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for hosting our October 2017 luncheon! We loved hearing from driver Charlie Kimball. A big thanks to our event sponsors:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

Nameless Catering

A Classic Party Rental

Connie Duglin Linen

Accent Indy, A DMC Network Company

Complete Weddings + Events

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Board Member Spotlight!

  

Introducing another board member spotlight of the week, Chris LaMar! Chris is immediate Past President and Territory Manager for Chair Covers & Linens. Keep reading to learn more about her!

 

What do you specialize in?

Linen rentals & design

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how long in your current position?

I have been in the business 8 years.

 

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

7 years

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I wanted to have company support through ILEA.

 

What advice do you have to give to other event professionals?

Network, Network, Network - Build your circle of event professionals.

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I also sell Mary Kay.

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September Luncheon 2017

Thank you to those who joined us for a panel of women talking about how they "Play Nice in the Sandbox". They talked about the issues that they face as it relates to work/life balance, forging a path not necessarily women have held in the past, and the lessons they've learned along the way.

Our speakers included Kristi Lee, host of Kristi Lee Uninterrupted and News Director on The Bob & Tom Show; Susie Townsend, Senior Vice President of Visitor Experience at Visit Indy; and Susana Suarez, Executive Director of Communications Strategies for Governor Holcomb.

Thanks to our event sponsors:

Omni Severin Hotel 

Chair Covers & Linens

NBE Event Group

Massive Multimedia

Lemonayde Digital Marketing

Blissful Kiss Photo + Film

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Board Member Spotlight!

  

Introducing another board member spotlight of the week, Tiffany Stoner! Tiffany is on the programs team and owner of her own photography business, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography. Keep reading to learn more about her!

 

What do you specialize in?

Photography

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how long in your current position?

I have been in the business 16 years.

 

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

9 years.

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I wanted to build strong vendor relationships.

 

Favorite event tool you use?

Shoot Q, Blog Stomp, and Album Stomp.

 

What advice do you have to give to other event professionals?

Rely on the professionals that are hired and work as a cohesive team for the client.

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I have 4 kids, 4 cats, and 1 dog.

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