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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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Board Member Spotlight!

 

 

Introducing another board member spotlight of the week, Amy Payne! Amy is on the communications board and owners her own photography business, Aimed Photography. Keep reading to learn more about her!

 

What do you specialize in?

Photographing events and portraits.

 

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

My first wedding I did was 17, but I’ve been full time for the last 3 years since March 2014.

 

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

2 years.

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I wanted to connect and learn about events. I also wanted to know those in the industry and put my business on the map!

 

Favorite event tool you use?

Shoot Q, Fundy Design, ILEA- Use your membership!

 

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

No small favor goes to waste. There is no “I” in events. It’s a team effort to cater to our clients. Although there are several businesses within one event, we are still a team!

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I love to run! I have completed 5 half marathons.

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Behind the Scenes with Charlie Kimball

 

 

Photo credit: LAT Photo USA

Charlie Kimball is the first licensed driver with diabetes to win a race in the Verizon IndyCar Series and first licensed driver with diabetes to qualify for and complete the Indianapolis 500. He started racing go-karts at age 9 in his hometown of Camarillo, California. After high school, Charlie was accepted into Stanford University’s engineering program but chose to pursue his dream of becoming a professional racing driver. Charlie now lives in downtown Indianapolis with his wife Kathleen and their dogs Taj and Lilah. 

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

I sit down for a living—but drive at speeds of up to 230 mph! So my office chair is a bit different than most. In September, I wrapped up my seventh Verizon IndyCar Series season and look forward to getting back out on track in March for the 2018 season-opener. My body is also a bit different than most IndyCar drivers. While racing in Europe in 2007, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was able to work with my healthcare team, family and race team to get back on track just six months later and scored a podium finish in my first race with diabetes. 

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

My dad was a race car engineer, so growing up I had always been exposed to the racing world. I started racing go-karts at age 9, and for my 16th birthday my parents gifted me a track day in my first “real” race car. From that point on, there was no looking back! I moved to Europe after high school, then came back to the States to work my way up INDYCAR's Road to Indy ladder system, ultimately landing in the IndyCar Series in 2011. 
 
What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

While getting my first IndyCar race win in 2013 definitely stands out, I’d have to say my most memorable event was walking out during driver introductions at the 2011 Indianapolis 500, my rookie year in the Series. I still get chills thinking about walking from the Pagoda down the Yard of Bricks, up to the podium, hearing my name announced as an Indy 500 starter, and seeing the grandstands filled with people in every direction. As a racing driver, there’s just nothing like the history, challenge and intensity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I’m always honored for another chance to take part. 

What is one thing people do not know about you?
I’m a huge outdoors enthusiast! Growing up in Southern California, it was almost mandatory to be outside surfing or hiking on the weekends. I also love boating, snowboarding, mountain biking… anything that keeps me active! After this year’s IndyCar season finale in Sonoma, California, my wife and I drove our 5th wheel RV back to Indy through about 10 national parks, hiking the trails and camping with our dogs. A bucket-list trip for sure! 
 
If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?
If I wasn’t racing, my dream job would be a fighter jet pilot. If you think of IndyCars as fighter jets racing on the ground instead of in the air, I guess you could say it worked out! 

Come meet Charlie on Ocotber 24th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for brunch!

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