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Behind the Scenes with Arthur Black

He's back! If you missed Arthur Black last December, we are bringing him back for round 2. Same energy with new tastings and fabulous food. This time, however, he will teach you how to sound like a wine expert after one luncheon!

 

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.

 

Come meet Arthur Black at our December luncheon with MPI Indiana on December 7th at the Indianapolis Museum of Art!

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Behind the Scenes with Nick Borelli

 

“Brokering The Peace Between Live & Digital Engagement”
One of the biggest perceived threats to live events is digital engagement but they don’t have to be at odds. Nick will introduce you to exciting technologies that will enhance experiences for participants and exceed your client’s goals. You don’t have to be very “techy” to understand this presentation but you will learn that ignorance to new technologies will put your business behind. Live engagement is more impactful than digital but when they work together towards the same goal…anything is possible. 

 

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

I provide consulting for event planners and suppliers with a specialty in digital engagement and marketing. I’m a hybrid marketer and live events professional who has a foot in both worlds. 

 

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

I’ve worked in live events for over 20 years and started building  websites in the mid-90s as a side hustle. My first foray into speaking on the national level came in 2007 as I presented on blogging for event professionals. For the past 10 years, I’ve been focused on the intersection of live and digital engagement and how they can work together to create exceptional experiences. 

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

Working for the Canadian Government under my friends and collaborators at Fifth Element Group for their Content Discoverability Summit was an incredible experience. I provided this event with its digital strategy which was used to pull in the world’s most innovative content creators at a multi-day event that tore the walls down between presenters and attendees resulting in a group of participants who were invigorated with new ideas. Working with the team on-site, the digital strategy impacted social media heavily and was the number one trending topic in Toronto for two days (during their NBA playoff run, no less). Everything about this event is the template for ideal projects I wish to contribute towards. 

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I’m an open book and live squarely on the grid so its hard to know what people don’t know about me. I will say this, I am an absolute authority on comic books. I have tens of thousands of them and manage social media accounts with much larger audiences dedicated to comics books. 

 

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

Marketing for a comic book publisher. 

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I’m here to help the event industry. I do that through consulting, working with the SEARCH Foundation, writing for Event Manager Blog, and volunteering with ILEA and the SEPA. The event industry is not my sales vertical, they are my family. 

Come meet Nick on November 16th at our ILEA Educational Intensive at City Hardware!

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Behind the Scenes with Lisa Bryant

 

Lisa Bryant is a Sales Consultant for Food for Thought, a catering company specializing in full service events for over 30 years in Chicago.  Her professional experience includes both social and corporate events ranging from 5 guests to 7,000. She hails from Indianapolis and started her career as a Kindergarten teacher with a side business in catering.  That experience led her to start a new career full time in the Catering world.  She spent four years building her career in Indy before she took the plunge and went for her lifelong dream to live in Chicago.  She was on the Board of Directors for the ILEA Indiana Chapter for 2.5 years. Upon moving to Chicago two and a half years ago, she immediately got involved with ILEA in Chicago.  She took her experience on the ILEA Indiana Board as well as her experience as the NICE Awards Co-Chair and jumped at the chance to tackle the President position for 2016-2017 in Chicago.  Her ILEA connections have been instrumental in her transition to the Chicago market and the success of her career in Chicago.

 

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

 Food for Thought is a full service catering company servicing the Greater Chicago market.  We are a big company that runs like a small, family owned company and the people are truly fantastic. 

 

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

 I was a Kindergarten teacher for 5 years out of college and somehow ended up doing all of my own catering on the side.  That side gig became something that I loved and led me to turn in my teaching hat and brave the big world of the Events Industry.  I have been in Chicago for almost three years and prior to that did the same job in Indianapolis for four years. 

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

 So many good ones.  From The Container Store Grand Opening in Indy which was my first huge job.  To the Super Bowl in Indy which was exhausting but amazing to an then landing a job in Chicago.  My most memorable event in Chicago is probably my first Gala at The Field Museum.  When I moved to Chicago, I said to myself I will know I have made it when I book my first huge event at The Field Museum.  And it was as amazing and spectacular to work in that space as I ever thought it could be!

 

What is one thing people do not know about you? 

I spilled the beans above by saying I was a Kindergarten teacher and had my own catering business.  Let’s see – I’m getting married in January and I met my fiancé while catering the Cook Medical 50th anniversary event at IU while I worked for Thomas Caterers of Distinction.  Who knew three years later, I would marry him!

 

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

I would love to be one of those people that go on amazing vacations and write reviews for all of the fantastic restaurants and hotels they get to stay on while there.  I’m pretty sure that is everyone’s dream job.  

 

Anything else we should know about you? 

I’m excited to come back to Indy and share my Chicago adventure with everyone.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of the amazing event relationships I made in Indy. 

 

Come meet Lisa on November 16th at our ILEA Educational Intensive at City Hardware!

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Behind the Scenes with Eileen Bistrisky

Join us for our ILEA Educational Intensive at City Hardware! Our speakers will be talking about leadership, current catering trends, and how to utilize social media for your business. Meet our first keynote speaker, Elileen Bistrisky!

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

My full-time job is leading the team at Erickson Coaching International. We have the only truly interactive, live online platform that offers International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited coach training.
I also have a consulting firm. I may be the only Certified Management Consultant (CMC) who is also a CSEP and specializes in consulting for event industry businesses.

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

After running an event management company and being involved with ILEA leadership for close to twenty years, I went back to school to earn an executive MBA and become a CMC. I re-branded my firm from Effective Event Management to Effective Leadership Consulting. I helped many event industry companies with their vision, mission and strategic planning, and began to get work beyond the event industry. One of my clients, Erickson Coaching International, hired me as their Vice-President after doing some strategic planning with them as a consultant.

What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

Thinking back to my event days, there are a few that come to mind. A couple brand activations leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, a couple charity galas, Expo Fest 96, ITU Triathlon World Cup in Whistler... What they all had in common was an energy and vibe that was part of something international, vibrant, news-worthy, and bigger than just the event at hand.

What is one thing people do not know about you?

In my spare time, I like to climb mountains. Big mountains ;-)

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

Professional mountain bum

Anything else we should know about you?

I joined ILEA in 1994 and have served on many committees and played many roles over the years including: Vancouver Chapter President, ILEA Western Regional Vice President, ILEA Canada Chair, and ILEA International BOG member. My life and career would not have evolved the way it did without ILEA.

 

Come meet Eileen on November 16th at our ILEA Educational Intensive at City Hardware!

 

 

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ILEA October Luncheon at Hotel Tango

"If you see something, say something, but say something to the right person."

What a great educational panel about emergency preparedness. A topic we all don't want to talk about, but needs to be talked about. It's important we keep ourselves and guests safe during an emergency.

Thanks to Blissful Kiss Photography for photographing this event!

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