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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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Board Member Spotlight!


Introducing President Elect, Megan Johnston! Megan is currently the Senior Manager of Event Services at Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company. She specializes in destination management services, and has been in the industry for 4 years. Before graduating from the Ball State University Hospitality and Food Management program, Megan filled Accent’s Assistant Program Manager Internship position for two consecutive summers.  During her time attending Ball State University (BSU), Megan actively held leadership positions in BSU Dance Marathon, the BSU Homecoming Steering Committee, and Greek life. One thing people may not know about Megan is that she originally went to college to study Performance with a focus in opera. She has been a part of ILEA for 3 years, serving as the Director of Communications, VP of Education & Programs, and currently President Elect. She joined ILEA to get involved with the event planning industry. Advice she has for other event professionals is to network, get involved, and get your name out there!

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ISES Indiana Student Membership!

The International Special Event Society (ISES) is looking for student involvement! Are you interested in special events, social events or weddings? Want to connect with a phenomenal worldwide network of professionals and amazing education opportunities? Then you need to join ISES! Start making the right connections today in the Indy Event Industry with your student membership at $50.00 per year!

5 Clicks to an ISES Membership

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “Join Us Today” within the Homepage. You can also click on “Log In or Join” in the upper right hand corner of the website.
  3. Click on “ISES USA” in the Membership Application box on the right side of the page
  4. Proceed through the application to enter your contact information and become a member of ISES.
  5. Submit your membership dues online or to ISES Headquarters. Send the required proof as a full or part-time student at a two or four-year College/University program with an unofficial transcript or signed Statement by Program Coordinator/Instructor


That’s it! That’s how easy it is to become a member. Student Memberships are $50.00 per year and can be held for a maximum of two years (additional years beyond two will be addressed by ISES International and the schools’ Program Coordinator). Student members must be enrolled as a part time or full-time student in a recognized certificate or degree program. Student members are encouraged to get involved with the chapter by volunteering ten hours to their chapter per year, helping with chapter meetings and event registration, mailings and other chapter business such as coordinating chapter community service and special projects. If you have questions about the process or would like to learn more about membership, contact Katie Putnam or Kate Edwards at Check out the ISES Indiana Website for upcoming events.

Now that you are a member, now get involved! We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.    Sincerely, Your Indiana Board of Directors

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