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Event Re-Cap: January Luncheon with Ben Glenn

EVENT RE-CAP: January Luncheon

January 20, 2016

Thank you to all who attended our January luncheon! We would also like to thank our host, Indiana Landmarks Center, for providing us with a stunning and beautiful venue!  It was a wonderful event filled with networking among colleagues and friends, delicious appetizers and a wonderful lunch, a signature drink, and one of the most talented artists, Ben Glenn.

This ISES Indiana event started with networking among event specialists followed by a scrumptious variety of appetizers and drinks, and art pieces for purchase by Ben Glenn.  Thank you to MBP Distinctive Catering, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography, KB Designs, Ian Borgerhoff Photography, Royal Creations, and Centerplate for everything that you provided to make this event amazing!

As the lunch progressed, we received a heartfelt talk and breathtaking Speedscape from the very brilliant Ben Glenn.  Ben struggled with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) throughout his formative years, ultimately finding it impossible to stay interested in school and leaving following his junior year in college. Although his ADD caused him to struggle academically, it proved to be a perfect companion in his career as a performer, creator, and educator. Rather than let it hold him back, he chose to be inspired by his condition. He uses it as a tool for writing, speaking, and making videos focused on ADHD and personal development.

Ben’s speaking engagements began spontaneously after his short-lived collegiate career when he was presented with the opportunity to tell his story at small church camps and conferences. He has since expanded his outreach by working with students, teachers, and speaking at corporate events. Ben is the published author of seven books and the founder of Indiana’s Build It Again Bricks project.

Ben was an exceptional speaker and his artistic ability was that of a master!  It really was a great way to inspire everyone for the New Year!  Hope to see you all on February 17th at the Omni Severin for our wedding luncheon with Sabrina Hans!  For now, enjoy the pictures!










Thank you to our host, Indiana Landmarks Center


Indiana Landmarks Center

 Thank you to our sponsors!

Indiana Landmarks Center

MBP Distinctive Catering

Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

KB Design

Ian Borgerhoff Photography

Royal Creations





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Member Spotlight:Chris La Mar with Chair Covers & Linens



Chris La Mar

Territory Manager for Indiana 

Chair Covers & Linens

Chair Covers & Linens


  • What is your title and position at your current company? 

Territory manager for Indiana?

  • What does your company do?

We are a special event linen rental company with over 60k sqft of beautiful linens.  

  • How is it different than others like it? 

We are a family owned business with our headquarters in Michigan.  The corporate office is full of people who have been there since Todd started the company in the 90's.  We are innovative in sourcing new products for our customers and have fantastic customer service.  Working for Chair Covers & Linens means working with a family of fun, creative and inspiring people.   

  •  How many years have you been in the industry? 

I have been in the special events industry now for 6 years and will CCL for 5.?

  •   What was your very first job? 

If you don't count babysitting, I worked at Dairy Queen as a Senior in high?school until I went away to college.  Very first job after college was selling life, health and disability insurance along with securities, or attempting to.  

  •   What lead you in into the event industry? 

After more than 14 years with a national charity at the Regional level, my job was eliminated in December 2008. I saw an open position ad for a company I had used while with the charity and interviewed and got a sales job there.  I did that for about 10 months when this opportunity was brought to me...and here I am.  ?

  •   Why did you decide to join ISES? 

My company believes strongly in the power of personal relationships and education that comes from being a part of ISES so it came with the job.  How lucky am I??

  •   What are you looking to gain out of our ISES membership and how can we help you achieve that?

You get out of ISES what you put in to it so I am as involved as I can be.  We get to meet new people at every event and that's invaluable to me.   ?

  •  What is your most memorable event? Why? 

Gosh, there have been so many great events.  I'd have to say the biggest surprise event was a wedding I did in Lafayette with a bride who wanted sparkle for everything so she chose fuchsia lame for all her table linens with silver satin chair covers and silver lame sashes.  I was so sure it would look like a star trek wedding but this one was absolutely fantastic.  The Father of the bride came in and was in awe of how beautiful the room looked and commented about how memorable it will be for his daughter, family and friends.  To be there and to hea?r his excitement and approval has stuck with me. It's what this job is all about.  Making memories.

  •  What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 

I grew up in a small town in northern Indiana and was on the high school radio station. I always thought I wanted to be in radio so I studied telecom at IU and decided I like the promotions and events side of the radio business. I worked at WIBC here in Indy and at WOWO radio in Fort Wayne after college?

Planning station promotions, working with sponsors and hiring and working with summer interns was all a blast to me.  

  • If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job? 

I'd like to own my own event facility? near a beach where my whole family could work and be together.





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Event Re-Cap: Member Only Event at Hard Rock Cafe

EVENT RE-CAP: Member Only Event at Hard Rock Cafe

January 7, 2016

Thank you to all who attended our Member Only Event on January 7, 2016! We would also like to thank our host, The Hard Rock Cafe, for providing us with a beautiful venue!  It was a wonderful event filled with delicious food and drinks and wonderful conversations among event professionals and friends.

This ISES Indiana event was so exclusive - no pictures were taken.  If you want to come to these Member Only Events join ISES now at:

Join us at our February Wedding Luncheon on February 17, 2016 at the Omni Severin!












Thank you to our host, Hard Rock Cafe


Hard Rock Cafe




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Attention Wedding Pros! You don't want to miss this!


Wedding Planners: How To Get Rid Of Time Wasters For Bigger Profits

 A wedding planner and vendor’s goal is to execute on the most important day of their clients’ lives. In addition to pleasing clients, planners and vendors find fulfillment in being a strategic partner. Wedding planners are experts in molding the theme that a bride wants, as well as assembling several factors that go into planning the perfect wedding day.

The most critical part of a planner’s business is organizing clients’ needs while still working to grow their business. Experts in the industry share the critical need for their administrative tasks to be managed so they can focus on booking more business and taking care of their current clients. While there are methods of organization that help maintain planners’ and vendors’ business, there’s a next level value in vendors using a tool that’s built specifically for their industry to not only maintain a businesses, but to help it grow.

A tool like Plan The Day was built with the aspiration to eliminate unnecessary tasks for wedding professionals so they can focus on what they do best – planning the perfect day. Here are some tips that current professionals use to get rid of time wasters to turn a larger profit.

Have a single workspace platform for clients and vendors

Eliminating unnecessary tasks starts with a single location where wedding professionals can easily track and manage their projects and progress. The Plan The Day tool gets rid of the messiness of multiple email threads by storing information specific to each client in their own section of a vendor or planner’s wedding workspace.



Having a platform that stores all vendor and client contact information in a single workspace is an invaluable feature to a professional’s day-to-day. For example, the perfect cake that a client loves on Pinterest – it requires the coordinated efforts of a planner, florist, bakery, and caterer. This platform was built so professionals don’t have to create more work for themselves in managing all vendors’ contact information in a slew of emails. Plan The Day was built for wedding professionals to create their own custom workspace where they can easily store and access contact information.



Track all communication in one place (and get out of email jail!)

Through Plan The Day’s technology, the platform has eliminated one of the most frustrating parts of organization for wedding professionals – email! When working with multiple clients and vendors, it can be daunting to keep track of progress. Vendors and planners can easily manage their part in planning by having the entire scope and progress managed through their workspace and alerted when something specifically pertains to them.

All communication that’s directed to a specific person within the Plan The Day tool is emailed directly to a professional’s personal email, alerting them in real-time. They can choose to respond from their own email and even delete after responding. The tool automatically saves all emailed conversation, allowing wedding professionals to de-clutter their personal inboxes. Plan The Day has recognized the frustration in searching for that one email a client or vendor has sent over and has made it easy to pull up key information within the platform’s conversation log.

Securely backup and share documents that can be public or private

The only thing messier than several email threads is keeping track of documents (contracts, photos, etc.) – and knowing who has access to them. The Plan The Day tool has been built with the functionality for documents to be securely stored and made public or private to specific people. This customized solution cuts down on emails and also relieves the task of wedding professionals keeping track of several documents required of each client. There’s even a Dropbox integration, making it even easier to use and manage.


Share and delegate tasks to team members and/or clients to track accountability

For wedding professionals with team members, Plan The Day has the capability for tasks to be assigned within the tool, allowing everyone to keep track of current projects’ statuses and hold each other accountable. This is all done through a professional’s workspace task tab, which clearly states the task, when it was created, and to whom it’s assigned. The workspace also has the ability for users to set reminders and alerts.

Team members can be easily added to projects and tasks, and with project summaries and progress easily visible, it cuts time tremendously in on-boarding a new member. Users can also easily create new tasks within Plan The Day and organize them based on which project they belong to, removing the hurdle of sifting through folders and managing through execution.


Plan The Day has the functionality to eliminate annoyances, timely tasks, and most importantly, grow business. The solution is built with growth in mind, with tools that scale to a wedding professional’s size of business, making the rapid growth they aim for smooth and manageable. It all starts with a foundation that eliminates potential hurdles for growth and revenue, that’s why Plan The Day has built a tool that solves for planners and vendors’ biggest pain points.

Learn how to apply these time-saving tips for bigger profits!

Plan The Day co-founder and president Cristina Goebel and national celebrity planner Angela Proffitt will be hosting a free webinar on January 28 at 6pmPST/9pmEST on to discuss more tips and solutions for wedding planners and vendors, and you can check out a teaser as well on January 28 @Eventsbyap on Periscope at 12pmPST/3pmEST.

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Member Spotlight: Courtney Colbert with Sahm's Atrium and Catering



Courtney Colbert

Marketing and Events Director 

Sahm's Atrium and Catering

Sahm's Catering and Restaurant


  1.       What is your title and position at your current company? 

Marketing & Events Director at Sahm’s Atrium and Catering. 

  1.      What does your company do? How is it different than others like it? 

We are a full service venue and catering company. We are different since we have a family of restaurants around the city. Many people are familiar with our food, but do not know we do large scale events in our own venue or can travel to various locations throughout our lovely city and beyond. 

  1.      How many years have you been in the industry? 

I started with Posh Petals in 2007. I made the move to venue/sales in 2013.

  1.      What was your very first job? 

I worked for Broad Ripple Tan in high school. It was not a good fit since I did not tan. People grow weary of a pale tanning bed attendant.

  1.      What lead you in into the event industry? 

I have always been involved in various groups that plan social events. After many years and positions in the service/event industry it just sort of naturally evolved into a career.

  1.      Why did you decide to join ISES? 

Network opportunities, access to seasoned pros and ability to help educate myself further in this industry

  1.      What are you looking to gain out of our ISES membership and how can we help you achieve that?

I joined the Strategic Partnership Board and hope to continue to grow as an active member of ISES. Looking forward to helping shape the event industry in Indianapolis.

  1.     What is your most memorable event? Why? 

Tough questions. 

1. My junior prom was one of the first events I ever planned (almost 15 years ago!). Our tasting at the Westin downtown felt so fancy. Everyone raved about the party and I loved knowing I helped make it a success.

2. Super Bowl at Posh, we participated in various events with lots of BIG names. The Direct TV party at Victory Field was so grand. It was crazy to think what normally happens there vs. Katy Perry preforming to hundreds of celebrities.

9.     What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 

I collect coffee mugs from places I have visited and have them on display in my house above my coffee bar. 

   10.     If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job? 

A Traveling Surf Instructor.



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PACE Awards - Did you know?


The PACE Awards are a catalyst for personal potential and professional growth. Awards help to gain recognition for your talents and strengthen your personal brand while vastly improving your chances for success. You'll have the recognition platform to earn company and client acknowledgement, increase marketability, and receive local industry buzz about you and your company!

Did you know?


You can submit a PACE Award for any event you were a part of in 2015. You just have to me listed as a member before December 31, 2015. Entries for any category are open to 2015 ISES Indiana Chapter Members.


You can submit a PACE Award for any event that occurred between January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015.


All awards are anonymous to maintain fairness across the chapter.


The ISES Indiana PACE Awards will be judged by ISES Members from a variety of chapters across North America. The judges have been selected based on their specialty and will only judge those categories they are professionals in.


You can submit a PACE Award for the same event into more than one category.


That once you submit a PACE Award, you are really close to having all you need in place to submit your event for an International Espirit Award.


A category for Best Specialty Dessert or Cake has been added this year.


A category for Best Specialty Drink/Mixology has been added this year.


A category for Best Stations/Buffet has been added this year.


A category for Best Table Top Design has been added this year.


A category for Best Use of Space has been added this year.


A category for Best Public Event has been added this year.


A category for Best Floral Design has been added this year.


Many of the budget levels were changed or omitted this year.


As a member of ISES Indiana, you are highly encouraged to submit an award nomination this year.


To submit a nomination, it is a lot easier, less over-whelming and takes less time this year.

How you submit a PACE Award you may ask:

Entry Details

Can I include my company name or logo?
DO NOT include entrant names, team member names, company names or logos, or client names in your entry (including all text, support materials, collateral, invitations, invoices, etc.). Please note: If a client logo appears in a photograph or video, it is acceptable. The judges do not expect those to be blurred out. However, the file names for collateral uploaded should be scrubbed clean of names. ALL ENTRIES THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THIS RULE WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

Are the entries anonymous?
In order to maintain fairness in the judging process, the PACE Awards are entirely anonymous and completely an online process.

Who judges the awards?
In order to maintain complete fairness, judging for the PACE Awards will be an online process and judged by ISES members from a variety of chapters in North America. The judges have been selected based on their specialty and expertise in the award categories. In general, the entries will be judged on:

    • How well the event met its objectives.
    • Originality and creativity of the event, product, or services.
    • Execution of the event.
    • Integration of support collateral materials.
    • The quality of the event, attention to detail, and concept.
    • Any challenges that were presented and overcome. 

What is important to know when submitting the budget for an event?
Any category name that includes a monetary element will require a budget. Those with a budget required will find it on the entry form. It is important to understand the retail value of all items used, including donated, sponsored, and inventory items, must be included. 

Will my entry be saved?
Unfortunately, the online system DOES NOT currently have the capability to save draft entries. It is strongly recommended that each entry be created in a word processing document to insure you have a copy.

How much is the entry?
Each entry costs $75. An online invoice will be sent from the Chapter Administrator to you once your entry has been submitted. You may pay by credit card or check.

What are team entries?
A team entry can be entered when three or more individuals or companies were instrumental in planning an event. Everyone must be from different companies, and all entrants MUST be current ISES members. Every company or individual that is participating in the team entry must pay the primary entrant the $75 fee. 

When are the entries due?
Online entries must be completed by midnight EST Friday, February 18, 2016. They may be submitted at any point leading up to the deadline.

How will I know if I am nominated?
The nominees in each category will be notified no later than Wednesday, April 6th.

What if I have questions?
If you have questions about the process, or run into problems, please send an email to:

So now what?
Evaluate your events from the past year. What were your biggest challenges, and how did you overcome them?  What were the most rewarding and successful events for your business? Use those events as your inspiration to enter for a PACE Award in 2016. 

Check out the Award Categories and Descriptions Here:

2016 PACE Categories and Descriptions

As Effie Trinket said in Hunger Games, "May the odds be ever in your favor."

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Behind the Scenes with Sabrina Hans - 2016 Wedding Luncheon


Sabrina Hans Events is the premier South Asian Event Planning company in the Midwest. 

Every bride dreams of her wedding for years. Sabrina Hans Events is known for making those dreams come true. South Asian weddings are known for their elaborate celebrations, religious traditions and deeply rooted customs. The wedding planning process itself can be quite challenging, but at SHE, we help make that process easier. 

SHE customizes every event to best represent your style, personality and taste. Most importantly, however, you and your family are able to enjoy one of the biggest days in your life and cherish the wonderful memories with those that you love. From the ceremony to cocktails, dinner to dancing, from wine to the last bite of cake, SHE focuses on every detail to make your dream come true.

Enjoy a little sneak peek from Sabrina Hans:

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

My company specializes in South Asian Events - we were the premier planners in the Midwest for the South Asian community 

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

Planning events was a hobby which fortunately turned into a profession

I have been in the field for 18 years now 

3.       What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

All of my events are so unique from one another that they are all memorable and impactful 

4.       What is one thing people do not know about you?

That I am very spiritual 

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



Come meet Sabrina Hans are our 2016 Wedding Luncheon on February 17th at 11:30 am at the Omni Severin!  Hope to see you there! 

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Event Re-Cap: What Did You Learn - November Education Intensive

EVENT RE-CAP: November Education Intensive

November 18, 2015

Thank you to all who attended our November Education Intensive! We would also like to thank our host, The Meeting House at the Village of WestClay, for providing us with a beautiful venue!  It was a wonderful and educational event with amazing speakers - Jodi Collins, CSEP, Jill Moran, CSEP, and Aaron Kaufman, CSEP.

Our first speaker was Jodi Collins, CSEP, ISES International President, and Director of Event & Conference Planning, Augsburg College. In her role at Augsburg, Jodi and her team plan and manage over 400 events that happen on campus including Homecoming, Commencement, fundraising galas, student events and speaking engagements/performances by visiting dignitaries and celebrities such as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, United States President Jimmy Carter, Senator Hillary Clinton, F.W. DeKlerk, Their Majesties the King & Queen of Norway, and hip hop artist Macklemore.

The next speaker was Aaron Kaufman, CSEP and President of the Fifth Element Group.  Aaron Kaufman’s dedication to pushing the envelope with Fifth Element Group has created some amazing results for many corporations, foundations and charities. Aaron’s use of new and innovative methods, materials and elements has led to many industry awards and nominations for Fifth Element Group. Whether it’s the closing of Advertising Week in Canada, launch events for Disney or NHL Pro Am Drafts for Scotiabank, Aaron’s designs are highly sought after – flawless and always exceptional!

Lastly, Jill Moran, CSEP and Owner and President of jsmoran special events and Executive Director at the Special Events Institute took the stage as our final speaker.  A 20-year veteran of the special events industry, Jill Moran is a seven-time nominee for industry awards and a five-time recipient. In 2003, jsmoran was awarded for Best ISES Team Effort for an event created for the Sheraton Commander in Cambridge, MA and in 2011 for the 175th Anniversary Gala created for Family Service of Greater Boston. In 2005 and in 2010 she was awarded Best Industry Contribution for her books, How to start a Home-based Event Planning Business and How to Start A Home-based Wedding Planning Business (Globe Pequot Press) and in 2011 for the Special Events Institute.

ISES attendees were asked to share what they learned at the Education Intensive.  This is what was shared:

 I learned... 

1 - Some great ways (questions to ask) to gather more information from a client when they say "they do not have a budget" 

2 - Some differences between design and decor 

3 - Some effective ways to communicate/work with people in a younger demographic

Laura Lim, Owner/Principal Designer, eventfull planning

I learned...

Jodi Collen:

I enjoyed the unique perspective on the Gen X, Y & Z!  I loved the info on how to keep good millennials and keep the Generation Z's, especially as baby boomers will be leaving the workplace.  It was eye-opening to think about the perspective of each of our employees in the workplace from each of the different generations and how to handle each generation differently.  It was a great way to remember as a boss or supervisor to meet people in the middle and give people the little things that make them happier in the workplace that you can afford to give on.  Being honest and encouraging so you have successful relationships within the workplace that retain those great workers you want to keep, but also being able to encourage training for your employees to see the broader world and know that they should eventually move on to a further job.  Betting the growth for everyone in the long run to being the best company and having employees that are constantly growing. 

 Aaron Kaufman:

I loved the inspiration from Aaron.  He explored the definition of the Decorator vs. the Designer.  He pushed us all a little out of our comfort zone to push us all to be Designers!  Doing things that were inspiring to ourselves and others.  He wanted us all to do things that people couldn't re-create with an of our professions within the industry.  He encouraged us all to put our own spin on things and do research to find the newest and coolest things that pushed us to our creative limits. 

Jill Moran:

It was great to hear Jill's perspective about the SWOT Analysis and turning passion into profit.  I liked her exploring the Marketing, Budgeting & Presenting topics.  It was interesting to ask the client, "Has this been done before?" when addressing their event and asking how that experience was in your initial inquiry to the client. 

Kristin Hornberger, Kristin Hornberger Photography

I learned...

- I loved having three keynote speakers vs breakout sessions.
- I thought having three key leaders across ISES Int'l was very impressive.
- I learned more than I thought Ii could about the different generations and how to work with them, sell to them, etc.
- Decor vs Design...I get it now.

Tiffany Stoner, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

It was a spectaular event filled with great food, stunning, venue and so much education.  We hope to see you at the next Educational Intensive!  For now, enjoy some beautiful pictures of the event!








Join us January 20th at Indiana Landmarks Center for our monthly luncheon! 


Thank you to our host, The Meeting House at The Village of WestClay

The Meeting House at The Village of WestClay

 Thank you to our sponsors!

     Jacquie's Gourmet Catering 

     Aadvanced Limousines

     KB Design

     Chair Covers & Linens

     Evans Audio Visual

     A Classic Party Rental

     Aimed Photography


Thank you to our Speaker Sponsors!

     Aadvanced Limousines

     Accent Indy

     Forum Conference and Events Center

     Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

     Jim Cerone, a Perfect Host

     Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

     Plan The Day

     Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel




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November Education Intensive Speaker Spotlight: Sarah Sparks with FORUM Conference & Events Center



Sarah Sparks

Manager, Conference & Events Center

FORUM Conference & Events Center 

FORUM Conference & Events Center  


  • What is your title and position at your current company? 

Manager, Conference & Events Center

  • What does your company do? What makes it unique/special?

FORUM Conference & Events Center is a premier venue in the Fishers area.  We offer services for corporate, wedding and other social events.  New to 2016, FORUM added wedding coordination services to all wedding packages.  Our wedding coordination services give clients the comfort of knowing that set-up/tear-down, vendor communication, and day-of coordination will be taken off their shoulders.  With no exclusive caterer, FORUM is able to allow flexibility in selecting what matches both the client’s budget and taste.  Clients can either choose from our list of preferred caterers that know our space and have proven their reliability and quality, or bring in their own licensed caterer for a fee. 

  • How many years have you been in the industry? 

Almost 7 years - 5.5 years at the Indiana University Alumni Association and almost 1.5 years at the FORUM Conference & Events Center

  • What lead you in into the event industry? 

I kind of stumbled into the industry.  I graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice hoping to either be in the FBI or an attorney.  Upon graduation, I had no desire to go to law school, so I began my career working for the Attorney General's Office.  After a few years in this field, I knew it was not the right fit for me – so I applied for a position at IU as an event coordinator, was given the job, and fell in love with planning and hosting events. 

  • What is your most memorable event? Why? 

My most memorable event was a wedding I helped plan last January.  The bride and groom came to me with a very short time frame.  The bride’s father had terminal cancer, so they wanted to push up the wedding date in order for him to not only attend the wedding but walk his daughter down the aisle.  The wedding was planned in 3 short months and it was beautiful!  The night had such an emotional feel to it – you could feel the love in the room!  The bride’s father passed away exactly a month after the wedding – but his memory will live on in that evening.

  • What’s one thing most people don’t know about you or your business? 

About me - Along with wanting to be in the FBI or an attorney, I also contemplated joining the Marines as an officer after college.

About FORUM - We can host any event you can dream up - from corporate to birthday parties to engagement parties - FORUM can help you plan any event! With our wedding package - while the guests enjoy cocktail hour in our beautiful foyer, our team can flip from the ceremony to the reception all in the same space. 

  • If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?

Most definitely in the FBI or the military.

  • What exciting things does your company have in store for 2016?

We are really looking forward to our new wedding coordination services package.  I feel as a venue if a bride does not have a coordinator for her wedding, it is easier on everyone if we step in and take some of those tasks off her shoulders! 

  • Favorite thing about being an ISES member?

I love being on the board and seeing my ISES family on a regular basis.  That is how I feel ISES is to me – one big, happy family!  I also love meeting new event industry professionals and sharing wonderful ideas with each other!   


Thank you to Sarah Sparks with FORUM Conference & Events Center for being a speaker sponsor for our November Education Intensive!  We would not have been able to have such amazing speakers without your support!



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