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Give Back :: Jewelry Exchange Drop-Off Locations Announced!

ISES, central Indiana’s largest special event trade organization, will host a charity jewelry exchange showcase during their May 28th luncheon being held at the soon-to-be opened Canal 337. Attendees may make jewelry purchases during the cocktail hour and immediately following the luncheon.  The May luncheon will also serve as a drop-off time/location for the ongoing Dress for Success Indianapolis / ISES Indiana suit drive.  Please help us give back and help this amazing cause!  


Just Announced :: There Will Be (2) Drop-Off locations for Jewelry Donations to help in our campaign to help Dress for Success.  

Donations will be accepted every Wednesday leading up to the Luncheon from March 26, 2014 to May 21, 2014 from 10 AM to 1 PM.  

Drop-Off Location #1:  North Indianapolis:
A Classic Party Rental (Onsite Contact: Gina Glas)
1333 East 86th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240

Drop-Off Location #2:  Downtown Indianapolis:
Scottish Rite Cathedral (Onsite Contact: Katie McHone-Jones)
650 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

  More Info & Jewelry Donation Form  

A huge thank you to Katie at the Scottish Rite and Gina at A Classic for their willingness to accept donations.  Thank you to everyone for the support in our campaign to help Dress for Success!!!

Sincerely, your ISES Indiana Board of Directors

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Member Spotlight - Jason Ryan - AMS Entertainment

  What is your title and position at your current  company? 
         Event Sales Manager at AMS Entertainment (not the  owner!)
 What does your company do? How is it different than others like it?
         AMS Entertainment started in 1984 as a DJ company. The owner of our company (Slade Smith) wanted to provide an exceptional service personalized to each clients unique expectations. All of our staff go through a certified training program unlike anything in the DJ industry. Over the years we have grown into one of the largest entertainment companies in the state. We now offer DJs, MCs, Video DJs, Photo Booths, A/V Rentals & Lighting, Game Shows, Team building, Airbrush Tattoos, Casino Parties, and our newest service Racing2Go; virtual racing simulators.   
How many years have you been in the industry?  
         10 years. I started with AMS right out of college in 2003 as a part time DJ while managing a jewelry store. While in college, I did help create a large 2 day music festival called SpringFest at the University of Southern Indiana. It was the largest event USI had ever seen and was the first time USI ever had a national act play on campus. We had a carnival, food vendors, a car show and of course, 2 days of music. I was in charge of creating the main stage, finding and  contracting with multiple bands and acts (including Jennie Devoe, Blessed Union of Souls, and others), and working with the tech crew. 
What was your very first job?  Grounds crew at a pay-to-fish lake. My job was to come in on Saturday and Sunday morning and clean up all of the junk that fishermen leave behind. People use some pretty gross stuff as bait! And there were always dead fish. I had to pull the dead fish out of the lake and bury them. I’m not talking small fish either. Typically they were 5-10lb bass. That job didn’t last long!
What lead you in into the event industry?
          I would have to say that my time spent working on SpringFest at USI is what gave me a taste for the event Industry. I loved building an event from the ground up and watching the attendees having fun and enjoying themselves. I graduated with a degree in Interpersonal Organizational Communications with a plan to go to graduate school for Student Development in Higher Education. At that time, I thought my only way to be able to plan events was as an advisor at a university. It wasn’t until I was hired on with AMS that I realized there was a entire industry surrounding special events.
  Why did you decide to join ISES?
          I have been a member of a few other industry related organizations over the years and never really found a good fit for myself or AMS. When I came to my first ISES meeting (after a push from a few good friends in the industry) I could see that this was an organization that could not only benefit the company I work for, but also me as an individual. I have met some great people, created wonderful friendships, and strengthened many business relationships. I do feel that if you are going to join an organization like ISES, you have to get involved. I have enjoyed my last couple years on the ISES board and am really looking forward to being your president next year.
What are you looking to gain out of our ISES membership and how can we help you achieve that?
        My job is to help others create successful events by providing our expert services with exceptional customer service. ISES has given us the opportunity to network and work with so many wonderful people in our community and we are always looking for more new connections and other people we can help.
What is your most memorable event? Why?
        I have had the true pleasure to be a part of some amazing events and (more specifically) weddings. It is always an honor for me to be asked to DJ at the wedding of another event professional which I have had the pleasure of doing a lot over the last few years. But I will say that my most memorable event that I was a part of would have to be my own wedding to my beautiful wife. It wasn’t over the top with amazing food or lavish décor (though the DJ was awesome J). What made it special was that I was surrounded by my closest friends and family and for the first time, since we started dating in high school, I got to call the girl of dreams my wife.
 What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
    I am color blind. Not completely though. I have a slight Red-green vision deficiency.
If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?
       Since I was 5 years old, I always wanted to be an actor. I loved the idea of taking on a different persona every time you walked on stage or in front of a camera.
Feel free to add other information that will help get to know your business better.
      We are very excited about our newest venture of Racing2Go virtual racing simulators. They are great for holiday parties and in conjunction with Casino parties for those that don’t want to “gamble.” Of course, we are really looking forward to May.

Feel free to contact Jason at:  or call:  317-578-3548


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Call for ISES Indiana Chapter Nominations!



Call for Chapter Nominations

Respond by

April 22, 2014







To:                   ISES Indiana Members

From:               Chapter Nominating Committee

Re:                   Call for Nominations/Application

It is time to begin the election process to choose those leaders who will guide and direct the ISES Indiana for the next 12 months, beginning on July 1, 2014.  In accordance with our Bylaws and election guidelines, the Nominating Committee sends this “Call for Nominations” and Application to you to encourage you to nominate for consideration any individual who you feel would be an asset to ISES Indiana in a leadership position.

Please review the nomination election guidelines.  We urge you to respond on the form that follows.  The deadline for nominations is April 22, 2014.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to give input to the Nominating Committee.


Please return the Call for Nominations form to ISES Indiana Past-President and Member Jim Cerone via email to or mail to We Do! Professional Centre, 9941 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN  46038, Attn:  Jim Cerone. 

DEADLINE FOR RETURN:                     April 22, 2014


Nomination Application Form

Chapter Election Policies

Chapter Election Calendar

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ISES Indiana Wedding Luncheon at the JW Marriott

ISES Indiana rocked it with an amazing presentation of wedding and event trends from the very talented and beautiful Debi Lilly from A Perfect Event.

The luncheon was the perfect blend of fun and education and WOW did our sponsors create a spectacular event.  



We all had a blast and know that events like this would not be possible without all of you.  These events would not be possible without talented individuals like our sponsors, venues, members and guests! 

Thank you so much to our fabulous sponsors!!

JW Marriott

BBJ Linen

Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

Classic Cakes

WOW Factors

McNamara Florist

A Classic Party Rental

Markey's Audio Visual

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Member Spotlight :: Kristin Hornberger - Kristin Hornberger Photography

What is your title and position at your current company?   Kristin Hornberger, Owner and Photographer for Kristin Hornberger Photography.  Wife to Dean and mom to Owen (almost 4) and Gracie (2 & 1/2). 
What does your company do? How is it different than others like it?    I am Capturing Love Stories!  I love and feel honored to be a part of wedding photography. For me, it's about capturing the love story! Capturing those special moments that tell the story of the day . . . moments of the bride walking down the aisle, the emotions of the families watching the newlyweds, the first dances with family, etc. There are so many things going on that day and my photography team and I are passionate about capturing the essence and uniqueness of the day.  I love taking the time to get to know my clients, their personalities and love becoming friends.  I want to create a memorable and fun experience where they are taken care of from the beginning, during and for years to come.  I am so lucky to be able to do what I do;  I get to photograph people in love on their big day and capture all the details, people and emotions of the wedding love story.
How many years have you been in the industry?  I have been in the event industry for twenty years.   

What was your very first job?  First job ever?  Babysitting.  I do credit my amazing mom for where I got my hard-working work ethic as she is an amazing example and showed my two early age to be generous and hard working.  First real job?  I started at Ritz Charles when I was 15 years old.  I learned all aspects of customer service, the event industry and business from my many years of experience there.  I went from being a buffet runner, event server event manager during college to working in the sales office and planning events after graduating from college.  I was with Ritz Charles until I decided to continue my pursue and build my photography business full-time.  
What lead you in into the event industry?  I loved the wedding industry from the first time I was a part of the weddings!  My event experiences have been such a huge part of my life and such a big part of what made me who I am today.  I loved working hard, being creative, noticing the small details, taking care of clients and all of the excitement.  The wedding experiences and my love of photography came together!  I have had a camera in my hand since I was a little girl.  I loved learning from a few fellow photographers/mentors that I looked up to in the business when I first started my business and beyond.  Behind my camera, I love being a part of those special moments, seeing it all come together and being able to capture those moments in time forever.  

Why did you decide to join ISES?  I met Ms. Sarah Hines (Current ISES Indiana President) when I photographed an event and loved worked with Accent on Indianapolis.  She was amazing, fun and I loved her energy and respected her so much.  Sarah and Shannon with Accent contacted me to see if I was an ISES Member after the event and asked for my approval to use my photos for a PACE Award.  And I remember thinking, "What is ISES?"  My husband, Dean, and I came to an ISES Indiana Progressive Dinner that was fabulous, fun and that was it . . . I was hooked and have been an ISES Indiana Member ever since!  I got involved by joining the PACE Award Event Committee, attended the PACE Awards event and got to see what the awards were all about.  I knew and made it a priority that following year I had to enter one of the PACE Awards!  I was honored to be asked to be a part of the ISES Indiana Board and have enjoyed the board members and friendships that have developed.  Recently I saw the whole process come full circle as I felt myself talking about ISES and trying to get new members involved.  I do believe that getting involved in ISES has been the most rewarding and best decision for my business and life.  
What are you looking to gain out of our ISES membership and how can we help you achieve that?  ISES has become a great way for me to feel connected and involved in the Indianapolis event community.  I have loved the networking and friendships that I have gained from my ISES Membership.  I have also enjoyed the education and learning from those around me as well.  I feel blessed to be able to surround myself with those colleagues that I look up to, admire and am gaining knowledge and friendships from them along the way.
What is your most memorable event? Why?  During my tenure with the event community, I am so thankful to have been a part of so many fabulous events.  For obvious reasons, it is amazing to be back at Ritz Charles now as a photographer in a venue that I grew up and was such a huge part of for so many years.  The "most memorable" events would probably be the Ritz Charles events at Hilbert Mansion that were always over the top and impressive in every way.  From the amazing details, gorgeous floral arrangements, celebrities, gourmet foods, complete planning of every detail down to all the coordination of staff involved.  It showed me the high-end event world and the type of events I wanted to be a part of.  It is fun now being at Lucas Oil Mansion (formally known as the Hilbert Mansion) for wedding photos and also going back to take photos of Mr. & Mrs. Lucas on the property that brings back so many memories.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?   I had trouble just picking one thing that people may or may not know about me.  Depending on who you are, you usually know at least one of these!
  1. I have a Twin Sister, Shannon.  We are fraternal twins and I loved getting to have a "buddy" always growing up.  She still continues to be my partner-in-crime and always the one that I turn to when I need advice, help or fun!   
  2. Growing up, I always thought I wanted to be a teacher. 
  3. My degree is from Purdue University at IUPUI in Applied Mathematics.  People usually have strong feeling about math (whether good or bad) and are usually surprised that my degree is in Math!
  4. I have a huge sweet tooth.
  5. I love to draw.  All through junior high and high school, I took tons of drawing classes.  My favorite medium was colored pencils.  Those art techniques and lessons are still ones that I use in my photography.
  6. My minor was in Spanish and I studied oversees in Spain by staying with a Spanish family for six weeks.  What a great experience!
  7. I love our families.  With busy lives, I wish I could spend more time with our parents, siblings and in-laws!!  I cherish our family get-togethers and vacations.
  8. I am a night owl and tend to get lots done when others are sleeping.
  9. I played volleyball until my junior year and played basketball up until my senior year of highschool.  
  10. Dean and I just moved to a farm and we live out in the country and can't wait for all that brings for our family.
If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?  I really do love what I do!  I feel blessed and love seeing the wedding and events come together.  I love trying to blend all of the aspects of my life with being a great wife, mom and business-woman!  So I think I would have my same "jobs" and my dream "skill" would to always be able to balance it all and do it all!  But I am definitely enjoying my family, my life and taking lots of photographs along the way!  

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS :: ISES Indiana is Collecting Women's Business Suits For Dress for Success at PACE!




Donating Items to Dress for Success Indianapolis.  They gladly welcome donations of new and gently used items to help us suit our clients! Donations should be professional, conservative and fall into the following categories:
  • Pant suits
  • Skirt suits
  • Dress slacks, skirts and blazers
  • Long- and short-sleeved blouses
  • Shoes in excellent condition that are flat or have low heels
  • Purses and briefcase
  • New hosiery
  • New cosmetics
  • Portfolio binders/padfolios
  • Conservative jewelry


Due to the needs of our clients and our space limitations we are unable to accept casual clothing, dressy clothes, evening wear, undergarments, open-toed shoes, bright colors, casual shoes or sandals.

Click Here for More Information about Dress for Success Indianapolis

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Member Spotlight - Vince Early - Thomas Caterers of Distinction

  What is your title and position at your current   company? 
         Director of Sales
 What does your company do? How is it different than others like it?
         We create memories that last a lifetime through a positive planning experience, innovative design, quality cuisine and exceptional service.   We believe that there are no other companies like us.  We pride ourselves on striving to be on the cutting edge of our industry. Our involvement in professional organizations such as ISES, MPI and the ICA provide the education that keeps us informed and motivated in all areas of our business.

How many years have you been in the industry?  
         I worked for Thomas  was in May of 1984, but I have been back in the Industry full time since 1998.
What was your very first job?
         McDonald's... Made it almost 3 months!
What lead you in into the event industry?
          Service is in my blood.  Either you love it or you don't.  There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction in celebrating life's moments with our clients both personally and professionally.
  Why did you decide to join ISES?
          Kelly and I were thrown into this business quickly and with no instruction manual.  The only way I knew was the Sue Thomas way.  Sue built this company from the ground up, but Kelly and I knew that if we were going to be successful we had to take the company to the next level.  I have an education background and feel that education is always the key to growth.  ISES was, and still is, a fantastic place to learn from fellow Event Professionals who are making memories for real people all over the country.  I got involved first on a local level, but was quickly educated by people like Anne Steiberg, Robert Sivek and Julia Rutherford Silvers to also get involved on a regional and national level.
What are you looking to gain out of our ISES membership and how can we help you achieve that?
        Education is the key to a strong chapter and strong membership.  If you look at the strongest ISES Chapters they have strong programs. Education makes strong Event Professionals and that's who I want to network with.
What is your most memorable event? Why?
        The very first event that won an ESPRIT.  It was a Peter Pan "Never-Grow-Up" theme for a 50th birthday party that I planned with my mentor, Sammy Dorfler.   Members of IRT were hired to act out scenes specifically written incorporating members of the guest list.  Each scene was accompanied by a food course corresponding with each theme.  I am forever grateful to Sammy and to ISES for putting TCOD on the national stage.
 What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
       I love to build things.  I built the bars and the Room Dividers at D'Amore. My next ambition is to learn the art of welding!
If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job?
       Iwould play Ukulele for a living in the Caribbean somewhere. 
Feel free to add other information that will help get to know your business better.
        TCOD has taken over Buggs Temple and will be opening in April as Canal 337!  Go to or for more details. 

Feel free to contact Vince at:

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