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Down on the Farm - Indy Urban Acres Farm

         ISES Volunteers at                 Indy Urban Acres Farm

September 21, 2015

Indy Urban Acres Farm's Tyler Gough presented earlier this year at the ISES Luncheon on March 27th.  At that event, ISES members and guests were asked to sign up for a volunteer shift at the farm.   

For those of you who do not know what Indy Urban Acres Farm is - it is an 8-acre organic farm that donates 100% of the fresh fruits and vegetables harvested to local food pantries through a partnership with Gleaners Food Bank.  If you would like to volunteer, everyone is welcome the first Saturday of each month from 9 am-noon for open volunteering.  Along with growing wonderful food - during the summer, Indy Urban Acres hosts Indy Parks day camps and other groups for tours and educational programming.  

Sarah Sparks, Rachelle Wood, and Paige Ellenberger all from FORUM Conference & Events Center attended the volunteer shift. They helped the farm gear up for their Second Annual Farmraiser that will be happening on September 26th.  The ISES team, along with Tyler, and two other farm employees raked 50 yards of mulch to make a beautiful walkway.  Hope to see you out on the farm someday!  











Thank you to Tyler Gough for allowing us to come and spend the morning with Indy Urban Acres Farm!

Indy Urban Acres Farm

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Indy Urban Acres Farm




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Event Re-Cap: A Night at the Races!

EVENT RE-CAP: September Event

September 16, 2015

Thank you to all who attended our September evening event! We would also like to thank our host, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, for providing us with an outstanding venue!  It was a fun night filled with food, drinks, and races!  Many won races, and many lost, but fun was had by all!

This ISES Indiana event started with networking among event specialists followed by a wonderful spread of appetizers provided by our host and their award winning culinary team.  Thank you to Aadvanced Limousines, Chair Covers & Linens, Ian Borgerhoff Photography, and Royal Creations for everything that was provided to make this event spectacular. 

As the night continued, we received a wonderful lesson on racing by the very knowledgeable Rachel McLaughlin, Racing Commentator for the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino.  As an avid rider and horse owner herself, Rachel started as an intern with Hoosier Park, now known as Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, in 2010.  Rachel has been on both ESPN and HRTV, and continues to build a solid foundation of racing knowledge.

We hope to see you at the next event on October 28th at the Ritz Charles, but for now - enjoy the pictures from the our night at the races!




Thank you to our host, Indiana Grand Racing & Casino!

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

 Thank you to our sponsors!

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

Aadvanced Limousines

Chair Covers & Linens Inc.

Ian Borgerhoff Photography

Royal Creations




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Event Re-Cap: August Monthly Luncheon

EVENT RE-CAP: August Monthly Luncheon

August 20, 2015

Thank you to all who attended our August monthly luncheon! We would also like to thank our host, Indianapolis Museum of Art, for providing us with an amazing venue and the chance to network with old friends as well as make some new friends too!

This ISES Indiana members-only event started with networking among event specialists followed by a fabulous lunch provided by Kahn's Catering.  Thank you to A Classic Party Rental, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography and cs Accoutrements. 

Next up came our fabulous speaker, Albert Winks.  Through Albert's personal stories of combat time as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot he discussed how to help us event specialists conquer our Mt. Everest. He helped answer the question, How can we get from where we are now to where we want to be and plant our flag of success.

Weren't able to attend?  That's okay!  A wonderful take away from this lunch:

( 5 ) steps to conquering your Mt. Everest - 

1. Plan

2. Prepare

3. Perform

4.  Debrief

5. Evolve/Enjoy Success

Thank you to our host, Indianapolis Museum of Art!

 Thank you to our sponsors!

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Kahn's Catering 

A Classic Party Rental 

Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

cs accoutrements




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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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ISES President, Kristin Hornberger has something to say!

Check out this video message from our current ISES President, Kristin Hornberger!

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Member Spotlight: Craig Sterler, Sterler Productions Inc.



Craig Sterler

CEO & Owner

Sterler Productions Inc. 

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

I have many titles “The Technically Creative Guy”, “Event Therapist”, “Executive Problem Solver” or if I have to be serious, the CEO and Owner (but I don’t really believe in titles)  


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

Sterler Productions is an industry leader in audio/visual and event design. We create and execute memorable, flawless events. Our success is a direct result of our straight forward approach to plan, execute and deliver VALUE. We believe in taking the time and effort to be there for our clients in every aspect of their event. 

3.  What lead you in into the event industry and how long in the industry? 

When I was 12 there was a mother on the PTA who owned an event company and allowed me to assist her part time, which is how I fell in love with event design almost 28 years later we still collaborate on events. From there, I had the fortunate opportunity to create a long lasting relationship with Hewlett Packard and that is how I became involved in the audio/visual side of the business and began to form my own company.         

4.  What is your most memorable event? Why? 

My most memorable event was a high school graduation party in Southampton, New York that I produced for 140 kids. I had a $750,000 budget which was absolutely ridiculous. Charter buses, charter flights on the fathers Gulfstream, going to buy a brand-new BMW five series for his daughter because he didn't think the party was enough. Really. We had armed mercenaries, not security patrolling the perimeter of the property because most of the kids were Senators and high-level political figures offspring. We had a fireworks show by Grucci which was breathtaking to say the least. Every aspect of the event was top-notch flowers, decor, food, concert level audiovisual. The most impressive part of the event was that I planned and executed in less than three weeks, flawlessly.

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

I have 3 wonderful children, Madison (10), Max (5) and Harley (my Rottweiler). (You can throw my dad in there too, if you want) :)

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

I'd like to be a stay-at-home dad.


7.    Why did you decide to join ISES? 

I really was just looking for a way to spend more time with Jason Ryan, but seriously I wanted to begin networking with quality event professionals in the area.

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

I am looking to gain a close knit network of event professionals that can collaborate and use each other's resources to create some of the most impactful special events in the industry. I think the best way that you could help me achieve that is to create a true networking event similar format of BNI with a little taste of speed dating. I think that our organization definitely has its clicks and we tend to talk to the same people and sit near the same people at every event. It would be interesting have 10 to 15 minutes to talk to one potential planner or vendor that you might never approach at an event learn about them and their business and then have the opportunity to move and speak to more as you rotate around the room.

9.   Feel free to add other information that will help get to know your business better.

Sterler Productions is unique and has evolved and continues to evolve with every event that we do. We as a team love to learn, share and grow not only as a company but individually, hey I even wore a button-down dress shirt to the last meeting and everybody noticed lol. let's just face it we are in one of the most stressful industries so much rides on our decisions, even though they are not life or death they are extremely important to our clients. I firmly believe that having a positive attitude and a sense of humor is a huge role in creating a less stressful environment for our clients which in turn creates a positive atmosphere and helps create the flawless 


10. How can other ISES members contact you? 


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