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ISES Indiana Midwest Regional Symposium

ISES Midwest Regional Symposium was an amazing day of education and networking at the The Forum Conference and Event Center!  The fabulous speakers shared impactful knowledge and experience!  There were many informative break out sessions to choose from.  Something for all attendees.  

Thank you so much to our sponsors and speaker sponsors!  With out you we could not have had such a successful and wonderful event with such phenomenal speakers!  

The Forum Conference and Event Center

Jacquie's Gourmet Catering 

Chair Covers & Linens 

Evan's Audio Visual 

KB Design

Nathaniel Edmunds Photography

Marriott Indianapolis Downtown

Bliss Event Design


Accent on Indianapolis, a DMC Network Company

Wow Factors

Three Sixty

We appreciate and thank all of our members and guests that shared in this wonderful education conference.   

Sincerely, your ISES Indiana Board of Directors

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ISES NOVEMBER 1st - 10th Membership Drive!

Join November 1st - 10th to save with the $50.00 Application Fee waived.  ISES Indiana chapter Membership Drive is will begin November 1st and end at 11:59 PM November 10th!! 

Apply online during our ISES Indiana chapter's membership drive and you will have the $50 application fee waived during the 10-day window. Once you select
"Indiana" as the chapter offering the membership drive a promo code box will appear next to the chapter box, type in the promo code 
exactly as it is shown below and when you checkout the application fee will be waived. The promotion code can also be written at the top of the attached manual application to waive the application fee. Please let know that the memberships will not be active until ISES National has processed their payment.

The membership drives are for new members only, being that the discount is having the application fee waived online. Lapsed members will need to call ISES HQ if they would like to use it to waive their reinstatement fee. This is not automatic as with the application fee.

Our ISES Indiana chapter drive promo code: INDY50 (all caps, no spaces)

Instructions to Soon-To-Be-Members would be:

  1. Join online
  2. Select Indiana as the chapter affiliation
  3. Enter the promo code exactly as it is shown above:  INDY50
  4. Proceed to checkout where the application fee will show as $0

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ISES Indiana Master's Dinner

The ISES Indiana Master's Dinner was an evening of fun, food and entertainment.  Bringing together over 60 industry leaders it was a chance to mix and mingle among those who have helped to shape what a 'special' event is in the Indianapolis area.  Masters of all kinds arrived at the home of L. Gene Huddleson to a delightful fall evening outdoor cocktail hour, followed by a call to dinner at sunset to a clear top tent to dine under the stars. 

A warm welcome from ISES Indiana President Sarah Hines started the evening followed with a quick thank you for the Education Conference Speakers and overview of what the following day held for attendees.

 The tent was a scene from a magazine with lush fall florals created in a mix of white pottery and wrought iron, navy suede and gray linen tablecloths matched with mohogany chairs and charger plates. 

The meal itself echoed the surroundings with a combination of flavors that delighted all.  The night finished with an open forum question and answer session that was led by Kari Strolberg, CSEP giving opportunity to voice any thoughts or questions to the entire group.

Thank you so much to all of our wonderful sponsors!  

Your hard work and dedication to your craft is amazing!!  Sincerely, your ISES Indiana Board of Directors

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Midwest Regional Symposium - Short Video of Highlights by Brass Tacks Events!

We all had a blast at last week's Midwest Regional Symposium at Forum Conference Center in Fishers.  Here is a fun video of a few highlights of the education and networking.  Thank you, Kevin Molesworth of Brass Tacks Events, for coming from Texas to speak and taking the time to prepare and share this video.  We all had a blast meeting you.  What a great conference.  Thanks to all of our speakers, sponsors, members and guests for making this event such a success.  Thanks, Kevin.  Sincerely, your ISES Indiana Board of Directions

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Thank You to our Midwest Regional Symposium Speakers!

2013 ISES Indiana Education Conference Speaker Spotlights

Thank you to our amazing speakers for the 10.8.13 Regional Midwest Symposium!  It was a wonderful full day of personal and professional development through education and networking that, as promised, delivered from every angle!  We appreciate all of our speakers taking the time (and many traveling long distances) to spend sharing their knowledge with us.  Thank you!

Below are a few of our wonderful 2013 Midwest Regional Symposium speakers:


Lauren Young is a two-time award winning author and the CEO and Founder
of Freshly Baked Communications (FBC). After working at the headquarters of
Kraft Foods in brand management, she started Freshly Baked Communications,
a brand marketing strategy + content writing firm to showcase her ability to create
memorable brands and her passion for writing.

“Stir – Achieving the Perfect Marketing Mix”, is the second installment the of
the Freshly Baked Communications series for marketing excellence. Her first
book, “Pour – Marketing Success Starts with the Right Ingredients” received
international acclaim and recognition as a marketing guide for startup
and experienced business owners. “Stir”, which will be followed by
“Watch” and “Serve” offers substantial and easy-to-understand advice to
consider when promoting a brand to leave a memorable and favorable
impression within your industry.

Lauren is the 2011 recipient of the Daily Herald Entrepreneurial Excellence
Award for an “Early Stage” business; she placed in the top 3% in the Google
Online Marketing Challenge; and received shiny Oscar-like statues from having
her creative work nominated for awards from both the Association of Marketing
Communication Professionals (AMCP) and the International Academy of the
Visual Arts (IAVA).

Lauren resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Laurence, and her
dog, Devereaux. •


Kevin Molesworth began his career with Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions and eventually became one of the busiest event designers in New York as well as an award-winning theatrical director/producer.  Kevin has produced events for Disney, Target, Major League Soccer, Make-A-Wish Foundation, iHeart Radio and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Join him at the 2013 ISES Indiana Education Conference October 8th and the Forum Conference and Events Center with a dynamic look at “Networking: The Best (and most cost-effective) Form of Marketing Your Business."


Mary Swaffield joined the OneWest Events Inc. team as the Director of Weddings in January of 2013, after 4 years running her own successful luxury wedding design + planning company. Her design & planning skills have been recognized on national + international stages: she is the recipient of several STAR Awards by the Canadian Event Industry, was honoured with a Gala Award by Special Events, (the first Canadian to receive a nomination in this category) and most recently was nominated for an Esprit Award. She has been a guest speaker for WPIC (Wedding Planners Institute of Canada) Canadian Special Events Expo (Toronto) and The Special Event (Chicago).  She will also be presenting two sessions at The Special Event this January in Nashville.  Mary is well-known for her passion, drive and commitment to elevating the wedding & events industry, as well as her no-holds-barred honesty and sense of humor.  Don’t miss her when she is town speaking at the ISES Indiana Education Conference. Register today!


Bill Kubiak is currently the General Manager of the Chicago AV office for Freeman Audio Visual. Prior to joining Freeman he spent a year and a half as Director of National Accounts for Swank Audio Visuals Event Services Division and 14 years at The Meetinghouse Companies as Vice President of Technical Operations. With over 20 years in the industry Bill brings innovation, experience, and knowledge to the table each and every time. Join him for a spectacular learning experience at the ISES Indiana Education Conference.


Chef Cade, with his wife Ingrid, run a multi-million dollar events business, with Catering by Design serving as the flagship. Staying true to their calling, they are building a business that is constantly creative in order to re-imagine your experience. One way they are achieving this is by thoughtfully considering how to serve delicious food for hundreds of people, sometimes within 20 minute windows, in ways that blow their minds. By cooking fresh on-site, from raw prepared ingredients, their guests are served flavorful, fresh food. In 2012, they served 120,938 guests with this mindset.  Chef Cade is an active participant in International Caterers Association and acts as Director of Events for Catersource® Magazine. He has coauthored two books with industry chefs for Catersource®, speaks at the annual conference, and frequently blogs about all things 


Crystal Grave is the President & CEO of  She is a seasoned business influencer, public speaker, strategic planning expert and avid social media maven. Her 15 years of branding, PR, marketing and sales experience have afforded her the opportunity to plan hundreds of events for anything from a handful of friends to more than 50,000 attendees. Join Crystal as she puts your marketing plan to work in an interactive jam packed session!


Tammy has twenty years of Sales and Marketing experience, including fifteen years working directly with Weddings and Special Events.  In her current role with Perfect Wedding Guide, she assists wedding and event professionals in finding the right advertising strategies and marketing solutions to help them meet defined business goals.  In addition to her professional experience, both as an events vendor and a marketing and sales manager, Tammy's newest title of "Bride" brings a fresh perspective to the marketing challenges facing both event professionals and consumers.  


Le Cordon Bleu trained chef & creator of Sage’s Simple Syrups, Ryan O’Neill has over 12 years of experience and is highly-regarded in the food industry. He has been an adventurist and foodie since the age of five when he created a grapefruit milkshake for his mother. This ultimately parlayed into a love affair with creating culinary inspired syrups.  Ryan decided to pursue his culinary dream in 2001 to attend the Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu. Ryan has worked in hotels and restaurants across the US, but is now happy to be Back Home Again in Indiana.


Jeremy Miner, COO and co-founder of Riley Jane Events and Design, has built his career providing excellence in all of his endeavors. With more than 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry Jeremy’s background provides a solid and knowledgeable backbone for his passion and excitement for every task he undertakes. Earning his Sommelier designation Jeremy was one of the youngest in world to achieve this status. Always on the cutting edge of mixology innovation Jeremy strives to provide a new and unique look at the food and beverage world.



Jamie has been passionate about leading sales teams and achieving great results for 25 years for both large and small companies, including Classic Party Rentals Chicago.  His current mission is to help three different startups in Denver move from product launch to success (he hopes!).  When not focusing on growing sales, Jamie spends his time fly fishing, rock climbing, and skiing in the Rockies.  


Barb stands 6’ tall with a personality to match, possesses eight years of experience in destination management, corporate meeting and event planning, embraces being forced out of her comfort zone, facing complex challenges and creating solutions, got her start in the floral business picking off “SOBs” (spent old buds) at her grandparents’ perennial farm in Michigan, considers music to be the heartbeat of her day, feeds her free spirit with the thrill of exotic travel adventures, loves the rush of the final, excitement leading up to the start of an event, cherishes the “a-ha” moment when everyone sees the big picture, always ends the day with a secret smile knowing a job well done.



Jim Bailey is a Senior Producer at The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc., a special event production company that specializes in production, corporate events, social events, and weddings.  The company has been acclaimed with many awards and has been recognized at “The Best of” in several categories by the readers of Illinois Meetings and Events Magazine for multiple years. Bailey has obtained several prestigious awards throughout his career.  These include the local ISES/NACE NICE awards, BizBash Award, and the esteemed ISES Esprit Award.  Bailey has served on the Illinois Meetings and Events magazine’s editorial advisory board.

Thank you again for making our 2013 Midwest Regional Symposium such a success!

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Join Today! ISES Membership Application

Why wait?  Quit making excuses and become a part of ISES.  It is an investment in YOU - both personally and professionally.  We wanted to share the ISES Membership Application Link to Join Today.  As ISES National is going through a complete re-branding and upgrading to their new website, please use the following application and return via mail or fax.  Please complete this application and fill out to become an ISES Member to start enjoying the benefits of your membership! 

Link to the ISES Membership Application

Thank you for your patience and understanding as both ISES National and ISES Indiana are both making strides to better the membership for all of our members for the future.  If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact

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