Event Planning

I’ve planned events for as few as ten and as many as 10,000, including an intimate and luxurious affair for a board of directors, and an over-the-top sales and marketing convention in New Orleans. I’ve also organized some of the following events:

  • trade shows
  • award banquets
  • cocktail parties
  • family-friendly activities
  • client appreciation events
  • educational workshops
  • large-scale holiday parties
  • employee appreciation events
  • internationally attended user conferences and associated events
  • charity events including music festivals, cook-offs, golf tournaments and silent auctions
  • product launches
  • press conferences
  • book signings

What I’ve Learned: One of my favorite experiences as marketing director for the University of North Texas Athletics Department was officially organizing, re-introducing and encouraging tailgating prior to home football games. From coordinating marketing materials, “explaining” what tailgating was and what it entailed, to arranging all the tents, food and entertainment in what we dubbed as the Mean Green Village. It was always a challenge, but so gratifying to see on my alma mater’s (and then employer’s) campus a sea of people wearing green, grilling, catching up with old friends and gearing up for the game. It wasn’t glamorous, and it was hard work, but to this day, I’m proud of what I (along with many, many others) was able to give to the community.