Event Design and Coordination
"The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away - Pablo Picasso"

Living in New England, I was moved by the historical relevance and how each generation contributed to the growth and transformation of the area.  Surrounded by different nationalities, religions, and ethnicities, I found a passion for the origin of traditions and how these influenced the milestones of a persons life. Every cultural element, from the music to the food, was exhilarating and inspired me to be involved in the process.  When I was invited to be a junior groomsmen at age 10 I knew that I loved planning events!

 

With the love of history and traditions, I found a niche in hospitality and events, where there were always opportunities to create new benchmarks inspired by cultural influences. In order to support this, I began my quest for knowledge of the building blocks including menu and theme development, food and beverage planning, event production, and current trends.  During the past twenty years, I have worked in restaurants, hotels, and university settings to gain a broad range of experiences in all facets of events. And, as I value education, I have continued this tradition by teaching at the university level and am currently teaching wedding coordination and design, as well as other courses in hospitality education - inspiring new professionals within the special events industry.

 

Professional Affiliations

NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) -  Board of Directors 2008 - present, National Education Committee 2011- present

ILEA (International Live Events Association) - Board of Directors 2012 to 2014

Wish Upon a Wedding – Board Member 2010, 2018

International School of Hospitality - Instructor 2008 to present

GLCCNV - 2013 - present

Las Vegas Hospitality Association - 2013 - 2015

Las Vegas Wedding Network - 2010 - present

 

Education / Certifications

Bachelor of Science – Hotel Restaurant Management

CHE (Certified Hospitality Educator)

CPCE (Certified Professional Catering Executive)

CGSP (Certified Guest Services Professional)

 

Awards

Wedding Professional of the Year – Wedding Professionals of Las Vegas

National Nomination Educational Program of the Year - National Association Catering and Events

National Placement for Event Design –National Association of College and University Food Services

Nominated for Member of the Year - National Association Catering and Events

Nominated for George Zell Spirit of NACE - National Association of Catering and Events

 

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