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Behind the Scenes with Sarah Studzinski

 

Introducing Sarah Studzinski, a guest speaker on our panel for the August brunch! 

 

What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it?

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is a business law firm serving both publicly and privately held businesses, governmental entities, universities, and high-growth industries. It is a firm rooted in the Indianapolis’ through its service and commitment to local business, cultural, and civic organization, but with a global reach thanks to its participation in an international network of law firms whose members are embedded in the legal and cultural know-how of their communities. 

 

What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field? 

I always knew that I wanted to enter the business world in some way, but I didn’t want to follow in the footsteps of many of my family members. I wanted to forge my own path, and have been doing so as an attorney for close to three years now.

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

I had one closing that required hundreds of documents to be signed. I completely took over organizing and coordinating the execution of those documents. It took two days, and I had an army of notaries involved, but it felt fantastic when the closing occurred smoothly and on-time! 

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I once performed onstage at the Grand Ole Opry.

 

If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?

I have an acting degree, so I do miss performing!

 

Come learn more about Sarah on August 16th at our brunch downtown at Hilton Indianapolis!

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Behind the Scenes with Ashley Crouch

 

Take a look at this behind the scenes interview with one of our guest speakers for our August brunch, Ashley Crouch!

 

What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it?

WestPoint Financial Group focuses on accumulating wealth for their clients as well as protecting that wealth. Our ability to focus on protecting our clients wealth in the event of an accident is what make our company unique.
 

What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field?

I have always loved working with numbers and the financial industry, but what actually kept me in this field was a personal experience during my first year in the business. My brother in-law was in an accident and became disabled a few weeks after my first business meeting with him. He did not purchase life insurance or disability insurance and I saw how it negatively impacted their family. I never want to see someone else I know go through the same struggles they have gone through.
 
It will be three years in September that I have been in this field.
 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

My most memorable event was when I was doing an internship in college. We did a celebrity golf tournament for Marshall Faulk. I had the opportunity to meet so many great people and learn so much about the event planning business.
 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I am very spontaneous and love to travel. If I had the opportunity to travel more I would.
 

If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?

Ironically, if I were not in my career my dream job would be event planning.

 

Come meet Ashley at our August 16th brunch at Hilton Indianapolis at 9:30! 

 

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ILEA July Kick Off Event

Scenes from July's ILEA Indiana Kick-Off Luncheon at The Tinker House Events! How amazing do our Vineyard Crossback Chairs look in this space?! SWOON. #MyILEA

Photography: Stacy Able Photography
Venue: The Tinker House Events
Rentals: A Classic Party Rental
Catering: Jacquie's Cafe and Gourmet Catering
Cocktails: Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery
NBE Event Group
Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company
Chandelier & Rope Installation: Color Story Studio
Custom Door Installation: Bohall Design & Fabrication

 

 

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Behind the Scenes with Kevin Gutwein

Introducing Kevin Gutwein, a financial advisor out of Zionsville that will be speaking on our August brunch panel! Before we get a chance to hear from him then, check out a behind the scenes interview with him below!

 

What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it?  

Our team (Westpoint Private Client Group) works with business owners and executives to craft and implement a strategy to reach their business and personal financial goals.  I think what makes us different is that we truly focus and spend time on not only the value of what you own, but what you value. 

 

What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field?  

See attached bio.  

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why?  

Probably working with a client (he was my Jr High basketball coach and the bank President in my hometown) and his wife as he was dying from cancer last year.  I worked to help them make sense of the finances and create enough income so that she won’t have to worry about money in addition to all the other things she has had to deal with.

 

What is one thing people do not know about you? 

 I don’t turn the station when a Colbie Caillat song comes on, even if my teenagers complain (I know, kind of embarrassing).

 

If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?  

It may sound trite, but I am seriously doing my dream job.  I guess maybe I would be… no, I can’t think of anything that is better than what I’m doing.

 

Come hear from Kevin on August 16th at Hilton Indianapolis for our brunch! 

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Behind the Scenes with Steve Shoultz

 

What does your company do and what makes is different than others like it?

 We sell insurance for auto, home, life and business.  However, insurance is BORING and no one wants to talk about that.  Insurance is about coverage, limits, claims, etc.  Nothing fun!  But I get excited when a client has a serious car accident and his kids can still go to college.  Or, when a business has $50,000 stolen by an employee and I have prevented from filing bankruptcy.  This allows me to get going every morning.  I have become a part of my customers lives because I have helped them through a tough situation.  What our customers tell us is they feel secure because they understand their situation better and them make better decisions.

 

What lead you to your current career and how long have you been in the field?

 I have been an insurance agent for 35 years because when I graduated college in 1982 they company that would hire me was an insurance company.  However, now I love all the people I meet and the things I learn! 

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

My most memorable event happened on a Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  My clients warehouse was struck by lightning and burned to the ground destroying everything inside.  Including, all the air conditioners my client had purchased for the summer season.  I received a call at approximately 10:30 pm and my customer was frantic.  He said he would have to file bankruptcy if the loss was not covered.  Why was he worried?  Because in order to save on his insurance premium, he had not listed the location or it’s contents on his policy.  After all, the air conditioners were only to be there for 30-45 days.  He knew there was no coverage for this location.  To make a long story short, I convinced the claims manger to pay the loss!  How can you not be jazzed after a story like that!

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

At the top of my bucket list is to attend the UNC vs Duke basketball games at both universities.

 

If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?

If I were not in insurance I would love to have been an inventor that became independently wealthy so that I could help less fortunate people.

 

If you would like to schedule a time to talk or meet, you can here -> calendly.com/steveshoultz

 

Come meet Steve on August 16th brunch at Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites!

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Behind the Scenes with Andrea Panico from The Tinker House

 

Introducing , Andrea Panico from The Tinker House. Join us at The Tinker House July 19th for the ILEA Indiana Kick off luncheon

 

  1. What is your title and position at your current company? I am co-owner and operator of The Tinker House Events. In addition, I serve as the Director of Development at Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery. Tinker House Events is a sister company of Hotel Tango.  

 

  1.      What does your company do? How is it different than others like it? The Tinker House Events is an event venue with planning services available. We set ourselves apart thus far by bringing in myriad of local craftsmen and women to execute many of the custom elements found in our facility. From the windows and doors to the intricate light installations, we very much enjoy shedding light (no pun intended) on the amazing work of local artisans! As well, we aim to work with a vast spectrum of other local vendors for the execution of events - not only to share business throughout our community, but to create a wide range of options for our clients in planning their perfect event.

 

  1.      How many years have you been in the industry? While I have over ten years of restaurant and bar experience, it wasn’t until beginning work at Hotel Tango three years ago that I got my first taste of the events industry a year in to my career with the company. While just a fledging in this realm, I feel that my background in fine art helps me to lend a fresh and creative perspective to the world of events. 

 

  1.      What was your very first job? My first “real job” coming out of college happened very organically at Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery. I started as a bartender in 2014 after graduating from The Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.  Very quickly, my natural leadership skills emerged and I was promoted into a management role.  Shortly thereafter, Hotel Tango had a need for an Events Director to manage the daily event inquiries that were pouring in.  Without hesitation and with an eagerness to learn the field from within, I took on the task. I feel lucky to work for an amazing group of young entrepreneurs who saw something in me and very much wanted me to succeed alongside them. They assisted my professional growth by nurturing my strengths and trusting me to help lead the direction of their young enterprise. 

 

  1.      What lead you in into the event industry? See above - it was a bit of a happy accident! That being said, while I may not have known that the event industry would be something I would enjoy, it actually appeals to many of my strengths; I am able to work with and lead others and it provides me a broad outlet for tapping in to my inherently creative nature. 

 

  1.      Why did you decide to join ILEA? Accent Indy hosted an event at Hotel Tango, which is how I came to learn about ILEA.  I immediately realized the importance of joining a network of other event professionals. ILEA is an amazing platform that has helped me to build strong connections with other event professionals in my city and beyond, which is especially important to us at both Tinker and Tango as the "new kids on the block".  

 

  1.      What is your most memorable event? Why? While that is yet to be seen for The Tinker House, I recently attended the ILEA PACE awards at the public library and was blown away! The attention to detail (very important to me) was just perfection. 

 

  1.      What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I am a certified notary! 

 

  1.      If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job? My dream is to own a touring circus featuring only Pomeranians! At the end of every show I would be lowered from the rafters on a swing ornately covered in feathers into a giant martini glass where I would sing Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’!” 

 

Come meet Andrea on July 19th at The Tinker House!

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ILEA Cares

The ILEA Cares event was incredibly successful this year raising $3,725 for those in the events industry in need! See some beautiful images below from the event. A big thanks to our sponsors: Blissful Kiss Photography, A Classic Party Rental, BBJ, Cort Event Furnishings, Detail + Design, Empyrean Events, Evans Audio Visual, 416 Wabash Event Space, Goldstar Management, Jim Cerone, and Mashall Camera! 

 

 

 

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June Speed Networking Luncheon!

Join us once again at FORUM Conference & Events Center for our June Speed Networking Luncheon on June 14th! Register for this Members & Associates Only event by June 9th at http://ileaindiana.starchapter.com/meetinginfo.php… Thank you to our sponsors for making this event happen! 

FORUM Conference and Event Center
Jacquie's Gourmet Catering
CORT Furniture Rental
Aimed Photography

 

Check out some pictures from last year's successful Speed Networking Event below!

 

Hope to see you all on June 14th at 11:00 AM at FORUM Conference & Events Center!

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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 www.ises.com
  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 membership@ileaindiana.com. 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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