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September Luncheon 2017

Thank you to those who joined us for a panel of women talking about how they "Play Nice in the Sandbox". They talked about the issues that they face as it relates to work/life balance, forging a path not necessarily women have held in the past, and the lessons they've learned along the way.

Our speakers included Kristi Lee, host of Kristi Lee Uninterrupted and News Director on The Bob & Tom Show; Susie Townsend, Senior Vice President of Visitor Experience at Visit Indy; and Susana Suarez, Executive Director of Communications Strategies for Governor Holcomb.

Thanks to our event sponsors:

Omni Severin Hotel 

Chair Covers & Linens

NBE Event Group

Massive Multimedia

Lemonayde Digital Marketing

Blissful Kiss Photo + Film

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Board Member Spotlight!

  

Introducing another board member spotlight of the week, Tiffany Stoner! Tiffany is on the programs team and owner of her own photography business, Nathaniel Edmunds Photography. Keep reading to learn more about her!

 

What do you specialize in?

Photography

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how long in your current position?

I have been in the business 16 years.

 

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

9 years.

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I wanted to build strong vendor relationships.

 

Favorite event tool you use?

Shoot Q, Blog Stomp, and Album Stomp.

 

What advice do you have to give to other event professionals?

Rely on the professionals that are hired and work as a cohesive team for the client.

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I have 4 kids, 4 cats, and 1 dog.

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Board Member Spotlight!

 

 

Introducing another board member spotlight of the week, Amy Payne! Amy is on the communications board and owners her own photography business, Aimed Photography. Keep reading to learn more about her!

 

What do you specialize in?

Photographing events and portraits.

 

How long have you been in the industry, and how long in your current position?

My first wedding I did was 17, but I’ve been full time for the last 3 years since March 2014.

 

How long have you been apart of ILEA?

2 years.

 

Why did you join ILEA?

I wanted to connect and learn about events. I also wanted to know those in the industry and put my business on the map!

 

Favorite event tool you use?

Shoot Q, Fundy Design, ILEA- Use your membership!

 

What advice do you have to give to other event professionals?

No small favor goes to waste. There is no “I” in events. It’s a team effort to cater to our clients. Although there are several businesses within one event, we are still a team!

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

I love to run! I have completed 5 half marathons.

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Behind the Scenes with Charlie Kimball

 

 

Photo credit: LAT Photo USA

Charlie Kimball is the first licensed driver with diabetes to win a race in the Verizon IndyCar Series and first licensed driver with diabetes to qualify for and complete the Indianapolis 500. He started racing go-karts at age 9 in his hometown of Camarillo, California. After high school, Charlie was accepted into Stanford University’s engineering program but chose to pursue his dream of becoming a professional racing driver. Charlie now lives in downtown Indianapolis with his wife Kathleen and their dogs Taj and Lilah. 

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

I sit down for a living—but drive at speeds of up to 230 mph! So my office chair is a bit different than most. In September, I wrapped up my seventh Verizon IndyCar Series season and look forward to getting back out on track in March for the 2018 season-opener. My body is also a bit different than most IndyCar drivers. While racing in Europe in 2007, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I was able to work with my healthcare team, family and race team to get back on track just six months later and scored a podium finish in my first race with diabetes. 

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

My dad was a race car engineer, so growing up I had always been exposed to the racing world. I started racing go-karts at age 9, and for my 16th birthday my parents gifted me a track day in my first “real” race car. From that point on, there was no looking back! I moved to Europe after high school, then came back to the States to work my way up INDYCAR's Road to Indy ladder system, ultimately landing in the IndyCar Series in 2011. 
 
What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

While getting my first IndyCar race win in 2013 definitely stands out, I’d have to say my most memorable event was walking out during driver introductions at the 2011 Indianapolis 500, my rookie year in the Series. I still get chills thinking about walking from the Pagoda down the Yard of Bricks, up to the podium, hearing my name announced as an Indy 500 starter, and seeing the grandstands filled with people in every direction. As a racing driver, there’s just nothing like the history, challenge and intensity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I’m always honored for another chance to take part. 

What is one thing people do not know about you?
I’m a huge outdoors enthusiast! Growing up in Southern California, it was almost mandatory to be outside surfing or hiking on the weekends. I also love boating, snowboarding, mountain biking… anything that keeps me active! After this year’s IndyCar season finale in Sonoma, California, my wife and I drove our 5th wheel RV back to Indy through about 10 national parks, hiking the trails and camping with our dogs. A bucket-list trip for sure! 
 
If you were not in your current career, what would be your dream job?
If I wasn’t racing, my dream job would be a fighter jet pilot. If you think of IndyCars as fighter jets racing on the ground instead of in the air, I guess you could say it worked out! 

Come meet Charlie on Ocotber 24th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for brunch!

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Board Member Spotlight!

 

Introducing President Elect, Megan Johnston! Megan is currently the Senior Manager of Event Services at Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company. She specializes in destination management services, and has been in the industry for 4 years. Before graduating from the Ball State University Hospitality and Food Management program, Megan filled Accent’s Assistant Program Manager Internship position for two consecutive summers.  During her time attending Ball State University (BSU), Megan actively held leadership positions in BSU Dance Marathon, the BSU Homecoming Steering Committee, and Greek life. One thing people may not know about Megan is that she originally went to college to study Performance with a focus in opera. She has been a part of ILEA for 3 years, serving as the Director of Communications, VP of Education & Programs, and currently President Elect. She joined ILEA to get involved with the event planning industry. Advice she has for other event professionals is to network, get involved, and get your name out there!

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Behind the Scenes with Susie Townsend

Introducing one of the speakers for our September lunch, Susie Townsend! Check out what she had to say in this behind the scenes interview. 

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

I work for Visit Indy, a convention and visitors bureau. We market the city as a destination for trade shows, meetings and events. So last week if you couldn’t get a dinner reservation, or wondered why all of those Storm troopers, aliens, and zombies were hanging out  downtown, it is because Visit Indy spent many years soliciting and booking the largest table top game convention in North America to move their event to Indy. 

 

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

I have been in the hospitality industry my entire working life, starting as a hostess in a restaurant, then moving to the Hyatt Hotel and then to Visit Indy. I have worked at Visit Indy for 28 years.

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why? 

I have had the opportunity to work on many great events and be a part of many complex projects. My most memorable event: When I was a young catering manager at the Hyatt I had the opportunity to plan a wedding. The wedding was over 30 years ago and I can clearly remember every detail of the event, the mother of the bride knew exactly what she wanted and expected flawless execution. It was accomplished. No detail was overlooked- interested in hearing more? My most memorable project was being a loaned executive on the Super Bowl Host Committee. My team was responsible for hotel welcome (at 144 hotels) , Super Service- training 20,000 employees, and volunteers, Super Celebration sites – 21 city’s around Indiana welcomed visitors with custom branded Indy race cars and so much more.

 

What is one thing people do not know about you? 

When I graduated from college I had a job working at Macy’s in  Kansas City as a trainee and I quit before I started and went to work as a waitress in a restaurant. At the time my parents were not very happy with my decision, however it all turned out well.

 

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

 I would be a teacher for sure.

 

Come meet Susie and the rest of our speakers on September 20th at the Omni Severin Hotel!

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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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