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2017 PACE Award Winner: Best Use of Space

Introducing our next 2017 PACE Award winner, Nate Bennett with NBE Event Group for "Best Use of Space". See below for the event overview and some photos from this Wanderland Prom!  

 

Utilizing professional audio systems and intelligent lighting we helped turn a fieldhouse into “A Night in Wonderland” for their Alice in Wonderland themed prom. Because of the large size of the room and tall ceilings it was important to make the venue feel more intimate. The committee draped fabric across the arena to create a false ceiling. Placing four vertical totems around the dance floor helped to create the center of the action that would draw students in while the on-stage lighting created effects around the room. Our customized projections around the room helped to fill the space with themed imagery which assisted the committee in saving money on decorating expenses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for the 2018 PACE Awards on Friday, April 20th at Forum Conference and Event Center. 

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2017 PACE Award Winner: Best Wedding/Social Over 100k

Introducing our next 2017 PACE Award winner, Monica Richard with Mon Amie Events for "Best Wedding/Social Over 100k". See below for the event overview and photos from this beautiful wedding!  

 

 

 

 

A European inspired wedding rich with opulent food, color and family history, the wedding of Michele and Scott, one of the industry’s own, was a labor of love for the planner because she had worked with this couple on a professional level many times. The team consisted of 12 ILEA members and each was selected by the couple because of their dedication to their skillset and work ethic over the years.
When the industry’s own get married, it’s always an honor to be part of the wedding celebration team. The bride and groom own a lighting and production company so they have seen many spectacular things over the years. When it was time for their own wedding celebration, they hired a wedding planner so they could hand over their vision to their professional friends and enjoy the weekend with their guests. They asked for a wedding which included their deep European family history and to be decadent with food offerings from around the globe. They wanted their guests to feel as though they had escaped to Europe for the evening, so the location for the ceremony and reception had to evoke a European flair, which was found at a private estate available for events.
The celebration was filled with warmth, decadence and laughter as their family, friends and colleagues joined Michele and Scott for an evening of joy almost 30 years in the making. The location, the food, the entertainment and Scott’s tartan all completed the celebration they wanted.

Join us for the 2018 PACE Awards on Friday, April 20th at Forum Conference and Event Center. 

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2017 PACE Award Winner: Best Event with a Legacy

The 2018 PACE Awards are just around the corner! With so many great vendors and teams from our 2017 PACE Awards, what better way to get excited for this year than to showcase some of those winners. See below for the “Best Event with a Legacy”, which went to Forum Conference and Event Center!

The event was called “Water is Life”, presented by the Fishers Rotary Club. The Water Is Life Project served over 130,000 people in 130 rural villages by bringing clean, sanitary water to Sierra Leone. Thanks to all the donations over the years they are serving clean lifesaving water to 2% of Sierra Leone’s total population – which means they are saving potentially 1,000’s of lives each year.

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for the 2018 PACE Awards on Friday, April 20th at Forum Conference and Event Center. 

 

 

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Behind the Scenes with Tami Forero

 

 

Tami Forero, CEO of Forte Events Inc., will be joining us for our sales intensive this March! She speaks annually at event conferences as well as numerous industry chapters, and nationwide associations. With over twenty years of experience in the event industry and a corporate background, Tami Forero is a knowledgeable source in the area of sales, marketing, experiential learning, and obtaining a successful business and balanced life. Keep reading for a behind the scenes interview with Tami!

 

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

?  Forté Events is a strategic event firm...? We ? help companies and organizations solve problems using events. That's what differentiates us with clients but what also make us REALLY unique is how we run the business...it's very different than any other business I've encountered which is why I think its successful. If you want to know how we're so different, come to my sessions where I will explain it all :-)  ?  

 

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

?  I started in the event industry by  accident ?! I created several events for a bank I was working for without knowing I was an event planner...eventually my position there became planning events full time and grew into a seasoned corporate producer over time. I started in 1992...26 years and counting!??

 

What is your most memorable event/project? Why?

?  Yikes! This is a hard question. I've planned thousands of events throughout my career so different experiences stand out for different reasons but I really like events that help people. We worked with an organization that combines corporate training with solving world problems and I think that's where the event industry should be. In the same way, we plan celebrations of life for families around the country and I find those events very rewarding...really using our talents to help people during a hard time in their life...does it get better than that?

 

What is one thing people do not know about you?

?  I was a professional singer before I became an event planner. I still love music and will perform at a coffee shop or open mic around town just for fun :-)?

 

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

? I would go back to the music industry if it was easier to make a living from and it remained fun...or I'd be a professional dog cuddler...is that a job?

 

Come meet Tami on March 13th at 9:00am at the Columbia Club!

 

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Behind the Scenes with Sasha Souza

 

Introducing our February speaker, Sasha Souza! Keep reading for a behind the scenes look. 

Sasha Souza grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and cultivated a background in theater arts before starting her first event planning business.  Since 1995, she has planned hundreds of weddings & social events.  

She is also a featured event planner in numerous wedding magazines and blogs as well as having been a planner on the Style Network TV show “Whose Wedding is it Anyway???” Sasha and her work are frequently featured on television programming including CBS “Early Show”, ABC’s “Primetime” wedding series special, “Inside Edition”, “Eye on LA”, and “In Wine Country”, “Get Married” and on “Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen” for SyFy, among other shows. Sasha has shared her expertise with colleagues and brides around the world. She got her start with speaking engagements when she was a featured celebrity speaker at the Conde Nast Bridal Group’s Wedding March – part of the March on Madison series. She is now a regular speaker at The Special Event Show, Catersource and The Rental Show Conferences and is an active keynote speaker for events around the world. Her speaking engagements have taken her all across the United States and internationally to Canada, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Japan, Trinidad, the Bahamas and South America. All to educate her peers & couples about the hottest trends in wedding & event design. She was honored by Modern Bride Magazine as one of the first Top 25 Trendsetters in the wedding industry…the only planner in the San Francisco Bay Area to ever receive the honor. She was also a member of the prestigious advisory panel. Sasha Souza is a Master Wedding Planner, one of just over 60 in the world, and a distinguished member of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). Currently, Sasha sits on the advisory board for Catersource Conference & Tradeshow.

Sasha believes strongly in giving back to the community that has provided so much for her. From 2008 – 2012, she was the Events Chair for the SEARCH Foundation and served on the Executive Committee. SEARCH helps event industry peers who are faced with catastrophic loss & illness. Sasha was also the Founding President of the National Board of Directors for Wish Upon A Wedding from 2009 – 2013. Wish Upon A Wedding is the U.S.’s only wedding wish granting non-profit for couples facing terminal illness.

Sasha published her first book in January 2010, Signature Sasha: Magnificent Weddings by Design. Her second book, Signature Sasha: Weddings and Celebrations to Inspire debuted in January 2015.

 

Come meet Sasha at Finley Creek Vineyards on February 22nd at 11:00 AM! 

 

 

 

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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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