Member News – Feburary 2022

Member News - Feburary 2022

As always, a big shout out to our members that have made the news. Below you’ll find members that have been highlighted or otherwise recognized. Thank you to those that submitted news this month and thank you to our members that continue to push the outside of the envelope in some way.

Rebecca Grant of Seattle based New Creations Weddings was featured in an article on “How do you unwind with your team” on  Talking about how to regain balance after 2 years of non-stop work.

Industry veteran Kathy A. Newby, CERP has started a new position with AFR Special Event Furniture Rental  as Account Executive for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Desiree Kelly, MBA, CPCE, of The Makery Cake Co has been elected Greater Denver NACE Chapter President for the 2022-2023 term.

Kevin Dennis of WeddingIQ is excited to announce that he will be an upcoming speaker in the 2022 TSE + Catersource Conference, located in Anaheim, CA from May 2-5. He will be presenting for the TSE track on the topic, Taking Advantage of Tech: Downloading the Update Your Event Company Needs.

Leah Weinberg of Color Pop Events is included in a roundup of experts in Special Events and Catersource’s article, ‘A Look at Very Peri: Industry Pros React to Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year.’ Leah also makes an appearance in Rent My Wedding’s Winter 2021 Issue and contributes to ‘7 Tips for Creating a Wedding Day Timeline That Works’ on Woman Getting Married. She has been announced as a 2022 speaker for The Special Event, and Signature CEO. 

Christie Osborne of Mountainside Media discusses ‘Analytics + Instinct’ on The Flourishing Entrepreneur Podcast and is featured in Catersource’s ‘25 Positive Predictions for 2022, Part 1.’ She has also been announced as a 2022 speaker for both TSE + Catersource in Anaheim, May 2-5, as well as Signature CEO in March. 

Jennifer Taylor of Jen Taylor Consulting gives insight on ‘Why You Should Consider an Internship Program in 2022’ on Nace. She is also the confirmed February speaker for Seattle NACE, as well as The Special Event. 

Margaux Fraise of Harmony Creative Studio sits down and chats with The Union Podcast on ‘Resilience & Growth As An Entrepreneur.’ She is also confirmed to present Decoding Client Inquiries at The Special Event in May, and is a featured speaker at Lend + Gather. 

Elizabeth Sheils of Rock Paper Coin reveals on WeddingIQ ‘How To Bring Your Lofty Business Dreams To Life In 2022.’ She also shares the ‘4 Key Business Lessons from 2021 to Prepare for a Successful Year Ahead’ on Timeline Genius and dives into how to turn your dreams into reality on The Confetti Hour Podcast.  She is also confirmed as a 2022 speaker for The Special Event. 

Having just wrapped up as one of the NACE Evolve keynotes, Renée Dalo of Moxie Bright Events is confirmed to speak at the 2022 TSE + Catersource conference. She will also be the April speaker for NACE Wisconsin. 

Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting rounds up experts for her articles, ‘A Look at Very Peri: Industry Pros React to Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year’ on Special Events and Catersourse and ‘2022 Wedding + Event Trends’ on AllSeated.  She also shares how to ‘Plan Post Wedding Events: After Parties and Brunches’ on Mountainside Bride and ‘What To Have In Your Emergency Kit’ on Southwest Wed. has named Bear’s Best, Las Vegas as the “Best Wedding Venue in Las Vegas for All Inclusive Weddings.”

Kristi Brocato, founder of The Basketry partners with New Orleans based Mignon Faget to offer beautiful wine and rock glasses in The Basketry wedding welcome gifts distributed to wedding guests across the country.  This partnership is a wonderful example of how businesses support one another while creating unique gifts for the wedding industry.

The speakers for Catersource/The Special Event in May 2-5, 2022, in Anaheim have been announced. Pauline Parry, founder of Good Gracious! Events in Los Angeles, will be speaking on what it takes to write a book. Called “So You Want to Write a Book?” her session will give insights into how to write and publish a book. Parry will be joined by Jennie Cooks, a fellow caterer and author. At the show, copies of Parry’s new book, My Culinary Love Story, and the reprint of her first book, Food, Fun and Love: Party Styles, will be available.  For more on Catersource/The Special Event please follow THIS LINK. 

Jan Levie of Handy Entertainment is presenting on ‘Intuition in Business’ at The 2022 Special Event/Catersource conference in Anaheim, CA. 

Business Radio X recently interviewed Jan Levie for the GWBC Open for Business podcast where she spoke on ‘How Working With Event Pros Will Save You Time and Money.’ 

Valentine’s Day is coming early with these amazing features from Friar Tux!  Check out Taylor and Zachary’s  gorgeous Fairytale Forest Wedding with Orange and Emerald Details on Santa Barbara Wedding Style! The way Zachary’s Navy Shawl Lapel Tuxedo popped against the bridesmaid’s emerald and sage dresses was pure perfection.  Now, fill up the champagne and get those chocolate covered strawberries out for this next one.  Friar Tux was featured on Style Me Pretty with a Parisian and Lavender Micro-Wedding Design created by the amazing Bowties & Bouquets.  This wedding inspo featured soft vintage details and whimsical flowers.  The groom rocked a fun mix-and-match look with a Light Blue Notch Lapel Suit, a pair of Heather Grey Pants, and a chic platinum velvet bow tie. Then take a road trip down the historic 101 highway and see this relaxed Big Sur AirBnB wedding in The X Experience with the bride in a nontraditional tulle skirt and sweater look and the groom in a bold Black Diamond Tuxedo.  For more wedding day inspiration and fashion tips, don’t forget to check out Friar Tux’s 2022 Stylist Magazine online and in-store today.

Alexandra Dillard joins Chicago Style Weddings as Editorial Director. With a background in fashion and niche print media, Dillard is excited to bring a fresh point of view to the publication and greater Chicagoland wedding industry.

Julie Harris Designs, in association with  Anything But Gray Events was featured in the EquallyWed article Black and Gold Hollywood Wedding at the Ebell of Los Angeles.’

Julie’s designs are also featured in the Spring /Summer 2022 edition of California Wedding Day Magazine’s article, ‘Crazy For You.’

Dawn Mickens, Founder and CEO, of her wedding officiant business Timeless Connection, was announced as a winner of the 2022 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leading wedding vendor marketplace.

Michelle Loretta of Be Sage Consulting will be sharing her expertise on Developing a CFO Mindset at Lend & Gather Conference this March 1-2 in Miami, Florida.

Chef Marty & Dawn Deardorf of Aurora Catering are excited to speak to Chef Amanda Rose’s class about getting involved in the catering business.  Chef Rose is the culinary sciences teacher for the Eden Area ROP. and in March is teaching Southern & Cajun Cooking.  Chef Marty as a guest chef will demonstrate via Zoom how to make Gumbo!  Aurora Catering featured Gumbo, Mac & Cheese, Cornbread, Red Beans & Rice, Collard Greens, and Beignets for New Year’s and will be repeating the menu to celebrate Mardi Gras on March 1.  Ms. Deardorf will be available to answer any business questions the students may have.  Chef Marty and Dawn are thrilled to keep students excited about the food industry!

Country Club Receptions is proud to announce the addition of 22 new members to WIPA! Country Club Receptions represents a comprehensive list of country clubs and golf courses in the nation featuring stunning natural settings, beautiful water features, and luxuriant halls. You can visit Country Club Receptions portfolio here. Don’t miss the upcoming 8th Annual Wedding Show Weekend, March 5th and 6th 2022. In one weekend, Country Club Receptions venues will host wedding shows across the nation. Preferred partners will have an opportunity to showcase their own portfolios. Each country club and course will feature its finest displays and cocktail dining service. Attendance is free, RSVP in the link above.