The keys to creating a successful event is paying attention to all the tiny details, excelling in customer service, being resourceful and flexible, all while keeping a sense of humor--and your cool.
Is your meeting going virtual due to coronavirus? I have evaluated more than 20 virtual conferencing platforms and can provide recommendations based on your feature wish list such as sponsor monetization, attendee networking, and gamification. Have a platform selected? I can manage a virtual conference to create the best experience for attendees.
Industry Trade Shows
Industry Trade Shows
I've managed trade shows anywhere from a 10 x 10 all the way up to 80 x 100. Everything from contract negotiations, managing all logistics (11 trailer loads at one show!) and hotel room blocks, party planning, booth staffing, greeting customers and prospects, and supervising set-up and teardown. I've also worked with exhibit houses to rent properties, build a new booth. or refurbish an old one.
Athletic events can help promote a brand, give back to the community, fill hotel rooms, raise money for charity or create non-dues revenue. I helped found the Middlebury Maple Run and have served as race director since 2010. The half marathon has welcomed as many as 1,000 athletes in some years, positively impacts the local economy, and is well regarded for its beautiful course, friendliness, and excellent organization.
Like running events, cycling events can achieve similar goals. But managing the logistics and safety for hundreds of riders over a challenging 100-mile route becomes much more complicated. From 2014-2017 I was the event director for the Vermont Gran Fondo and continue to volunteer. I'm currently working as tour manager for Tour de Farms--a farm tour by bicycle that connects riders with their local food sources.
Almost every community hosts an annual festival or celebration with food, music, vendors, and activities for kids. For several years while at the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, I produced Vergennes Day and Bristol Harvest Festival which involved marketing both events, selling booth spaces, working with vendors, booking entertainment, and managing day-of logistics.
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce holds a yearly event that's both an annual business meeting and recognition of the county's Business and Person of the Year. For several years I was responsible for all facets from invitations, RSVPs, site and menu selection, agenda-setting, serving as emcee to putting away tables and chairs. About 100 guests typically attended.