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Event-Solutions.com contributors are a group of industry experts that have come together to share their experience with you, the events industry.

Together our mission is to educate, engage, inspire and celebrate the events industry.

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Alyssa Brooks

Alyssa Brooks

Alyssa Brooks is the Marketing Manager for Event Solutions and Catersource. She enjoys planning and marketing events and is always seeking fun and creative new ideas to share with the industry.

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Andrea Michaels

Andrea Michaels

Andrea Michaels, founder/president of Extraordinary Events, an international event and meeting planning and production firm, has been a pioneering force in the events industry for 35+ years.

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Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith is founder and president of 14 Stories and the Gay Wedding Institute, and author of the book and the app, Gay Wedding Confidential. Bernadette is also the expert advice blogger on gay weddings for TheKnot's site, Gay.Weddings.com and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

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Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown is the chief experience officer at TCG Events, an award-winning, full-service event planning company whose work includes milestone, nonprofit, and corporate events, as well as grand openings and more. TCG Events specializes in planning and executing corporate events with the company’s proprietary EventSmarter™ approach, which includes a detailed pre-event walk-through that covers every facet from the perspective of the attendee, to ensure absolute success. Eventwithtcg.com

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Catersource

Catersource

Catersource Magazine, Conference & Tradeshow is dedicated to the education and growth of the professional caterer. Through our educational offerings, you can be a part of the largest resource network relevant to your business.

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Cho Phillips

Cho Phillips

Cho is the founder of Lovegevity and The Wedding Planning Institute

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Dan Berger

Dan Berger

Dan Berger has been described as a “relentless and focused entrepreneur” and recognized as one of 40 Under 40 in the meetings industry by Collaborate Magazine and Connect Magazine. After serving a Member of Congress and running a national advocacy group where he earned his event planning stripes, he decided there was an opportunity to combine the two things he loved most: events and technology. He started DC-based Social Tables in 2011. The company has been used by more than 500 event teams to create more than 20,000 events.

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David Merrell

David Merrell

Since founding AOO Events in 1989, the name David E. Merrell has become synonymous with cutting-edge event design for live and staged productions. David is a sought-after producer with a growing list of Fortune 500 and international corporations for product launches, corporate events, celebrity-attended fundraisers as well as intimate weddings.

Throughout the years, AOO has taken home more than 25 awards in a multitude of categories including Best Event Décor, Best Entertainment Concept and Execution, Best Corporate Event, Best Logistics, Best Social Event, Best Wedding, Best Association Event, and Best Non-profit Event. Personally, David has been named “Designer of the Year” and “Marketer of the Year” by Event Solutions magazine and was awarded the prestigious Crystal SITE Award.

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Event Solutions

Event Solutions

Since 1996, Event Solutions has been giving corporate, association and independent event and meeting professionals the resources they need to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the industry. From cutting-edge features on trends and technologies to behind-the-scenes profiles of some of the industry’s most prestigious events, we provide professionals with the resources they need to succeed.

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Hillary Harris

Hillary Harris

As the visionary at the helm of Warner Bros. Studios Special Events, Hillary creates and produces more than 275 events per year, both on the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank and at outside venues. Harris’ team services not only Time Warner and Warner Bros. Entertainment clients, but also an impressive list of corporate clients that range from DIRECTV and MTV to Mercedes-Benz and Apple. She has served as a featured speaker at national and regional conferences and serves on the advisory board of 2 event publications Biz Bash and Event Solutions. Harris was inducted in to the Event Solutions Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Howard Givner

Howard Givner

Howard Givner is a strategy and growth consultant to event business owners, and the Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute

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Julius Solaris

Julius Solaris

Julius Solaris is the editor of Event Manager Blog. Started in 2007, Event Manager Blog is a popular blog worldwide for event professionals, covering topics such as event planning, social media, event technology and more. With more than 140k group members on LinkedIn, the Event Planning and Management group created by Solaris is the largest gathering of event professionals online.

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Kelli Bielema

Kelli Bielema

Kelli Bielema is the owner and lead event producer at Shindig Events in Seattle, WA. Shindig specializes in offbeat weddings and corporate events. Kelli has more than 16 years in the industry including theme park entertainment, movie premieres and Hollywood parties.

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Lara McCulloch

Lara McCulloch

Lara McCulloch is the Chief Shift Disturber for laramcculloch.com. She teaches event companies how to elevate their businesses so they can get back to doing what they love. A brand strategist and marketing consultant for almost 20 years, she’s worked with big brands like Cadbury Adams, Shell, Benjamin Moore, ConAgra and Scotts. Lara also been named Industry Innovator by BizBash Magazine, featured in both Connect and Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 issue, awarded Best Industry Blog by CSE and has been honored with Dedication and Leadership awards from ISES Toronto. A living well passionista, when she’s not working, she’s making her own body care products and trying out new raw food recipes.

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Laura Schwartz

Laura Schwartz

Professional Speaker, Author of Eat, Drink & Succeed and Television Commentator
As the White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, Laura created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. At just 19, she arrived at the White House with no political connections and volunteered answering phones in the press office, quickly climbing her way up the ranks as a Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television and ultimately the White House Director of Events.

Today, as a professional speaker, respected television commentator, founder of White House Strategies and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed! Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events, Laura shares the networking secrets that skyrocketed her onto the world stage along with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years as she empowers, motivates and inspires each audience to EAT, DRINK & SUCCEED!

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Leanne Grechulk

Leanne Grechulk

Leadership and lifestyle expert, Leanne Grechulk is the founder of HealthyGirl™ and the author of the amazon best-selling book 30 Days to Wealth. Leanne has her B.Sc. in Biomedical Toxicology and her MBA. While pursuing a career in Sales and Marketing with several fortune 500 companies (including Johnson & Johnson, Nike, DuPont, and L’Oréal), she was driven to create her own vision to promote entrepreneurship, wellness and financial independence to women around the globe.

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Liese Gardner

Liese Gardner

Liese Gardner is a marketing expert working with top brands and individuals in the special events industry since 1984. Among her current clients, she consults with Event Solutions as content curator for its blog and conference. She also writes about marketing and inspiration -- the fuel that drives us -- on her own blog, passionsthatdriveus.com.

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Mary Tribble

Mary Tribble

Through the years, Mary has been involved in planning many of Charlotte’s most notable milestone events, including grand openings of many important facilities and special events such as the NBA All-Star Game and the Final Four. She has been honored as Business Woman of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Woman of Distinction, among others. She has been inducted into the Event Solutions Hall of Fame.

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Matthew David Hopkins

Matthew David Hopkins

As Creative Director of 360 Design Events, Ltd., Matthew David Hopkins has one mission: to create moments that are unforgettable for his clients and their guests whether that be at a wedding, corporate or non-profit event, a retail store opening or nation-wide tour for clients such as The Discovery Channel. Hopkins’ formal training in architecture lays the foundation for his signature style, combining sculptural pieces with contemporary and imaginative details, giving people a tactile experience that engages all of their senses.

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Merryl Brown

Merryl Brown

Merryl Brown Events is an award-winning event design and production company, specializing in elegant corporate events, non-profit events, social events and weddings.

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Meryl Snow

Meryl Snow

Meryl Snow has emerged as a true leader of the special events & catering industry. As co-founder of Feastivities Events, Meryl has spent the last 26 years creating events throughout the Philadelphia region featuring creative and well-executed menus, dramatic presentations, outstanding service and extreme attention to detail.

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Midori Connolly

Midori Connolly

Midori Connolly is the Chief A/VGirl at Pulse Staging & Events and senior tech advisor to 7 Degrees Communications. You can reach her at midori@pulsestaging.com

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Olivia Gottlieb

Olivia Gottlieb

Olivia Gottlieb is The Event Maven, award winning Event Planning with highly engaging and interactive experiences that takes Social, Corporate and Press events to the next level. Event Maven also offers digital interactive experiences for hire as well as exclusive quality live performance entertainment throughout North America.

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Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey

Preston Bailey is recognized as one of the world's premier event designers and tastemakers. Learn more at www.prestonbailey.com and be sure to check out his blogs: prestonbailey.com and brides.prestonbailey.com.

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Renee Strauss

Renee Strauss

Renée Strauss is a top bridal expert and a go-to stylist for celebrities and trendsetting brides-to-be. Through her hit TV show, Brides of Beverly Hills, and her popular Huffington Post blog she connects with fans all across the country, as well as internationally. And most recently, Strauss was named the new LWH Hotels Lifestyle & Wedding Ambassador.

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Ruth Moyte

Ruth Moyte

Through her words, Ruth Moyte captures a moment, creates a connection, builds emotion and delivers a message. Each project she takes on reflects the personality and brand of the client for whom she is writing, many of which are leading brands across a broad range of industries throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

With 20 years of experience, Ruth has worked on a variety of events and projects with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Audi, Siemens, Farmer's Insurance, AFR, Epson, IIDA, Dream Foundation, SONIC, Anthem/WellPoint, 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation and many more. From writing scripts, speeches, awards submissions, creative concepts, conference content, print and broadcast copy, collateral, and web copy, each project she takes on is delivered with her passion-driven writing style.

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Ryan Hanson

Ryan Hanson

Ryan Hanson, CSEP is a visionary designer and event producer at BeEvents in Minneapolis.

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Sasha Souza

Sasha Souza

Sasha Souza is the owner and lead visionary behind Sasha Souza Events, established in 1995 and is an expert wedding coordinator and event planner in several magazines including Modern Bride, InStyle Weddings, Elegant Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Wedding Style.

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Therese Cole Hubbs

Therese Cole Hubbs

As the President and Creative Director of Houston-based Electric Karma International, Therese is considered one of the nation's leading event planning and coordinating experts for multi-cultural weddings. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA), is a member of the International Caterers Association (ICA), and serves as the Director of Events at the Arabia Shrine Center in Houston, TX.

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Trevor Lynn

Trevor Lynn

Trevor is an event technology enthusiast who focuses on evangelizing products and curating technology in order to help guide hospitality professionals on their journey to embrace new tools. As the Marketing Manager for Social Tables, an event planning software company, he focuses on growing the event community via original content, free technology consultations and education at industry events.

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The Wedding and Event Institute

The Wedding and Event Institute

The Wedding and Event Institute (WEI), is an established training institute for wedding and event professionals in the United States, Australia and United Kingdom. Founded by Kylie Carlson in 2004, WEI expanded to the US market in 2011. The online curriculum includes a comprehensive suite of planning and design tools, business templates and software and certification programs within a dedicated training environment.

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