FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ISES Cleveland Announces New Board of Directors
Cleveland, Ohio, June 29, 2011: The Cleveland Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES Cleveland), Cleveland’s premier society for event professionals, announced its new board following the Annual Board Retreat on June 28, 2011. The board has a new President, President-Elect, Vice President of Communications, and two new Directors-at-Large, as well as two continuing Vice Presidents and four continuing Directors. The Immediate Past President will continue to serve in an advisory position.
“As a Founding Director of ISES Cleveland, I applaud the efforts of all involved over the past 4 years as they raised the bar of professionalism, created more networking opportunities and established positive working relationships with our colleagues in the special events industry,” said ISES Cleveland President, Deborah Smythe Hermann of Ghostlight Productions. “I look forward to continuing this legacy of success as President and working with this remarkable group of dedicated professionals on the 2011-2012 Board of Directors”
ISES Cleveland’s new Board of Directors is:
President, Deborah Smythe Hermann
Deb is the CEO and Chair Babe of Ghostlight Productions. Deb formerly served as the President-Elect.
President-Elect, Laura Cahill-Hoffman
Laura is the Coordinator of Community and Media Relations at Lake Health. Laura formerly served as the Vice President of Communications (2010-2011) and as a Director-at-Large (2008-2010). She served on the Education and Programs Committee (2008-2009) and the Communications Committee (2009-2011).
Immediate Past President, Matthew Radicelli
Matt is the Founder/Owner of Rock the House Entertainment Group. Matt formerly served as the President (2010-2011), as the President-Elect (2009-2010), as the Vice President of Membership (2008-2009), and as a Director-at-Large (2007-2008). He served on the Membership Committee (2007-2009) and on the Communications Committee (2009-2010).
Vice President of Education and Programs, Rachael Fuller
Rachael is the Special Event Facility Manager at the Cleveland Zoological Society. Rachel continues in her second year as the Vice President of Education and Programs. Rachael has served on the Education and Programs Committee for four years.
Vice President of Communication, Anna-Jeannine Herman
Anna-Jeannine is the Creative and Talent Director at Something New Entertainment. Anna-Jeannine formerly served as the Director of Communications (2011), and as a Communication Committee member (2010).
Vice President of Membership, Scott Pickel
Scott is the Owner of Everything Tented. Scott continues in his second year as the Vice President of Membership.
Director-at-Large, Barbara Felt
Barbara works in Destination Management Services for Positively Cleveland. Barbara continues in her second year as a Director-at-Large serving on the Membership Committee.
Director-at-Large, Shannon Harris, Cleveland Marriott
Shannon is the Catering Sales Manager at the Cleveland Marriott at Key Center. Shannon is serving in her first term as a Director-at-Large this year. Shannon continues to serve in her second year for the Education and Programs Committee.
Director-at-Large, Vincent Iannaggi
Vince is the Director of Business Development for L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental. Vince is serving in his first term as a Director-at-Large this year. Vince continues to serve on the Events Committee.
Director-at-Large, Candice Lopez
Candice works in Convention Services for Kalahari Resort. Candice continues in her third year as a Director-at-Large. Candice has served on the Education and Program Committee for four years.
Director-at-Large, Jim Lottig
Jim is a Sales Account Executive at Event Source. Jim continues in his third year as a Director-at-Large. Jim has served on the Membership Committee since 2007.
Director-at-Large, Mary Frances Ody, Cleveland Airport Marriott
Mary Frances is the Senior Events Manager at the Cleveland Airport Marriott. Mary Frances continues in her second year as a Director-at-Large serving on the Education and Programs Committee.
About ISES Cleveland: ISES Cleveland is a chapter of the International Special Events Society, a multi-national professional organization dedicated to educate event professionals of all diciplines and to foster creative excellence in the special events industry. The Mission of ISES is to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries. ISES has more than 6,000 members and 40 chapters worldwide, including in Cleveland, Ohio. ISES produces the Eventworld convention, the Espirit Awards, and the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) certification program. For more information on ISES Cleveland’s board, or to learn about upcoming networking events and education opportunities, awards, and membership, please visit http://www.ISESCleveland.com.
Contact: VP of Communications, Anna-Jeannine Herman
Something New Entertainment
Now through Thanksgiving, The Special Event (TSE) is offering a 10% discount to all International Special Event Society (ISES) members on all new registrations to the Special Event in Phoenix, Arizona January 25-28, 2011.
In addition, the SEARCH Foundation has teamed up with TSE in order to provide each ISES chapter (including the ISES Cleveland Chapter) the opportunity to submit a single scholarship application for the Full Education Package registration at this year’s TSE conference.
A total of twenty-one scholarships will be awarded by the SEARCH Foundation. After a candidate is selected by their home chapter, their application will be forwarded to SEARCH for approval, as well. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and should be submitted as soon as possible. The final deadline for application submission is Thanksgiving (November 24, 2010).
Though this scholarship does not include airfare, lodging, social events, etc., it does include a full access pass, including free entrance to the TSE exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and your choice of over 100 educational sessions covering the tips, tricks, and trends of 8 different industry tracks.
More information about this event and about applying for a scholarship has been e-mailed to all current members. If you are unable to locate this information, please contact Laura Hoffman of Lake Health or Anna-Jeannine Herman of Something New Entertainment for assistance or contact Corinne Dudine at the SEARCH Foundation directly.
As Lake Health’s coordinator of community and media relations, Laura Cahill is responsible for organizing several community outreach programs, new facility events, responding to public inquiries, coordinating the Lake Health Ambassador program, assisting with ongoing media relations, e-marketing efforts, social media, and is the editor of their internal newsletter Team Talk.
Laura also works with outside non-profit agencies such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Medwish, LifeBanc, and the United Way of Lake County to coordinate blood drives and philanthropic programs for the hospital system. Laura is a three time award recipient of the Outstanding ECM Award for the United Way of Lake County and was recently named one of Cleveland’s most interesting Tweeps by Cleveland Metromix.
Laura is the Vice President of Communications for the International Special Events Society (ISES) – Cleveland Chapter board, is Secretary for the Lake Communicators board, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Social Media Club. She is also an alumna of the Gamma Psi chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Laura enjoys spending time with her family, networking, cooking, crafting, and running. Follow her on Twitter – @MissLauraC.
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-Chef Ellis Cooley