Many of the ISES Cleveland Board Members took the opportunity to visit Chicago in January 2013 for the ISES Midwest Retreat, ISES Leadership Summit, and The Special Event. Each attendee is going to share their experice with you on our blog. If you are interested in learning more about TSE 2013, make sure to REGISTER HERE for our TSE In Review Event on February 19th, 2013. Here is Director at Large, Matt Radicelli’s TSE 2013 experience:
“Why Am I Here?”
I’m fortunate that I’m able to visit The Special Event in Chicago this year. I’m a student of customer service, Karma & good will, and lord knows I do my best to keep my life balance in check; but the first seminar that I chose this morning was about “building the business you want to achieve the life balance you dream about.” with Tami Forero from http://www.forteevents.com. Great Choice!
My best takeaway is a simple concept that I feel strongly and passionate about: Every moment of your day you should ask yourself, “Do I love doing this? Am I good at it? Does it make me money?” It sounds simple right? While I’m not suggesting that you quit your job selling insurance, leave your baby at home alone, or boycott that convention or workshop your boss sent you to… I am suggesting that your life balance is probably out of whack if you can’t say yes to all three of those questions. If you can say YES to all three, GREAT! Your life balance is probably in a good place. If you can’t say YES to all three, get to work, write it on the wall, and make it happen!
So why am I here?
I love Special Events. I am good at them. They make me money.
ISES Cleveland is THE networking group for Cleveland Event Professionals.
This event took place in May, 2012 at La Centre in Westlake. The most tech savvy event professionals presented a different type of advancing technology to the room. After the presentations, everyone visited for more one on one contact and networking opportunities. New ideas for business improvement sprung up throughout the evening.
Special Thanks To Our Panelists:
- Shannon Dolan of EventWorks, Inc - Topic: 3D Holographic Display Technology
- Andy Halko of Insivia - Topic: Augmented Reality
- Zane Gloer of Aable Rents - Topic: CAD Design
- Aaron Lucas of Quez Media - Topic: QR Codes
- Matt Radicelli of Rock The House Entertainment - Photo Repository
- Nick Borelli of Rock The House Entertainment - Topic: Social Media Roadmap
- Steve Tanruther of Rock The House Entertainment - Topic: HTML-Based Office Hub
- Jessica Smith of Rock The House Entertainment - Topic: Basecamp: Increase Productivity, Accountability & Save Time
- Rita Singh of Miraj International - Topic: E-Mail Direct Marketing
If you are interested in joining the premiere Cleveland Event Industry group, check out www.isescleveland.com for more information.
Please enjoy the photos in the gallery, below and the podcast of the Jewish Wedding Trends Event!
Thank you to our presenters:
Rabbi Steven Denker and Renee Higer, Executive Director, Temple Emanu El
Eileen Benson from Bridal Consulting by Eileen
and to our sponsors:
Lighting and Sound Design by Something New Entertainment
Learn more about Something New Entertainment in their Platinum Sponsor Spotlight.
Specialty Linens by L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental
Learn more about L’Nique in their Platinum Sponsor Spotlight.
Specialty Seating Design by Be Seated Chair Rental
Learn more about Be Seated in their Gold Sponsor Spotlight.
Floral Decor and Chuppah Design by Breathtakers Event Planners and Decorators
Podcast by Rock the House
Hosted at Temple Emanu El
Hightop Tables by Everything Tented
Photos by Digital Photography by Dale
Food provided by Around DownTown Catering
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
Earlier this month, ISES Cleveland Members and guests spent another productive lunch enjoying beautiful and delicious food provided by newly-inducted ISES Cleveland member Pamela Waterman and Duet Catering, as well as a thought-provoking presentation by local ActionCoach Wayne Bergman learning about how a great group of “raving fans” can catapult your business to new heights, why you should spend time cultivating your own garden of “raving fans,” and what steps you as a business owner can take to make your happy clients want to spread the word about your business.
The event was hosted by Scott Pickel and Everything Tented, who set up a tent within their warehouse to allow us all to enjoy the tent experience, despite the cold weather. Sound services were provided by Matt Radicelli and Rock the House Entertainment Group. Linens and tableware were provided by Event Source.
Matt Radicelli, Founder and Owner of Rock The House Entertainment Group, has more than 15 years of experience in the special events industry and leads his team of more than 50 employees with passion and forward-thinking vision. Matt works hard, enjoys a challenge, and loves making something out of nothing.
Matt has been the CEO of Rock The House for 10 years and has systematically grown outward and upward with the addition of emerging new divisions such as Live Entertainment, Lighting, Digital Décor, Audio/Visual & Staging, Photo Novelties, and Multimedia.
Matt has been recognized both personally and professionally as a leader & trendsetter; accolades include Matt being named as one of Crain’s Magazine’s “20 in their 20’s”, as well as being awarded the “Flame of Inspiration” award in 2010. His company, Rock The House, was named CBC Magazine’s Connectors Choice “Entertainment Company of the Year” and “Best Video & Staging Company of the Year”, and Smart Business Magazine’s “World Class Customer Service Award”
Matt Radicelli holds a self-proclaimed Master’s Degree from The School of Hard-Knocks.
Over the course of the hour, guests enjoyed a small sampling of the restaurant’s fresh fare (including sliced heirloom tomatoes with aioli on toast, sweet beet salad with goat cheese, sausage stuffed peppers skewered with tomatoes, corn pudding with scallops and more) as Executive Chef Ellis Cooley discussed the restaurant’s efforts to support the garden to table movement – not only by buying local as much as possible, but by actually growing vegetables in an impressively-sizeable garden right on-site at the hotel.
This past season, Chef Cooley oversaw the clearing of a large strip of overgrown weeds, brush, and grasses along the back of the Cleveland Airport Marriott’s parking lot. He replaced the useless vegetation with 40 cubic yards of topsoil (that translates to about 4 dump trucks full) and then started planting!
Though he deliberately chose plants well-suited to the area’s climate, he was unprepared for the success of the first year’s crop; nearly every seed planted has produced a plant, and the once-weedy patch is now overflowing with corn, squash, fennel, several types of peppers from mild to unbearably spicy, tomatoes, and more. The kitchen has its hands full with the habanero crop, and there is no shortage of fresh vegetables.
-Chef Ellis Cooley