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
Pictured above, left to right — Rachel Yagl & Jennifer Judy-Fyffe, Today’s Bride Magazine and Shows; Rachael Westlake-Fuller, Cleveland Zoological Society; Ryan Konikoff, Rock the House Entertainment Group; Vince Iannaggi, L’Nique Specialty Linen Rental; Shannon Harris, Marriott Hotel Group; Anna-Jeannine Herman, Something New Entertainment
Please enjoy these photos, courtesy of Digital Photos by Dave, of last week’s International Special Events Society Cleveland chapter’s session on South Asian weddings, hosted at Marriott Key Center at 127 Public Square in Cleveland, an elegant and exciting evening of experiencing South Asian wedding trends and traditions!
Select decor and mondap by featured speaker Alina Saini from Party Decor. Tantalizing Indian food provided by the Saffron Patch. Uplighting provided by Rock the House Entertainment Group.
Also joining our panel of experts were special guest speakers Justine Lorelle Blanchard from The Knot and Durga Chigurupati of Adhya Productions. Moderated by Ryan Konikoff of Rock the House Entertainment Group.
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.
Free! Free! Free!
Please join us Wednesday, January 19, 2011 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Anatomy Nightclub | Ultralounge (1299 W. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113) for our signature membership event.
FREE food, FREE networking and FREE prizes!
Anyone that Joins ISES at the January membership drive will receive a six month membership, an ISES “Value Pack”, and free application processing (a $50 value) for the discounted rate of just $199.00! The “Value Pack” includes; $200 off of products or services from great companies like Rock the House, Event Source, and Everything Tented. This $600 value will more than pay for your membership fee.
When joining ISES not only do you get the benefit of a local source for networking and education, but you get great discounts with companies like FedEx, Budget Truck Rental, Alamo and many others. ISES also gives opportunities such as leadership, exposure, events, local and regional relationships, team work, committee involvement, and professional development.
Bon Appetit is proud to provide complimentary food for the evening and Anatomy will have a cash bar available as you enjoy networking with top event professionals. Rock The House will also be doing just that, as we enjoy the full “club” experience at Anatomy. Valet parking will be provided by MVP Valet at a cost of $7. Last, but not least, we have accumulated several great door prizes such as; an overnight stay at the Cleveland Airport Marriott and Cavaliers tickets!
Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by visiting CVENT.
Update: Due to the severe weather and traffic conditions, the Board of Directors is regretful to announce that this event has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you healthy and safe on another day!
We will continue our membership drive efforts throughout this month — please stay tuned for more details!
Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Anatomy Nightclub | Ultralounge located at 1299 West 9th Street in Cleveland for our annual membership drive. We’ll enjoy free food, entertainment by Rock the House, prizes, networking, and more! This event is FREE and open to non-members. If you’re not already a member of ISES, come see the benefits to joining ISES and network with event professionals from the Cleveland area. If you’re already a member, why not bring a guest with you tomorrow night and show them how great the ISES Cleveland chapter is!
In addition to the special prorated value for joining ISES at the event, we’ll be giving away some great raffle prizes just for showing up like Cavs tickets, a night at the Cleveland Airport Marriot with breakfast for 2, and more! Plus, new members will receive a special “welcome pack” with money-saving offers from several ISES Member companies, including $200 worth of products and services from Rock the House, Event Source, and Everything Tented — that $600 will more than pay you back for your membership investment! Can’t come tomorrow night, but still want to take advantage of that great prorated membership investment? No problem! Join during the month of December and get your six month membership for just $199 instead of the yearly $399. Plus, as a special incentive, we’ll also waive the $50 application fee.
Please contact Scott Pickel, Everything Tented, at 216-429-0991 or via email (email@example.com)
if you are able to attend or if you have any other questions about joining ISES. See you soon! Please click here to RSVP
This Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, please join the International Special Events Society (ISES) Cleveland Chapter at the Doubletree Hotel Cleveland Downtown/Lakeside as we host a diverse panel of local and national hospitality professionals looking back at experiences that helped them shape their careers. You’ll be amused, surprised and energized by the lessons they have learned over their collective adventures in the special events and hospitality industry.
ISES Cleveland is proud to partner with the Cleveland Chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) as we work together to provide our local industry professionals with the insight and education that they need to stay competitive in an ever-changing market.
Rick Turner, President of HSMAI Cleveland, and a founding Board member of the Cleveland chapter of ISES will moderate this lively and engaging panel as they discuss their formative years climbing the ladder of success.
Our panelists include:
George Schindler – President and CEO of Hospitality Restaurants
David Gilbert – President of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Incumbent President of Positively Cleveland.
Lara McCulloch-Carter – Marketing Strategist and creator of ready2spark.com, the special event industry’s most popular online marketing resource.
Michael Cerbelli – President of Special Events, Total Entertainment – New York City
Lunch will be provided by Doubletree Hotel, so please register in advance.
This event is open to both members and non-members. For more information and to register for his event, please visit http://www.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Invitation.aspx?i=d805065b-9f99-4a70-8ef8-ea291679fb2c
We look forward to seeing you!
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