A Great Organization, Made Better

By Kathy Miller

As ISES’ outgoing president, I want to thank you all members of ISES for the privilege of allowing me to serve this past year. The opportunity to share my experience and express my ideas across the globe, while working with exceptional professionals to make a great organization even better, has been inspiring.

I have learned one thing this past 12 months: The International Special Events Society is well on its way to becoming the most highly respected events organization in the world.

I sought to make significant movement in five key areas this past year:

  • Marketing and branding
  • Technology
  • Chapter efficiencies
  • Information
  • Education and member services

We have formed increased strategic partnerships within the industry and increased our visibility.

We accomplished a lot this year. We took a well-crafted, three-year strategic plan and condensed it into one year. When I reflect on our planning sessions, I have one word that stands out: WOW! We are now more than 5,500 members strong, representing more than 50 disciplines, including event producers, communication companies, event designers, entertainment producers, linen and decor experts, marketers and a host of other creative event disciplines. Our global footprint continues to expand.

I’m impressed by all that has been accomplished in such a short time. It would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication and passion of our international board and hundreds of volunteers who are incredibly passionate about ISES and about the live event industry. Thank you, ISES, for making this year such a great experience.

Make it another eventful year!

Name: Kathy Miller
Company: Total Event Resources
Address: 1920 N. Thoreau Drive, Suite 105
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847/397-2200
Web: www.total-event.com

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS (RVPs)

Northeast: Kelly Coronel (Hampton Roads)

Southeast: Kelly Smink (Atlanta)

Midwest: LaTonja Thomas (St. Louis)

West: Dawn Abbott (Denver)

 

CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE

Jennifer Poyer, CSEP (Los Angeles), Chair

Raye-Dawn Acheson, CSEP (Dallas)

Alex Gorriaran, CSEP (Rhode Island)

Karl Heitz, CSEP (Denver)

Ken Kristoffersen, CSEP (Calgary)

Tanya Posavatz, CSEP (Austin)

 

EDUCATION COUNCIL

Ryan Hanson, CSEP (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Chair

Sally Webb Berry, CSEP (Greater Triangle)

Debbie Bueckman, DMPC (St. Louis)

Marie Caci, CSEP, CMP, CPCE (New England)

Kristjan Gavin, CMP (Dallas)

Rosemary Prince, CPRP (At Large)

Sue Werb, CSEP (Philadelphia)

Keisha Wilson, CSEP (Atlanta)

 

ESPRIT AWARDS COMMITTEE

Kathy Newby (Napa-Sonoma), Chair

Victoria DeSilvio (South Florida)

Jenny Fustino (Rhode Island)

Sandy Sobczak (Chicago)

J.C. York (Orlando)

 

FINANCE and AUDIT COMMITTEE

Kevin White, CSEP (New York), Chair

Dave Buckley, CSEP (Philadelphia)

Jodi Collen, CSEP (Minneapolis--St. Paul)

Gwen Helbush, CWC (At Large)

Sara Hunt, CSEP (Northern California)

Terry Shields, CSEP (Dallas)

Steven Way (New England)

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Jennifer Trethewey (Melbourne), Chair

Canada: Karen Eluck, CSEP (Toronto), Charlene Roth-Diddams (Calgary)

EMEA: Andy Callin (London-UK)

United States: Dawn Abbott (Denver), Kelly Coronel (Hampton Roads), Kelly Smink (Atlanta), LaTonja Thomas (St. Louis)

 

ISES PAGES EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD

Caroline Sewell (Greater Triangle N.C.), Editor

Christina Currie (Chicago)

Carol Roleder (Los Angeles)

 

MARCOM COMMITTEEE

Judy Brillhart, CSEP (New England), Chair

Joella Hopkins, CSEP (Los Angeles)

Rick Jobe (Columbus)

Kevin Kowalczyk (Denver)

Ruth Moyte (At Large)

 

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Morgan Connacher (New York), Chair

Shane Cochran (Atlanta)

James Riley (Columbus)

Craig Tolliver (Los Angeles)

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Terry Singleton, CSEP (Atlanta), Chair

Kate Cole (New England)

Morgan Doan, CSEP (Northern California)

Richard Foulkes (London)

Melissa Jurcan, CSEP (Seattle)

 

SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS COMMITTEE

Kimberly Crawley (Rhode Island), Chair

Jim Bailey, CSEP (Chicago)

Dana Macaulay (Napa-Sonoma)

Rachel Mangal (Toronto)

Cindy Scott (Pittsburgh)

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