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May Education Event

May 30, 2019
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa
2842 S Ocean Boulevard
Palm Beach, FL 33480
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LEARN ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Erin Branham, CSEP
President - A2 Events 
A2 Events is the result of a lifelong love for South Florida and event planning. I’ve always been drawn toward productions and design, as the daughter of the artistic director and founder of Ballet Palm Beach. I never saw myself as an entrepreneur until the moment I was one though!

When I began working at a local non-profit, I found my niche in large scale event planning and began to connect my marketing degree to my experience in events. During my time at Coral Ridge, they underwent a rebrand and a new direction. The events I was planning provided a tangible representation of the new direction for the organization. I worked to plan festivals, retreats, banquets, and national conferences.

After five years in that role, I founded Apartment Two Events now known as A2 Events to pursue new challenges in the world of corporate meeting planning, conferences, retreats, and experiential marketing. I love to work through our programs to carry out marketing goals and strategies for an organization, strengthening their brand. 

A2 has grown so much since we first started. We’ve had the opportunity to plan events in New York, LA, Minneapolis, Nashville, Chicago, Austin, and Dallas and of course here in South Florida. We’ve expanded our offerings, our clients and our staff, and I couldn’t be more proud of our boutique company!

I live in Fort Lauderdale with my husband Jimmy and our two daughters, Isabelle (10) and Evelyn (7), who provide lots of love and a little distraction. We love traveling with them, and I hope I make my little girls proud!

Jean Cowles
Owner Violets Flowers and Events
Jean has been a floral designer for almost 30 years.  She owned Violets Flowers in Minneapolis for 12 years and then moved to Costa Rica in 2017!  Jean worked for a flower exporter in the Capital of San Jose then moved to the Caribbean coast, reopening Violet's Flowers to design flower for hotels, restaurants, and weddings. What an amazing adventure that was!!  Now, she is in South Florida to bring all of your floral visions to life!

Kathleen Michael
Event Designer Hello! Destination Management
Kathleen Michael is an Event Designer at Hello! Florida, a full-service Destination Management Company serving meeting planners in many of the country’s most popular meeting destinations. Previously, Kathleen worked managing a party rental company based out of Ocala, FL. Graduating from the University of Florida’s Event Management program she considers herself a true Gator. President-elect for the South Florida Caribbean chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) she has managed a myriad of events for clients and event professionals alike. Finding inspiration from interior design to architecture, fashion and even food her creative mind is sure to keep you on your toes with a never-ending supply of abstract ideas.

Keith Willard
Keith Willard Events, LLC
Keith Willard (President, Keith Willard Events llc) is a Broward-based event planner working “from concept to completion,” for social, business and non-profit occasions.  Since his international launch of Nokia cell phones and their “Capital Market Day” in the 1990’s, Keith’s expertise has created everything from intimate dinners with a private chef to parties with thousands of participants for a gala at Madame Tussauds in London.  He even created a ‘backyard barbecue’ for Mark Cuban that included a private concert by John Mellencamp.  Keith’s recent clients include the duty-free company 3Sixty as well as Heeson Yachts, Roger Dubuis watches and hundreds of brides.  Keith was the Director of Catering for Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour and One Bal Harbour.  He was the senior catering manager for Hyatt Pier 66 and Silver Lining Catering; as well as a designer for Feature Presentations in Dallas.  Those experiences help him negotiate with hotels and private venues, getting his clients the most for their money.  Keith is an honorary Plank owner on the Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyer the USS Jason Durham, bestowed upon him by the Navy at the commissioning of the ship. He is the President of NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) and worked as their social director last season.   Keith is on the  Advisory council member and rider for the Southern Most AIDs Ride from Miami to Key West for the Last 12 years – producing $1 million each year for charity, he’s a member of the Navy League of Ft. Lauderdale, Chair, Stars of the Rainbow gala, which honors community and political leaders, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Role Model of the Year award from the Texas Triangle Publication; a  Member, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Greater Fort Lauderdale – a business focused; a member of Member, International Special Events Society (ISIS).


PARKING
$6 Valet Parking (discounted rate)
No self-parking available at this venue.

Tickets

$70.00 Future Members/Essential Members
$80.00 after 11:00 am May 30

$30.00 Student
$35.00 after 11:00 am May 30

$45.00 MPI Members (Preferred/Premier level)
$55.00 after 11:00 am May 30

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