Corporate Event Planning Experts: 2nd Quarter Awards

Here we are, already nearing the end of the second quarter! Seems like the last few months passed in the blink of an eye. In that short time, we operated many incredible programs with the help of our corporate event planning partners. Below you’ll find a few “super people” that earned special recognition during this period.

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Paige Weeber, VP of Operations

This quarter’s winner is known to run a tight ship! President Matt Robbins said, “Paige has been leading our Ops department for over 10 years. Her background as a Meeting Planner and Hotel CSM allows her to see all sides of the program.” Our Sales team knows they can rely on Paige to keep their clients happy. VP Business Devleopment Bill Yahres notes Paige’s “knowledge and ability to manage multiple functions have always been the glue holding our ship together.” DOS Romy Linde agrees. “Paige goes above and beyond; she is a true team player and works hard to get the job done. Also, her attention to detail is unsurpassed, and her dedication makes her shine!” DOO Jenn Dotson adds, “Paige is amazing at what she does and is a great resource for information. Her attention to detail and commitment to clients shows in the constant positive feedback she receives.”corporate event planning paige weeber

Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Dan McCollum

Dan has been a tour guide for The Event Team since 2000. He is our “go to” for any questions we have in Los Angeles and has been a huge asset to a repeat client we’ve serviced for the past three years. This quarter, Dan was able to assist the operations team in L.A. taking the lead role in working with a client, staffing the program, and managing the vendors. Our client raved about Dan, saying “he is patient, cordial, and doesn’t seem to be flustered by anything that is thrown hiw way.” Dan is always a pleasure to work with. He keeps our clients’ expectations in mind and always strives to exceed them.

Vendor of the Quarter – Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc.

A new vendor to The Event Team, Mike Prickett and team at Bike and Kayak Tours are always quick and attentive to our needs. What’s more, we love thier excellent onsite customer service. We find it refreshing to work with partners who understand the need for quick turnaround and we appreciate that Bike and Kayak’s availability to assist us at all times. We look forward to more fun outings with Bike and Kayak Tours though 2017!

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Hotelier of the Quarter – Bill Matheny, Hotel Del Coronado

Bill Matheny, Director of National Sales at Hotel Del Coronado, is a longtime supporter of The Event Team. Director of Sales Romy Linde said “I have had the pleasure of working with Bill on various sites and programs. He is a true professional, and I have learned many selling tips from him. Bill’s confidence and humor wins over clients every time.” Thank you Bill for being a wonderful partner!

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1st Quarter Awards: Winning San Diego Event Planners

This week, we’re recognizing some of our favorite San Diego event planners and employees from the first quarter. These “super people” help create The Event Team experience from start to finish. Wherever they are, “superior events” are sure to follow!

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Bill Yahres, VP Business Development

First up, Bill Yahres is our full time employee of the quarter! Here at The Event Team since 1993, Bill is a veteran among San Diego event planners. (Coincidentally, he’s a also a U.S. Veteran).

“I’ve been impressed with Bill over the last few months,” said President Matt Robbins. “He’s had great success going after Convention business and has proven that his methods work. Also, he shows great leadership and helps broaden our DMC network.”

VP of Sales Romy Linde said, “Bill’s already landed some big clients for 2018. What’s more, he works hard to ensure the success of The Event Team and is a team player.”

Additional thoughts from VP of Operations Paige Weeber: “Bill has a heart of gold and keeps The Event Team as a priority. In the past few years, he’s found new ways to obtain business and strengthen relationships with industry planners. Bill is the “class clown” of the office; you can always count on him to make you smile.”

San Diego Event Planners - Bill Yahres

Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Holly Kromroy

Second on our list of winners is Holly Kromroy. Though a relative newbie to The Event Team field staff, Holly has proven herself as an invaluable asset to the Operations Department. We can always rely on her outgoing personality, professionalism, and promptness. Furthermore, Holly’s cheerful onsite demeanor and quick troubleshooting skills give us confidence in the success of every program she works.

San Diego Event Planners - Holly Kromroy

Hotelier of the Quarter – Lou Cirelli, Hilton San Diego Resort

Next up, Lou Cirelli, National Sales Manager at Hilton San Diego Resort. “Lou has been a pleasure to work with, and is always available and ready to assist,” said Lauren Ross, National Sales Manager at The Event Team. “He is willing to go the extra mile to accommodate requests, and always has his client’s best interests at heart.”

San Diego Event Planners - Lou Cirelli

Vendor of the Quarter – Half Door Brewing

Finally, Stacy Drayne at Half Door Brewing is our vendor of the quarter. This small but inviting brewery in East Village is a favorite stop on our Trolley ‘n Taps tour. Not only is Stacy is a gem  to work with, she also accommodates our groups expertly. Stacy’s professionalism and flexibility make her a gem among San Diego event planners. When it comes to craft beer knowledge, her team’s expertise ensures a great experience to our guests.

San Diego Event Planners - Half Door Brewing Co.

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2016 Fourth Quarter Awards Announced

What a better way to close out the year than with a list of some super people? The following 4th Quarter award recipients truly helped The Event Team shine in 2016:

Full Time Employee of the Quarter – Romy Linde, Director of Sales

Romy leads the company in sales, but she also leads in other ways. Besides managing her own accounts, she also creates sales strategies, trains and mentors her colleagues, facilitates meeetings, and more. “Romy had a fabulous year,” said President/CEO Matt Robbins. “She has been an integral part of our team for nearly 15 years and continues to evolve in her position. I’m very proud of her and can’t wait to see her 2017 sales plan in action.”


Field Staff Employee of the Quarter – Marnie Buddo

Marnie continues to be a pillar of the The Event Team field staff. When she is assigned to an event, she always arrives on time, with a happy, positive attitude and always goes above and beyond to make sure the guests and clients have a great experience. VP of Operations Paige Weeber sings Marnie’s praises: “It doesn’t matter if it is a small Gaslamp transfer or a huge off-site event; Marnie ensures that everyone has a good time to and from an event. Her reliability, positive attitude, and ability to think quickly on her feet made her an easy candidate for Employee of the Quarter.” Thank you Marnie for all you do for The Event Team!

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Hotelier of the Quarter – Khoa Hoang, Westin San Diego

We love all our hotel partners, but this quarter Khoa Hoang from Westin San Diego was particularly exceptional. “Khoa is a very detail-oriented convention services manager and a tremendous pleasure to work with,” said National Sales Manager Steve Larson. “She is very informative about her clients’ needs and always available at a moment’s notice!” Thank you Khoa for trusting The Event Team to work with you and your clients – you can count on us!

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Vendor of the Quarter – Innovative Entertainment

Last but definitely not least is our wonderful vendor of the quarter. Peggy Jewell of Innovative Entertainment is one of our most valued vendor partners. “Most groups want entertainment at their events but don’t always know what they want,” said Weeber. “With just a few details, Peggy and her team always put together great suggestions and always include a few “out of the box” ideas to keep our proposals fresh and up to date for clients. Also, her team is always available, and their onsite presence is always appreciated to keep the talent on track.” Thank you Peggy for all your years of partnership and friendship!

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The Event Team – Third Quarter Awards Announced

Every quarter, The Event Team DMC takes a moment to honor a select a few “super people” who have demonstrated exceptional service, professionalism and attitude over the last few months. Whether we’re providing San Diego corporate event entertainment, Orange County event decor, or Los Angeles corporate teambuilding, we know we wouldn’t be anywhere without those hoteliers, vendors, and staff members who are committed to making our corporate event planning services successful across Southern California. Here’s the full list of this quarter’s winners:

Full Time Employee of the Quarter: 

He hasn’t even been here a year, and he was just announced Full Time Employee of the Third Quarter. That, friends, is how National Sales Manager Steve Larson gets it DONE! Ever since Steve joined the team, he has been running on all cylinders, spearheading much of our San Diego hotel reach-out. “Steve has made a big impact with local hotels,” said President Matt Robbins. “It takes a while for a new sales person to understand and sell everything a DMC offers but Steve has learned it very quickly. He has taken his good standing in the community and used it to make a lot of great connections for The Event Team.”



Hoteliers love him, clients love him, and his colleagues love him too! Check out a few of the nominations:

“My nominee is Steve for being involved and having a great attitude.” Romy Linde, Director of Sales

“Steve is working hard and kicking some booty during these past months. He has been getting out there and meeting people, doing sites, and making himself known, as well as working on some great proposals for business. I have never seen someone as motivated and dedicated.”

“I nominated Steve for organizing our hotel presentations and dominating his hotel outreach.”

“Steve really commits himself to getting out of the office to network. He never complains about doing it, plus people love him! He makes a point to call on his old connections and make new ones for more business to get through the door!” Taryn Babayn, Executive Marketing Assistant

Click here to learn more about Steve!

Hotelier of the Quarter: Paula Anderson, CSM, Paradise Point Resort (San Diego, CA)

Director of Sales Romy Linde nominated Paula Anderson from Paradise Point Resort for our third quarter Hotelier of the Quarter “Paula hasbeen a great partner. I love working with her! She is always so detailed with information before I even reach the client, and she is always so positive. I love her energy!”

The Event Team Hotelier of the Third Quarter

Employee of the Quarter: Yvonne Kuhn (San Diego, CA)

Yvonne has been a staff member with The Event Team for over 15 years.  After a sabbatical for a few years, she rejoined our ranks in San Diego and it has been amazing to have her back. Yvonne is always so helpful and welcoming to our clients. She is a true team player with other staff and will work both early and late shifts without complaint. When Yvonne is assigned a shift, you know you can count on her to put The Event Team first and make us shine.  Thank you, Yvonne, for your dedication to our team!

Vendor of the Quarter: Feet First Entertainment (Southern California)

Feet First has continued to deliver fun-filled, high-energy experiences for our clients and their guests. Their enthusiasm and fresh teambuilding event options always help make a program with The Event Team memorable and engaging!

The Event Team Vendor of the Third Quarter

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Third Quarter CSR Project Update

This year, The Event Team committed to donating two non-perishable food items to a local food bank for every 2016 program. Our second quarter running total was 276 items donated. After the third quarter, we’re up to 174 events and 348 items donated so far! Special thanks to all our clients for helping us give back to our communities – we couldn’t do it without you!

The Event Team CSR project 2016

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We are also experts in organizing unique and impactful Corporate Social Responsibility programs for your organization. Check out this slideshow of some of our most popular philanthropic teambuilding programs and contact us today for more information!

The Event Team – Second Quarter Awards Announced

Every quarter, The Event Team takes a moment to honor the “super people” who demonstrated exceptional service and professionalism. We are grateful to those who commit to making our company successful across Southern California. In addition to our full and part-time staff, we also honor several partners within the hospitality field.

Full Time Employee of the Quarter: Lindsay White, Director of Marketing 

Lindsay works closely with the sales team to ensure all marketing needs are met. “Lindsay has stepped up big time as head of Marketing,” reports President Matt Robbins. “We are very lucky to have a creative force like her on our team.”

The sales team echoed:
“Lindsay’s nailing the marketing from presentations, to our Los Angeles office, to hotel reach out.” Romy Linde, Director of Sales

“I was impressed with her willingness to help create the hotel presentation for the Sales Team. She is always happy to help” Lauren Ross, National Sales Manager

“Lindsay is a great leader and her ideas are amazing. She is a great asset to our company.” Katie Bowen, Design and Sales Coordinator

“Lindsay does a lot to help come up with creative ways to reach our hoteliers. She is the captain of the creative ship for sure.” Taryn Babayn, Executive Marketing Assistant

Click here to learn more about Lindsay!

Lindsay White Employee of 2nd Quarter

Hotelier of the Quarter: Joyce Lu, Group Sales Manager, Starwood (San Diego, CA)

National Sales Manager Steve Larson nominated Joyce Lu from Starwood San Diego because of the relationship they fostered this year. “Joyce is a great partner of The Event Team,” said Steve. “She always thinks about the needs of her clients, and makes sure to understand what they want to accomplish when visiting San Diego.” Whether we’re attending an industry mixer together or collaborating on a San Diego corporate group event, our team always enjoys Joyce’s company and partnership.

The Event Team - Joyce Lu Starwood

Employee of the Quarter: Catherine Cox (Los Angeles, CA)

When it comes to Los Angeles corporate event staffing, Catherine Cox has been a leader among our field staff and always goes the extra mile for our clients and their guests. From creating the perfect city tour experiences to sharing new information with all staff via email, Catherine’s positive attitude and personality makes her great to work with on all levels.

Los Angeles Corporate Event Staffing

Vendor of the Quarter: Kristen Spooner / AFR Furniture Rental (San Diego, CA)

The Ops team recognizes Kristen Spooner with AFR for her dedication to The Event Team and our clients.  This quarter, we faced some unexpected program challenges, and Kristen showed us her expert troubleshooting skills! Kristen went above and beyond to make sure our client’s expectations were met and worked hard to stay true to the original concept for their meeting. Having valued relationships with vendors like Kristen and AFR makes it so rewarding to partner together on events. We look forward to more exciting events together!

Kristen Spooner AFR Furniture Rental

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The Event Team – Can Do Give Back Project 2nd Quarter Tally

Second Quarter CSR Project Update

If you haven’t been following along with The Event Team DMC’s 2016 Can-Do Give Back Program, allow us to catch you up to speed! This year, The Event Team committed to donating two non-perishable food items to a local Southern California food bank for every program we run in 2016. Our first quarter results showed that our destination management company operated 70 events from January through March, resulting in a 140-item tally! This quarter, we’re happy to announce that we added 68 (and counting) events to the books, which increases the running total to 276 items. We are well on our way to our 2016 goal of 500 food items donated! We’d like to take this time to thank all of our valued clients for giving The Event Team an opportunity to give back to our community in this meaningful way.

The Event Team CSR project 2016

We’d also like to remind you that we are experts when it comes to organizing unique and impactful Corporate Social Responsibility programs for your organization. We can help your company build both team and community spirit with activities benefiting youth, military families, disabled and/or homeless vets, hospitals, schools, and more! Check out this slideshow of some of our most popular philanthropic teambuilding programs and contact us today for more information!