Nov 20
Notes of Thanks - Erin Feldman

Erin Feldman

I am grateful to be surrounded by smart, creative, and genuinely awesome people at Hello! Texas. Their enthusiasm, drive, and determination is what keeps me going. I am proud of how far we have come in such a short amount of time, and I am so excited to see what our future holds. We had some great opportunities this year, and we couldn't have done it without a few special people: 

To our Supplier and Venue Partners, thank you for being there for every phone call, email, site visit, and question we have. We couldn't fulfill our clients' visions without you. 

To our Hotel Sales and Events Teams, your partnership on site visits, client meetings, load-ins, and event days means the world to us. 

To our clients, THANK YOU! Thank you for trusting us with your programs. Thank you for allowing us to be creative. Thank you for making life at Hello! great. ​

Nov 17
Notes of Thanks - Heather Husom

Heather Husom

I am thankful that each day brings new curiosity, friends, and experiences, as well as new challenges to build our strength and character. I'm also thankful for our clients, who give us the ability to turn visions and dreams into reality. 

Nov 15
Notes of Thanks - Bill Yahres

Bill Yahres

We are extremely grateful to be part of the successful Hello! organization and all of the helpful and talented people within! Having just opened our Hello! California office on September 1, 2017, the overwhelming support has been immediate, and the genuine effort to make us feel like family is heartwarming! We are honored to provide DMC services in the exciting and diverse destination of Southern California, and look forward to creating special memories with all of our Hello! clients in the near future!

Nov 13
Give Kids the World's Challenge for Hope 5K

Give Kids the World

Our Hello! Florida and Mears team was thrilled to participate in Give Kids the World's Challenge for Hope 5K this past Saturday, November 11. Formerly known as the Gingerbread Run, the Challenge for Hope is an opportunity to walk, run, roll, or stroll through the Village to raise funds and awareness for Give Kids the World, an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides week-long, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. To see more pictures from this magical event, check out our live tweets from Saturday at twitter.com/hellodmc

Nov 13
Notes of Thanks - Vic Laxson

Vic Laxson

The days that I take the greatest pride in are the ones our clients trust us enough to go big and go different. A great result often makes an amazing outcome look easy. For those on the inside, we know just how much goes into making the very best events come to fruition. A successful event is the perfect combination of understanding the client's outcome expectation, hard work, strategic planning, partnership, and pride on everyone's part. 

During a recent program I stood on a balcony watching guests experience a great evening event. The response that evening from our client was exceptional. Everyone involved—from the client's team, our team, and our amazing vendor partners—really nailed it. It's nights like those that really make me grateful to be part of such an amazing company and team. Being privileged to experience this type of successful outcome on a regular basis makes me one of the luckiest people I know.  


Nov 10
Notes of Thanks - Danielle Kambic

Danielle Kambic

I am so thankful to be in Washington, D.C. and for our wonderful team. This year, everyone has met all of their challenges head on with enthusiasm, dedication, and integrity. 2017 has been full of nonstop opportunities and challenges, but I am lucky that I can always depend on them to step up to the plate. I am thankful for the trust of our owners, whose support and faith never wavers. Thank you to everyone from around the country and company who took time away from home to help make our team successful! I'm also grateful for our customers, staff, supplier partners, and venues, who let us be so ambitious! Of course, we can't forget to appreciate our health, wellness, and overall sanity, as well as acknowledge how lucky we are to work with such great teammates and in such a cool city. I'm so proud of what our team has accomplished and look forward to the coming months and years with great anticipation. Thank you, Hello! Washington, D.C.!

Nov 09
Backyard Backstories with South Florida’s Kimberlyn Flores

Kimberlyn Flores

Let's take a tour of Fort Lauderdale with Sales Coordinator Kimberlyn Flores!

Kimberlyn's definition of "One Perfect Day" in Fort Lauderdale is enjoying brunch while overlooking the intercostal on a bright sunny day. She was born in South Florida, so as Kimberlyn says, "This will always be my home!" She's passionate about finding all the cool new breweries popping up in Fort Lauderdale, and if fishing is your sport, you'll be happy to know that the fishing capital of the world is only about 1.5 hours from the city (Islamorada to be more specific)! If you're in the area, the macaroni and cheese from NY Grilled Cheese Company in Wilton Manors is a "must try."

Next up for Backyard Backstories, we'll be heading to Washington, D.C. to get the ins-and-outs from Account Executive Kerry Sauber. See you on November 22!


Nov 08
Notes of Thanks - Melissa Zorko

Melissa Zorko

I am grateful that every day I have the privilege of being a teammate to 21 incredible individuals. I am so proud when customers and suppliers alike comment on how happy the Las Vegas group is. I am grateful that these people choose to come back day-after-day, even when the hours are long and the stress is high. Each and every person in the Las Vegas office is an integral part of our success and I am grateful that not only do they know it, but that our customers get to feel that. Thank you Hello! Las Vegas. You are the BEST in the business!

Nov 07
Give Back Stories - Hello! Florida and Give Kids the World

Give Back

On September 16, 2017, Give Kids the World (GKTW) hosted its annual charity event—Give Kids the World Black and White Gala—for 1,500 attendees at The Hyatt Regency Orlando. GKTW is a storybook-themed resort that provides cost-free vacations for families of children with life-threatening illnesses. Each year, Hello! Florida partners with GKTW to produce this event, serving as the overall creative producer for the gala. As the producer, we are responsible for theme selection, story development, entertainment scripting, choreography direction, environment design, content development for the screen, logistics, show flow, and stage management. 

This year's theme was "Night of Dreams." The old expression goes, "It's always darkest before the dawn," but what does that really mean? Sunset is considered the ending of a day, the closing of a chapter; yet despite the beautiful colors, the brightness of the day is fading. Amidst that twilight glow and the ever-encroaching drench of moonlight, the "darkness" you were afraid of is still just as beautiful. For in the darkness comes clarity, reflection, and a time to truly come alive. The darkness gives way to stars shining bright and an awareness of the vastness and complexity of our universe. Just when it seems that we're at our darkest, most pensive state, a bright new day full of hope is there, ready to burst forth for us to bask in its warmth. This year we brought that journey to life through four acts that took place during dinner. Each act was choreographed with multimedia elements that elevated the feeling we wanted to bring forth with each performance. 

The journey from sunset to sunrise is symbolic of the journey of families visiting Give Kids the World Village. A young, healthy child is somehow stripped of a carefree life in favor of one of the unknown, where the cycle of sunset to sunrise is not a daily given. But even in this challenging time, there is still beauty in the transition, for in this twilight time where dreams are had and rest is sought, there exists a place where anything is possible. And that place is real, at Give Kids the World Village. For among the glow of the night sky and the twinkle of stars, families go on a journey of happiness that inspires hope that a bright new day will come. 

For more information about Give Kids the World and to find out how you can help, visit www.gktw.org. 

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Nov 06
Notes of Thanks - Darlene Plisko

Darlene Plisko

I am more than grateful for having a career with Hello! which I love. There are so many reasons to be thankful for the honor of working for such an amazing company; our owners genuinely care about the employees and invest in us. Such stellar leadership brings a team of outstanding people who work hard every day for the benefit of the company. Best of all – we are a family who love each other. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else, anywhere else. Cheers to the Holiday Season!


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