I first met Denise Quashie, managing partner of an Atlanta Boutique event planning firm Events By Canvas and CEO of an event specific social media consultancy Socially Planned, via Twitter last summer, just before the first BarkWorld Expo, which she created and planned. We were introduced by a mutual, virtual acquaintance, Cheryl Lawson, who was going to be speaking at the gathering of social media-connected humans and their Twitter-savvy anipals. Since then, I’ve been following her exploits as she follows one of her passions — educating meeting organizers how to harness the power of social media — and organizes innovative events, such as a special meeting planners’ forum at Social Media Atlanta. — Kristi Casey Sanders
Suzan Patrick, CMP, a professional planner in Denver, Colo., has worked in many realms of meeting and event planning, from corporate sales incentive meetings and the 2008 National Democratic Convention to volunteering for non-profit organizations and everything in between. Recently, she left corporate life to follow her passion as an independent planner with her new company SP Meeting & Event Consultants. I was able to catch her between her many “gigs.”
Monica Compton, CMP, has been a strategic meeting planner and an event marketing consultant for over 18 years. In addition to owning her own successful, full-service event planning agency, Pinnacle Productions Inc., she is an accomplished journalist for the events industry, and even a contributing writer for Plan Your Meetings. Her extensive travels take her around the globe; so I was privileged to catch her in between her fast-paced – and thrilling – schedule.
Armed with the belief that “people prefer to do business with others with whom they share social experiences,” Cheryl T. Lawson — aka @PartyAficionado — left the corporate world, where she was a marketing manager who also planned the company’s meetings and events, and struck out on her own. As founder of Party Aficionado, Lawson specializes in events and what she likes to call social marketing. She also teaches social media marketing courses for U.C. Riverside, and meeting and event management for Devry and Riverside Community College. She splits her time between her hometown of Tulsa, Okla., Riverside, Calif., and wherever the work takes her. A self-professed “geek,” Lawson also developed the first Event Planning Tools mobile app for Android smartphones. I first connected with her via Twitter almost a year ago and was very excited to finally meet her in person at the BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta.
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Cindy Lo, president of Red Velvet Events, says her mission statement is to “out-plan, outplay and out-party!” And with hundreds of events successfully created in just eight years, she’s put her money where her mouth is. PYM was lucky to catch up with the busy entrepreneur between gigs, as she wrapped up the NACE Experience! Conference (July 25-28) and was on her way to Baltimore, Md., for ISES Eventworld (Aug. 5-7, 2010).