ISES Los Angeles Chapter Board Installation and Chapter Awards



ISES LA proudly invites you to our Chapter Board Installation and Los Angeles Special Event Awards (LASEA) Celebration on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at The Ebell of Los Angeles. Executive Chef, Louis Pechan kicks off the night with a networking reception, offering a *signature cocktail and delicious hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit down dinner. The evening will begin with Cara Kleinhaut, of Caravents presenting our keynote address followed by our Chapter’s Annual Board Installation and Los Angeles Special Event Awards (LASEA).

Eleven years ago, in 2001, Cara Kleinhaut launched Event Production & Design Firm, Caravents, most recently voted one of BizBash’s Most Innovative Event Pros in 2011 and winner of two 2010 BizBash Awards for Best Overall Event Concept and Best Entertainment Program for Target’s “Party For Good,” a groundbreaking 4,000-person service project and party in NYC. With the Musicians Assistant Program’s (MAP) as her first and longest-standing client, Cara’s client list also includes: Essence magazine’s annual Oscar gala, the Black Women in Hollywood Awards, Elle magazine’s signature event, Women In Hollywood Awards, and their Independent Spirit Awards Lounge, as well as lifestyle and entertainment events for iconic brands such as Target, HBO, InStyle, Takashi Murakami, Conde Nast Media Group, and Samsung. The team at Caravents completed their most ambitious project yet this March, with the Caesar’s Entertainment Group, Total Rewards Launch. It took place in four cities with 8 A List Musical artists, 3 hosts, and hundreds of crew, simultaneously, with Cara at the tip of it all. Cara Kleinhaut offers her rich experience in planning and design artistry from beginning to end with personal management and precise execution.

The historic Ebell of Los Angeles is an architectural masterpiece that brings glamour, elegance and legacy to special events. With two exquisitely detailed ballrooms, an intimate art salon and a breathtaking courtyard garden, the Ebell presents a variety of sophisticated settings. With an executive chef offering full service catering and on-site event management for preplanning and event day execution, The Ebell’s professional special events team is dedicated to the success of your event. Site tours will be available.

*A specialty cocktail will be offered during the reception; a no host bar will be available.
Complimentary parking.

Congratulations to the following Los Angeles event professionals on their nomination as a finalist in ISES LA’s Los Angeles Special Event Awards (LASEAs).

AOO Events
Catalina Island Conservancy
Mumtaz Marketing & Events
Special Occasions Event Planning

Your 2012/2013 Board of Directors:

Gerry Rothschild – President
Kelly Wynn – President Elect
Carol Roleder – Immediate Past President
Jennifer Minzey – V.P. of Education and Programs
Rhonda Boyer – V.P. of Membership
Kristin Wilson – V.P. of Marketing and Communications
Stacy Ober – Director at Large, Education
Melissa Navarro – Director at Large, Programs
Laura Lopez – Director at Large, Membership/Student Programs
Veronica Puleo – Director at Large, Membership
Natalie Spiro – Director at Large, Communications
Alice Goetschel – Director At Large, Marketing/Advertising and Allied Associations

Special thanks to our show casers:
The Ebell of Los Angeles
Caravents Inc. Event Production & Design
Dash Entertainment
SMG Photography
On Cue Audio Visual
Jeremy Weinglass
Lawry’s The Prime Rib

The Ebell of Los Angeles
743 South Lucerne Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90065





Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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ISES LA Leadership Opportunities


Make Your Mark on the Industry!

Chapter leadership is an invaluable opportunity to get involved, professionally grow, network, make meaningful connections with industry members, bring more visibility to your company or organization and have some fun! Leave your mark on the industry and join a committee today!

Chapter and Committee Leadership Opportunities Include:

  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Membership
  • New Media
  • Programs & Education
  • Public Relations
  • More!

Email or visit for more information or to express interest.

ISES LA Seeks Management Services


The International Special Events Society Greater Los Angeles Chapter seeks management services.
To inquire, please send a request for more detailed information with “ISES LA Management” in the subject line to:

Jen Poyer, CSEP, ISES Greater Los Angeles Chapter Immediate Past President |

For more information on ISES LA visit:


Event Solutions Spotlight Awards Voting


ISES LA congratulates the following Los Angeles area professionals on their recent Event Solutions Spotlight Award nominations:

Rrivre Davies, Rrivre Works, Inc. – Designer/Creative Director of the Year

Cheryl Checcetto, Sequoia Productions – Event Producer of the Year

Jen Poyer, CSEP*, Catalina Island Conservancy – Organizational Planner of the Year

Eddie Zaratsian, Tic-tock Couture Florals – Floral Designer of the Year

Aaron Kaniecki, Good Gracious Events – Rising Star Male

AOO Events, Represented by David Merrell* – Event Company of the Year

EventWorks, Represented by Janet Elkins* – Event Company of the Year

Sequoia Productions, Represented by Cheryl Checcetto – Event Company of the Year

California Science Center, Represented by Chris Sion* – Event Site of the Year

Warner Bros. Studios, Represented by Hillary Harris – Event Site of the Year

Rrivre Works, Inc., Represented by Rrivre Davies – Event Supplier of the Year

Backdrops Beautiful, Represented by Ilana Goldstone* and Jose D. Ramirez* – Rental Company of the Year

Classic Party Rentals*, Represented by Michael Miner – Rental Company of the Year

But they still need your help!  Too see the full finalist lists and cast your vote online visit ( by January 31.  You can vote once per e-mail.

* Denotes ISES Member

Don’t Miss Meet the Masters: November 14, 2011

ISES LA‘s sixth annual Signature Event, Meet the Masters, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Millennium Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles.  Masters are seasoned, award-winning, business savvy, and nationally recognized event professionals with comprehensive portfolios, diversified backgrounds, exceptional levels of expertise and successful businesses or careers in senior management. This year, ISES LA is proud to collaborate with the SEARCH Foundation to highlight several Masters that serve on the Board of Directors!


The evening will feature a networking reception, “round-table” style dinner and a panel discussion with all of the Masters. Throughout dinner, Masters will periodically rotate between tables, providing guests with an outlet to connect, engage and converse with Masters and their peers in an intimate format. This is an exclusive opportunity to gain invaluable insight on navigating the industry that will transcend all segments, disciplines, experience levels and specialties. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary, unparalleled occasion to take your network, business, publication, roster of clientele or production skills to the next level!

2011 Masters*

Greg Christy, Brite Ideas Lighting
John Daly, Jr., John Daly, Inc.
Tobey Dodge, The Wedding Connection
Kelly Dolan, Johnson & Johnson Companies
David Fischette, GO West!
Larry Green, Rentals Unlimited
Lisa Hurley, Special Events Magazine
Richard LoGuercio, Town & Country Event Rentals
Erika Lohmar, The Meetinghouse Companies
Jorge Lopez, J & M Entertainment
Marc McBride, USC Alumni Association
Dave Merrell, AOO Events
Andrea Michaels, Extraordinary Events
Pauline Parry, Good Gracious
Mary Ann Reilly, Dress the Drink
Joann Roth-Oseary, Someone’s in the Kitchen
Lenny Talarico, MGM Resorts
Rick Turner, Event Source
Barbara Wallace, Barbara Wallace Weddings
Edgar Zamora, Revelry Event Productions

Stay tuned, more to come!

Former Masters include Brian Acheson, CSEP, King Dahl, Janet Elkins, Hillary Harris, Youngsong Martin, Bill Pry, Sasha Souza, David Tutera, Mindy Weiss and many more.


Registration is open! Secure your tickets now, as seats are limited and this event will sell out! Visit ISES LA for more information on upcoming events, sponsorship, membership and leadership opportunities.


*Masters subject to change.


ISES Orange County Chapter Presents: “Where the 20th Century & 21st Century Meet”

ISES Orange County Chapter Presents:

Where the 20th Century & 21st Century Meet

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

6-9 p.m.

FormDecor | La Mirada, CA

Join us as we explore behind the scene at FormDecor‘s new facility and sample New Orleans Cuisine from the Jazz Kitchen.

Come and hear how the challenges of stage design is mastered in the 21st century with our guest speaker, Joe Enriquez of No Limit System, Inc.

FormDecor was founded 11 years ago by two design and event specialists who recognized an unfulfilled need for authentic modern furniture rentals. Their passion for the genre and impeccable business practices have grown the company to international recognition. From a centrally-located warehouse just south of Los Angeles, FormDecor provides a deep inventory of all categories of furniture, accessible to most of the major West Coast metropolitan areas. With multiples of many popular designs and hard-to-find unique furnishings, FormDecor accommodates events both large and small.

At, clients have access to FormDecor’s complete catalog of modern designer furnishings, including both mid-century modern icons and contemporary modern designs. This user-friendly website is designed as a comprehensive resource and valuable tool for event designers. With a special designer space that allows event planners to create and save their own projects, you can even create presentations online!

The Search function at is another tool which users find very helpful for locating specific items or a general range of applicable products. And easy-to-read forms can also be downloaded from the website for requesting an order or quote as well as for credit card payment.

For larger projects, FormDecor’s staff provides professional design consultation to help with logistics coordination, color, fabric and style selection, space planning and more. Drawing on their extensive industry experience and comprehensive resources, FormDecor can help bring even the most unique custom projects to fruition.

With a client list which includes major networks, film studios, Fortune 500 corporations, and the top event planners and designers in the business, FormDecor regularly provides modern furnishings for a wide range of applications such as movie and TV set design, trade show lounges and meeting rooms, weddings and bar mitzvahs, corporate launches, fundraisers, and any other special event that requires the elegance and comfort afforded by beautiful modern furnishings.

To make your next event truly special, visit, or call the FormDecor sales office at 310.558.2582.

Joe Enriquez specializes in Exhibit Design & Manufacturing • AV System Integration Design • Engineering and CAD Schematics • Complete Staging & Technical Design and Production • Lighting, Sound • Sets & Scenery • High Definition Video Projection • LED Display • Teleprompter • Special Effects • Technical Direction • Stage Management and much more.

714-293-2100 |

Experience  the flavor of New Orleans from the  Jazz Kitchen located in Downtown Disney.

ISES LA Seeks Executive Director Services

The International Special Events Society Greater Los Angeles Chapter seeks Executive Director services.
To inquire, please send a request for more detailed information with “ISES LA Executive Director” in the subject line to:

Jen Poyer, CSEP, ISES Greater Los Angeles Chapter Immediate Past President

For more information on ISES LA visit: