TONIGHT! ISES LA Cocktails & Conversation


ISES LA Cocktails & Conversation
ISES LA is proud to announce the first in a series of FREE networking events called Cocktails & Conversation.
This event will be graciously hosted by the Bonaventure Brewing Co. located in downtown Los Angeles at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.
Come join us after work for a free beer and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying the company of other event professionals in your neighborhood.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Parking is available across Figueroa St. at the Union Bank parking garage for a flat fee of $15. Exit the garage via the sky bridge, which will lead you directly to the Bonaventure Brewing Co. patio.
When Wednesday, October 17, 2012  5:30 PM             –   8:30 PM
Where Bonaventure Brewing Co. 404 S. Figueroa St. 4th Floor Los Angeles, California 90071
Fees ISES Member Registration ISES Member Fee Complimentary
Non ISES Member Registration Non ISES Member Fee Complimentary
StudentStudent Fee Complimentary

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20% OFF BizBach IDEAFEST | Promotion for ISESLA Members

IDEAFEST promotion for ISES LA members! “ISESVIP” saves you 20% off program or expo.

2012 IdeaFest Los Angeles Schedule

Schedule is subject to change, please check back frequently for more updates!

Visit the Event site for up to date changes: 

Wednesday, June 13, 20122012 IdeaFest Los Angeles

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
(Conference Registrants only)

8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Morning Conference Program
(Full Day Conference Program Registrants only)
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10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Morning General Session
(Open To All Attendees)

Spotlight on BizBash Los Angeles Innovators
Meet the 2012 Los Angeles Innovators

Morning Keynote Presentation
Featuring Cheryl Cecchetto, Owner/ President, Sequoia Productions

11:00 a.m.
Trade Show Floor Opens
(Open To All Attendees)

11:30am-to 12:30 p.m.
Event Innovators Roundtable, Sponsored by IML
(Invite Only)
50 of the area’s top event players come together with BizBash CEO David Adler, and Howard Givner, Executive Director, Event Leadership Institute to discuss the state of the event’s industry.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
BizBash Top 100 Events Luncheon
Featuring “Trends in Events” by Chad Kaydo, BizBash Media Editor In Chief
(Pre-Registration Required)

Join us as we honor and award the top players in 2011 Los Angeles Events! Enjoy a delicious catered luncheon and listen to a bonus presentation on 2012 Trends in Events, presented by Chad Kaydo, BizBash Media, Editor In Chief. (Open to all attendees)

1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Event Leadership Institute Knowledge Forum
(Open To All Attendees)
Don’t miss these 15-minute flash sessions on the tradeshow floor that give you quick and effective tips to all facets of event planning!

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Afternoon Conference Program
(Full & Half-Day Conference Program Registrants Only)
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3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon General Session
(Open To All Attendees)
Afternoon Keynote: Event Technology Revolution
Explore the best applications and software for the future of event planning by leading event industry professionals.

2012 Readers’ Choice Awards
You nominated and voted for your favorites! Now it’s time to find out which west coast events professionals win the Readers’ Choice Award in each of 12 categories!

5:00 p.m.
Trade Show Floor Closes

Upcoming BizBash IdeaFest Schedule


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August 16, 2012

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Jacob K. Javits Center
October 24, 2012


Cruiseport Boston Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
November 8, 2012

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.