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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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 LA Congratulates the 2011 Chapter & Los Angeles Special Event Award Winners

ISES Los Angeles is proud to congratulate the winners for the 2011 Los Angeles Special Event Awards ( LASEAs). Winners were announced on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the ISES LA Installation and Awards Celebration at Pandora on Green in Pasadena. Visit for more information on the Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Best Event Design

AOO Events – “Hillman Cancer Center Gala ’10”

Best Event Entertainment Concept & Execution

Eventworks – “You Are A Star”

Best Event Produced for a Non-Profit Organization

Catalina Island Conservancy– “Catalina ROCKS!”

Best Wedding Produced

J. Soiree Events – “An Ocean Blue Wedding”

Best Event Produced for a Corporation

AOO Events – “IMPACT ’10 – Closing Night”

Best Green Event

J. Soiree Events – “Get Pampered”

Best Allied Team

Simply Mumtaz Events, Inc. – “Treasures of Los Angeles”

The 2010/2011 ISES Los Angeles Chapter Award Winners

Committee Member of the Year

Sharmila Gokel Garg, Parties & Petals

Firecracker of the Year

Kelly Wynn, Pitzer College

Member of the Year

Leonard Neil, Leonard Neil Productions

Jeff Sigler, Form Decor

President’s Award

Jennifer Minzey, Simply Mumtaz Events, Inc.

Fred Willis, Quantum Rock

Special Thanks to the Installation & Awards Showcase Companies

Venue, Food & Beverage | Pandora on Green

Photography | Luminaire Images

Rentals | Town & Country Rentals

Entertainment | Leonard Neil Productions

Chairs | Chameleon Chair Collection

Special Event Staffing | Red Carpet Event Staff

Video Production | GLI Video Production

Linens | Elegant Designs & Specialty Linens

Florist | Wisteria Lane

Rentals | Classic Party Rentals

Lighting & Production | J & M Entertainment

Ring Box Decor | Tiffany & Co.

ISES LA Installation & Awards Celebration on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ISES LA proudly invites you to join us as at the newest venue in Old Pasadena, Pandora on Green, as we celebrate the next year of ISES LA. This annual event includes the presentation of our LASEAs (Los Angeles Special Event Awards), our Chapter Awards and the Marty McGowan Scholarship.

We will welcome your new 2011/2012 ISES LA Board of Directors as they take their oath of office to serve you and the Chapter for the coming year.

Pandora on Green, Café Santorini’s newest event experience, is the premier wedding, corporate and non-profit event location in Old Pasadena. Pandora on Green provides full service event design and production and flexible floor plans that offer multiple meeting and dining experiences for up to 450 guests. Enjoy their modern Mediterranean cuisine presented with attentive, professional service in an eclectic chic atmosphere.

For more information and to register, click here.

Meet Your ISES LA 2011/2012 Board

 Ron Hobbs


My Event Book

Carol Roleder


Craig’s Crew, Inc.

Jen Poyer, CSEP

Immediate Past President

Catalina Island Conservancy

Gerry Rothschild

VP, Membership

The Gerry Rothschild Band

Nahchey Storer

Director, Membership

Dash Entertainment

Jennifer Minzey

VP, Programs & Education

Simply Mumtaz Events

Melissa Navarro

Director, Programs & Education

Lawry’s Catering

Stacy Ober

Director, Programs & Education

Centerplate/Pasadena Convention Center

Sue Cook
Director, Special Assignments


Kelly Wynn

VP, Marketing & Communications

Pitzer College


Director, Marketing &  Communications

Craig Tolliver

Director, Marketing

Craig’s Crew, Inc.

Danny Bergold

Director, Marketing

About Entertainment LLC

David Esqueda

Director, Marketing

Dazian Fabrics

Debbie Hawkins, CAE, CMP

Executive Director

ISES LA Office