Your Seat

    In Person Events are Returning!

    As a novice event planner, how do you start planning for in-person events?

    MAY 6, 2021 • 1:00 PM EST

    Your Seat

      Hear four industry leaders share their event expertise

      As hybrid events continue to be added to the schedule and events with more in-person attendees return, clients will rely on event planners and show producers more heavily than ever before. Whether it is an outdoor event or a general session in a hotel ballroom, event planners and show producers are asked to do more with less while executing the client’s vision.

      Hear our esteemed panelists share their insights and answer your questions on topics including;

      • Budgets
      • Client, planner, vendor relationships
      • Technical considerations
      • Expectations vs. reality
      • Scheduling

      Our Talented Panelists

      Moderator:  Cathy Ives | Veteran Live Production Specialist

      Cathy has been producing live events since the age of 15. During her years at Walt Disney World, Cathy worked as a Stage Manager, Lighting and Pyrotechnics Technician, Warehouse Supervisor and produced large scale Special Events. Upon joining Freeman in 2002, Cathy filled many roles including Production Manager, National Operations Center-Production Services Manager, Director of Operations, and finally as General Manager, successfully managing the $60 million annual budget for the Dallas Branch.

      Kimberley Saleik | People Connector | Event Producer | Trust Builder

      With over 25 years of corporate and private experience in the events industry, Kim is deeply committed to ensuring a successful outcome for every client. Upon joining the Linder Global Events team in 2002, Kim guided the creative and strategic vision for some of their largest and legacy clients maximizing the impact of their events to advance their mission. Her work spans almost every industry sector and has delivered unparalleled success across a number of key organizational challenges and industry opportunities. Kim has planned, promoted, and produced monumental milestone events, conferences, shareholder meetings, recognition programs, and stunning corporate and non-profit events around the world. Her event portfolio includes work on Apollo 50: Go for the Moon, the opening of the National Museum of African American Arts and Culture and the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial Opening Ceremony, the National Park Foundation Centennial, the National Parks Conservation Association Centennial, NPR Collective, and the Mars Make the Difference global flagship recognition program.

      Mike Aug | Owner, Chicken Scratch

      Mike Aug began his career in the entertainment industry at the age of 16, providing audio services in the Baltimore/Washington DC area. By age 20, he had already toured the US and Europe several times as an audio engineer and tour manager. Throughout his career, Mike has designed and implemented production packages for everything from a custom art display commemorating the anniversary of the I Have a Dream speech, to a 500,000-person religious gathering with a variety of national acts and satellite feeds. Mike’s expertise includes: production and project management, technical direction, site design and onsite coordination, stage and structure design, scheduling, labor and vendor negotiation and management, and venue relations and compliance.  His vast experience has been utilized for Capital Pride Festival in Washington, DC, Project Manager for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards Remote Shoot featuring the Jonas Brothers, Technical Coordinator for all official outdoor events and, simultaneously, Production Manager for the Welcome Concert at the Lincoln Memorial during the 58th Presidential Inauguration and Technical Director for the Proctor & Gamble Clean Power Plan Launch.

      Jeff Anthony | JA Productions

      With 30 years of experience, Jeff is one of the most accomplished and recognized members of the Mid-Atlantic region’s events production community. After a stint with the National Endowment for the Arts Music Program and serving as Director of Community Relations for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jeff turned his talents to event production working in theater, dance, concert, international touring, virtual events, webcast, political and corporate events, and He has served as Project Manager, Producer, Technical Director, Production Manager, Tour Manager, and Stage Manager. Jeff’s illustrious list of clients include: The Smithsonian Institute, IBM, Google, YouTube, the National Broadcasters Association, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, the Committee to Promote Washington, the Presidential Inauguration Committee, the Congressional Black Caucus, Audi, Pharma, Freddie Mac, Colgate Palmolive, US Olympic Committee, Maryland Public Television, The National Park Service, Cirque De Soleil, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, among others.