Last week we earned a HUGE honor….the kind folks at The San Diego Ad Club named us the Industry Affiliate of the Year at their Brand Diego Excellence Awards. Lucky us!!!
We have been recognized for our ongoing commitment to the San Diego business community and in support of the advertising and marketing industry in our region. For more information about the awards, visit the Brand Diego website: https://www.sandiegoadclub.com/brand-diegos. Congrats to all of the other nominees – what an awesome group of San Diego professionals!
Thank you SAN DIEGO AD CLUB! You have made more than just our day, week or month! You have reminded us how much we LOVE what we do every day! Our beautiful award has found a happy home at the Henley Headquarters!
We are very excited to have recently been invited to join the California Party Professionals.
Do you have a party related business and interested in networking with other party professionals? We are a growing group of party stylists, planners, graphic artists, designers, sweets owners, floral artists, event coordinators, party bloggers, photographers, and party suppliers. If you live in California and would like to request an invitation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your business information and links.
I just had the great fortune of working in Brazil for nearly 4 weeks on a project for the FIFA Confederation Cup, which allowed me to travel to Fortaleza (northeast corner of Brazil) and to Rio. This was my first trip to Brazil and it was a privilege to work and play in one of the world’s emerging markets. Brazil is everything you would expect…beautiful beaches, perfect sunsets, warm and friendly people and a colorful spirit from music to artwork. My team and I were welcomed with open arms by the people we worked with and those we had the pleasure of hosting. As a lifelong soccer fan, finding both Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach covered with soccer nets was a joy. Sport is a national past time in Brazil and when in doubt, the natives can be found on the beach, wearing as little as possible, playing either footie or beach volleyball.
I was not prepared for the significant discrepancies of wealth that haunts the country. You need not travel very far before baring witness to million dollars homes shadowed by the favelas that crawl up the hills. One of the most significant parts of my trip was a tour of the favelas in Rio. I wanted to truly understand the social significance of the favelas and these infamous neighborhoods that pepper every direction you turn. On average, those living in favelas earn no more than $200 per month and everything that can be used to build a house is secured; from banners to garage doors being used as walls. Social services are incredibly limited in favelas; which was a major spark of the recent protests. The government has chosen to build stadiums instead of providing basic social needs to residents. Yet, when you walk through the favelas, there is still very much a Brazilian spirit present. These neighborhoods may house the poorest of the poor financially, but they resonate with the richness and vibrancy that makes Brazil a very unique place.
Like every visitor to Rio, I enjoyed a visit to both Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer. The view of Rio from both locations is breathtaking. Standing at the foot of the Christ with my arms spread wide (because that’s of course how you have to have your picture taken!) offered one of those unique moments when you realize that you are seeing one of the great man-made wonders in the world – not through the vessel of a book or tv, but instead with your own eyes. In a word, awesome!
Brazil being the soccer-loving country it is, the atmosphere in the stadiums for the matches was electric. One highlight had to be at the final match of the Confederation Cup, which was the game between Brazil and Spain. When the Brazilian national anthem began being played, the entire stadium – all 70,000 yellow shirt wearing fans – began to sing. The patriotism and enthusiasm for both country and sport was electric.
I look forward to returning next summer for World Cup so I best start learning more Portuguese!
Spring has sprung and what better time to start planning your breaks. You’ve earned it. So, go have a bit of fun, let your hair down, and get a little wild. The question is where to venture to this year? Well, Forbes has us all covered with their 2013 Travel Guide Star Awards (https://www.startle.com/forbes-travel-guide-star-award-winners/2013-star-award-winners), and this year they gave out more awards than ever before! The list gives you top hotels, spas, and for the foodies the top restaurants. The hardest decision will be what destination first. I say go with Hong Kong the city with the most 5 star hotels and work your way around the world. With such a large list there are plenty of destinations and you don’t have to stop at just Spring Break. Take a break every season this year.
Leprechauns, clovers, and green beer –that’s right, Saint Patrick’s Day-March 17 marks the return of the annual celebration. I do not know about you but I do not need much of a reason to have a good time, and this “Kiss Me I’m Irish” (at least for today!) holiday is a perfect chance to enjoy some recess.
There are many options to take advantage of the fun this weekend!
Saturday, March 16th:
If you would like to start at the top o’ the morning, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival in Balboa Park is always a blast! https://www.stpatsparade.org/
Sunday, March 17th
The main event on Sunday takes place downtown in the Gaslamp Quarter with the ShamRock Party (https://www.sandiegoshamrock.com/). Live music, clubs, bars, special Irish food and drinks can all be found at this event.
Of course, we would love for you to also check out our client, Company Pub & Kitchen in Poway! Celebrating their 2nd St. Paddy’s Day festivities, Company Pub will start with Irish Bacon Bloody Mary’s at 11:00 a.m., followed by all-day corned beef and cabbage. Grab the open mic / karaoke and belt out your best Oh Danny Boy while your Irish Eyes are Smiling! Who’s your Paddy now?
Whatever is your prime pick this Saint Patrick’s Day, sport your favorite shade of green and go play.
One of the biggest contributions I will ever make to the event industry is to be a professor! I have the great fortune of teaching at the University of San Diego’s Event Management Certificate Program (www.sandiego.edu/emp) and at San Diego Mesa College. I thrive when I can engage and inspire future event professionals. I was very honored when the students selected me as USD Instructor of the Year for 2012. Wow!! Given the quality of my colleagues teaching in the program, this is a very exciting privilege!
Interested in a career in the event industry? Check out the USD & Mesa College programs! It’s one of the best investments you will ever make in your career!
Award Season has arrived; which for event planners translates into party time! We love these tips from our very friend Marley Majcher, The Party Goddess who wows us with ways to throw a fab-dab Golden Globe party! Given all the celebrity events she plans, we know she can throw a star-studded affair! Click the link to check out Marley’s tips!
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