I need to be absolutely sure that our Gala would go off without a hitch, and from a distance, as I was four hours from the venue. Did I mention it was also for over 200 meeting and event professionals, including alumni and CEOs? With a guest of honor with 50 years of experience in meetings and sales? No pressure there, right? Hence my search for an experienced and competent event planner in the D.C. metro region. When I began to ask my industry partners, one name kept coming to the top: Heritage Event Management. From the start, six months before the event, their team was amazing. Early on, Heritage focused on learning my perspective on “the big picture” and my specific goals for the event, then they were masterful at keeping my “eyes on the prize” throughout. They created our website, designed a user-friendly registration process that allowed for our specific needs, and worked with other vendors to make sure we got appropriate bids that were within our budget. For our gala, it was important that our students be involved in the process. Heritage was able to incorporate our students into the planning and utilize them on-site, giving them hands-on learning experience (and a very successful pre-event silent auction!). All this while keeping me calm, cool and collected, even on the night of the Gala! I have already recommended Heritage to many of my colleagues. Next time I need to plan an event, my first call will be to Heritage Event Management!
-Nancy Gard McGehee, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech