Dining Around

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

What do you call whisking 200 people to 11 restaurants using 15 vehicles and 18 staff within 15 minutes? Some may call it impossible- we call it a Dine-Around!

Planning a dine-around can be fun for those on our team who have a knack for logistics, details and solving puzzles. The process involves a lot of back and forth; confirming details, using intuition and experience to make restaurant recommendations, menu & wine selections, transportation suggestions and negotiate timing between the parties involved.

We have great restaurant relations, amazing transportation logistics and our team really enjoys them: We are Boston’s dine-around experts!

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Site Selection: The Details Matter

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Massachusetts was ranked the most innovative state in the US for 2016* so if your considering cities for your company’s next big event – put Boston on top!

At Corinthian Events, we are head over heels for our home base. Boston boasts copious potential venues from traditional and historic to modern and trendy throughout the city in various neighborhoods such as Back Bay, the North End, and Fenway to name a few. And of course, as an accredited Destination Management Company – we know a lot about our favorite city!

Due to the plethora of great options, choosing the right venue can become a ‘to do’ on your ever-growing list, and if you are not familiar with Beantown, your challenge becomes even more paramount as you navigate through the unknowns.

When we work with your team on site selection, our staff of seasoned professionals ensures no details are overlooked and there are no surprises.

DETAILS. We start by discussing your event with you to learn all pertinent details that have already been decided and what key factors will determine the spacing requirements.

  • What type of event are you planning?
    • Conference or Meeting, Dinner or Gala
    • Reception or Party
    • How many people do you expect?
    • When would be the ideal date or date pattern?
    • What is the format of your desired event?
      • Seated
      • Standing Reception
      • Progressive
      • Breakouts
      • Are there special services that will be relevant to your guests?
        • Accessibility (ADA) requirements
        • Sign language or translation services
        • What is important for your guests and the success of your meeting or event?
          • Location (proximity to airport or convention center, walking distance from scheduled off-sites, etc.)
          • WiFI and what bandwidth requirements might exist?
          • Food and Beverage
          • Ambiance (historical, trendy, practical, business)

With these details organized our team brainstorms – with 19 team members at Corinthian Events, we have a lot of brainpower to discuss all the locations which would best fit all parameters of the upcoming event.

LEG WORK. Once we have our list of potential venues we organize official RFPs (Request for Proposals) which are sent to our contacts at various locations. On a large event, there are many details to keep in mind when calculating prices and without knowing the right questions to ask, things can get overlooked.  It is important to pay attention to auxiliary fees in addition to basic venue fees, catering, and audio visual.  Don’t get tripped up on set-up fees, administrative fees, charges for auxiliary services such as coat check, internet, white boards, and conference calls.

ORGANIZE & REVIEW. With all details received we organize them into a clear, comparable format including pros and cons for each location, relevant images, and budgets that allow side by side comparison by your team. We review all these details with you to learn what is most relevant to the success of your event.

CONTRACT REVIEW & NEGOTIATION. Our years of experience reviewing contracts gives our team a competitive advantage to negotiate concessions for our clients and maintain a win-win for our venue partners. Often the contract you see has already undergone a revision – or two!

Whether you are planning a 1 day meeting or a conference over several days for 50 or for 5,000 people – your venue is vital to the success of your event. Your guests will interact more with the location than any other detail you choose so don’t go it alone – we are here to help!

*Fact share from Bloomberg.com

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Meet the Team: Elizabeth

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Talented. Detail Oriented. Successful.

You may know her as Elizabeth Iannessa… but this Director at Corinthian Events is now officially Elizabeth Trofatter, CMP. Her now husband, Tyler, is a professional lighting designer, and yes – they met on the job!

Creativity runs deep for Elizabeth. Jill, Partner at Corinthian Events shared, “Elizabeth is creative, vivacious and has a keen décor eye.  She is passionate about our brand and the quality events that have become known as the Corinthian Way.”

Elizabeth’s aesthetic is slightly quirky in the most wonderful of ways. You may not expect this but she has a deep fascination with the circus: the weirder the better! “I always dreamed of being a contortionist in Cirque de Soleil,” Elizabeth gushed, “(but) I think that ship has sailed!”

This love of circus bubbles up when given the opportunity. Most recently, she designed a “Midnight on the Boardwalk” themed holiday party which was a high-end interpretation of old-world carnival with Tim Burton-esque elements and vaudeville flair. Check out pictures and learn more about the event by clicking here.

Elizabeth is passionate about life. She first started with Corinthian Events in 2007, yet her love of adventure drew her to take a brief hiatus – and move to Italy! During this period, she took a professional culinary course in Rome, worked in hospitality, and traveled around Europe.

Upon returning to the United States, she rejoined the Corinthian Events team in 2011 and obtained her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) in 2013.  She was elevated to the position of Director in 2015.

At the office, she spends most her time working with clients, planning strategically with our internal team and our vendor partners, making floorplans, designing spaces, thinking creatively, ensuring quality control, managing production schedules and inspiring the team to elevate the brand to new heights.

Elizabeth admitted while she considers her focus on details a valued skill in the office she added, “I probably drive everyone crazy with my method but I really like things done a certain way as it has proven to serve our clients well over the years.”

Not to worry Elizabeth… Jamie, Senior Account Manager confirmed, “Elizabeth’s attention to detail is her strongest asset!”

Outside of the office, you can find Elizabeth practicing yoga, traveling, cooking, enjoying her first year of marriage with her husband, and spending time with family whenever possible.

Her family is very important to her and she is close with her mom, dad and brother.

We are lucky to have Elizabeth and all her creativity and energy on our team!

“Elizabeth and I always have fun working together!” Megan, Senior Account Manager beamed, “Whether we are working on the same event or not, we always use each other to bounce ideas back and forth and collaborate on design concepts and logistics.”

Maureen, Castle Venue Manager at Corinthian Events shared, “Elizabeth is extraordinarily talented and knowledgeable but one of the things I love most about her is her enthusiasm. She literally lights up on site as she is pulling all the elements together!”

Aside from her immense talents, a favorite contribution from Elizabeth is her laugh. Megan and Micha, both Senior Account Managers added, “Her laugh is infectious!” She can be on the other side of the office from you and if you hear her laughter you can’t help but join in!

Tamara, Director at Corinthian Events affirmed, “Corinthian Events is better with Elizabeth on our team because she drinks the ‘Corinthian Events Kool-Aid!’ She is 100% dedicated to Corinthian Events and our brand oozes through in every service she provides and event she produces!”

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Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

New Year’s resolutions are like events: they are fun to imagine but can be challenging to execute.

In the United States, about 45% of people make New Year’s resolutions. The three most popular resolutions (in order of popularity) are to lose weight, get organized, and spend less (while saving more). Out of those people who do create resolutions only about 46% remain diligent in their resolution by the time it’s half way through the new year. *

Out of those surveyed in our Corinthian Events office, about 66% of the team create resolutions and with a 75% success rate on at least 1 of their resolutions from a previous year. No surprise here really, as a team of event planners we are an organized bunch of go-getters!

“I always set myself goals for the year ahead,” shared Micha, Senior Account Manager at Corinthian Events. She went on to explain, “It gives me focus and direction. I make sure to devote time and energy towards meeting (or surpassing) my goals throughout the year!” This year Micha is still finalizing details for her goals but they will include growing professionally, redesigning one of the bathrooms in her home, and being better with meal prep to eat healthier.

Erin, Account Manager at Corinthian Events admits that she doesn’t ever create a formal resolution yet tries to enter each year as a more thankful and kind person. Kudos Erin! Jill, Partner at Corinthian Events shares a similar sentiment while she looks to the new year as a new beginning filled with new possibilities.

Shira, Program Assistant at Corinthian Events acknowledged that often her resolutions are not so concrete but that this past year she had created some big goals and she definitely succeeded at them. Shira explained, “my goals included graduating from college, getting a job, and enjoying Boston enough to want to stay and work here. Not only did I graduate, find a job and stay in Boston- but I’ve found a job I love coming to every day and I LOVE Boston!

For many of the team, small adjustments are the focus for each year; whether its losing a few pounds or spending more time with family – each small goal helps us stay on track to enjoy each new year a bit more than the last.

For Claudia, Account Manager at Corinthian Events, she always creates a resolution but jokes that she tends to forget all about it a week into the new year. Game plan for this year? “Trying to remember my resolutions!”

Happy New Year!

*Data sourced from History.com

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