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Tracey Fricke, CSEP, MWP, CMP is a Master Wedding and Event Planner and Designer and is owner of Occasion Designed in Omaha, Nebraska which she established in 1998. Tracey has worked in the events industry since the early 90s, has a Master’s in Business Administration from Creighton University and is the only event professional in the Omaha area with the combination of the three certifications of Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), Master Wedding Planner (MWP) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). Tracey has been honored with the Knot’s Best of Weddings Award every year since 2013 and has been honored with The Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Having planned more than 550 large-scale, full-service weddings and special events, Tracey continues...

GiGi McDowell embodies the essence of passion in the events industry with her 18 years of experience. She is the visionary behind Fêtefully, an innovative and comprehensive wedding planning platform designed for today's busy couples. Fêtefully stands out by connecting couples with top wedding planners globally, using technology to transform wedding dreams into reality, virtually. From an early age, GiGi was captivated by the allure of weddings, ordering her first issue of Brides magazine at just five years old. This early interest blossomed into a lifelong passion, leading her to launch her first company at 13. After graduating from Texas State University, she expanded her business nationwide. GiGi's achievements include being one of the first 100 black female founders to raise...

Feyisola Ogunfemi stands at the helm of Statuesque Events, a distinguished event planning firm renowned for orchestrating extraordinary events in Washington DC, the New York metro area, and internationally. Her remarkable work has graced prominent platforms like BRIDES, The Washington Times, INSIDER, Fox 5 DC, Fox 29 San Antonio, and TheKnot. Feyisola's expertise and influence in the event planning sphere have earned her a spot on the esteemed Bizbash 500 list of the most influential event planners. With a unique transition from engineering to event planning and coaching, Feyisola has launched "Planners who Profit," a program dedicated to transforming professional event planners into six-figure earners. She focuses on equipping them with the skills to effectively market, sell, and structure their businesses...

Emily Foster helms Emily Foster Creative, a successful branding and website design studio based in Portland, Oregon. Catering to clients globally, her studio focuses on empowering wedding vendors and photographers with distinct, custom-tailored branding and web design solutions. With over eight years in the field, Emily excels in guiding business owners towards a clear, strategic brand identity that resonates with their ideal clientele. An alumnus of the University of Oregon with a foundation in strategy and design, Emily's journey included significant roles in marketing and advertising agencies. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish her own studio, with a mission to uplift small business owners. Today, her studio has evolved into a dedicated team, delivering comprehensive strategy and bespoke design services...

Eleni Anastos stands at the crossroads where Bob Proctor's wisdom meets Suze Orman's financial savvy, all spiced up with a dash of Detroit boldness. As a Business Strategist and Prosperity Coach, Eleni specializes in helping entrepreneurs and C-Suite executives break through money and mindset barriers. Her goal is to empower them to achieve their desired income, impact, and lifestyle, regardless of their age. With a rich background in business development, program coordination, education, and training, Eleni holds multiple certifications in business, money, and life coaching. Eleni's approach is both practical and transformative. She is a national speaker who believes in the power of internal change to drive external results. Her methods are direct and effective, focusing on rapid, tangible outcomes. As...

Don Branzuela, the dynamic co-owner of HD Liquid Catering in Dallas, TX, boasts over two decades of expertise in the events industry. His entrepreneurial journey began modestly with a mobile bartending business operated from his garage. This small startup has since evolved into HD Liquid Catering, a multimillion-dollar enterprise known for its excellence in event catering. Under Don's adept leadership, the company now impressively handles 750-1000 events each year, establishing itself as one of Texas' most in-demand caterers. Don's commitment extends beyond his business. He has been an active member of the ILEA Dallas Board of Directors for over four years and is a co-founder of a networking group alongside his business partner, Heather. Recognized for his contributions, Don has received...

Hailing from Georgia, Dixie Bagley is not just a venue owner but also a coach and consultant with The Bridal Society, dedicated to empowering wedding professionals to lead in their field. Her journey began in 2008 when she and her husband transformed a barn into a sought-after wedding venue, The Farm. This unexpected venture quickly filled her weekends with bookings and propelled her into roles as a wedding planner, sweet shop owner, and founder of the Southern Wedding Collective, an online hub for Southern wedding vendors. With over 400 events to her name, Dixie has mastered the art of running ethical, profitable businesses in the challenging wedding industry. She believes in building a network of trusted, high-quality vendors and holding herself...

Craig Howard, with over 45 years in event management, is a seasoned professional with degrees from The University of Texas and The University of Houston. His diverse career spans roles from Cruise Director at Norwegian Cruise Line to F&B Director at The Ritz Carlton, Cancun. He notably collaborated with the acrobats who became Cirque du Soleil, serving as their 5th employee and worldwide director of corporate events for 18 years. Now based in Houston, Craig manages three event centers and owns multiple businesses in the hospitality sector. His entrepreneurial achievements and his role as a founding member of ILEA International and CareerSource Magazine highlight his significant impact and leadership in the events and hospitality industry. ...

Brett Galley was raised in New York City and around the world by a journalist/artist mother and an explorer father. His upbringing was anything but ordinary. His mother, acclaimed artist Joyce Galley, opened her first art gallery in Greenwich, CT over 25 years ago, renting it out for parties in between art openings. Inspired by his grandfather, a movie producer who owned theaters, Joyce incorporated the word “Hollywood” into the gallery’s name. Specializing in Pop Art, Hollywood Pop Gallery (HPG) was born. After attending art school and serving as the Entertainment Director at Tavern on the Green, Brett decided to join the family business full-time to enhance HPG clientele’s experience. As the gallery grew into a popular venue for social events,...

Storytelling wedding photographer, motivational speaker and business coach for wedding industry go getters. Bobbi Brinkman has spent the last 40 years capturing authentic moments for fabbo couples wherever their love story is being told and is equally passionate about working with creative entrepreneurs empowering them to shift their mindset, step into their purpose and build a profitable, purposeful, and inclusive business they deserve while living their fullest authentic life. Whether it’s motivating audiences on a stage or 1:1 Coaching Fabbo-Chats, Bobbi's "you were meant for this" approach inspires wedding pros to serve with intention, build a CEO mindset and crush their business fears + goals and gain confidence in themselves and their business! Bobbi also hosts the Be Fabbo Podcast—episodes...

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