June 2017 Print

President's Letter

A Letter from our President

Good Afternoon ILEA Orlando! 

As we close out our 27th year as a Chapter of ILEA, I am filled with pride and enthusiasm for what we have accomplished this year and for what is to come from our future leaders. This year was an overwhelming display of creativity, inspiration, teamwork, education and most importantly, relationships. These are not only the core values of ILEA as a global association, but they are also the characteristics by which your Chapter leaders operate here in Central Florida.

I would like to a give special thank you to the team of 12 that work month after month to not only ensure that this Chapter keeps running, but that it thrives and is extraordinary! In case you didn’t know it already, but your Board of Directors are incredible!

Being a part of an association such as ILEA, whether at the member level, committee level or Board level is something that can transform and elevate your career as well as impact your bottom line – all it takes is your participation! As always, we are looking for members who are interested in getting the most out of their membership, so please reach out to a Board member today to learn more about our current opportunities.

I speak for the entire 2016-2017 Board of Directors when I say we are so proud to have served this Chapter over the last year. We are looking forward to working together again to produce intriguing, educational and fun events for our membership in this new year. Personally, this has been a year of learning, growth and excitement for me as President and I am so grateful for the opportunity!

Hope to see you all next week for a proper celebration of the year’s accomplishments and member recognition. Register today!

Yours in Service,

Sarah Desmond
President, ILEA Orlando
AFR Event Furnishings

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ILEA Monthly Meeting


Join ILEA Orlando as we raise a glass to welcome the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and honor our Chapter Award Winners.

Check out the newest Orlando Resort: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort - Universal Orlando and enjoy a hosted dinner in Caribbean Luxury.

Get your ticket today and celebrate with ILEA Orlando in your finest coastal chic style.

Who: You, your colleagues, your friends, your parents... the more the merrier!

What: 2017-2018 Board of Directors Installation & Chapter Awards 

When: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017; 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Where: Grand Caribbean Ballroom; Loews Sapphire Falls Resort - Universal Orlando: 6601 Adventure Way, Orlando, FL 32819

Why: To celebrate, have fun and cheers the ILEA Orlando successes

Parking: Self Parking is complimentary. Valet is available at $17 + tax 


Passed Hors D'oeuvres
Artichoke & Roma Tomato Bruschetta
Pear & Almond Brie in Phyllo
Three Course Plated Dinner
Organic Mixed Greens, Balsalmic Figs, Toasted Walnuts and Goast Cheese, Poached Pears, Port Wine Vinaigrette
Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast, Creamy Herbed Polenta Cake, Grilled Asparagus, Oven Roasted Cippolini Onions, Sundried Tomato Cream
*Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request
Dark Chocolate Mud Pie with Raspberry Coulis 









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ILEA LIVE early bird RegIstration extended

ILEA Live 2017 will be held August 10-12, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Early Bird registration has been extended until June 30th - don't miss your chance to get your education and networking packages for a deal!

At ILEA Live, the creative process happens in sessions, the hallway, sitting next to a peer at lunch or standing beside a new connection at a reception or tour. And most importantly, you return home with a community of professionals you can leverage year-round.


schedule posted

Check out the jam packed schedule HERE! Don't forget to take a peek at the themes for the Opening Reception and the Esprit Gala, you don't want to be caught in the wrong outfit!


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Calendar of Events


Join ILEA Orlando at the LOEWS SAPPHIRE FALLS RESORT - UNIVERSAL ORLANDO to celebrate your peers and welcome the new board leadership for 2017-2018.  We look forward to toasting with you in Coastal Chic style.



JULY LUNCHEON at Planet Hollywood, Tuesday,  July 18th, 2017

Join ILEA Orlando for lunch in the fabulously renovated Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs.  We invite you to come on out, try out the new menu, featuring Guy Fieri’s burgers and sandwiches and see the transformed space.

Where: Planet Hollywood: 1506 E Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32836

When: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 from 11:00am - 1:30pm


Event industry showcase, thursday, august 3rd, 2017

Don't Miss the Event Industry Showcase hosted in partnership with ILEA Orlando & Orlando NACE.

Join us at the Caribe Royale Orlando Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm to check out the best in the biz!


ILEA LIVE in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, August 10-12, 2017

ILEA Live 2017 will be held August 10-12, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  All leadership meetings will be held August 8-9, 2017.


Calgary, a place like no other, is known for its scenic parks, local breweries, famous museums and attractions, and much more. Explore the city and take advantage of all Calgary has to offer!  

ILEA Live is more than a conference - it's a movement that will help you maximize your potential as a live events professional. 

Produced by members of the International Live Events Association (ILEA), ILEA Live is about the business of experiential creativity. It is an educational and collaborative experience for creative event professionals to strengthen their creative outputsharpen their business strategies and find inspiration along the event horizon. In 2017, ILEA celebrates its 30th anniversary!

ILEA Live features:

  • Presenters both internally and from parallel creative industries such as film, fashion and design
  • In-depth topics developed in collaboration with presenters to avoid “off-the-shelf”
  • Engaging learning formats that allow you to participate actively in the learning process

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Board of Directors

ILEA Orlando 2016-2017 Board


Chapter President – Sarah Desmond,  AFR Event Furnishings

Immediate Past President - Stacey Tarr, DMCP CCRA International, Inc.

President Elect -  Ashley Goodson, Greenery Productions

VP of Communications - Lauren Farrell, the global event team

VP of Membership – Jacyln Carlisto-Harris, Capitol Services of Florida

VP of Programs & Education - Tomas Gudmanas, Epic Events by TG


Kat Barker, Preferred Real Estate Brokers

Jason Logan, LoganMania Music & Madness

Dana Abney, Tentlogix

Kirsten Frohlich, Talent Wranglers

Joel Martin, Brightbox

Luna Tolunay, Fun Planners

Casie Caldwell, Sparkleigh Productions

Welcome ILEA Orlando 2017-2018 Board 


Chapter President – Ashley Goodson, Greenery Productions

Immediate Past President – Sarah Desmond,  AFR Event Furnishings

President Elect – Lauren Farrell, the global event team

VP of Communications – Luna Tolunay, Fun Planners

VP of Membership – Kat Barker, Preferred Real Estate Brokers

VP of Programs & Education – Tomas Gudmanas, Epic Events by TG


Dana Abney, Tentlogix

John Ballantine, Seaworld

Jordan Bickel, Hello! Florida

Casie Caldwell, Sparkleigh Productions

Jeanne Crawford, Totally Mod Event Furnishings

Kirsten Frohlich, Talent Wranglers

Scott Ostrom, Disney

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