After receiving a degree in Business Administration / Business Information Systems from Illinois State University, I worked as a software developer for 10 years. During these years, I gained a passion for planning events for family, friends, and co-workers. I lost my job in the 2008 housing market crash. I took this time to think about what I enjoyed doing, and how can I turn that into a career. The answer had been in front me the entire time: I enjoyed planning events! I took the next steps to turn this passion in to a career.
After taking various hospitality courses at Triton College, I enrolled in Roosevelt University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Graduate Program at Roosevelt University. While enrolled, I volunteered for various summits, networking events, and non-profit fundraising events. I was able to combine previous amateur event planning experience with current education, professional skills, and experience to successfully plan and coordinate charity events, weddings, workshops, holiday parties, fundraising events, networking events, and many other memorable events.
AKB Events was founded in 2010. As owner and principal event planner for AKB Events, I was able to create an event planning company that showcases the principals I use to create memorable events.
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