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Member Spotlight: Emily Messinger

ILEA Columbus  | Published on 9/4/2018

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Member: Emily Messinger
Company: Exhale Events
Position: Owner

How long have you been with your company?  
One year

What do you do?
I own a wedding and event planning company, specializing in mostly weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

What do you like best about your position?
It is amazing owning your own business and having the freedom to work from home.  I feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such incredible event professionals that offer me advice and support daily.  I attribute much of my success to the relationships I have developed in the Columbus Events Industry community. 

Why did you join ILEA?
I have been a proud member of ILEA for 10 years now in three different cities.  ILEA has given me the opportunity to grow professionally, get out of my comfort zone, and make some amazing connections.

What do you find most helpful being a member of ILEA?
I love having the opportunity to be able to reach out to other ILEA Members in different cities.  It has been hugely beneficial to be able to connect with other wedding planners outside of Columbus and see how others do things in different markets.  There is an instant feeling of trust and willingness to help when you say you're a fellow ILEA member.

When you're not working, how do you like to spend your time?
I just had a baby a few weeks ago so lately it's been spending time with my little guy... and drinking wine and coffee!

What's your hidden talent?
Oh jeez, I honestly don't think I have one!

What's the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?
A teacher when I was young and then a Therapist in college (which is kind of ironic because I pretty much play therapist to many of my couples now!)

What's one thing about you that surprises people?
I think clients and vendors are always pleasantly surprised to see my calm-under-pressure when I work weddings.  I always keep a positive attitude.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Take a deep breath and exhale