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Congratulations to the ILEA Ohio WOW Award Recipients

Congratulations to all the ILEA Ohio WOW Award Recipients!

We had a great time gathering our local Ohio chapters together to celebrate the accomplishments of our industry!
Hope to see you all at ILEA LIVE Espirit Awards!
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Best Event with a Legacy             Two Caterers

Best Catered Event                       Two Caterers

Best Event Photography              Making the Moment

Best Corporate Event
Budget under $75,000                    Jobe & Associates
Budget $75,000 – $150,000           Jobe & Associates

Best Event Filmmaking                Elite Entertainment

Best Social Event
Budget $25,000 – $75,000              Rock the House & Aable Rents
Budget Over $75,000                      Hilton Downtown Columbus & Brian Coovert

Best Entertainment Production 
Budget under $25,000                    ZenGenius
Budget over $75,000                      Zone Entertainment

Best Print Marketing / Design Collateral    Jobe & Associates

Best Public Event                           GhostLight Productions, LLC

Best Meeting-Conference Program
Budget over $250,000                      Jobe & Associates

Best Event Design-Décor
Budget under $25,000                     Jobe & Associates
Budget $25,000 – $75,000               Vincent Lighting Systems
Budget Over $75,000                       Viva Bella Events

Best Event for a Non-Profit Organization
Budget under $75,000                    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Budget $75,000-$150,000              GhostLight Productions, LLC
Budget over $150,000                    Griffin Communications

Best Wedding
Budget Under $75,000                   Your Dream Day, LLC
Budget $75,000 – $150,000           Rock the House; Rain Wedding Planning; Elite Entertainment
Budget over $150,000                    Viva Bella Events

Best Event Logistics & Support Services  
                                                           All Occasions Event Rental

Best Technical Production          BadAss Media & Meetings

Best ILEA Event Volunteer Collaboration     
                                                      Event Source; Borrow Rentals; Driftwood Catering; Dale McDonald Photography

Best ILEA Team Effort
Budget $75,000 – $150,000        Griffin Communications; Event Source; Cameron Mitchell Premier Events,
                                                     FLOURISH bespoke floral & event styling; Class Acts Entertainment 

Budget over $150,000                Rock the House, The Balloon Crew, Party Decor


Congratulations to the 2017



Don't forget to book your tickets SOON!


Join us at The Hotel Covington! - Follow this link:

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Aable Rents

All Occasions Event Rental

All Occasions Party Rental

BadAss Media & Meetings

Balloon Crew

Blooms by Planscaping

Bon Appetit

Borrow Rentals

Breathtakers Event Design

Cameron Mitchell Premier Events

Class Acts Entertainment

Dale McDonald Photography

Driftwood Catering

Elegant Events by Maria

Elite Entertainment

Event Source

Experience Columbus

FLOURISH bespoke floral & event styling

GhostLight Productions, LLC

Griffin Communications

Hilton Columbus Downtown

Jobe & Associates

L’Nique Linen

Making the Moment

Palmer Event Solutions, LLC

Party Décor

Party Time Party Rentals

Rain Wedding Planning

Rock The House

Selective Sound Entertainment

Solus Lighting LTD

Superior Speedy Portable Toilets and Restroom trailers

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The Professional Planner Group

Two Caterers

Vincent Lighting Systems

Viva Bella Events

Your Dream Day LLC


Zone Entertainment


Join us on Friday, April 21st at the Hotel Covington

as we announce the winners!

Buy your Event Celebration Tickets HERE

APRIL 18 - Happy Hour!!!

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ILEA Happy Hour

Tuesday, April 18

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Watershed Kitchen & Bar

1145 Chesapeake Avenue, Suite D

Columbus, OH 43212


Light refreshments will be served.  Cash Bar. 


Stay for Dinner!  I you would like to dine in the restaurant after our happy hour, please contact the restaurant directly and make a dinner reservation at 614-357-1936.


Parking available in adjacent lot in front and across from restaurant.  Look for signs that list parking restrictions before leaving vehicle.


MARCH 22 - 2017 Event Trends

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2017 Event Trends!

Join ILEA Columbus as we partner with NACE to review the hottest event trends.  Fresh from The Special Event Show, Catersource and other educational classes around the country, our panelists are stacked with inspiration to share about Food, Florals, Decor and Tenting and all of the trends that you'll need to know for this year.
Panelists include:
Brian Coovert, Owner, Brian Coovert Floral Design
Jacob Holland, Creative Director, Event Source
Chef Daniel Heckathorn, Executive Chef, The Blackwell Inn
Gene Ogle, Business Development Director, AAble Rents

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Blackwell at The Ohio State University
2110 Tuttle Park Place, Pfahl Hall Room 140, Columbus, Ohio 43210


RSVP by3/17/17

5:30 - Registration & Networking
6:15 - Program Begins

Valet parking will be complimentary.
$35 for members
$45 for Non-members
Students may attend this education opportunity for FREE! 





ILEA Ohio WOW Awards

ILEA Ohio WOW Awards are now LIVE!


Now accepting entry submissions for the 2017 ILEA Ohio WOW Awards

Entry Deadline is Monday, March 13th at 11:59pm (Midnight).



To:                  ILEA Columbus Members


It is time to begin the election process to choose those leaders who will guide and direct the ILEA Columbus for the next 12 months, beginning on July 1, 2017.  In accordance with our Bylaws and election guidelines, the Nominating Committee sends this “Call for Nominations” and Application to members to encourage you to nominate for consideration any individual who you feel would be an asset to Columbus in a leadership position.


Please review the attached
nomination election guidelines.  We urge you to respond on the form that follows.  The deadline for nominations is March 22, 2017.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to give input to the Nominating Committee.

Please email Katie Laux our current ILEA Columbus President to ask for the Nomination form!

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 DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING NOMINATION FORM:                     March 22, 2017


February 15 - Power Lunch and ILEA gives back

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Power Lunch & ILEA Gives Back

Join us for an ILEA Power Lunch. This event will be conducted in a conversational roundtable format with brief expert overviews and group discussions about emerging hot topics including: 

- Dealing with Difficult Clients
- Dealing with Vendor Relationships
- Maximizing your budget to minimize expense 
- Working with Millennials
- What do you want to get out of your ILEA Membership

This is also an ILEA Gives Back event
Support United Way of Central Ohio’s E3 Program by bringing donations of women’s new or gently used accessories: sunglasses, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, scarves, purses and wallets. All donated items will be used for their March 28th accessory swap fundraising event to benefit the E3 program. Any remaining items will be donated to UWCO program partners.




Members: $35
Associate Members: $45
Non-Members: $60

Student Members: $25 






Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

United Way of Central Ohio 
360 South Third Street, Room 136/138, Columbus, Ohio 43215

View Event Summary

Registration - Click HERE!


February 2: ILEA Member?  Join us for this Members Only preview of the newly renovated YWCA.

March 22
: Industry Trends co-hosted with NACE!  The Blackwell at Ohio State University at 6:00pm

April 21Ohio Wow Awards. More information on submissions and event details coming soon.


February 2 - ILEA MEMBER ONLY - YWCA Pre-opening Tour


You are invited to the YWCA Pre-opening Tour for ILEA Members on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m. This is a members only event and space is very limited.

Get an early look at the newly renovated YWCA at 65 South 4th Street, Columbus, OH 43215. 

Please don't wait to sign up. Each tour will last about 20 minutes and you will learn about this major renovation as well as see the Wolf Room, the Library and the Ballroom.

There will be two building hard hat tours departing at 5:20p.m. and again about 5:45p.m. Each tour will be limited to 11 so please arrive early.

ILEA Columbus

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January 18 - How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle in the Events Industry

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How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle in the Events Industry 

Staying fit in this industry is difficut.  We work long hours and things come up that interrupt our best intentions.  

So how can you stay healthy with only 15 minutes per day?

Staying fit and energetic doesn't have to be complicated.  Busy event professionals can do this and still be leaders in the industry, spend time with family, volunteer for good causes and party at ILEA Events.

You can do it all!  And with 15 minutes of free time a day you can look and feel like a million bucks.  
Join us and learn:
1. The power of Discipline
2. The power of Food
3. The power of Exercise
4. The power of Rest



REGISTER NOW:            



Wednesday, January 18, 2017
6:00 PM - 
8:00 PM
Columbus Culinary Institute
2435 Stelzer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219


RSVP by 1/16/17


Our speaker is Brad Wilson, Owner of Three Waiters.  Brad says: "I'm just like you and I have the same challenges you have.  You will walk out of the room with everything you need to know!"

A healthy menu will be crafted by Columbus Culinary Institute.

Members: $35
Associate Members: $45
Non-Members: $60
Student Members: $25



ILEA Membership Drive Information
Until December 16th, we are waiving $50 off of your membership fees, which are pro-rated in December!  

This organization is about being a part of something BIGGER.  We connect with event professionals around the globe to share ideas, educate each other and make our industry better every day.  

CLICK HERE to sign up now, and make sure you enter the promo-code "CBUS50" to get those savings! 

And for the top 10 reasons to join, follow us on Instagram (@ileacolumbus) and Facebook
 Welcome to our two newest members! 
Epicenter Event Space
Bosc & Brie

FEBRUARY 15: Power Lunch Round Table at The United Way
Epicenter Event Space is opening it's doors on Tuesday the 13th and they ask that you join them for their Grand Opening Celebration.  Click here to register & join us at the big event! 

The Ohio History Connection is hiring an Event Sales Manager.  Send anyone interested to their career page for information

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December 7th - 25th Anniversary & Holiday Celebration!


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 25th Anniversary & Holiday Celebration! 
Join ILEA Columbus to celebrate the Holidays and our 25th Anniversary!  
We know the holidays can be hectic, but this is a party you don't want to miss!  Join us to network with the best in the industry and to enjoy food & drinks from our partners around the city.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Vue Columbus
95 Liberty Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215


RSVP by 12/5/16

Don't forget a few dollars for our fun door prizes! 
Parking is available across the street from Vue for $3, or South of Vue for $2 (CASH ONLY).
$35 for members
$45 for Associate members
$60 for Non-members

Thank you to our event partners & sponsors!
Buckeye Sounds Entertainment
Cameron Mitchell Premier Events
Connie Duglin Linen
Event Source
Hughie's Event Production Services
Metro Cuisine Catering
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Two Caterers
Vue Columbus

Now is the time to join ILEA! 
You've been talking about joining all year, but now is the time to stop talking about it, and JOIN!  You can't miss another 6 months of member benefits.
Starting on December 1st, the fees to Join ILEA are pro-rated!  PLUS, we hold our annual membership drive so that you can waive an additional $50 off of your membership fee.  

Our membership drive will be from December 7-December 16 and we will have more information coming soon on how to sign up and save that extra $50!

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Save The Date! 
January 18th: Columbus Culinary Institute, 6:00pm
February 15th:  United Way of Central Ohio, 11:30am



November 16 - ILEA Networking with Kevin Molesworth


Networking:  The most important piece of your marketing puzzle! 

ILEA Columbus is excited to introduce Kevin Molesworth, CSEP, President of Brass Tacks Events in Austin Texas!  Kevin is a Networking and marketing guru and is traveling in to teach us why networking is the most important part of our marketing strategy.  Learn best practices, tips and tricks for effective networking and, equally as important, what you should NOT be doing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Ivory Room 
2 Miranova Place, Columbus, Ohio 43215

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RSVP by 11/11/16

This event is a "Reverse Happy-Hour!"  Our VIP speaker will begin promptly at 6:00pm, food/drinking/networking to follow speaking content.

$35 for members
$45 for Associate members
$60 for Non-members
About Kevin Molesworth, CSEP, President, Brass Tacks Events, Austin, Texas

Molesworth started his career in New York, working as an actor and director/producer. "One day I was approached to produce a conference for 300 renowned psychologists from all over the world and thought, 'How hard could it be? If I can deal with actors, I'm sure I can handle a bunch of psychologists.' I soon realized that there were so many parallels between producing a live theatrical event and a conference or special event. Thus, my transition into a career as a special events professional occurred quite naturally--and I never looked back." The president of the ISES Austin chapter credits his "artist's heart" as a strength, along with "unbounded energy and a mind unable to turn off the need to create—and therein lies my recipe for success." 

Thanks to our Sponsors:


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Cameron Mitchells



December 7 - ILEA Holiday Event and 25th Anniversary Celebration



PARKING: Parking is in the garage on any level, in any spot as they all say reserved, but are only reserved until 5pm. Pull a ticket and you'll receive a voucher at the event to exit the garage for free.