State of the Events Industry Report–TSE 2014 by Willie Ripple


I was the lucky recipient of “The Special Event” ILEA Denver scholarship. I am the owner of Willie Ripple Events and I specialize in social events to include weddings. I am also on the 2013-2014 ILEA board and I am one of two Directors of Programs and Education. I believe in education and giving back so therefore I wanted to share with you what I learned. This is a very long article so breeze through it taking what can benefit you, and leave the rest. In this article I am giving highlights only and short examples in a bullet format that should make it easy reading for you.

Thousands of event professionals came together at The Special Event Show (TSE) that they called Beauty and Hospitality in Nashville on January 7-10th, to learn what the next big thing in event planning is. The event can be overwhelming especially when it was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, as it is a HUGE place. It is a very beautiful hotel conference center that reminded me of Disneyland or Las Vegas because of how big it was…a bit to big for one healing of a broken leg and four surgeries. Girls started in heels and one day later were in flats.

TSE has education, events, and networking. There are over 100 education sessions in eight tracks, eight showcasing events (to include the Wedding Showcase that I went too), an exhibit hall to view thousands of products, and lots of networking. By talking to others you can get some input on which sessions are worth going to but because everyone is in a different place professionally and everyone’s needs are not the same, let me suggest to you how I tackle what classes to take. I start by reading the bios of speakers for their credentials and then decide what my needs were for the past year and also what sessions will launch me forward in the upcoming year.

If you would like to know who the speakers are for the classes that I have given notes for please click here and you will be able to read complete speaker bios and read more about each class.

2014 is going to be a year of big changes. Trends that come from the east and west coast can take two or more years to reach the Denver area. To find all the trends and the big buzz from event professionals, CLICK HERE FOR WILLIE’S COMPLETE REPORT.

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