What an exciting autumn it’s been for ISES Cleveland members!
We held a member orientation class; learned some great do’s & don’ts about festival planning; heard how the SEARCH Foundation assists our peers in the industry from Kristjan Gavin and other SEARCH notables; represented ISES at the Event Expo; and were honored to have the internationally famous David Tutera speak to 170 fellow event professionals at Catan Fashions. Not to mention we started monthly “site tours” of local event venues for our membership to participate in.
That’s a lot to jam into three months! But wait until you see what else we have in store. Next up is December’s membership drive party at the uniquely cool MOCA space — and then more great events beyond that into the New Year.
Speaking of our membership drive … Not only is it a great networking party but it’s a key opportunity to dip your toe in the raging river that is ISES Cleveland. A seven-month membership at only $199 might be exactly the industry lifeline you’ve been looking for. From there, you need to jump into the raft by joining a committee — you’ll find exciting opportunities waiting for you just over the horizon.
The relationships you foster with your fellow committee members help you navigate through the rapids of the hectic event world. ISES gives you some great member benefits, such as discounts at Kinko’s, UPS, Budget and more, to help you avoid the big rocks. At the same time, membership also grants you access to the ISES community, Career Center, Marketplace and the ability to contact with fellow members across the country — guiding you into calm waters while you negotiate the sea of industry.
All right, enough cheesy metaphors. I truly have received so many long-lasting and rewarding benefits from this association. Besides the discounted fees for our monthly events ($20 savings per paid event — $200 per year!), I’ve saved 40-60% at FedEx Kinko’s. But even better though are the advantages that can’t be quantified.
Two years ago I received a call from an event coordinator in Rhode Island who found my company through ISES. She chose us (because we were an ISES member) to work with her on a large corporate project. I’ve been able to create some great relationships with local event professionals by working with them closely, serving together on committees and our board, and these close bonds have led directly and indirectly to new business for my company. And by traveling to ISES leadership events, I’ve forged regional and even international connections – important resources in discussing ever-evolving industry ideas.
I hope my words and experiences have shown the value and essentialness of an ISES membership for every Cleveland events professional. Feel free to pull me aside to chat about all the enticing reasons to join at the upcoming membership drive. Don’t worry, I’ll bring the paddle.