On this Episode of Meeting Pros :
Toni Friday with events BOUT:IK
Events BOUT:IK a custom event planning, floral design and décor company was single handedly started just over 4 years ago by Planner – Decorist, Toni Friday. After 12 years in the corporate and non-profit world of Marketing and Advertising, Toni was faced with the decision to keep with what was comfortable or take the path less traveled. Initially juggling both marketing and event planning careers and moving past her fears of “…what if no one hires me” her work quickly spoke for its self.
She was soon featured in one of the nation’s leading bridal resources, The Knot Magazine. Just into her second year of business, Toni was invited to co-host The Knot’s TV on Demand: The Knot Insider Guide as one of Atlanta’s premiere event planners. Over the past 4 years, Toni’s company has grown a national and international client base. Successfully planning a broad variety of events for groups of 50 to more than 1,000 attendees. From outside-the-box weddings, to launch parties and corporate outings; events BOUT:IK consistently welcomes opportunities to make moments memorable.
Their vast network of stunning venues, leading vendors and loyal clients has proven that companies, can be just as if not more effective through positive, minimal stress practices and direct yet tactful communication.Toni’s work has been highlighted on numerous blogs, print publications and digital outlets. Although her natural ability and love for event planning is evident from the moment you meet her, she admits that what really drives her is to not only maintain but further building upon current and future philanthropic efforts.
Andrew McDonald with PPi
Andrew McDonald is the founder and Managing Director of the nationally renowned audiovisual production company, PPi. Throughout his 20 year AV career (and counting!), Andrew has served on several boards and associations in leading roles including; NACE and ISES, as well as, chairing multiple industry award events.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President of Allie Awards Incorporated. Allie Awards Inc. is the leading awards recognition body for the events industry in the Southeast Region. Andrew and his team at PPi have been featured in multiple national trade and social publications for event productions including PLSN, Southeast Staging, FOH and Essence. He and his team are the recipients of over 8 Allie Awards in the past 3 years for production excellence.
Andrew holds multiple degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London England and spent 10 years performing around the world with the finest orchestras and ensembles including: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Orchestra of the Bolshoi Ballet, The BBC Symphony Orchestra. When asked what was the best gift he ever received Andrew answered, ““My first pair of drum sticks because they led to the most remarkable first part of my professional life”.