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Meeting Pros: Toni Friday with events BOUT:IK, Andrew McDonald with PPi

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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”.



Meeting Pros: Kelly Smink with Amusement Masters, Holland Muscio with Balloonacy & Flowers By Holland, Cathy Taylor with Your Event Solution

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Kelly Smink with Amusement Masters

At Amusement Masters, our staff is devoted to providing the highest level of customer service. We will work with you to develop a customized program featuring superior gaming equipment for your events. With an emphasis on attracting a crowd, we believe the right games can make a tremendous impact on an event’s success. Our motto is “We provide the fun”, and we create fun safely, efficiently and professionally. Mission Statement: “Work hard, have fun and enhance our clients experiences by providing renowned customer service and innovative amusement solutions.”

Holland Muscio with Balloonacy & Flowers By Holland

For almost 30 years Balloonacy has been adding some POP to events all around Atlanta. In 2005 Holland & Sean Muscio bought the company and added a floral division, Flowers By Holland. Holland has been involved in event planning & production for over 20 years-ever since getting bit by event bug when named Special Events Chair her senior year at Meredith College. Holland was on the festival planning committee for the Peach Bowl (now ChickFilA Bowl) for 5 years- serving as committee co-chair in 2000. After 8 years of planning marketing department events for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra- including the 35th anniversary of Classic Chastain, the introduction of Robert Spano as Music Director and the Memorial Concert for Robert Shaw, Holland decided it was time for a new adventure when the opportunity to purchase Balloonacy presented itself. The award winning design team at Balloonacy & Flowers By Holland are members of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Chamblee Business Association and Junior League of Atlanta.

Cathy Taylor with Your Event Solution

Cathy Taylor, Your Event Solution Founded in 1992, Your Event Solution is one of Nation’s premiere event production, entertainment and design and décor companies. From coast to coast we provide services at any location or venue.

With our customers’ needs as our focus, and attention to detail as our foundation, every event we design is a one of kind creation. No matter the size of your event, our goal is to provide you and your guests with an engaging experience. Our vast selection of in-house inventory allows us to be a cost effective solution for your event.

Proud Members of:

• GA Chapter of MPI

• National Association of Catering Executives

• Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association

• Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau• Buford Business Alliance

• National Association of Casino Party Operators

Meeting Pros: Anna Stevens with EQ for Success, LLC, Bob Doyle with Boundless Living, Inc., Anne Cohen with Perfect Wedding Guide

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Anna Stevens with EQ for Success, LLC

Anna Stevens is a woman of influence. She helps people discover the POWER OF MIND and utilize it to create SUCCESS! She has an extended and increasingly diverse international experience in MARKETING, BRANDING, management, PR, training and development, and SOCIAL MEDIA. Anna is a domestic violence survivor and a warrior for women’s right to be respected and loved. She is an ENTREPRENEUR, business consultant, coach, blogger, and AUTHOR of the new book called Turn Your Dreams And Wants Into Achievable SMART Goals!


Twitter: @SMARTgoalsBook and @EQ for Success


Bob Doyle with Boundless Living, Inc.

Today more than ever, it seems that people are reaching a point in their lives where the things that used to be working, no longer are. Careers, relationships, health – just to name a few. Often, trying to “fix”these issues causes even more problems – and what’s really needed is a complete Reinvention. Bob Doyle has been in the personal transformation industry for over a decade and is now leading people through their own personal and professional reinventions through a proven system that allows you to get crystal clear on your true passions and develop a vision for yourself that will not only serve you, but for countless others in your life.

Bob Doyle is the CEO of Boundless Living, Inc., a company committed to demonstrating to people how to live their lives by design utilizing Law of Attraction principles and identifying and living their passions.

His Wealth Beyond Reason program has long been recognized as one of the most complete and usable online curriculum in the Law of Attraction, and gained the attention of the producers of the film “The Secret”, in which Bob was one of the featured teachers in the film and book.

Bob is a champion for creative self-expression and has created an online playground called the Boundless Living Challenge where participants join a huge active community of people who are taking on life-long dreams in the period of 45 days and are supported through a full education in the law of attraction, as well as tools for eliminating limiting beliefs and negative thoughts which have historically stopped people in the past.

Bob is a veteran broadcaster, music composer, author, and ukulele fanatic among other things, and encourages people to fully explore any and all of their passions, playing full out all the time, thus allowing the law of attraction to work effortlessly to attract all that they desire into their lives.

On the personal side, I am a complete ukulele fanatic and have spent the last 2 years with this thing glued to my hands. I have a YouTube channel of music, and perform every now and then at Open Mics here in Atlanta, as well as online at

Anne Cohen with Perfect Wedding Guide

Anne Cohen has spent the last ten years working with small business owners in creative industries on marketing strategy, business development, brand positioning, and advertising. She has worked in New York City, Vail and Denver Colorado, and Atlanta with an array of companies ranging from Estee Lauder and Clear Channel to Alternative Apparel and Get Married. She is a passionate professional with commitment to excellence; and as a 6th generation Atlant an, she has found herself at home in her role as the Market Manager of Perfect Wedding Guide.

Meeting Pros: Marna Friedman with Mpressive Solutions, Sharon Hochdorf with Button It Up, Inc., Lorri Blake McQueary with Destination South Meetings & Events

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Marna Friedman with Mpressive Solutions

Marna Friedman is a Business Strategist… helping businesses understand and learn how to leverage technology. She has implemented numerous systems throughout several industries that have resulted in better efficiency and profitability. After years of working for non-profits and corporate entities, Marna is skilled at helping you understand how to use technology and save money, while improving your business.

These experiences also led to the development of a series of books on how to get started in your own small business, titled “The Small Business That Could™” and “The Small Business That Could™ For Women”; as well as “The Social Launch Toolkit” and “EVENTually Perfect”. Her books offer insightful websites, tips, resources and products to help businesses with startup information, social media and technology.

She holds a BS in Business Administration and an MA in Media Studies/Communications. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who Among Emerging Leaders in America.

Sharon Hochdorf with Button It Up, Inc.

Sharon Hochdorf grew up in Miami Florida.She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee.She started Button It Up in 1987 It was a perfect business to have while raising her 2 young children.Her husband Robert has been a partner in the company for 4 years.Button It Up has grown tremendously in the 26 years it has been in business.

Lorri McQueary with Destination South Meetings & Events

Lorri McQueary has been applying her creative approach to meetings and special events since 2002. In this time she has produced attention-getting events ranging from intimate gatherings to parties for 12,000. Her background in advertising as well as visual and performing arts allows her to deliver concepts for guest experiences that are dynamic, message driven and right on target with the client’s identity and goals.

She has worked closely with both entrepreneurs and international corporations to create successful brand and event identity through collateral design strategies, custom event concepts, award winning product launches,theatrical meeting openers and a wide variety of entertainment and breakout sessions.

Lorri has been an active member in the International Special Event Society, Atlanta Chapter, since 2004. In this time she has served in both committee and director roles. In 2010, she was named to the executive board as Vice President of Communications and was honored with the President’s Award in 2011. In 2005, Lorri was honored with an ADME Rising Star Award. She was also profiled in the 2010 summer issue of Atlanta Occasions Magazine as one of ten “Most Influential Planners in Atlanta.”

At her events, Lorri is most likely to be found hoping to ditch a headset and join the back-up dancers.

Meeting Pros: Tammie Wilson & Kathy Thompson with The Party Girl Events

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Tammie Wilson & Kathy Thompson with The Party Girl Events

Tammie Wilson is the owner and founder of The Party Girl Events in Roswell Georgia. Born and raised in Texas she studied art history and hospitality management at Texas Tech then moved herself and all her talent to Georgia over 20 years ago.

Tammie founded the company 10 years ago out of her love of hosting fabulous events in her home! An invitation to a party at her home was the hot ticket; all invited knew that whatever was planned was sure to have the “Wow” factor. Word spread quickly and Tammie was asked by friends and organizations to plan their events because of her past successes. The word around town was if you needed help with your party or event call Tammie… know, “the party girl”!

Her passion, perfection and personal touches have been the success of her growing company in a sea of cookie cutter events. Tammie gets to know her clients on a personal level and then can translate that into an event that is uniquely theirs. When the event is over she has made new friends for a lifetime. A true measure of her success is the number of repeat clients.

Tammie is also involved in volunteering in the community with charities, schools and organizations lending her skills to many events. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenage children. When not planning events she spends her time reading, playing tennis, traveling, cooking, entertaining and enjoying a great glass of Chardonnay.