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Meeting Pros: John Brown with Monte Carlo Production, Geri Sims with Geri Sims Weddings & Events, Kirkley Hennessy with Hennessy Transportation Inc.


On this Episode of Meeting Pros:

John Brown with Monte Carlo Production

Monte Carlo Productions has been around since 1977. With 30 years in the business we lead the competition with innovative ideas that continue to entertain company’s and family’s across America. Our inventory of games and theatrical props combined with our in-house graphics, and lighting departments makes us one of the largest theme party companies in the U.S. Servicing Fortune 500 Companies, Meeting Planners, Associations, Charities/Fundraisers, Church Groups, High Schools, and Neighborhoods we quite simply have something for everyone.

With over 50,000 square feet of inventory including a variety of games, unique theme props, lighting, and special effects, we can create any atmosphere you can dream or imagine. Our experienced staff of event planners and production personnel will work with you to offer unique ideas that are guaranteed to make your party a success.

Monte Carlo Productions has been featured in Cobb Life Magazine.

Geri Sims with Geri Sims Weddings & Events

After graduating from The Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida, I began my career by designing for the private clubs of Miami and South Beach. Now, after more than 20 years in the Wedding & Event Planning industry, I reside in Atlanta, Georgia, where I have turned my passion into a successful business. My primary medium is Sheer Fabric. With this fabric, I can create ceiling and wall treatments, backdrops, entrance ways and much more, depending on your needs. Through your personal consultation and my talent for threedimensional design, I am able to convert an ordinary space into a stunningly beautiful atmosphere.

Kirkley Hennessy with Hennessy Transportation Inc. 

Kirkley Hennessy’s entrance into the chauffeured ground transportation industry evolved out of his first business venture, Avalanche Entertainment, founded in 2001. Avalanche offered DJ services to brides, grooms, event planners and venues throughout Atlanta and the Southeast, establishing a large footprint in the wedding industry. With the increasing success of their DJ and videography packages, Avalanche expanded their offering to include a DJ, video and limousine package for weddings. Shortly after this addition, the limousine aspect spun off into its own company in 2011, and Hennessy Transportation was born.

Hennessy has grown into a full-service company for airport transportation, corporate planning and leisure travel, dedicating themselves to logistics and manifest management for groups throughout the world! Hennessy services over 1,200 airports in 500 cities across the globe, making them a brand trusted by Fortune 500 companies to manage their group transportation needs. With an in-house team of professionals dedicated to great customer service, backed with the state-of-the-art technology, you can count on Hennessy Transportation to manage, execute and oversee any project with your group’s manifest. And with reservation processes built with the client in mind, you go wherever you need to, 24 hours a day!

Today, Kirkley is directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the company: “We are a company that truly recognizes grass-roots marketing and customer service. Our clients continually support our model with feedback, and they deeply appreciate and admire our attention to detail. We work hard to keep our vehicles safe, clean and enjoyable. Whether it’s the smoke free environment, chilled water or Wi-Fi onboard, you’ll quickly realize we offer much more than transportation.”

Kirkley holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Greater Atlanta Limousine Association (GALA). This association, comprised of approximately 20-30 limousine companies in the Atlanta area, aims to be the best reflection of the chauffeured transportation industry, as they service over 80% of Atlanta’s limousine and black car fleet.

Hennessy Transportation has been a finalist for “Best Operator of The Year” from Limousine Digest for the past 2 years and is once again nominated in 2013. Hennessy Transportation has also been voted “Best Transportation: Atlanta” from the Wedding Industry Experts organization.

Finally, Hennessy is a company dedicated to giving back to the community. They continually support non-profit organizations of all sizes, including this past weekends event for Tripp Halstead with the Sunshine on a Ranney Day charity!


Meeting Pros: Ashia Sims with Women Interactive/Art of Genius, Alex Lassiter with Gather, Patrice Washington with Seek Wisdom Find Wealth

On this Episode of Meeting Pros:

Ashia Sims with Women Interactive/Art of Genius

Ashia R. Sims is the Chief Transmedia Officer of Art of Genius Creative Technology Series and Founding Curator of Women Interactive Creative Technology Festival. She is also the Chief Content Manager at Friday Girl TV, a web station for women. Ashia has worked in the field of television and film production for over 10 years. She has worked on television projects for BET, Fox, Peachtree TV, Starz in Black and NBC as well as several feature film projects. She is passionate about empowering women to be their best selves and stepping outside of the status quo. She represents one of the early generations of kids to grow up sitting in front of a computer and enjoys tech talk about the latest smart phone, coolest app and other tech devices.

Ashia resides in Atlanta, GA and loves attending festivals like Comic Con and Dragon Con and making time to read and write horror and science fiction stories.

Twitter: @ashia  LinkedIn:

 Alex Lassiter with Gather

My background is comes from the corporate planning side. I worked for a strategy consulting firm (Bain & Company). Among my day-to-day analyst responsibilities, weekly team dinners, holiday parties, & sales dinners also fell under my umbrella. It was really at this point that I realized the challenges of booking venues. We thought finding a venue to host your dinner or event should’ve been as easy as booking a hotel on Orbitz.

I left my job about a year ago with a colleague of mine (Nick) to start a company in the restaurant industry. We spent about 6 months working with all different types of restaurants before we fully developed the idea behind Gather. Now we’re in over 50 restaurants in the Atlanta area with venue sizes that range from 10 to 250 guests. We created Gather to connect meeting planners to hundreds of restaurants & event spaces, facilitating hassle-free event planning.

 Patrice Washington with Seek Wisdom Find Wealth

Patrice C. Washington is the author of Real Money Answers, a series of sensible, straightforward, question and answer style, personal finance books written to address the most common financial questions of targeted groups of individuals. The first installment, Real Money Answers: College Life & Beyond is the ultimate guide to creating a wealthy mindset, skill set and overall personal finance success in your 20s.

Patrice is also the founder of Seek Wisdom Find Wealth, which provides one-on-one personal finance and entrepreneurship coaching to professional women who are overworked, yet underpaid and desire to profit from their passion. A frequent speaker at business, college and women’s events, Patrice’s wisdom on money matters has been featured by national brands such as NBC, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Upscale Magazine and more.






Meeting Pros: Jordan Glastetter & Denise Rindsberg with Let’s Celebrate, Vanessa Parker with PinkBoss, Inc

On This Episode of Meeting Pros:

Jordan Glastetter & Denise Rindsberg  with Let’s Celebrate

company name in the blog post. Since 1991, Atlanta based Let’s Celebrate has garnered numerous regional,national and international awards for their winning designs. Seven Allie Awards have been presented to the company in nine years for “Best Balloon Décor.”

Let’s Celebrate was amongst the top three companies nominated for a prestigious award in the industry by International Special Events for Best Balloon Sculptures.

Let’s Celebrate has been written up in the BellSouth regional newsletter and numerous articles about the company have appeared in newspapers, and magazines. CNN invited Denise as a guest speaker on the “TALK BACK LIVE” show. About the President: Denise Rindsberg has been president of Let’s Celebrate for 20 years. She is very recognized within the industry, and works on a local and international scale.

Denise has written numerous unique Centerpiece design books, and has lectured at many seminars, including The Atlanta Mart. She qualified as a CBA (Certified Balloon Artist) and won a scholarship to do a Leadership Program with Qualatex at their corporate Head Office. She served many years on the board of ISES (International Special Event Society) and won special recognition as Director of Programs.

Specialties:We are a dynamic event design company that will turn your special event of any size into an experience you will never forget. We will transform any idea into a dazzling setting, with ambiance that embraces every guest.

Our capabilities are extensive and feature award-winning balloon sculptures, distinctive theme décor ranging from backdrops to props incorporating floral designs, decorative linens, chair covers, and special lighting effects for both private and corporate functions.

Vanessa Parker with PinkBoss, Inc

Vanessa Parker balances family and entrepreneurship with flare and a style all her own. Her mission and purpose is to empower women to use their passion and skills to generate income that will allow them the flexibility to do what they love every day. Parker has taught several entrepreneurship workshops and currently teaching her Jr. CEO curriculum in the metro Atlanta area. She credits her success to community involvement and her drive to help women become economically self sufficient through entrepreneurship.





Meeting Pros: Atlanta Street Food Festival Special- Alisha Nesbitt with Enchanted Events of Atlanta, Mixed Up Food Truck, Yumbli Food Truck

On This Episode of Meeting Pros:

Alisha Nesbitt with Enchanted Events of Atlanta

Alisha Nesbitt, owner of Enchanted Events of Atlanta, began planning weddings, dinner parties and birthday celebrations for her friends and family in 2005. After continuing to receive an overwhelming amount of request for her services, Alisha decided to officially launch Enchanted Events of Atlanta. In addition to being an expert in the field event coordination & interior design, she is a licensed Occupational Therapist. Alisha maintains a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Temple University. She is also the co- owner of Enchanted Blu Events. Enchanted Blu Events is a full service event planning, fundraiser organizing, and corporate meeting/team building planning company all in one. Enchanted Blu Events is dedicated to assisting non- profit organizations and or charities in their fundraising efforts. Enchanted Blu currently produces two signature events that each benefits a local charity. Through these events, Enchanted Blu has been able to donate over $6000 to the community in 2012 alone. The events include the Atlanta Chef’s Expo (Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta) and the Atlanta Street Food Festival (Atlanta Community Food Bank). Her events have been featured on; CBS Better Mornings, in Jezebel Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Daily Candy, Deep South Magazine, Uptown Magazine, Upscale Magazine,, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Thrillist, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, Crave Atlanta and When Alisha is not planning fabulous events, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her son Nicholas.

Atlanta Street Food Festival

Mixed Up Food Truck

Yumbli Food Truck