Meet the Team: Carly Garcia

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When did you start at DPEM?
March 2017

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Reliable, Loyal, and Lighthearted.

What would be your last meal?
Pizza, a burger, and crunchy tacos! All three are required!!

Favorite place you have ever traveled?
The Bahamas. My family goes every summer, so it’s a special destination!

Retirement Dreams?
Moving to Costa Rica, where my husband is originally from and opening a bar directly on Tamarindo beach!

Favorite Band or Musician?
Beyonce and Lady Gaga!

Why did you get started in the event industry originally?
I’m very organized, which is key to this profession and I like planning a project from start to finish and seeing the end result come to life. I really enjoy hosting people and watching them have a good time at an event I helped put together.

What has been the biggest challenge you have overcome professionally, and what was your solution?
I’ve worked at many non-profit organizations with some challenging Boards and Trustees, but I’ve found that honest and direct communication can usually lead to understanding and compromise.

What is your favorite part about working in the event industry?
The energy and fast-paced world we operate in. 

What was the best event you ever attended?
My wedding! It was in Las Vegas and required very, very little planning and yet everyone had a blast because it was so relaxed. It had a fun, vacation vibe!

What has been your proudest moment professionally?
Planning a ground-breaking event for 2000 guests that included a live and silent auction on an active construction site. I called that one ‘tent city’ because of the massive number of structures we built!

What is your favorite thing about living in the Bay Area?
Being near family and the water!

Where can you be found on your time off from work?
In the kitchen cooking, walking my dog Emmy, or at the Barre working out!

What client would you love to work with and why?
Anything food related or with a celebrity chef! I love to cook and admire professional chefs, so any time spent around them and learning a new technique or tip would be super special to me!

What is your best-kept secret to success?
Always tell them you have less in the budget than you have!!!

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Meet the Team: Michelle Madrid

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When did you start at DPEM?
I started as a contractor in September 2016 and joined the team full-time in January 2017.

What three words would you use to describe yourself? Fun, positive, and go-getter.

What would be your last meal?
Sushi with lots of wasabi on the side.

Favorite place you have ever traveled?
I love traveling and have so many beautiful memories from each place, so it’s hard to pick just one! However, I had the opportunity to travel through Mexico alone for a few months after graduating from college. I went to Oxaca, Puerto Escondido, San Luis Potosi, and Mexico City.  I grew in so many ways on that trip – it’s one of my fondest memories.

Favorite Band or Musician?
Oh man, too many! But some of my top favorites are Prince, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Little Dragon, Jimi Hendrix, and Juanes.

Why did you get started in the event industry originally?
I was actually on my way to pursue a career in fashion marketing before getting into events.  While I was in school finishing my degree, I needed a paid internship so I answered a Craigslist ad for an intern to manage “all events pertaining to entertainment, including family friendly movies to gory horror films.” I said, welp sign me up! That was in 2007 and I haven’t looked back since!

What is your favorite part about working in the event industry?
The perks! When you get to know other people in the industry and build a rapport with them, you get to attend other cool events… for free!

What was the best event you ever attended?
A light installation event that took place at Grand Park in Los Angeles.  It was extremely innovative.

What has been your proudest moment professionally?
Having my ‘secret’ Fight Club DVD release event featured in the LA Times.

What is your favorite thing about living in the Bay Area?
The food!! So many delicious choices. And all the beautiful nature you come across wherever you walk.

Where can you be found on your time off from work?
Riding my bike and cuddling with my little nugget – my one-year-old daughter.

What client would you love to work with and why?
Either Tom Ford during NY Fashion Week or produce ANY event for Beyoncé.

What is your best-kept secret to success?
Remember, we’re not curing cancer – have fun!

Posted by: Lindsay Sutherland, DPEM Team
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An Insider’s Look: Life at DPEM

At DPEM no two days are alike, and that’s how we like it.  We thrive in a dynamic environment that allows us to produce a wide range of events with a variety of clients, pushing our creativity daily and crafting the best experience to realize each client’s vision. Everyday is an adventure, and we thought it would be fun to take a peek inside life at DPEM from our team’s perspective.

Question1

“The people! We have a fun group of people in the office with many different personalities. Our contractors are amazing too. I always know that once I get on-site at an event there will be no shortage of laughter.”  - Katie

“We’re surrounded by a great group of people who are all hard-working and passionate. Creativity and professional growth are encouraged on a daily basis, and office’s flexibility allows me to still focus on me.”  - Lindsay

Question2

“Creative. Driven. Thoughtful. Bright. Positive.”  - Quinn

“Focused. Friendly. Energetic. Organized. Take-charge!” – Anneka

“Hard-working. Spunky. Fun. Professional. Friendly.”  - Michelle

“Funny. Creative. Kind. Smart. Full-of-Life (counts as one word if there are hyphens, right?)”  - Lindsay

 Question3

“Work from home days! Nothing beats taking care of business in your pajamas, on your couch, and with a cup of coffee!”  - Anneka

“We get 2 weeks off over the holidays!”  - Megan

“I love that we are encouraged to pursue what inspires us with the support of DPEM. Whether it’s a class I want to take for professional growth, or an exhibition I want to see for creative growth, I always have the full support of my manager to seek out developmental opportunities.”  - Lindsay

Question4

“The terrarium making event at Flora Grubb! It was really fun to get my hands dirty with the team and be creative.”  - Katie

“Our team trip to the Exploratorium’s ‘Transform the Night’ was a blast. We are usually on the production side of events, so it was wonderful to walk around and enjoy the larger than life entertainers, vendors, and caterers ourselves.”  - Anneka

“Hard to choose! I loved going to the Oscar de la Renta exhibit. Not only were his iconic pieces incredible, but the experience of walking through his story made me think about events in a new way – both from the perspective of design, but also how we tell our clients’ stories through our events. The whole thing was completely immersive and super inspiring.”  - Lindsay

Question5
“The Benefit Cosmetics 40th Anniversary Party. Rarely do we get to go wild with décor but Benefit Cosmetics is always on board. It was extremely fun to come up with creative ideas with them and buy every kind of pink décor imaginable. The possibilities were endless and it was so fun to be a part of it!”  - Katie

“I’m most proud of producing the San Francisco Street Food Festival.”  - Megan

Question6
“Because DPEM is a boutique firm, I was able to grow into new positions and was given opportunities to work on a variety of events.  By having ownership of projects, I got hands-on experience with all aspects of events.”  - Megan

“I’ve grown a lot professionally and personally. We plan extremely large events, and while I’d produced many events prior to working here, I had not planned any on such a large scale. I’ve learned many new things about event production and what it takes to execute a large-scale event. Throughout the process I’ve gained confidence in myself and become a better producer overall.”  - Katie

“The DPEM team is made up of an inspiring group of self-starters. I constantly feel challenged to take ownership of my own ideas and career.”  - Anneka

Question7

“I like the events that DPEM produces and wanted to get involved. There are a variety of clients to work with and that was a huge draw.”  - Michelle

“For me it was a combination of the people I interviewed with, the size of the company, and the industry.  I came from a more corporate background and wanted to work in a fun creative environment with a smaller team. I enjoy being a part of a close-knit group where I feel like I can really make a positive impact.”  - Quinn


“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”
– Steve Jobs

Posted by: Lindsay Sutherland, DPEM Team
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