Monday, October 18, 2010

Miracle on 24th Street

The Westin Grand put on a spectacular show with top notch entertainment, fabulous decor, and an awesome display of food. The chocolate room was a big hit, and the swing dancers from the band Swingin' On A Star got the crowd moving. In the Grand Ballroom, Jessica Lynn & her band, Invitation, took requests and got standing ovations.

I recommend this hotel to all in our industry, and want to give a special thanks to Carolyn Horton & Kristen Dobbins at the Westin Grand for making The Miracle on 24th Street happen!

Swing Dancer Todd Borzych and partner

Jan Davis Events & Planner Susan Smith

Tom Trainor from Suburban Video, Photographer Steve Canning, and myself (I'm the well dressed bald guy).

Planner Danielle Couick & Julie Wiser from Madame Tussauds DC

Invitation rocked the ballroom

Fancy Westin Grand ice sculpture

Steve Canning with Doreen from Engaged Magazine

Awesome hors d'oeurvres

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dinner at Susan Hornyak's house!

Susan Hornyak is not only a skilled photographer, but a great cook, and an awesome hostess. Some of Washington's best event professionals got together at her home recently to eat, drink, and above all, gossip. We were then treated to a rock concert by her son Jake, who at 11, is on his way to being a ROCK STAR!

Sara Franklin & Suzi Molak

Sara Bukele & Jenni Green

Lisa Schulz, Lee Lontz, and dogs

What a spread!
Ray Bialek, Eli Turner, Laura Weatherly, Stephanie Ascari & others
Susan Hornyak - Queen of the Kitchen
Joe Hornyak (Husband) & Suzi Molak

Ray with Kait Whitehead, Susan's assistant

Allie Gallo, Sarah Tigner, and Kate Kennedy

Ray & the Dog

Thursday, August 19, 2010

ISES Eventworld 2010

Eventworld kicked off with the leadership reception at Angel's Rock Bar. 100 degree weather kept everyone inside where I was able to re-acquaint with all my international ISES buddies!

Here is newly engaged Katie Gold from Rentals Unlimited in Boston:

Canadian ISES President Eileen Bistrisky, me, and some other guy:

DC's own former Board of Governor Lori Hill, looking Summer relaxed:

Free shots for the Women. Boy did that go over big:

The education opening session kicked off with the best guitarist I've ever seen. Mike Rayburn and his dream of "What if", and "Why Not", really uplifted the room. After partying at the ISES lounge & Club Mex at the Power Plant, the next morning was intensive Social & Business Media.

Corbin Ball got us "Baby Boomers" started including
Pam Moore, Raymond Benoit, and Ashleigh Dorfman:

Very intense morning so nap time from 1-3!
What a great room the Marriott Waterfront upgraded me to:

Up at 3:00, and Hayden Shaws "Come Together, Right Now" was an entertaining comparison of the Baby Boomer and Millenium Generations.

We chill and they multitask. They get more done, but not as well:

Met a new friend from Georgia, Ingrid Wiggberg, an Event Planner:
The Big Hair Search Party at the American Visionary Arts Museum produced Ray with the Elvis look, the DC Chapter, and Kate Buscher from Baltimore's Puttin' on the Ritz Catering:
Waking up at 7:30am the next day, Pam Moore and Sonny Morris told us
"What's New In Entertainment." I paid my $80, two night parking & adios!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Wine Enthusiast Magazine "Toast of the Town" Gala ~ 06-11-10 ~ David Bac...

The David Bach Consort rockin' it at the National Building Museum! Sandi Hoffman of Sandi Hoffman Special Events ( says in the Fall 2010 issue of Bride's Magazine ( "David and his band are the best when it comes to classic jazz, but they'll throw in some of the Doors, the Beatles, and Billy Joel every now and then too." Thank you Sandi for making David Bach your go to group for jazz and rock!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer SIZZLES at the Fairmont

The summer heat is nothing compared to the summer sizzle party at the Fairmont Washington DC last week! Bob Mikolitch, Mark Medrick, Hubert Billod-Morel, and the newly acquired Lindsay Saltzberg put together a spectacular menu, complete with libations to cool you down with watermelon flavored ice cubes.

Global sales team members from all over the US & Canada including my long lost buddy Jennifer Erney were present. Cajun/Zydeco music from the Junkyard Saints set the tone for a perfect evening!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Washington Capitals Casino night!

Our band Kaleidoscope rocked the Washington Capitals Casino night, and helped raise $285,000 for the Capital Area Food Bank and other great causes at their Gala on Jan 24th at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria.

Senior Catering Director Heidi Coblentz and her team put out a sensational carving station, sliders, sushi, tapas bar, and top shelf spirits. Popular auction items were a ping pong tournament with Mike Green and other players, and a hockey clinic with Alex Ovechkin.