ISES LA Cocktails & Conversations- January 29

Click here for more details & to reserve your spot today!

By Rayce Public Relations and Social Media Marketing
(A Luxury Wedding and Special Events PR and Marketing Firm)

We believe in creative marketing and new business development with
a foundation deeply rooted in consistency. Great ideas mean little without
organized implementation and follow through. At Rayce PR and Marketing
we create, implement and succeed!

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Rhonda Couchigian Speaks at ISES Minneapolis/St. Paul

Rhonda Couchigian the founder of Rayce PR and Marketing spoke alongside Ann Turner, editor of Event Solutions, and Jodi Collen, Director of Event and Conference Planning for Augsburg College, in the 2012 ISES-Minneapolis/ St. Paul December Program.

By Rayce Public Relations and Social Media Marketing
(A Luxury Wedding and Special Events PR and Marketing Firm)

We believe in creative marketing and new business development with
a foundation deeply rooted in consistency. Great ideas mean little without
organized implementation and follow through. At Rayce PR and Marketing
we create, implement and succeed!

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ISES: Meet the Masters

ises meet the masters 2012

The 7th Annual Meet the Masters will be held at The InterContinental Los Angeles Hotel Century City on November 12, 2012. ISES Los Angeles continues its tradition of educational excellence as it assembles a gathering of the top leaders in the event planning industry.

Meet the Masters gives you the opportunity to enjoy an intimate dinner with the leaders of our industry. Its unique format offers a networking reception with all of the Masters, followed by dinner with a different Master rotating through, at regular intervals, and sitting at your table to answer questions and discuss what’s happening now in the industry.

Masters will attend from all over the country and represent major companies in the special events industry, independent producers, designers, caterers, editors, technical producers, CEOs, and past national association presidents.

Confirmed Masters for the 7th Annual Meet the Masters:
Eddie Zaratsian, Eddie Zaratsian Floral Boutique
Allison Callaway, Callaway Gable Photography
Brian Callaway, Callaway Gable Photography
Dawn Abbott, Fun Productions, ISES Western Region RVP
Barbara Brass, Wolfgang Puck
Chris Clark, Extraordinary Events
Kevin Covey, Kevin Covey Wedding & Event Coordination
Wendy Dahl, Chic Productions
Janet Elkins, Eventworks
Bob Estrin
Joella Hopkins, CMP, CSEP, Mumtaz Marketing & Events
Lisa Hurley, Special Events Magazine
Greg Jenkins, Bravo Productions
Ruth Moyte, Red Dandelion Creative
Ron Rubin, Ron Rubin Events
David Smith, SHOWPRO

More Masters to come!

Don’t miss the ISES 1/2 year Membership Special!
Join ISES at Meet the Masters and they will
Waive the $50 Registration Fee
Invite you to attend their next event free of charge.
(New members only)

Monday, November 12, 2012 6:00 PM  –  9:30 PM

The InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles
2151 Avenue of Stars
Los Angeles, California 90067

Business Attire

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ISES Eventworld 2012



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Rhonda Couchigian

Carol Rosen


Eventworld is almost here and our very own Rhonda Couchigian, Founder of Rayce PR and Marketing will be speaking, along with a lot of other talented professionals in the industry. The topic of Rhonda’s discussion is ‘Everything’s Going Digital — When Did My Marketing Message Pixelate and How Do I Make it Clear and Concise?’ She’ll cover the future of business development, marketing and promotions in the digital world. Don’t miss this informative and easy to understand presentation where you’ll learn a simple process for setting goals as well as digital tricks and tools for marketing and editorial submittals. Click here for more information and to register.

Rhonda will also attend the ISES Esprit Awards to support our fabulous client, Carol Rosen of Party Designs by Carol, who has been nominated for Best Wedding ($75,000-$200,000) for “A Mid-Summer’s Night Wedding.”



ISES Eventworld 2011 from Westview Media on Vimeo.

produced by CinemaCake

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The Marty McGowan ISES LA Scholarship

The Marty McGowan ISES LA Scholarship Information:

Download Scholarship Application Form Here – please note, you can enter your information directly into this PDF (form fillable PDF) and save it before sending.

The Marty McGowan/International Special Event Society Los Angeles Scholarship Fund has been established to assist members of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of ISES in their pursuit of educational opportunities and achievement of the CSEP designation! Awarding of a scholarship will be made upon approval of the entire ISES LA Board of Officers and Directors.

Scholarship Awards will be granted in amounts of $500.00 minimum, depending on funds available and the number of qualified applications. No chapter member may receive a Scholarship Award more than once in three calendar years. An application for Scholarship Awards will be sent electronically to all current chapter members once a calendar year, or when there are sufficient funds on hand. All applications will be reviewed by the current board and upon analysis, will be voted on by the entire board.

The requirements for receiving Scholarship Awards are as follows:

• Recipients must be a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter for at least two years and be a member in good standing at the time of the award.

• Recipients must be an “active” member of the chapter. “Active” is described as having participated on chapter committees, current or past member of the board of directors or active in chapter programs.

• Recipients will be required to write an article for the chapter’s E-Newsletter describing the benefits of their educational opportunity.

• Awards may be used for the following:
CSEP Examination and necessary materials.
Attendance at the annual Conference for Professional Development, Regional Educational Conferences and The Special Event.

• Awards granted are to be on an honor system and may be used for payment of any and or all expenses related to the above mentioned educational opportunities. Return of receipts and not required. However, proof of attendance is required or the award shall be returned to the chapter.

Use this Great ISES LA Membership Benefit by Applying today!

Scholarships are awarded throughout the year, so once you complete an application it stays on file until the next scholarship is awarded.

For more information and the ISES Web Site Click Here



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Rhonda Couchigian Speaks at ISES in Ventura

Rhonda Couchigian, founder of Rayce PR and Marketing, gave an inspiring lecture for ISES members and guests on Tuesday. Dreams, Goals and Aspirations was the topic of conversation at this informal and informative evening at the Museum of Ventura County. Rhonda spoke about the future of business development, marketing and promotions in the digital world and specifically how business owners in the special event industry can maximize their outreach and exposure.

Rhonda spoke about the difference between advertising and brands, the three categories of brand and how your brand is an important financial asset. She discussed the importance of building a brand on emotion and she talked about social media tools like blogging, Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, FourSquare and ISSUU. The group discussed business promotion and all that it entails including press releases, editorial coverage, email marketing, showcase events and event and real wedding submittals.

Colette and Kaitlin Lopez of La Fete Weddings organized the lovely event and the Thai food by Seasons Catering was very yummy! Hors d’oeuvre of cucumbers and radishes topped with edamame puree were passed during cocktail hour. The meal started with a lettuce wrap salad and followed with an entree of beef and beet shavings with sides of yummy Pad Thai noodles and shrimp! Dessert consisted of two mouth-watering chocolate and banana won tons topped with whip cream. Delicious! EventRents provided the rentals and Melissa Musgrove was there to capture all of these lovely photos for us. Thank you so much Melissa!

Kaitlin Lopez, Colette Lopez and Rhonda Couchigian


Scott Topper

Glen Novak and Rhonda Couchigian

Rhonda Couchigian

Click here to see Rhonda’s presentation!


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The CSEP Program

The CSEP Program

Established in 1993, the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) designation recognizes event professionals who have successfully demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability essential to perform all components of a special event.  This program was developed to:

  • Increase the proficiency of event professionals
  • Elevate industry standards and practices
  • Establish the level of knowledge and performance necessary for certification
  • Promote the advancement of the special events industry
  • Advance the careers of practitioners
  • Acknowledge the high caliber work of CSEPs and the value of the products and services they provide

The CSEP continues a remarkable progression as world wide recognition of the special events industry continues to develop. Now more than ever before, professionals within the industry recognize the CSEP to be an influential designation for the education and the promotion of professional ethics and standards.

Being a recipient of the CSEP designation demonstrates a continuous dedication to enhance individual and professional performance. The CSEP designation offers a competitive advantage when soliciting business as either a special events industry supplier or planner. It represents proof of your professional market knowledge.

For More Information  

Upcoming exam windows and deadlines below:

Exam Date & Deadlines: 

Exam Window: January 15-30

Application & Fee Due: December 15

Exam Window: April 15-30

Application & Fee Due: March 15

Exam Window: July 15-30

Application & Fee Due: June 15

Exam Window: October 15-30

Application & Fee Due: September 15

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The ISES Meet the Masters dinner at the Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles on Monday night was a huge success! Our very own, Edgar Zamora was a master, and he had a great time, met some new people and offered up his advice on how to succeed in this business.

For those of you who are not familiar with ISES (The International Special Events Society), it’s a professional club that fosters enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ISES works to join professionals to focus on the “event as a whole” rather than it’s individual parts and it’s gorwn to involve over 7,000 members active in 42 chapters throughout the world. It’s a great way to network and grow your business!

Last two photos by Marianne Lozano Photography

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Edgar Zamora designated as 2011 ISES Master


ISES, the International Special Events Society of Greater Los Angeles, will hold it’s 6th annual Meet the Masters educational event on November 14, 2011 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. We’re proud to announce that Revelry’s President, Edgar Zamora, will be a master this year!
Please join us at this gathering of the special event industry’s top leaders to learn from experienced professionals and network with your colleagues and peers. During dinner at the historic Biltmore, Masters will visit each table to answer questions so you can learn from their mistakes and successes. After dinner, there will be another Q&A discussion with the Masters, who are made up of the industry’s best and are professionals in several aspects of special events, including trade publications and shows, top design companies, caterers, independent producers and planners, editors, publishers, company presidents, CEO’s and past national and international association presidents.
Don’t miss this amazing event! For more information, click here. We hope to see you there.

Meet the Masters
Monday, November 14, 2011 from 6-9pm




Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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