Our 2017 by the numbers
2017 has been a banner year for Kennedy Events. We’ve had one of our most exciting years in business yet, with the best clients an event planner could ask for, plus a new rebrand and website for ourselves. Today, we’re wrapping up our year with a taste of what we’ve accomplished, including everything from the whimsical to the wins.
24 + Events
We filled our calendar with 24 events this year (not even counting the small scale ones!), and had a blast at all of them! From Sales Machine to TrainAi and #ONUG2017, we helped launch and grow tech conferences, raise money with fundraising galas, celebrate and build company culture with internal corporate events, and bring awareness to important social initiatives through nonprofit events.
It takes a village to make every event happen, so we hired and managed 171 vendors across all of our events this year. From florals to lighting, catering to swag, riggers to drapers to stage hands and more —we “brought it all together” for our clients.
We put our skills to work to delight more than 14,000 attendees! Man, that’s a lot of people. And we’re humbled that you, our clients, trusted us with your vision to engage and delight your attendees and guests.
3 New Team Members
We’re so happy to say that our team grew by 3 members this year! We welcomed Jonny, Robin and Brent to the team to help with coordinating, managing events and hacking stellar systems so it all runs smoothly.
1 new website
You heard our other big news…. We launched 1 new website (ours!) Going hand-in-hand with our new look is a bold new site that we feel pretty at home in, stay a while and see what you think.
1 Brand Refresh
Our look was feeling a bit, ahem, vintage. So with the growth of our team and brand we stripped back to the essentials and re-built a whole new visual platform around who we’ve grown into over the years.
Events with strategy
We helped brands like Salesforce and Sales Hacker produce events with strategy baked into every detail so that they can from strong connections with their ideal customers. In 2017 we loved planning and producing Sales Machine, an event hosted by Salesforce and SalesHacker. Our powerful planning helped these hosts reach more than 1,200 event attendees, and during the live event, we got to do what we do best: create an event with thoughtful and strategic elements to delight as well as communicate with attendees.
$12,000 – Helped Raise awareness
We helped brands like #CASH put on events that raise awareness and funds so that they can forge ahead with their important mission. Planning and producing the #CASH event was a dream come true for us. Hosted by the Economic Security Project, this event focused on building momentum and bringing leaders together to explore how a universal basic income could improve the lives of all Americans. Like SalesMachine, our role in this event was to plan and produce, with an added KE signature touch. We made sure that every element we styled had a strategic purpose, and our client struck a cool note of reflecting on money and the past while looking to this future-forward idea by holding the event in the historic Old Mint Building in San Francisco. $12,000 is a test figure of what each person would receive from government in a society that had a universal basic income. What would you do if you wee guaranteed $12,000 a year?
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40 Hours On Loading Docks
40 hours spent on stinky, cold loading docks, overseeing trucks for load-ins. All that equipment isn’t going to load itself!
So Many New Friends
We got to know so many wonderful people through our Cocktails with KE Event, through our 3 cocktail parties. We had our brand-friends and clients come out to cool bars to relax, let their hair down and get to know us just a little better. Couldn’t make it in 2017? Let us buy you a drink in 2018! Get on the invite list here.
And We Can't Forget...
- No holiday event is complete without a bit of sparkle, so we we couldn’t resist stringing 7,000 feet of purple twinkle lights.
- And, like we’re sure all of you did too, we had 1 accidental purchase of RuPaul’s Drag Race on the corporate card (oh, just us…?).
Let's Make Magic In 2018
Paige Buck is the co-owner of Kennedy Events is a large-scale event management company based in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. Our team creates stress-free conferences and events with a positive impact, which allow our clients to resonate with their audience. Kennedy Events specializes in producing flawless product launches, award ceremonies, fundraisers and multi-day conferences while keeping our eye on retention and engagement goals.
About Kennedy Events
Kennedy Events began with one goal in mind — to produce high-level corporate events with just as much strategy as style. Maggie founded the company in 2000, found her match in Paige, and in 2011 the two became official partners. Since then, these two resourceful and brilliant creatives have pooled their strengths to build one one of the most the most sought after corporate event companies in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.
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