Above and Beyond

In March of 2020, Design Cuisine’s Account Executive and Creative Director, Kent Smith, was attending Catersource 2020 in Las Vegas learning about the future of events and catering. After four days of breakout sessions and exhibit halls he came home to a “shocking contrast” with businesses closing, events canceling, and COVID-19 taking the starring role in the year to come.  We sat down (virtually) to talk with Kent about how Design Cuisine adapted their unique and delicious catering services to thrive during the last 18 months, and what he thinks the...

By: Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd  Early in 2019, TME President and CEO Christina Taylor decided to offer a unique option to the company’s existing clients: a custom confectionary food truck that would deliver a memorable ending -- a sweet-treat sendoff for event guests.  The idea proved quite the challenge, but also showcased the creativity and attention-to-detail that are the hallmarks of TME as a powerhouse event management company. I spoke this week with Christina about the company’s new offering, which recently rolled out (pun intended) at a private engagement – more than two years...

With summer quickly approaching, TME is already gearing up for a busy fall season! Last month, we shared that hybrid events will continue to be popular for the foreseeable future, thus, some element of live attendance will be part of most programming.  Ensuring that attendees have a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience means careful coordination and communication among all parties about on-site safety protocols.  TME’S Vice President of Accounts, Jacquie Bayer, shares these helpful tips on navigating event precautions in light of COVID:  Plan for Variations with RulesAll parties involved in...

Account Manager, Marianne Johnson, shares valuable guidelines for setting yourself up for success in your workspace. One of our TME mantras is presentation is everything.  Whether meeting with a client or attending a special event, arriving on location as your most poised and professional self has always conveyed an important message.  Despite the shift to virtual meetings and events over the past year, this basic concept still holds true.  After all, Room Raters isn’t just a popular Twitter account - it has inspired a new national pastime, evaluating and critiquing work-from-home...

How Understanding Our DiSC Profiles Strengthens the TME Team Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and we all know that playing to our strengths tends to produce superior results. As an organization, we began to wonder how we could best discover each team member’s strengths and how we could leverage them to better serve our clients. By examining more about what makes each of us tick, could we create an environment where each one of us could flourish? And how could we formulate our teams and assign accounts so that each...

The guests have left and the doors are closed, and after months of planning, your event is over. You may think it’s time to move on to the next project, but we’re not done just yet. Now is the perfect time for Taylor Made Experience’s (TME) After Action Meeting and Report: our comprehensive event report and debrief meeting that follows a week or two after an event. We do this for every event and believe it is a huge part of our clients’ success. Here’s what our clients can look forward to...

As the fall season of events approaches, it’s important to appreciate those who helped you achieve your event’s success, and amongst the mountain of wrap-up post-event, remembering to express gratitude and appreciation by saying “thank you” is an important post-event to do item. It sounds like a simple reminder, but it is often a forgotten art. Public thank you’s to donors, sponsors and guests is certainly well-deserved and should be a priority, but don’t forget to thank the rest of the team that put in a great effort. For any event...

Hello again! I am now three-quarters of the way done with my MBA at American University’s Kogod School of Business, and happily the newest full-time employee at TaylorMade Experience. Something that has been stressed to me over and over again at school is the importance of culture at work. Different cultures work well for different organizations, and some cultures don’t really work at all. Over the last six months, I have observed first-hand how the values embedded in the TME culture are what make the company one that is excellent both internally and...

Experience is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you.” Who doesn’t want to have a fun and exciting experience? And we know that you want to create a unique, exceptional and flawless event to engage your guests and keep them coming back. In order to ensure such quality at our events, TME has the following "Company Rules:" I don’t know is not an answer! Instead of saying we can’t do something, we find a way to make it happen. And when...

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