We thought we'd put together a timeline of the journey over the past 20 years.
The Events Company was established as a DBA. The original name was Events Unlimited. However, when Nicole went to register the name, it was already taken. This prompted a quick payphone call (no cell phones back then) to Nicole's husband to ask if he had another idea for a name. Kevin tossed out The Events Company, she shouted the name out to the clerk who looked it up, said it was available, thanked Kevin, hung up the phone and continued registering the business.
Joined the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce (now Centerstate CEO)
Joined the International Special Events Society (ISES) who are now known as International Live Events Association (ILEA).
Our first bridal couple, Jill and Ted got married on August 16th. Ted’s family was Greek and instead of throwing plates, they threw dollar bills at the couple.
Nicole installed 200 chair covers and ties for a wedding, that would equate to 200 squats in a row. She could barely walk the next day, that’s the day she decided to hire a team to help with load-ins and load-outs.
Planned the wedding of Deborah Blanchard (Daughter of Ken Blanchard, a management guru and author of One Minute Manager and other books) in Skaneateles that got a lot of attention and press coverage. There was a micro-burst that stormed through Skaneateles as guests were arriving to the church. To this day we still talk about the near disaster from the storm and the importance of having the right event team.
Planned the first Coaches vs. Cancer Basket Ball Gala with the American Cancer Society and Juli Boeheim.
Our first employee, Kelly Adams (now Taylor) was hired. She was fresh out of college and willing to do anything you asked her to do.
Planned the opening event for the Fenner Farm Windmills with the Secretary of Energy. This was our first event that included coordinating with the Secret Service.
Moved offices to Harrison Street.
Kevin Samolis (Nicole's husband) joined the team. 'Best decision ever! It was great having someone to strategize with, a person who had the same goals but approached them from a different perspective. Plus, Kevin will take on any task that I prefer not to do…' says Nicole.
Planned our first event out of Central New York in New Orleans.
Planned our first event out of the country in Cancun, Mexico
Launched our Design and Production Division offering clients who didn't want planning services but wanted decor offerings. Despite of slowdown of the economy, we still saw double-digit growth.
Expanded our offices to include an Event Showroom.
Earned the Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP) Designation.
Social Media came onto the scene and Nicole wanted to learn more about it, so she launched the BizBuzz Social Media Conference.
Hearts were broken when The Events Company (TEC) team member Sean Samolis (and youngest son of Nicole and Kevin) passed away unexpectedly. In tribute to Sean, the TEC team now wears tie-dyed t-shirts as their load-in/out uniform.
Planned our first event on 2 islands. A wedding for 500 guests included barges to get the goods to the island, and Uncle Sam Boat Tours to get guests to the islands.
The Events Company gets a ‘sister company’ with the opening of SKY Armory. The Events Company still plans events in other venues.
The Events Company starts to create its own events using SKY Armory as a host venue. Our events include BizBuzz Social Media Conference, Night Market, He Said Beer She Said Wine, Little Black Dress Event, New Year's Eve Bash, and St. Patrick's Day Parade.
It’s been 20 years – doesn’t seem like it. It’s been a fabulous journey and we have had the opportunity to create amazing events with some really cool clients who were open to our zany ideas. We’ve met some great people and made a lot of friends along the way. We thank you for entrusting us with your events.
The Next 20: Who knows where this journey will take us, but know that we are always committed to the WOW!