Cinde Martin
Cinde Martin Inc

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Title: President

Number of Years with your current company: 10+

What does your company do? Marketing and Event Consultant

What makes your company stand out from your competition? Experience, First-Hand Knowledge and Ability to Get the Job Done

First Paying Job: Lifeguard

First Break into your business: Worked as Marketing Assistant at an Anheuser Busch Theme Park called Sesame Place located in Langhorne Pennsylvania

Best Book You Have Read: Can't Decide...too many good ones!

Best Advice you have ever received: Always Fail Forward

Birthday: May 31, 1963

Spouse / Children: Craig - 21 years married,  Chandler - 17 and Corrine - 14

Pets: 2 cats (Toby & Delilah) and 1 dog (Chewbacca)

College/Education: Trenton State College - now known as University of New Jersey

Favorite Sports Team(s): Ohio State Buckeyes

What is one of your favorite quotes? Great spirits have often met with violent opposition from mediocre minds - Einstein

Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member? Networking, learning from peers  

What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry? Stay Calm and Carry On....pray for grace to handle all the issues that will arise during your event!

 
Retta Logan
AAA Flag and Banner MFG, INC

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 Title:Sales Manager

 Number of Years with your current company: 13

 What does your company do? AAA Flag and Banner manufactures and installs FLOOR GRAPHICS, CAR WRAPS, TRADESHOW DISPLAYS, BUILDING BANNERS, WINDOW DISPLAYS, BILLBOARDS, POP DISPLAYS,DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE, PENNANTS, HANGING & DISPLAY HARDWARE. STADIUM GRAPHICS, WALL COVERINGS, FABRIC PRINTING, POLE BANNERS .

 What makes your company stand out from your competition? We use top of the line products, have G& master Ratings, 3 M warranty , our products are Eco-friendly and we install nationwide. No job is too big or too small for us.

 First Paying Job: Summer Camp Counselor

 First Break into your business: Super Bowl 95

 Best Book You Have Read: Catcher and the Rye

 Best Advice you have ever received: Never eat yellow snow

 Birthday: July 25

 Children: 2 boys Trey and Logan

 Pets: 2 dogs and 12 Fish

 College/Education: MS

 Favorite Sports Team(s): Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and the University of Georgia Bulldogs

 What is one of your favorite quotes?  Life is not measured in the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

 Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member?  We joined FFEA on the recommendation of one of our valued customers .  Best Benefit has been able to connect with our current customers , build new relationship and new customers and it provides an opportunity to showcase our new products.

 What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry? Be educated, professional and nice. Network  Network  Network

 

Kendra Wright
Saffire Events

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Title: President

Number of Years with your current company: 15 years

What does your company do? “We provide festivals with a beautiful, interactive online destination they can manage themselves. In plain English, we get people excited to come to festivals!”

What makes your company stand out from your competition? Our websites increase revenue. Our content management increases sanity. Our customer service makes us friends for life.

First Paying Job: Working at a go-kart track in Branson, Missouri (the hardest job of all – working for my dad!)

First Break into your business: I was so lucky to be “around” when the internet began. There was a very lazy guy managing our company’s website; I made a deal with him that I would secretly do his job for him if he’d teach me everything he knew!

Best Book You Have Read: Right now, I’m reading a book called “Dinner: A Love Story,” which is great for anyone who has a picky eater in the family. (It’s like she knows me!)

Best Advice you have ever received: When I started my company, someone said “Leap, and the net will appear!” Such great advice that has served me well!

Birthday: May 28

Spouse / Children: Husband Kirk (who I have dragged into Saffire with me), son Hudson (4 ½ - the half is very important) and a new foreign exchange student from Berlin Marie (16)

College/Education: Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas

Favorite Sports Team(s): I’d be kicked out of Austin if I didn’t say the Longhorns!

What is one of your favorite quotes? See above. Leap, and the net will appear! (Unfortunately you don’t get to see the net until you leap – you have to have faith!!)

Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member?  We love FFEA! Going to convention reminded us of the reason we got into this industry – we get to work with nice, smart people who happen to have really cool jobs!

What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry? I hope you like roller coasters! Seriously, enjoy the ride. We happen to love the thrill of events, and for people like us, the craziness is worth it!

 

Thomas G Mitchell
Reflections Productions Inc.
786-255-4949

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Title: President

Number of Years with your current company: 35 years

What does your company do? Concert stage, sound, video and lighting production as well as back line rental, power and logistics for events.

What makes your company stand out from your competition? We own all of our equipment, rarely outsourcing, with very competitive rates

First Paying Job:  Door man at Super Skating Centers

First Break into your business: Production for Eastern Airlines

Best Book You Have Read:  50 Shades of Grey

Best Advice you have ever received: Always keep a current membership with Tow Boat US & Sea Tow.

Birthday: Dec. 3rd, 1959

Spouse / Children: Jeannie Mitchell (wife); Michelle Wellman (daughter); Shaun Mitchell (son); Michael Wellman (son-in-law); Sabrina, Alina & Michael Jr (my AWESOME grandchildren)

Pets: Kinko, Sheltie

College/Education:  Hands on learning in the field.

Favorite Sports Team(s):  Miami Dolphins

What is one of your favorite quotes?  Work smart, not hard!  

Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member?  To expand our clientele, network with others and educate in the industry

What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry?  Logistics is the most important part of a spectacular event, after sponsorship.

 
Jenny Gessler Porter
Advertising Networks of Florida (ANF)
ANF Coordinator

321.283.5276

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Number of Years with your current company: 2

What does your company do? ANF has over 100 newspapers ready and waiting for your festival’s advertisement.  We’re cost effective, we’re fast, and we love hearing our clients’ success stories!

What makes your company stand out from your competition? We don’t have a lot of competition, just great relationships with all of the newspapers!

First Paying Job: Telemarketer (I am sooo sorry if you received one of my calls during dinner.  16 year olds don’t really understand the concept of “annoying”)

First Break into your business: I got a job right out of college with Conde Nast in New York City.  Newspapers don’t have as many fancy parties as Conde Nast magazines, but I sure like newspaper people more!

Best Book You Have Read: Elegance of the Hedgehog.  A witty, funny, heartbreaking novel that I could read 500 times and never grow weary of.

Best Advice you have ever received: Will it matter in 5 years?  If no, don’t worry about it.

Birthday: 10/3/1984

Spouse / Children: I just got married on 4/13/13 on Anna Maria Island to my wonderful husband Thomas (which is why Porter is now tacked onto my name J)

Pets:  Mardi is my cat from New York, and she definitely has the attitude to back it up.  Thomas has 2 cats, Milo & Milo, so now we’ve got 3 kitties who bicker like real sisters.

College/Education: Loyola University New Orleans—if you’ve ever been to New Orleans, you’ll understand why only a job in New York could tear me away.

Favorite Sports Team(s): Orlando Magic always hold a special place in my heart, but since Tom Glavin retired from the Mets, I haven’t had a favorite baseball team.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Stressed is Dessert spelled backwards.  I don’t know who said it, but I say it to myself about 5 times a day.

Why did you join FFEA / What is the best benefit of being an FFEA Member? We joined to better understand festivals and events so that we can help attendance grow.   The best benefit is FFEA allows us to give 20% discounts to its members!

What is the single most important piece of advice you would give to someone in the event industry? Advertise!

 
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