President's Note



I am honored to step forward as the 2016-2017 President of the International Live Event Association Los Angeles Chapter (ILEA LA). I will be following in the footsteps of some amazing industry leaders. I want to send my sincere thanks to Erika Lohmar for her continued dedication and diligence to our amazing chapter, as our President for the past year. I have learned and continue to learn so much from her both professionally and personally. She raised the bar on expectations in the last year by constantly pushing the board to work hard, smart and to constantly look at the big picture. I’m an excited to keep the momentum going and to continue to engage our chapter within the Los Angeles live event industry. We are coming off of an amazing year full of engagement and momentum, let’s keep that going! 

My theme for this year is “Grow.” The idea of growth has been engrained in me since childhood. I come for a long line of farmers. And although I am not in the agriculture industry, there is a lot to be learned from farming. You see, farming takes patience, planning, problem solving, perseverance and a lot of crossing your fingers and hoping it all works out - farming is very similar to the live event industry. Now most of you are probably thinking, what does this have to do with live events To me growth applies to all aspects of what we do in the live events industry. As event professionals we need to continue to grow to stay fresh and creative. We are all at different stages of growth. Some are just planted, starting out in the live events industry, wondering where they will grow - how they will grow – if they will grow. Others are fully grown and can provide mentorship to those little sprouts. Where ever you are in your professional life ILEA has something for you. Whether you are looking to grow relationships, inspiration, creativity, teams, or your education ILEA has something for everyone. I encourage everyone to Grow with ILEA this year. Let’s grow together for a better association and industry.

I am exciting to announce our talented and creative Board of Directors for 2016-2017 year. If you haven’t already, please welcome your new ILEA LA Board: Bailey Nakano, AEG Live Novo Theater, Erika Lohmar, akire productions, James Schipper, Kinetic Lighting, Michelle Middleton, Independent Planner, Danny Fisk, Work the Room, Beau Lavine, Les Beaux Chocolats, Sean Leo, Delicate Productions, Erin O’Donnell, BBJ Linen, and Chris Manitius, Maple Leaf Photobooth. I encourage you to reach out to each of us, introduce yourself and see how we can help you grow in your membership!

Sincerely Your President, 
Jamie Snively

ISES LA President 2016-2017