GET TO KNOW US.Corinthian Events' founding partners share over 50 years of experience. In starting the company their goal was to create a place people were excited to come to every day. You spend too much time at work to not enjoy it. Over 17 years later, the team members at Corinthian Events are not only colleagues, but family.The office mantra that anyone will chant anytime, "Don't worry, I got your back".
"If I could only choose one word to describe Corinthian Events, I think it would be 'thorough.'I can ask them almost any question about an event and I can tell they've already thought about it before I asked.On my drive in to their events I always feel calm and relaxed, confident that it's going to be a good day.You can't put a price on that."
Morris Beverly, Owner, A.V. Presentations Inc.
Morris Beverly, Owner, A.V. Presentations Inc.
We instill loyalty in all our relationships — not only with our clients, but with our dedicated vendor partners as well. We love what we do. And so will you.
Did you know? Courtney has over 6,500 songs on her iPod but reggae music is her favorite!
With over 25 years in the hospitality industry, Courtney Church has the knowledge and resources to individually tailor every facet of your event – no matter how unusual the request. Her background in food and beverage and wine sales go hand in hand with a palette that is second to none in Boston; she will fine tune your menus to ensure variety over even the lengthiest programs. Combined with diverse experience in special events, destination management, luxury hotel sales and travel, Courtney's meticulous sense of detail allows her to keep her team in step and ensure that every aspect of your event is impeccable. When she has time to get away, Courtney is happiest jetting off to the Caribbean or Bermuda to kick back in the sun.
JILL TATE, DMCPPartner
Craziest event? 500 water guns, their inventor, and a party in elegant evening attire.
Jill Tate commands a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of conference and event planning, local tours, and transportation. Together with her partners Courtney and Mary she loves the challenges of running one of the largest event and destination management companies in New England. Each day is different, each event is different, each employee is different. Event planning is truly in her blood; even as a teen, her desire to surround herself with good people had her constantly throwing parties (she says her house was THE house) and by high school she was planning full service ski trips for her friends. Jill holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Leisure Management and Tourism from the University of New Hampshire and has the designation of Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP). Outside of the office you can find Jill boating on the Westport River, biking or lounging with friends on Elephant Rock Beach.
If she could be any animal? An Otter of course – floating on the water, basking in the sun and cracking clams on her belly all day!
Mary Douglas knows not only how to make an event look great, but also how to integrate your marketing goals to add value to your brand. She holds a Master's degree in Advertising and Marketing, and was recently nominated as “Producer of the Year" by BizBash Magazine. Backed by 20 years of experience in total event planning, event design and décor, Mary's creative approach will bring fresh and exciting ideas to make your event stand above the rest. In her free time, she loves to sail – Mary has raced extensively over the years, but these days she loves to just cruise from harbor to harbor.
ELIZABETH TROFATTER, CMPDirector
Did you know? She loves cheese - Elizabeth has three types in her fridge at all times.
Armed with creative energy, Elizabeth J. Trofatter joined the Corinthian Events team in 2007 where she has grown her expertise in all aspects of event management. Meticulous in budget management and obsessive about event details, Elizabeth's strong communication skills and personable nature make it easy to build client and vendor relationships. During a brief hiatus from CE in 2009, Elizabeth grew her passion for food and beverage in Rome, Italy gaining a professional certificate in the culinary arts. Though she's a foodie on the surface, it is problem solving and understanding the complex logistics that really drive Elizabeth to produce unique and over-the-top events. Elizabeth's calm demeanor on-site will always leave you feeling taken care of and under control.
RICH TATEBook keeper, Accounting Department
Did you know? Rich was the only guy in our office for almost 6 years. God Bless Him.
Following a brief stint working for an airline at Logan Airport, Rich Tate began his hospitality career in 1986 as a Night Audit Manager and afterwards as a Front Office Manager at two local hotels. He hopped across the Atlantic in 1989 to work at a London-based incentive travel firm, where he learned how to create and successfully run incentive travel programs for groups of 10 to 400 guests. After over five years of traveling Europe and the world, Rich returned to Boston in 1995 where he met Jill - his future wife and partner of Corinthian Events - while working at the same destination management company (Jill actually interviewed and hired him!). Rich eventually missed traveling and went back to work for a couple of meeting and incentive travel companies, before being asked to join Corinthian Events in September 2006 as Office/Operations Manager. Rich loves being involved with their two kids' high school activities, and in his remaining time he loves to travel, cook, play golf, and enjoys all sports.
Afraid of heights? Tamara recently went sky diving at 10,000 feet over Newport - talk about thrilling!
Tamara O'Malley has worked in the event industry since 2006, focusing in event production and design. She initially developed a specialty in floral, but over the years she has grown into a full-service event professional. Tamara joined Corinthian Events in 2010 as a Program Manager and was quickly promoted to Account Manager after learning the ropes. Her favorite part of working at CE is not only event planning, but building relationships with clients and exceeding their expectations. Tamara has strong problem solving skills and is calm, cool and collected under pressure. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and entertaining family and friends, reading a great book on the beach and placing a bid on the ponies at the Saratoga Race Track!
JAMIE HELLESENSenior Account Manager
Need a healthy meal inspiration, Jamie is your girl! She spends every Sunday meal prepping for the entire week and we all like to take inspiration from what she brings in for lunch each day.
Jamie Hellesen joined Corinthian Events in April 2013 with more than ten years' experience in the event planning industry. Her background encompasses wedding planning, restaurant management, and destination management, and she spent over six years as an account manager at a large Florida-based DMC. Jamie is a New Englander at heart – she grew up in Southern New Hampshire – and is excited to be continuing her work in destination management here in Boston. Clients will notice her impeccable organization and detail, and she makes multi-tasking under pressure look like a breeze. When she's taking a break from the logistics of your event, Jamie enjoys working out, spending time with her nieces and nephews, and traveling the globe to visit family and friends.
MICHA BROOKS, CMP, DMCPBusiness Development & Senior Account Manager
Micha loves to golf! She grew up in St. Andrews, Scotland and her all-time favorite course is The Old Course, St. Andrews.
Scottish native Micha Brooks joined Corinthian Events in January of 2015 with a wealth of event and hospitality management experience under her belt. Micha began her career in the United Kingdom, working with a golf event staging company, before venturing to the U.S. where she worked as the Director of Account Management at another Boston DMC. Micha is a great multitasker, has fantastic organizational skills, and always comes prepared with a positive and up-beat attitude! Her favorite parts of event planning are getting to know the clients and seeing the event come together. In her spare time, Micha enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, Lucy and Bella. She also loves trying cuisines from all over the world and spending days at the beach or on the golf course.
MEGAN WOONTON, CSEP, CMPSenior Account Manager
Perfect snacks? Green beans and goldfish. (No, not together!)
Massachusetts native Megan Woonton joined Corinthian Events in April 2013 with a passion for events and experience spanning private, social, and non-profit event planning. She graduated from Endicott College in 2011 with a B.S. in Hospitality Management, and spent a year studying in Madrid, Spain and Sydney, Australia. Megan's vivacious personality and keen attention to detail make her a pleasure to work with, and stress can't get this girl down; she thrives on adrenaline and has been found skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef and bungee jumping in the rain forest! Megan loves being part of the entire planning process, from meeting the clients right down to closing the door after another successful event. When she isn't designing stunning events, Megan also loves traveling, trying new restaurants, and hiking with her two Golden Retrievers.
JENNIFER LOGANSenior Account Manager
Did you know? Jennifer spent 8 months living on a dairy farm in 2012 in The Berkshires as a cheese maker – she was in charge of making their bloomy rind and fresh cheeses!
Jennifer Logan joined Corinthian Events in September 2013 with 12 years of industry experience ranging event planning and business management to hotels and catering. She has a deep love for all things gastronomy; Jennifer went to culinary school, loves menu design and planning, and is even working on earning a Master's in Gastronomy from Boston University. While she was raised as a Bengals fan, she's learned to like the Pats ever since moving from the Midwest to Boston for her undergrad – she earned a Bachelor's in Business from Northeastern in 2002, focusing on Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. She has been event planning since college, and her knowledge and creativity will make her an invaluable asset to all of our clients here at CE. Outside of work, you might bump into Jennifer on one of her long walks around the city, enjoying oysters and Belgian beers, or skiing and snowshoeing in Killington, VT.
CLAUDIA HANKOWSKIAccount Manager
Fun Fact? Claudia loves fishing and tries to go as often as possible! "Striped bass fishing in Boston is unreal during the summer!"
Claudia's passion for events began when she was just a toddler, watching fashion shows being put together from the ground up in her hometown, Milan, Italy. When she was 18, she decided to leave Italy, and pursue her event planning dreams and attended Boston University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Hospitality Management. Claudia began her career as a Wedding Planner and then worked for a Boston-based Destination Management Company. Her upbringing and experience is a valuable asset to Corinthian Events: she is also fluent in 4 languages (French, Spanish, Italian and English)! When she's not wedding pinteresting or fantasizing about her next event's décor, you can find her whipping up a delicious Italian meal for her husband and friends, cardio kick-boxing at the gym, superfan-ing at a Bruins game, or looking up recipes featuring her favorite: Nutella, of course!
ERIN PHINNEYAccount Manager
Fun Fact? I dream of owning llamas as pets in the future. I used to hike with llamas at smuggler's notch as a kid.
Erin joined the Corinthian team in 2016 with 5 years of industry experience. Her industry background is in social events, meetings, conferences, and collegiate events. Erin thrives in the fast paced events atmosphere, and loves the challenge of fixing any problem. A UMass Amherst graduate, she has a mutual love for both the hustle of the city and the calmness of the country. Erin's favorite things in life are red wine, spicy pickles, cheese, and hanging out with dogs. She can often be found scouring different stores for her favorite pickle brand (McClure's Spicy) or heading to the beach!
DAWN MOGARDOAccount Manager
The one thing she can't live without? Cake. She plans to have at least five kinds at her wedding.
Dawn joined Corinthian Events in September of 2016 with experience planning both large and small scale events. Having started working in events during one of her coops at Northeastern University, she realized her passion for events and has never looked back. Dawn's organizational skills and attention to detail will keep your event on track, and she prides herself on always doing the best she can for her clients. Her favorite parts of events are working with all different people throughout the planning process, and then seeing the final event come to life onsite. She thinks there is no better feeling than when you are at an event and see all of the pieces come together successfully. Outside of work, you can find Dawn trying new restaurants around the city, spending time with family and friends, looking up healthy recipes to make at home, or planning her next vacation!
MAUREEN PETERSONCastle Venue Manager
Maureen is a true “citizen of the world" and her new favorite word is “fernweh" (n.) wanderlust; a strong or irresistible impulse to travel, a longing for far off places.
Maureen took her undergraduate degree in Sociology and planned on pursuing her MSW and becoming a counselor but a 4 month back packing trip following graduation changed her course. She returned home determined to find a job that would allow her to work and live overseas. She spent the next 10 years doing just that; first working for an international charter company in Ireland, Scotland, Venezuela and Spain, and then with her husband, Mike working for a local Boston Travel Company operating their ground operations in Mexico, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland. After the birth of her daughter they transitioned back to the U.S. and Maureen worked the next 15 years in a consultant capacity splitting her time between operating domestic and international meetings and incentives and working locally in Boston with DMC's. Maureen has worked with Corinthian Events since they first opened their doors and is so excited to now become a part of their full-time team.
Tanisha TateOperations Manager
My favorite Maya Angelou quote is…..“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
Recently moved back to her hometown Boston from New York City, Tanisha Tate is a multi-talented professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing, event planning, public relations, programming, and fundraising services. Throughout her career, she has planned and executed hundreds of events for clients in the entertainment, corporate and non-profit industries including McDonald’s Corporation, Viacom Inc. , and Ms. Foundation for Women to name a few. She believes that your smile can open many doors to great opportunities in life. Tanisha is a proud alumna of Syracuse University and a self-proclaimed world traveler.
SARAH WATERSSocial Media & Graphic Design Manager
Past times? Sarah loves to spend time outside with her boxer and drinking wine… at the same time is best!
Always a creator, Sarah has a BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute where she excelled at graphic design and illustration. She went on to work at a corporate fashion company in NYC only to get tempted back to Boston for a cupcake dream. Focusing on design and marketing, she helped to develop and build a cupcake shop & bakery with 3 thriving storefronts – even getting second place on Cupcake Wars (Food Network TV Show)! Her ability to create impressive graphics will ensure your print and digital collateral will look perfect. When Sarah isn't in the office, she is spending time with her boyfriend - David, playing with her boxer pup – Raja, or creating a new painting/ garment/ furniture/ you name it!
MATTHEW GENTLEProduction Coordinator & Assistant Castle Venue Manager
Matt has been playing music in one form or another all his life, and has toured with bands across 3 countries!
Matt Gentle joined Corinthian Events in August 2015. He hails from Philadelphia, PA and holds a Bachelors in Film and Media Arts and a minor in Business and Admin from Temple University. Matt couples strong management skills with a deep sense of creativity - talents he has built while working on major film sets, managing Guitar Center warehouses, touring with bands, and handling inventory for an auction house. Matt is a pro at handling complicated logistics, and is responsible for sourcing, packing, and delivering event decor along with coordinating vendors and event set-up / breakdown. Beyond his event management skills, Matt also brings a strong background in photography, videography, and graphic design. When he's not at the office, he is currently the lead guitar player in his band 'Wonder City', and he loves both rock climbing and bicycling.
SHIRA BRANDTProgram Coordinator
Free time? Shira is a huge Dave Matthews Band fan! She has seen him in concert 18 times (and counting)!
For this Pittsford, New York native, Shira's passion in event planning started back in 7th grade with her own Bat Mitzvah. Since those days, she's graduated from University of Maryland in College Park with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and has interned and worked at two event planning companies as well as one catering company. Shira's favorite parts of events are seeing the client's reaction once everything has come together and the excitement behind the planning process. From sideways rain flooding platform tents to 15 young children running around, Shira's seen some crazy event experiences for her age, but each experience has only reassured her that event planning is the only career for her. Outside of work, you can find Shira at a country concert or her favorite, Dave Matthews and exploring everything the city (and its outskirts) has to offer, from hiking local waterfalls to a Red Sox game, she's never still for long. Whether its fishing on the Cape or skiing in Upstate New York, Shira is always on the move.
VICTORIA PACHEProgram Assistant
Fun Fact: Victoria is an avid fencer and competed her way to nationals once!
Victoria's love for planning and logistics began at a young age when she planned her own 7th birthday party (with the help of her mother of course). Although it was a long and winding road to determine her true calling in life, Victoria finally joined Corinthian Events in March of 2017. A Boston University graduate with a degree in Political Science and Business Administration, Victoria's interests are vast to say the least. Having lived across the world and learned multiple languages, Victoria has a friendly and warm personality and can strike up a conversation with anyone. When she is not in the office, you can find her DIYing ideas from Pinterest, exploring the city, shopping, or dinning out with friends and her boyfriend Derek.