Courtney founded Corinthian Events in 2000 with Jill Tate. Courtney is a master visionary, big picture thinker and main “driver of the bus”. With over 30 years in the hospitality industry, her experience goes far beyond events. Past careers include travel agent, Caribbean hotel sales, and wine wholesaler, making her a valuable resource to her clients and the team. She revels in keeping clients and her team happy; often finding a moment of levity to throw in a funny punchline.
A native New Englander with Bermuda in her blood, Courtney will try and sell a reggae theme for your party at every chance she gets. Consider yourself warned.
Jill founded Corinthian Events in 2000 with Courtney. She began planning trips in High School and has never stopped. After studying leisure management and tourism in college, Jill was a cruise director and a travel agent prior to landing in the DMC and special events worlds. She has a brilliant brain that thrives on the logistics of events as well as doing the less sexy work of contracting and budgeting for the company. She loves people watching and spending time with the people she loves.
Jamie Hellesen joined Corinthian Events in April 2013 with more than ten years’ experience in the hospitality industry. She is a logistical queen, examining each event from start to finish, ensuring that from curbside to coat check, and dinner to departure each guest’s experience is met with convenience and ease. Her experience operating large-scale events throughout the state of Florida has brought her great knowledge in navigating the intricacies of Boston streets, venues and old-school rules & regulations. A New Englander at heart, born & raised in Southern New Hampshire, she makes stressful situations look & feel easy. She’s the one you want on the curb dealing with the local police department and valet, or the one at the tech table ensuring the timing and precision of your event is flawless. If you ever need to win her over; seltzer, red wine and gummy bears are all you need.
Jenni’s easy-going, friendly, mid-western nature and overall calm puts clients at ease; even in the most stressful of times. As a result, her clients have become life-long friends. Pulling from over twenty years of experience in hospitality, meeting management, virtual events and special events, including high-end hotels and off-site catering, her multi-dimensional knowledge of the industry informs her thoughtful decision making. Jenni turns her client’s dreams into tangible, incredible and successful realities.
Need a fantastic restaurant recommendation or a great cheese suggestion? Jenni has a master’s degree in Gastronomy from Boston University, and has a deep love of all things food and hospitality related. She also loves skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and basically anything that takes her outside and into nature.
Tamara O’Malley has worked at Corinthian Events since 2010, focusing in event production and design. Her favorite parts of working in events is the planning and building relationships with clients. She prides herself on exceeding expectations. Tamara has strong problem-solving skills and is calm, cool and collected under pressure.
Outside of work, she is a dedicated mom of three who keep her busy and dreaming up a next level birthday bash!
Long before Pitch Perfect, Theresa sang with her college a cappella group, the Mount Holyoke College V-8s. A love that never dies.
In a sea of colorful planners, Theresa enjoys the more binary world of technology. But, don’t be fooled— she is quick to remind you that technology is never ever boring. Theresa is constantly seeking the latest tech innovations to compliment the event experience. She has the capacity to translate client concepts into ideal high-tech solutions while explaining them in non-technical terms. She considers herself platform agnostic which allows her to always fit the solution to the needs. From preliminary requirements to post-event analytics, Theresa’s extensive attention to detail shines through in her client interactions.
When free from the computer screen, there is nothing Theresa loves more than heading to Maine with her three children.
Dawn has been with our Corinthian Events team since 2016. She is an experience creator, relishing the thrill of building an event from scratch and watching it come to life. She loves the opportunity for creativity and always ensures each design or logistic decision is purposeful to your event goals. Her meticulous planning style keeps all the details organized. She makes sure your project is always moving forward with clarity, purpose and skill.
Outside of work, food is Dawn’s passion. She loves bringing both her love of food and event design together—ensuring your guests enjoy a delicious, well-balanced meal that is served beautifully and on brand.
Samantha is a Rhode Island native who joined the Newport Hospitality team in 2018. Prior to joining Newport Hospitality, Samantha worked in alumni events, wedding, social events, and restaurant management. Samantha’s passion for the events industry began with a love of weddings and over time that passion grew into a love for logistics and complex events. Outside of work Samantha spends her time with her puppy or at the beach!
Jessica brings over seven years of DMC and agency experience to Corinthian Events. Growing up in Rhode Island, Jessica knew from a young age that she wanted to plan events, and eventually graduated from UMassAmherst with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management. Post-graduation, Jessica started her events career in Catering & Conference Services in Boston hotels, and she has been a staple of the industry ever since! Outside of work, Jessica has a passion for travel, food, and wine, and she enjoys spending her free time with her toddler, herFrench bulldog, and her family.
Lisa grew up in Connecticut and has worked in corporate events all over the northeast for more than 15 years – in the technology, healthcare and insurance industries. She was thrilled to join the Corinthian Events team in 2022, stepping out of the client side and into the agency. Lisa loves bringing a concept to reality and seeing the fully developed idea through the guest’s eyes. She loves all things true crime, but what she enjoys the most is cheering on her children at karate tournaments, baseball games and dance competitions. In addition to her husband and three kids, her family includes two Goldendoodles, a goldfish and a hedgehog named Willow.
Melanie joins the Newport Hospitality team as a seasoned event professional with twenty years experience working within the event industry as both a planner and supplier. After planning events around the country, Melanie returned to New England, settled in Newport and loves hosting groups her hometown. Recently, one of her clients described her as a “pretty good duck”…calm and collected on the surface while paddling like heck under water. Committed to executing successful events, Melanie pays close attention to details while ensuring overall strategic goals of events are being met.
When not playing the role of a tourist, Melanie enjoys running, hiking, and going to the local beaches with her wife, and whenever possible continuing their “Beer & Wine across America” tour by exploring new breweries and vineyards.
Maria Jose is a proud Boricua with a passion for music, dance, travel, decor, and event planning. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Maria Jose grew up in a big family where every gathering turned into a party. Whether it was a day at the beach, a neighborhood BBQ, or a holiday celebration, there was always great food, drinks, music, and dancing involved. Inspired by this love for music, Maria Jose got a B.S. in Music and Entertainment Industry from Syracuse University. After three internships in venue management, event production, and touring, she realized that her favorite side of the entertainment business is getting to work on a live event from start to finish. Being involved in the creative process, building the whole concept for the event, and then coordinating and executing every detail to see that initial idea come to life.
Before moving to Boston in June 2021, she worked in event production in Puerto Rico specializing in experiential marketing events for brands. Now, as part of the Corinthian Events team, Maria Jose is excited to keep doing what she loves, creating unique experiences that people will enjoy and remember.
For some planners, the passion for events is simply part of who they are. That is the case for Hannah so much so that she structured her undergraduate degree around her love for events. She majored in hospitality management with a concentration in events: Not an easy combination. That solid foundation, combined with her natural drive, jettisoned her into the fast-paced world of event planning. Since then, she has worked on both the planning and the rental side of the industry giving her an invaluable understanding of vendor negotiation and management.
Hannah’s tenacious work ethic combined with her self-proclaimed “love of the wow” makes her events seamless and memorable.
Hannah is a lover of all things Boston but is always eager to plan her next trip. Each trip unlocks a new appreciation of different cultures and cuisines that she can weave into her events! Fun Fact: The furthest Hannah has traveled (so far) has been Dubai!
Born & raised in Boston, the city is Shirley’s backyard. While obtaining a degree in Business Management at Suffolk University, she first dove into the world of events working an internship for a local event planning company. Since then, she has had over 9 years of experience in the hospitality industry, working in local restaurants and events. From dinner parties to celebrations with her friends and family, she’s always looking for the next event to plan. She loves the moment when she sees the smile on their faces, knowing this was truly a special experience they’ll never forget.
New to our team in 2022, Emily joins us with a bright enthusiasm and passion for perfection. She Is originally from New Jersey but feels heart belongs to Newport. In New Jersey, Emily spent many years planning and executing fundraisers and community events. Now fully immersed in Newport, she has become a natural expert on the wonders of her adopted home. Emily loves nothing more than sharing the beauty of the mansions by planning a grand dining experience or introducing clients to the exhilaration of a Narragansett sail. She is driven by the challenge each day with Newport Hospitality brings.
When she’s not in the office you can find Emily spending time with her brothers, going to the beach, or beating everyone in Backgammon.
For as long as Nicole can remember, she has wanted to work in the hospitality industry. However, it was not until Nicole attended UMass Amherst that she realized how eager she was to immerse herself in the world of events and planning. From planning friends birthday parties to helping execute a fashion show in Florence, Italy while studying abroad, the wide variety and ever-changing trends of the events industry continues to inspire Nicole and motivate her creativity. Nicole hopes to one day travel to different places in the world and learn about the unique methods and techniques of event planning. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys going to the beach and trying new restaurants in the Boston!
Did you know? Rich was the only guy in our office for almost six years. God Bless Him.
Rich began his hospitality career as a night audit manager and front office manager at two local hotels. He hopped across the Atlantic to work at a London-based incentive travel firm, where he created and ran incentive travel programs for groups of ten to four hundred guests. After five years living in London and traveling the world, Rich returned to Boston where he met Jill—his future wife and the co-founding partner of Corinthian Events. Jill actually interviewed and hired him while working at the same destination management company. Rich missed travel and left events working for meeting and incentive travel companies. In 2006 Rich joined Corinthian Events as office/operations manager.
Rich loves family activities, traveling, cooking, playing golf, and all sports.
As the cornerstone of our sales department at Newport Hospitality and The Tennis Hall of Fame, Cullen brings a strong hospitality background honed by years in the hotel industry, including local venues such as The Westin Providence (now the Omni), The Providence Biltmore (now The Graduate), Hotel Viking, and Vanderbilt Grace.
Cullen resides in Warren, Rhode Island with his wife, Brenda, and their two Golden Retreivers, Sake & Kilo. Cullen and Brenda moved to Warren 21 years ago, and Cullen wasted no time cementing himself into his community by joining the Warren Fire Department where he climbed through the ranks and now holds an officer’s seat as the First Lieutenant of Station #5.
When he can find time away from the office and fire calls, Cullen enjoys freshwater and saltwater fishing, as well as running 5Ks and 10Ks where he has medaled on numerous occasions.