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Vanessa Tobias

On behalf of ISES Austin, I would like to welcome you and let you know we’re excited you’ve decided to take the first step in increasing your event professionals network.  There is always a lot going on in the Austin chapter, and we hope you take full advantage of all that’s available to you as an ISES member.

Take Advantage

To get the most out of your ISES Austin membership, be sure to join us at the upcoming educational and networking events. Check out the event calendar on the ISES Austin website or click the link -


Monthly Networking Happy Hours – held the 2nd Monday of each month in a different event venue / bar / restaurant.  These begin with committee meetings at 5 p.m. moving on to the happy hour / networking opportunity at 6 p.m.  These are always free to attend. Bring Business Cards!

Committee Meetings – held at each monthly happy hour. We strongly encourage you to get involved with a committee as you’ll get to know many more members that can help you move your business forward – for just a one hour investment a month.  This also gives you a better opportunity to help guide the organization’s growth.

Communications – The cheerleaders of ISES using social media to spread the word about ISES and what great things our members are doing.
Membership – Recruit new members and work to retain our current members
Education & Programs – planning all of our great programs by securing event leads, venues, caterers and photographers

Monthly / Bi-Monthly Education Meetings – held the 4thTuesday of most every month.  These are held either at lunchtime, or in the evening to ensure that we are giving our membership every opportunity to attend.  The Invite is sent out via email and to register you just click on the link given by the email.  The fee to attend these is $30 for members.

Special Events – held 3 times a year.  1) December Holiday Fundraiser for a non-profit charity 2) A February fundraising event to raise funds for our Scholarship program to send members to ISES LIVE Educational Conference , and 3) Gala / Awards Program in June where we recognize the best of the best in the ISES Austin Event Industry.

Get Connected

To find out more information on the chapter and stay connected, be sure to visit the ISES Austin website, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

www.linkedin.com – ISES Austin Group

Update your Profile on ISES Community found on www.ISES.com.  Also reach out to other ISES members to add to your connections.

Other Benefits

And don’t forget, as a member of the ISES Austin, you have wealth of information and benefits from our national headquarters.

  • Educational Conferences : ISES LIVE
  • Discount Programs for ISES Members – www.ises.com click “My Benefits” to see the full list of where you can save.
  • Local (ISES Gala Best Awards), National and International (Esprit) Recognition Awards Opportunities


2013-2014 ISES Austin Leadership Team

We’d also like to take a moment to introduce you to your 2013-2014 Leadership Team. Any of your fellow ISES Austin members below would be more than happy to help answer any questions you may have about the chapter or our events.

Vanessa Tobias, Director of Special Events for The County Line, Inc.

Immediate Past President:
Melissa Robinson Co-Founder of Bona Dea

President Elect & VP of Education &Programs
Kevin Molesworth, Owner of Brass Tacks Events

VP of Membership:
Liz Walton, Director of Catering/Convention Services at the Hyatt Regency Austin

VP of Communications:
Michele Schwartz, Owner of the Modern Jewish Wedding

Director of Education & Programs:
Kyle Hayden, Senior Event Designer at Strong Events

Director of Membership:
Senor Amor

Director of Communications:
Lori Schneider,

Director of Allied Partnerships:
Nick Streeby, Owner Texas Poker Supply

Historian | Secretary:
Jordan Adams, Event Planner at The Simplifiers

Once again, welcome to ISES Austin.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Happy planning,


Vanessa Tobias
ISES Austin