Upcoming Meeting

Finding the Perfect Caterer for your Event!

Friday, April 26th, 2019
Registration | 8:00 am
Program & Tour | 8:15 am
Social Networking | 9:15 am

Virtual C Collaboration Center | 701 Windhoek Dr | Lincoln, NE | 68515

 

This month’s EventLNK meeting will cover everything you need to know to get the right catering company for your event! Eric Pomajzl is the Events and Community Manager for Venue Catering & Events, a division of Pillar Restaurant Group. Venue provides full-service and high quality catering for any occasion. He will be covering all of the details you need to think about when booking a catering company.

We will be meeting at Virtual C, a new business technology company in Lincoln and touring their new Virtual C Collaboration Center which features multiple meeting rooms and flex spaces to cultivate
innovation, strategy, and collaboration.

Eric Pomajzl has 15+ years of experience in a variety of fields including the performing arts, non-profits, hospitality and now the corporate world. He is currently the Event and Community Manager for Pillar Restaurant Group (Venue Catering and Events) and was previously the Events Coordinator for the Lied Center for Performing Arts here in Lincoln. Upon returning from a stint living in Germany, Eric’s professional career began when he moved to Chicago, IL.  He wore many hats at various non-profits including Aidscare, Merit School of Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and EdgeAlliance.  Eric is a graduate of Doane College with a B.A. in Music Performance and German with a minor in Business. Eric is a member Generous Connections, a philanthropic networking group, Lincoln Southeast Kiwanis and is an executive committee member of
EventLNK, Lincoln’s event professional group.

 

Tips on Negotiating Venue Contracts

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
Registration | 3:15 pm
Panel | 3:30 am
Networking & Tour | 4:15 pm

The Cornhusker Marriott | 333 S 13th Street | Lincoln, NE | 68508

May's EventLNK Meeting with give you a 360* view of contract negotiation.  An expert panel of speakers will cover contract negotiation from the viewpoint of the hospitality industry, event planner's perspective, and legal obligations and responsibility.  You will learn helpful tips and best practices to utilize from the moment you receive a contract through execution of services.  Our panelists include:

Sharon Endorf, Director of Member Engagement at the Nebraska Association of School Boards.   Since 2012, Sharon has been working with members, presenters, and venues to ensure the success of events for NASB.  She has planned events from contract to execution with attendance ranging from 40 to 1100.  Sharon's experience in event contracts covers the state of Nebraska as well as numerous out of state venues.  She has experience working with many types of event venues including schools, golf clubs, museums, conference centers and many more.

Christie Higgins Wilcox, JD, Director of Human Resources at Union Bank and Trust Company.  Prior to her current role, she was In-House Counsel for Union Bank.  In this position, one of her primary responsibilities was drafting and negotiation of contracts ranging from rental & service agreements to loan agreements.  She continues to consult on this topic.

Dan Jones, Director of Sales at The Cornhusker.  He began his hospitality career at the Hampton Inn Lincoln Airport as Director of Sales.  6 months later, he joined the Cornhusker Marriott as sales manager and handled the association market at the hotel.  In 2008, he and his family decided to move to Colorado.  While in Denver he sold the association market segment at both a Doubletree Hotel and a Marriott property.  One year later, he received a call from Kinseth Hospitality who was opening a new Hampton Inn & Suites and a Residence Inn back in Lincoln.  Dan oversaw the opening sales duties for thee two hotels and created their rate programs.  Then in 2010 he came back to the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel as Senior Sales Manager.  He has sold multiple market segments for the hotel and is currently responsible for University sports and UNL segments.  In February of 2019, he was promoted to the Director of Sales.

 

 

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Past Meetings

  • Introductory Meeting at Top Shelf Beverage
  • Hosted a Special Interest Group with AMA and provided a panel of speakers selected by EventLNK, held at The Champions Club
  • Launch Meeting with Social Media topic, presented by Tyler Thomas of UNL, held at Courtyard by Marriott
  • Use of Lighting and Audio at events, presented by J&S Audio Visual, held at Venue Too
  • Contract Negotiation, presented by Danise Brownlee of HelmsBriscoe, held at James Arthur Vineyards
  • Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Savor the City event, held at The Champions Club
  • Tax Tips for Event Planners, presented by Steve Drzaic of NE Dept of Revenue, held at Cornerstone Printing
  • Constant Contact presentation by Joy Marshall, held at Holiday Inn Downtown
  • Round Table Topics, held at Lincoln Children’s Zoo​
  • Joined the City of Lincoln's Special Event Committee meeting, held at Parks & Recreation Offices​​
  • Tour of Blooms and Bouquets with conversation topic of "Do it Yourself Decor"​​
  • Meeting and Event Marketing, presented by Steve Maly of Maly Marketing, held at Catalyst
  • ​Tour of Railyard and the new Hyatt Place Hotel
  • ​Tour of the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center
  • Finding the right speaker for your event presented by Barry Carlson, President - MidAmerica Speakers Bureau, held at Talent Plus
  • Floral and Event Design presented by Conrad Quijas, Co-Owner - Stem Gallery
  • Wine Tasting Class presented by Katie Rhone, Boisset Wine
  • Living and tour of the Grand Manse event and lodging properties
  • Tour of the newly renovated event space and rooms at the Cornhusker Marriott with sampling of Chef's choice catering
  • Planning a Zero Waste Event, presented by Julie Diegel, Director of Sustainability Programs - WasteCap Nebraska
  • Road Map to a Successful Fundraiser: Speaker Panel:
    Ali Schwanke, Marketer & Creative Strategist
    Clover Frederick, Fundraising & Marketing Consultant
    Jaime Henning, Director of Corporate Relations and Events - Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
    Randy Hawthorne, Publisher & Executive Director - Nonprofit Hub
  • Networking and a tour of Nonprofit Hub
  • Presentation by Derek Feyerherm, Sales & Operations Director - Lincoln CVB with a tour of Hilton Garden Inn in the Haymarket
  • Savor the City Event - Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, showcase of local caterers, held at the Champions Club
  • Company Outings held at Roca Berry Farm
  • Planning your holiday party, held at The Space
  • ​Art & Soul presentation and tour
  • Company Outings, held at Escape Room Lincoln
  • Choosing the Right Menu Presentation by Attitude on Food
  • Tour of Outdoor Venues with Lincoln Parks & Recreation and transportation provided by Arrow Stage Lines
  • Presentation by the UNL HRTM Program Faculty, held at The Talon Room​
  • Destination Events: Presentation by Derrick Eells - TenDot, held at Sheldon Museum of Art including reception and tours of museum
  • Tour of Blue Blood Brewing Co. with a presentation by Umbrella Photography
  • Tailgate Parties: Classy not Trashy, held at the UNL Wick Alumni Center
  • Giving Back: How to incorporate charitable giving and/or volunteering into your event held at Lincoln Firefighters Hall
  • Make an Impact: Presented by Melissa Ryks-Schock, Owner - Blooms & Bouquets, held at Rock Island Social Club
  • Using Audio Visual & Lighting to Create Wow-Factor, presented by Inspirmedia and held at Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed
  • Networking with tour, provided by Susan Coffey, of Suite One Eleven, a new and contemporary, chic boutique style event space that is an ideal venue for ALL of life's special occasions
    Tour of Capitol View Winery & Vineyard with wine tasting and presentation by Corey Rourke Photography
  • Tour of Lancaster Event Center and presentation about the history, recent improvements and future plans of the Lancaster Event Center by Managing Director, Amy Dickerson
  • Tour of the Graduate Hotel, hand-crafted boutique hotel located in the heart of Lincoln and presentation by General Manager, Troy Terwilliger
  • Tour of the Boy Scouts of America Outdoor Education Center located near 120th and O Street. A beautiful venue for corporate retreats, team building and strategic planning events.
  • Presentation by Farce & Foolery Productions and tour of the Country Club of Lincoln
  • Coffee Tasting with The Mill Coffee & Bistro followed by a tour of Innovation Campus
  • Warehouse tour and presentation at Elite Events Rental
  • Networking at Ironhorse Bar with presentation from Umbrella Photo Booth
  • Tour of the Lied Center and a presentation from Vision Exhibits
  • Tour of the remodeled Royal Grove with education about booking live performances from Astra Concerts and integrating lighting into your events with Inspiremedia Productions
  • Tour of FUSE Co-Working followed by a networking happy hour
  • Tour of Roca Ridge Events with a live performance by Melody Wranger Trio
  • 1st philanthropic event - painting at the Friendship Home
  • Tour of the Scottish Rite Masonic Center
  • Tour The Nebraska Club and learn DIY Fall floral arrangements by Field's Floral.
  • Tour of Embassy Suites with sample appetizers and networking
  • How to Turn Food into Art at The Event Space at 5550
  • Tour of Wilderness Ridge and information on venue rentals & golf tournament packages
  • Tour of the Apothecary Lofts and The Ridnour Room, with a presentation from Elite Events Rentals focusing on decor trends and current and future event trends presented by Dr. Kristen Malek