Be Thankful

November 22, 2018. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Thanksgiving

With the holiday season almost in full swing, it is hard to believe it is already Thanksgiving and that another year has almost come to an end!

This Thanksgiving we wanted to take a minute and share what we are all thankful for and of course it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t sprinkle in a few of our favorite recipes or dishes!

Aimee: I am thankful for: My health. This is a big one for me this year. I feel we so often (as women) pick out our faults with our body, but I’m really trying to be grateful for all my body can do and how healthy I am. And of course, my family and our amazing clients!

Favorite recipe:  Alton Browns brined turkey  has been a staple for years and we added  Momofuku crack pie last year. This year, we are trying a few new/unconventional recipes: Thomas Keller’s leek bread pudding instead of stuffing and Pioneer Woman pumpkin cheesecake.

Christina:  My favorite part of Thanksgiving is gathering with family. My immediate family and I travel down to North Carolina every year to spend Thanksgiving with my dad’s side of our family. When my paternal grandmother was still with us she emphasized the importance of spending time with one another, so my dad and his siblings have rotated who hosts Thanksgiving and Christmas every year in her honor. That may sound like a big undertaking, but there are 6 siblings (plus all of their children!) to share in the fun and joy of hosting.

I’m grateful to have a family that makes it a priority to spend good, quality time together. It doesn’t hurt that we sincerely love each other too.

Favorite recipe: My favorite Thanksgiving dish is sweet potato pie! I think I love this pie specifically because it’s a recipe my mom learned from her grandfather and she has since passed it down to my sister and I. It’s super yummy, but also sentimental!

Debby: I am thankful for my amazing family, my two delicious, sweet and messy little boys, my dear friends and my wonderful co-workers. Life is very busy and hectic these days so I am really trying to be more present and live in the moment and I couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to be with my family all gathered together on Thanksgiving.

Favorite recipe: For those who know me well cooking is well, not my greatest skill but I do LOVE Pie, especially on Thanksgiving so my favorite dish would have to be Pecan Pie.

Photography: Abby Jiu Photography      Floral Design: Amaryllis Floral & Event Design 

 

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10 things you may not know about Christina

October 23, 2018. Category: A. Dominick Events Team

We love learning interesting facts about our clients so we thought it would be fun to turn it around and share a few fun facts about Christina that you may not know!

Christina Dean- Event Coordinator, A. Dominick Events 

1. I am a proud Army brat! Both my mom and dad had long careers in the US military.

2. I was born in a military hospital right in Washington, DC.

3. I went to an all girls high school.

4. I studied abroad in Florence, Italy in college.

5. My favorite color is purple.

6. I grew up tap dancing.

7. I studied piano for 12 years.

8. I’m lactose intolerant.

9. I was the one and only high school intern at A. Dominick Events!

10. I can not go to sleep unless my closet doors are closed. Something about having the doors open freaks me out!

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Intern Spotlight: Meet Madison!

November 30, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Intern Spotlight

We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing intern on our team this fall!

Today, we are turning the spotlight on her to learn a little bit about who she is and why she wanted to intern at A. Dominick Events.

Meet Madison Hearney.

Madison, A. Dominick Events Fall 2017 intern

Where are you from: Saint James, NY – about an hour east of New York City.

Where are you at school: I’m a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. My major is Hearing and Speech Sciences and my certificate is in Leadership Studies.

Did you always want to be in the events industry: As you can probably tell from my current major, it actually took me a little while to figure out that I wanted to be in the events industry. Growing up, I was always the family planner – even as a kid I would take charge of planning family parties and vacations. My parents always joked that I would make a great cruise ship director, but I always saw event planning as something I did not just because I was good at it, but also just because I thought it was fun.

It took me a little longer to figure out that this was actually I wanted to do as a career. Coming into college, I was an Animal Sciences major on the Pre-Vet track, and after my first semester decided to pursue Speech Language Pathology. I got my start in event planning almost accidentally, as an intern for the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. In my role, I was in charge of organizing the Big Ten Leadership Conference in both August 2016 and August 2017. Being in an event coordinator role, I fell in love with the environment and responsibilities of the job, and it was clear to me from that point on that I belonged in the events industry.

My career progression has definitely been an interesting and unusual one. Currently, my dream job is to stick around in the events industry, but even more specifically I want to coordinate and execute professional golf tournaments. Weddings and golf tournaments actually aren’t all that different when it comes down to planning and managing an event with so many parts that have to work together perfectly. My experiences here at A. Dominick Events have given me such a strong skill set in what it takes to plan an amazing event, and I know that I’m going to be able to use everything I’ve learned here in the whatever I choose to do moving forward.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far: This internship has been, by far, the most exciting, fun, and hands-on experience I’ve ever had. I would have to say that one of my favorite parts of this internship is that no two days are ever the same. Some days I’m in the office, others are spent in downtown Washington, DC, and my favorite days are always the actual day of whichever event we’re working on. It’s been so cool to experience all of the different aspects of the industry, and working with the A. Dominick Events team is teaching me exactly what it takes to be successful both in and out of the work world.

This internship is one that is designed and set up to be a hands-on learning environment. I can’t even begin to name all of the lessons I’ve learned and the skills I’ve developed as a result of my semester with the team at A. Dominick Events. It’s so easy to tell that Aimee, Cindy, and Ashley are truly invested in making sure that I’m getting something new out of the experience every day. I love that each day, I am trusted with new and more advanced responsibilities, and knowing that I’m contributing to the production of an incredible event is such a rewarding and amazing feeling. Being around the team, and experiencing first-hand just how talented and dedicated they are to every event that they create, is something that is going to inspire me for the rest of my career and my life.

What has been your favorite moment during your internship so far: I really don’t think I’m going to be able to choose a single favorite moment from this internship. Without a doubt, the event days are always some of the most exciting and rewarding moments of the experience. Knowing that I contributed even a small part in turning a collection of photos and floorplans and contracts into someone’s dream event is the most incredible feeling. Working together with so many other people to bring everything to life is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and that moment when everything is finally in place is nothing short of magical.

So many of my friends have told me how jealous they are of my job, and I can’t blame them. I’m genuinely so excited to come to work every day, and that in itself is something I’m definitely not taking for granted. This experience has been so above and beyond anything I could have imagined, and I’m so grateful to Aimee, Cindy, and Ashley for making this a semester unlike any other.

We’ve enjoyed having you so much and can’t wait to see what you do next, Madison!

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A Little R&R

July 21, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, vacation

After a wonderful spring and summer filled with weddings- it’s time for a little R&R!

 

 

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Intern Spotlight!

July 20, 2017. Category: A. Dominick Events Team, Intern Spotlight

We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful intern spend her summer with us. Today  we are turning the spotlight on her, so you can all learn a little bit more about who she is and why she wanted to intern at A. Dominick Events.

Meet Carson Smith.

Where are you from: Yardley, Pennsylvania — about 30 minutes south of Philadelphia

Where are you at school: I am a senior in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University

Did you always want to be in the events industry: Growing up, I always had an interest in event planning and interior designing. I love the creative aspect of event planning and the diversity of it — no event is ever identical. Therefore, not a single day is ever the same (it’s not a cookie cutter job).

I started my time at Penn State in the Division of Undergraduate Studies and exploring major possibilities. I ended up in the business school (management information systems) with a minor in marketing. Although I will graduate with a business degree, I really see myself in the events industry once I graduate.

As the director of fundraising in my professional business fraternity at school, I am in charge of creating and orchestrating numerous events throughout my college experience. Obviously, they don’t come close to the events that A. Dominick Events create. But I am looking forward to returning to Penn State this upcoming fall and applying the skills I have learned this summer to my fundraising events.

What has been your favorite part of your internship so far: This internship, without a doubt, has been the most rewarding, interesting and exciting job I have ever had. My favorite part is how active the position is. While I spend some days in the office, I often attend meetings and networking events with the team throughout the week at various different locations.

The team is also so hands on and really good at teaching me the ins and outs of the business throughout the meetings, events, and days in the office. Even if the information they’re giving me has nothing to do with the project i’m working on — or a project i’ll ever work on during my time here — they still teach me anyways.

Most of all, I have been incredibly taken back by the whole process. Aimee, Cindy and Ashley are all so talented at what they do. I am learning so much from the A. Dominick Events team — not only event planning skills but also life skills. Their taste, attention to detail, knowledge, and organization skills are exceptional. Not to mention the constant flow of communication they have with each other as well as countless vendors and clients at a given time is quite impressive.

What has been your favorite moment during your internship so far: I don’t think I can pinpoint just one moment — but I would say that being able to attend these events after working on them for weeks in the office is incredible. It’s remarkable seeing a portfolio of pages transform into a vibrant, beautiful event. It’s truly rewarding seeing everything come together. Especially that moment right before the guests start arriving — when all the people who have worked so hard to create the event can take in the finished product.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received texts saying, “I want your job”  after I have sent pictures of the events to my friends. Just being able to say “I love my internship” is the best thing in the world.

We love you Carson!!

 

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