Samantha joined the Best of Boston Events team in 2014 as an Events and Operations Coordinator. Her passion for events and thorough understanding of program logistics quickly moved her to the position of Account Manager. Samantha's love for the hospitality industry began at age fifteen when employed by a small catering company. While working towards her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/ Hospitality at Salem State University, Samantha was a waitress and intern at the Hawthorne Hotel, a boutique hotel located in downtown Salem. There she learned to staff, coordinate and budget for events at both the hotel and at the Peabody Essex Museum. As an account manager she not only handles the planning and execution of events from start to finish, but also trains new team members, oversees transportation bookings for BBE, and assists with operational and administrative responsibilities. Samantha injects her creativity and expertise into every aspect of event planning which makes her a true asset to the Best of Boston Team.
Peter joined Best of Boston Events with a twenty year background in restaurant management, as both a General Manager and Beverage Director. Working in various restaurants from corporate, to privately owned fine dining and function facilities, has made him well rounded in managing all types of staff and clientele. With a passion for hospitality and connections throughout Massachusetts, the transition has been seamless to event planning. Using his strong organizational skills, taking on transportation logistics became a perfect fit. He has taken on programs of various sizes and requirements with great success. Having clients and managing programs throughout the United States and internationally, he is committed to his clients at all hours of the day.
Elizabeth Wilson, "Lily", is a Rhode Island native. She graduated from Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2013 with a BA in Hospitality and Tourism Management. After graduation, she took her first position at the Whispering Pines Conference Center. This rural setting is the site of business conferences as well as weddings and is owned by the University of R.I. She planned and executed no less than 45 weddings during the six months that followed. She revamped their billing system, conducted daily site visits all while managing a team of six. She was able to showcase her creativity and diplomacy working with the brides and their families. Elizabeth loves being part of the entire planning process, from the initial client meeting down to the last minute touches the day of the event. She is thrilled to work with her team at Best of Boston Events and aims to give clients the kind of 'Wow' experience that leads to smiling faces and repeat business.
Marisa Diaz is a Massachusetts native with a passion for event planning and logistics. After graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, her studies brought her to Washington, DC where she planned programs for the American Bar Association. While in that role she handled all logistics, promotion, customer service and execution of multiple high-profile occasions throughout the year. Her love of New England has brought her back to the Commonwealth where she joins the Best of Boston Events team excited to showcase the best that the Northeast has to offer. She looks forward to putting her superb attention to detail and commitment to client satisfaction to work to ensure that every aspect of your program is executed flawlessly.
Marie joins the team as a 2015 graduate from Fairfield University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and a minor in Marketing. While at school Marie was involved in numerous on campus events such as Jail N' Bail (a fundraiser for Special Olympics), Student Phonathon, as well as an internship with Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. Marie is an enthusiastic and detail oriented individual whose focus is on client satisfaction and ensuring the organization of a successful event! As the Events and Operations Coordinator it is Marie's job to contact venues and vendors, organize transportation, fulfill administrative needs, and whatever else is needed to make sure everything runs smoothly the day of the event.
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