Episode 396 TOM KEHOE: How a Driving Gig Became a Designing Empire

Andy welcomes you to join him in this episode of The Wedding Biz as he interviews Tom Kehoe, the C.E.O. of Kehoe Designs! Kehoe Designs is a full-service event design and decor company specializing in social and corporate events including but not limited to private parties, luxury weddings, fundraisers, trade shows, product launches, festivals, and retail grand openings. Tom is also the owner of the events venue The Geraghty and BlackOak Technical Productions, and he was awarded top 50 event designers by BizBash in 2019 (along with other recognitions)!

Tom shares his story with Andy, revealing that he was only sixteen years old when he started working in floral, initially as a driver for a flower shop and then eventually in the store itself. He then, a couple of years later, attended Florida International University where he double majored in Business and Hospitality Management, initially believing that he wanted to own a hotel. Soon after graduating, however, life took an unexpected turn when he was offered the shop where he worked as a teenager! That shop ultimately took the form of the empire that he has now, and the rest is history!

Tom walks us through the process that tends to go down between him and his wedding clientele, describing the process as a fun one which he considers key. He also shares some memorable events that he has designed for, including one in which he used projected lighting to make Lake Michigan appear to change color! He shares how he handles stress and anxiety and how he balances the creative side of his job with the business side of his job, and he also enthusiastically reveals that he loves constant change and that that is how he stays relevant in an industry that changes every day.

Tom had actually never been interviewed on any podcast prior to this one, so Andy is so thankful that he took the time to have a guest spot on The Wedding Biz and chat with him. He is also appreciative of Julie Novack, C.E.O. of PartySlate, for referring Andy to Tom. Be sure to visit Tom’s website and his social media platforms, and also be sure to share this interview with at least three good friends and/or colleagues who might benefit from and/or enjoy it and to leave a top review of the podcast wherever you listen!

Have you heard about Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey on The Wedding Biz Network? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Time Stamps

[0:42] – Today’s guest is revealed to be Tom Kehoe of Kehoe Designs.

[1:50] – We discover that Tom started his floral career when he was only sixteen years old!

[4:17] – Tom reveals that when he went to college, he thought that he wanted to own a hotel.

[5:02] – We learn how Tom came to buy out the flower shop where he worked as a teenager.

[6:53] – Tom discloses that he has never had any partners but has a great team.

[9:13] – Tom walks us through the usual process with his wedding clientele.

[11:27] – We hear Tom expound upon when his visions for design tend to come to him.

[14:32] – Tom shares a story of a favorite wedding event.

[17:12] – Tom details an event where colored lighting was projected onto Lake Michigan.

[19:36] – We discover whether or not Tom handles galas differently than he does weddings.

[22:35] – Tom discusses fear and anxiety around what he does.

[24:32] – Tom gives a recent example of a challenge that he had to overcome.

[27:53] – We are told how Tom handles the challenge of balancing creativity with business.

[30:04] – Andy and Tom discuss how eye-opening it is to track the time and the money that goes into the job.

[32:01] – Tom reveals that his love for change is how he stays relevant.

[35:03] – Learn where to reach out to Tom!

 

RESOURCES

The Wedding Biz Episode 121 JULIE NOVACK: PartySlate & Building A Venture-Capital Backed Business

The Wedding Biz Episode 373 JULIE NOVACK: Optimizing Your Digital Footprint

PartySlate – Website


Find Tom:

Kehoe Designs – Website
Kehoe Designs – Facebook Page
Kehoe Designs – Twitter Page
Kehoe Designs – Instagram Page
Kehoe Designs – Pinterest Profile
Kehoe Designs – YouTube Channel
The Geraghty – Website
BlackOak Technical Productions – Website

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & PartySlate.

 

Episode 395 ROBIN AND JEFFREY SELDEN: Continuing a Legacy

Welcome to 2022! Kicking off the new year is a great interview with not one but two guests – siblings Robin Selden and Jeffrey Selden of Marcia Selden Catering, with Robin a managing partner and the executive chef and Jeffrey a managing director and managing partner. With offices in Connecticut and New York City, Marcia Selden Catering holds the esteemed honor of being the first ever catering company to be inducted into the Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame, and they were also named to The Knot Weddings Hall of Fame and best caterer and best of the Gold Coast by Moffly Media. Robin and Jeffrey were also both named two of the 100 most inspiring people in the wedding industry by The Knot and have also been the recipients of various other prestigious recognitions!

Robin and Jeffrey are siblings, the children of the founder of the company, Marcia Selden, and they both reflect on what that was like growing up. They elaborate upon how they each ended up deciding to join the family business and what distinguishes them from other companies in the industry. They also discuss various other aspects of the business such as how they handle stress and anxiety, how they market themselves via social media platforms, how they manage to stay relevant, what their hopes and objectives are for the future, and so much more!

Andy has run into Robin and Jeffrey on various occasions so is very appreciative of this conversation that he was able to have with them to get to know them a little bit better. Be sure to visit Marcia Selden Catering’s website and social media handles, and until the next episode of The Wedding Biz, please be sure to share this interview with at least three good friends and/or colleagues who might also benefit from and/or enjoy it, and leave a review of the podcast wherever you listen!

Have you heard about the brand new show on The Wedding Biz Network, Stop and Smell the Roses with Preston Bailey? Listen as Preston shares the secrets, tools, and technologies behind his extraordinary ability to create a theatrical environment out of any space. Also, don’t forget about Sean Low’s podcast The Business of Being Creative, where Sean discusses the power of being niched, pricing strategies, metrics of success, and so much more. You can find both shows on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ

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Time Stamps

[0:47] – Today’s guests are revealed to be Robin Selden and Jeffrey Selden of Marcia Selden Catering.

[2:10] – Jeffrey reflects on their childhood and what it was like having Marcia Selden as their mother.

[3:15] – Robin discusses her mother having been a role model for her.

[5:08] – Robin shares when she knew that she wanted to go into this industry.

[6:49] – We learn that Jeffrey knew that he wanted to go into this industry at a very young age.

[9:07] – Robin outlines the process that they go through with clients.

[12:20] – Robin stresses the importance of their clientele getting to know them.

[15:15] – We learn more about Robin’s and Jeffrey’s social media platforms.

[17:58] – Jeffrey shares a story that is especially memorable for him.

[20:49] – Robin offers her own insight on memorable experiences with Marcia Selden Catering.

[21:36] – Robin comments upon how she and Jeffrey handle stress and anxiety.

[24:22] – We discover how Robin and Jeffrey were able to build on what their mother established.

[26:28] – Jeffrey shares insight regarding how they have stayed relevant in this industry.

[28:52] – Robin shares how she believes their company has stayed relevant.

[30:54] – Jeffrey discusses research and development.

[32:53] – We learn that Robin loves being challenged by their clients.

[33:45] – Jeffrey reveals his goals and hopes for the future.

[36:22] – Andy reveals where we can find Robin and Jeffrey online.

 

Find Robin and Jeffrey:

Marcia Selden Catering – Website
Marcia Selden Catering – Facebook Page
Marcia Selden Catering – Instagram Page
Robin’s Instagram Page
Jeffrey’s Instagram Page

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment & PartySlate.

 

Episode 394 REVISIT: Chef Roy Yamaguchi- Cuisine, Culture & Community

On today’s episode, Andy shares with us the honor of sitting down with renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi, as he shares his story. Roy shares his experiences from coming to the United States for the first time to attend culinary school, starting his first restaurant in Los Angeles, and finally creating Roy’s in Hawaii.

Listen in as Roy shares with Andy, as well as the rest of us, his passion, his mission, and his hopes for the future.

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