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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Episode 393 AJ WILLIAMS: What Success Means in the Wedding and Galas Industry

Joining Andy in this episode of The Wedding Biz is AJ Williams, founder and executive producer of the Boston-based AJ Events. AJ has been named BizBash’s top event producer of the year and also made the BizBash 500 most influential professionals list. Every year since 2003, she has made the Boston Business Journal’s area’s top meeting and event planning companies list, has made Boston Herald’s top 10 event planners, and so much more! AJ has also worked with a number of celebrities and well known people such as Jennifer Hudson; Earth, Wind, and Fire; Queen Latifah; President Bill Clinton; The Eagles; etc.!

AJ has always loved parties and planning for them. She talks about her gig working for a celebrity chef and how that led to her starting AJ Events, details the usual process between herself and her clients, explains how she deals with nerves and anxiety around her job, and reflects upon the COVID-19 pandemic and how AJ Events got through it and even flourished. She also explains what success means to her and gives advice to wedding planners who might want to dip into galas as well, emphasizing the importance of marketing, strategizing, and fundraising.

Andy really appreciates AJ’s time and hopes that you enjoy listening to his conversation with her. Be sure to visit AJ’s website, Instagram page, and Facebook page! Until the next episode of the podcast, please 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

Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!

 

Time Stamps

[1:09] – This episode’s guest is revealed to be AJ Williams of AJ Events.

[2:37] – AJ reveals how she came to be interested in parties.

[3:27] – We learn how AJ came to form her own company.

[5:25] – AJ talks about her time working for a celebrity chef out of Boston.

[7:27] – AJ explains her formula and how it made her successful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

[8:50] – AJ walks us through the process that unfolds between her and a client.

[11:39] – Andy and AJ discuss strategy and branding assets.

[13:09] – We discover that event design, floral design, graphic design, and fundraising are all executed in-house at AJ Events.

[15:16] – AJ touches upon and explains hiring outside vendors.

[16:02] – AJ discloses that she does deal with anxiety and fear alongside her job.

[19:20] – We learn what the most challenging aspect of AJ’s job is.

[21:01] – AJ reveals that her drive for success is what helps her balance business with art.

[23:31] – Andy and AJ agree upon the importance of interactiveness.

[24:33] – AJ describes her marketing strategy.

[25:29] – AJ discusses resilience and staying relevant in an industry always changing.

[28:25] – We are treated to tips and advice if we are looking to explore the galas industry.

[29:28] – AJ defines success.

[30:57] – Andy tells us where we can find AJ online.

 

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 AJ:

AJ Events – Website

AJ Events – Instagram Page

AJ Events – Facebook Page

 

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The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz

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

 

Episode 392 MEG SMITH: Photography As A Life’s Work

Meg Smith of Meg Smith Photography joins Andy in this episode to talk about her photography! Meg has done photography for celebrity weddings such as those of Anne Hathaway, Jimmy Kimmel, Governor of California Gavin Newsom, LeAnn Rimes, and the late Robin Williams. She has also photographed engagements for Christina Aguilera and Nicole Richie. Meg is a frequent contributor to Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country, and InStyle Magazine, and her photographs have also been featured in many other publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, and Glamour. Her images have also graced covers and been featured in books including, but not limited to, InStyle Weddings and Vera Wang on Weddings!

Meg dives into so many interesting topics such as how, early in her career, she photographed riots and protests such as the Gulf War riots and Take Back the Night. She discusses how she really wanted to be a part of history in those ways and how they are examples of photography being found rather than created, as she is interested in authenticity and integrity. She also talks about framing and lighting, what the most difficult part of her job is, how she handles nerves, the importance of knowing who you are and finding contentment, and so much more!

Andy had such a fun time talking to Meg about all things her photography and appreciates her willingness to be so open and vulnerable in this interview. He really hopes that you also enjoy your time listening to the conversation and encourages you to check Meg out on her website and on her Instagram page! Until the next episode of The Wedding Biz, please 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

Become a patron and support Andy and the show! If you are so inspired, contribute!

 

Time Stamps

[0:51] – This episode’s guest is revealed to be Meg Smith of Meg Smith Photography.

[2:10] – Meg talks about how photographers in her family influenced her.

[5:31] – Meg reflects on a darkroom that her father built for her when she was younger.

[6:28] – Meg discusses the relationships that she had with mentors.

[8:32] – We learn about photographable moments that are found rather than created.

[10:52] – Meg talks about her tendency to alternate between film and digital.

[13:03] – We discover what Meg thinks about photography elements such as framing and lighting.

[14:28] – Meg discusses her typical process with her clients.

[17:38] – Andy shifts the conversation toward celebrity clientele.

[20:26] – Meg shares insight about different locations where she has shot photos.

[21:35] – Meg gives examples of challenges that she has had to overcome.

[24:33] – Meg acknowledges nerves and how they are to be expected.

[26:55] – Meg encourages people who want to go into similar fields as hers to be true to themselves

[29:08] – Meg discusses contentment and how she feels finding it.

[30:55] – We learn what type of photography equipment Meg uses now.

[32:54] – Andy reveals where we can find Meg online.

 

RESOURCES

Ryan Holiday – The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph


Find Meg:

Meg’s Website
Meg’s Instagram Page

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