Extraordinary Events Taps Rick Turner to Head Midwest Office

LA-Based Event Agency Opens Midwest Office, Headquartered in Cleveland

Los Angeles: For Immediate Release – Rick Turner, a 17-year veteran of the Hospitality, Culinary and Special Events industries, has joined multi-award-winning Extraordinary Events, an international meeting and event agency firm based in Los Angeles. Turner will work as the lead account executive headquartered from Cleveland to serve the Midwest for the company.

Turner was previously the Director of Business Development for Colortone Staging and Rentals (CSR), the Midwest’s premier Audiovisual Production company. In joining the EE salesforce, Turner will market to the Midwest region, providing creative solutions and ideas for experiential events.

Rick Turner is very involved with a number of civic and industry associations, including the International Special Events Society. Rick is passionately involved with the SEARCH Foundation and serves as its Immediate Past Chair. He recently served consecutive two-year terms as President of the Cleveland Chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Turner is a 1998 graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and acts as an ambassador for the events, culinary, and hospitality industries throughout the country.

Rick Turner may be reached via

Extraordinary Events Names Flo Miniscloux Director of Production Services

Rising Star Award Winner Secures Leadership Role at Age 25

Flo Miniscloux, the 2013 “Rising Star” Winner, has surpassed all predictions.  Miniscloux began as a receptionist for Extraordinary Events in November 2011, but grew into a producer role within six months. She was promoted to a senior account manager in April of 2015. Less than a year later, on February 1, 2016, she was named Director of Production Services.

Miniscloux has received national recognition for her production and coordination skills working closely with international Fortune 500 clients, including Howard Hughes Corporation, BMW, the Young Presidents Organization and Korea’s third largest corporation, Hanwha Solar. She has also worked with countless internationally recognized celebrities, such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Dalai Lama.
In her new position, Flo Miniscloux will be managing EE’s production department. Miniscloux emphasized “EE has such an incredible production team; I’m so fortunate to be able to work with them every day.”

According to EE’s President, Andrea Michaels, “Flo has proven herself to be an exceptional producer and has grown into a management role where she truly shines. We at EE look forward to her continued success as she creates new paths for the company and leads our team with some amazing opportunities.”
Flo Miniscloux, a native of France, earned a bachelor’s degree in Cinematic Arts: Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California. She has had extensive training in the latest trends in technology and design. With immediate family spread throughout Asia, Europe and North America, Flo easily stays current on global cultural trends and readily adapts to different ideologies. She is noted for her flexibility and work ethic.

To contact Flo Miniscloux, email For more information about Extraordinary Events, please visit

EE has added 2 Gala Awards to bring our total to an astounding 41!

Recognition continues for the successful launch of Las Vegas’  Downtown Summerlin produced for the Howard Hughes Corp. EE was just honored with two Special Event Gala Awards for Best Achievement in Technical Support with partner, Brite Ideas and Best Event Entertainment Concept and Execution ($25,000-$100,000) in partnership with Fred Tallaksen, Kaboom Entertainment. International recognition for this project which was attended by 250,000 over a four day period includes 2 International Stevie Awards, Silver for Best Brand Experience and Bronze for Best Consumer Event and 2 American Stevie Awards, Gold for Best Consumer Event and Silver for Best brand Experience for the same launch. The UK Events Industry also recognized the event as best activation at a festival or public event.


As told by Andrea...

Andrea Michaels is the co-moderator for three sessions at  LDI2015 on Corporate Design Challenges. Here she recounts her experiences in global communication where even if both parties speak English, they are still not necessarily speaking the same language.

Global Communications

Glasgow: Here I had my first lesson about how Scots and Yanks don’t speak the same language. “What?” “Huh?” “Could you say that again?” were my mainstays. This was quite a few years ago, so a few things might have changed, I hope.

Let me give you some examples. I needed space for 3,000 people for a plated dinner, not available in Glasgow at that time. So, I identified an empty lot that could be tented for our event. “Tented?” my Scottish collaborators asked. Turned out in Scotland, a tent is a canopy. What I wanted was a “marquee.” George, my local Glasgow caterer, was my go-to person responsible for connecting me to the landowners. He’s an integral part of everything that follows. He did some legwork and was able to contact the land management company. They were going to be building condos soon, but they thought they could lease us the land for a week if we needed it. We just had to fill out a few forms.

Those “few” forms turned out to be about 100 sheets of paper consisting of English legal terms I couldn’t figure out. Did you see Charles Laughton in Witness For The Prosecution? I filled them out.

Now we get into the real challenges, including trying to analyze what this would cost. Our dollar was their pound, and the exchange rate fluctuated every day. I tried to persuade all vendors to quote me in dollars, but they wouldn’t. I tried to persuade my client to be flexible, but they weren’t. The budget was limited. We had to plan carefully.

So, we had a piece of land larger than a football field. The land was slanted, rocky, ungraded, and dilapidated. It was surrounded by barbed wire fence. There was only one point of access, across a long bridge—no problem, unless it rained, which it usually does in Glasgow, approximately 360 days a year.
Never mind that. Let’s talk about the marquee. If we could grade the land, if we could secure the marquee, if we could find flooring, and if we could get all the appropriate permits, how could we create an innovative event when our entire budget was being blown on grading, permits, land use, and marquee-ing, not to mention porta-potties (or mobile loos)? It helped that the marquee was a bright blue, an unexpected look.

We interviewed everyone we could think of from production companies to flooring people to linen purveyors. What we found was that most people could not fathom what we were trying to achieve. When we asked about floor-length tablecloths, they all looked at us askance. I finally worked up the nerve to ask the caterer why no one had floor-length linen. His reply: “Why would you have a table linen that came to the floor? What would people do with their feet?”

Okay, load-in and prep. After the marquee was set up—and that’s another endless story of logistics—next came the flooring, meters and meters of flooring. The floor did not fit the tent when it was set in place, so all the tent poles had to be moved to fit the floor, which was filthy. I asked another George, the floor man, if he intended to clean it. Blank stare. I asked again. “Ye only said you wanted a floor,” he replied. “Ye did not say ye wanted it clean.”

The walkway marquee arrived. It was flimsy, made of skimpy wood, and was yellow and white-striped. I asked the tent man if he had an all-white one. “No.” I then asked why he never told me that it was yellow-and-white striped, just “gorgeous” with bright blue, and he gave me a blank stare and said, “Ye never asked.”

The client did a walk through a few hours before doors opened. He wanted us to cover the barbed wire fence. There were no local materials that would take care of this. However, our logistics coordinator, with all his ingenuity, went across to the exhibit hall, and as they were dismantling the tradeshow, had them bring carpeting across the bridge to cover the fence, hundreds of meters of fence. To connect it, we needed zip strips, also known as zip ties, but no one in Scotland had ever heard of them. Once we gave an in-depth description, it was decided that what we were looking for were “cables.” We drove to a local hardware store, where they were sold by the piece, as opposed to being sold in packages of 100, as they were in the US. 

Lessons Learned

Final walk through: Marquee up, floor down, doors. The doors were still not completed and were being painted. None had knobs. We asked why. Blank stares.

“Ye did not ask for doorknobs.”

Bungee cords were installed to open the doors. Necessity is the mother of invention.

All the kitchen equipment arrived, and then the centerpieces, which were placed on the sides of the tables. Moving 300 centerpieces an hour before the event is exhausting, especially considering that every table was pin-spotted. If we hadn’t done so, we would have had a pinspot in the center and the centerpiece on the side. When I asked the florist why she did that, she replied, “That’s where the sugar and creamer go.”

Dinner: Salad arrived with a police escort. Since it had to go slow through rush hour traffic, and it was on tray stands, the caterer protected it with a siren escort. Glasgow has a code on how long food can be preset on a table, so it had to arrive at almost the last minute, which meant that the first music our guests heard was the sound of police sirens.

Then came the billing and VAT. But that’s another story entirely.

The Lessons: First, just because you and your crew in Scotland use English to communicate, don’t assume you speak the same language. Listening carefully was the key. Providing clear details was also important.

Would you think you’d have to ask for a floor to be clean or for doors to have knobs or for centerpieces to be placed in the middle of a table? Well, details matter, especially if you are collaborating with new people.

This could be a very long article, but here’s where I learned that “lunch” could mean a lot of different things, depending on where you are. In Mexico, it means all workers went home to be with their families, whether they were in the middle of a project or not, and it’s not a lunch “hour.” In Spain, workers expected a full multi-course plated meal complete with wine. In the US, we have a “no alcohol” policy.

So, is there a point to all of this? Yes, always have a local translator on hand even if you speak the same language, and ask for examples, drawings, samples, and full descriptive details of everything along with timelines. Language is not just words; it’s what the words mean and how they relate to local customs. Successful outcomes can only be achieved with clear communications and both parties having the same understandings. Through all of what I’ve described, and I’ve only scratched the surface, at the time no one was laughing, but I am now, remembering a lifetime of lessons learned, with more to come.

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Extraordinary Events is excited to announce our nominations for four 2016 Special Event Gala Awards for the production of the Grand Opening of Downtown Summerlin.

"I am so very proud of our entire team who created a once in a lifetime series of events for an incredible client. At some point every person at Extraordinary Events touched on what needed to be done to pull off four days of non stop activities, each of which had to be unique one of a kind and never-been-done before nature. There are so many to thank. So, Brite Ideas, Fireworks by Grucci, Fred Tallaksen and Kaboom, hundreds of entertainers, artists, djs and technicians. And of course the team at Howard Hughes Creative." - Andrea Michaels

Winner of 39 prestigious Galas in the past, EE is currently nominated in the categories of:

- Best Achievement in Technical Support with partner, Brite Ideas

- Best Event Entertainment Concept and Execution ($25,000-$100,000) in partnership with Fred Tallaksen, Kaboom Entertainment

- Best Event Produced for a Corporation or Association, Overall Budget Above $500,000

- Most Outstanding Spectacle

The ceremony will be held on January 14, 2016 at TSE. Congratulations to the nominees and we look forward to seeing everyone in Orlando!

Extraordinary Events is very honored to once again be listed in the Special Event Magazine's "50 Top Event Companies" in the world for 2015. The Special Events exclusive lists the latest information on the biggest companies in event planning including leadership, revenue forecasts and trend predictions. Recognized for our year full of noteworthy events, President Andrea Michaels states that “the past 12 months have seen the corporate event world blend more with a “festival-style” environment for participants. In addition, there has been more emphasis on crowd-sourcing to be more inclusive and collaborative for each participant, which gives companies more input from viable resources and adds value to event expenditures.” For more about the recognition, please click here.

Press Release:
Extraordinary Events Wins Silver And Bronze Stevie® Awards
In 2015 International Business Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA – 18 August 2015 – Extraordinary Events was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Best Consumer Event category AND a Bronze in the Best Brand Experience Event category in The 12th Annual International Business Awards on August 13.
The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations. The 2015 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala awards banquet at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto, Canada on October 23. 
More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  Extraordinary Events won in both the Consumer and Brand Experience Events categories for its Grand Opening of Downtown Summerlin.
Judges tagged this event with comments such as: “Great attention to detail and friendly for a variety of consumers; Extremely compelling and exciting event; Creative and great results; Well-executed events programme, ties existing venue nicely together and presents touch points for a number of audiences - well done; Great presentation and brand recognition. Targets met by number of people attending, community participation and increased sales; Excellent performance achieved - the best!”
Extraordinary Events President Andrea Michaels had this to say after getting the news as a winner: “When we won the American Stevie awards I was honored, but to be internationally recognized at this level is more than amazing.  I could not be prouder of EE and our team and very grateful to our client who trusted us to bring this series of events to life. To all our fellow nominees and entrants, I congratulate you all on your exceptional work. I am humbled to be amongst you with your outstanding accomplishments.”
Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process from May through early August.
“The IBAs grow in stature and renown every year, and with that the number and quality of entries increases,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “This year’s judges were treated to more than 3,700 stories of success and achievement around the world.  We thank the judges for their time and feedback, and we congratulate the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners whom we’ll celebrate in Toronto in October.” 

EE Brings Home the Gold!

We're VERY excited to annouce that yesterday we were honored to receive TWO awards! The Gold Stevie Award for Best Brand Experience Event and the Silver Stevie Award for Best Consumer Event both for the massive property launch EE produced for the Howard Hughes Corporation for its unveiling of Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada.

More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. 

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. 

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during a gala banquet on Monday, June 22 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. More than 400 nominees and their guests attended.  

The 2015 American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: Monday’s banquet in Chicago, and at the new products awards banquet on Friday, September 11 in San Francisco. 

Welcome to 'LUX Angeles'

Last week Extraordinary Events, along with the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, welcomed a group of planners from the luxury market to Los Angeles…or LUX Angeles as it was called. Extraordinary Events showed the group how we rock in LA by showcasing an electric cello duo…playing classic rock hits. We also worked with the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to provide an all-organic, make-your-own trail mix bar.
This was hosted in the Four Seasons' Palm Court patio…al fresco…the way we do things here in LA!

Congrats to Jenna!

This past Wednesday evening at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, our own Jenna Linnekens was installed onto the 2015-2016 Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Executive Board of Directors Fellow EE friend Gregory Day, General Manager at Shutters on the Beach, was also named as the incoming Chair. We're very excited our staff is active in the business community and working in concert with these committed, hard working and fun group of people. 
New Team Member Alert!

We’re happy to announce another new member to our team! Now when you walk into the office or reach out on the phone you’ll often encounter Maggie-Mae! We asked Maggie-Mae our standard litany of questions in no particular order or importance (or relevance!) so we could all get to know her a little better!

Where are you from originally?
I am originally from the weirdest city in the nation:  Portland, Oregon. I am Canadian

Favorite aspect of living in Los Angeles?
I just moved to LA in September, and so far, I love the weather and the fact that I have fruit trees instead of xmas trees year round LOL

What about the event industry do you enjoy most?
I enjoy meeting new personalities and creating something fun, vibrant, and exciting!

#1 on your bucket list?
My #1 on my bucket list would have to be to see the world. I want to travel everywhere in Europe, and see New York City where I will eat at Ninja Steakhouse and see the world trade center museum and memorial. I would also love to stand on a street corner wearing a shirt that reads “LIFE” and hand out lemons.

Favorite song of the moment?
My absolute favorite song will always be Hotel California by the Eagles or anything by Journey. But I listen to everything ranging from Steve Aoki to Johnny Lang. Depends on my mood and whether I am in Vegas or not.

Preferred sport and why?
HOCKEY. I am a die hard kings fan. I am Canadian so it’s in my blood. My grandfather played in the Olympics for 2 consecutive years as a forward for team Canada and medaled Silver and Bronze. I also love SEAHAWK football (We'll do our best to let that slide -Ed.).

Tell us something about you that few people know...
Something that few people know is that I can recite EE Cummings if asked to do so, and I am a professional Kareoke singer by night.


New Team Member Alert!

We’re excited to annouce a new member to our team! Please join us in welcoming Chiara Raia! As usual, we asked Chiara a few questions in no particular order or importance (or relevance!) so we could all get to know her a little better!

Where are you from originally?
Miami, Florida

Favorite aspect of living in Los Angeles?
I just moved here a few weeks ago.

Wordy aren't you?? 
Ok, ok! So far: Diddy Riese, the weather, the mountains, and the hundreds of really neat things to do and see.

What about the event industry do you enjoy most?
I love the process of putting an event together in the office and the fast paced environment and challenges that come with executing the event onsite.  

#1 on your bucket list?
Well, moving to LA for a dream job has just been knocked off the list (We see what you're doing there -Ed.), so now I would say it’s a tie between spending time in Greece and seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway!

Favorite song of the moment?
My favorite song of the moment is probably “My Type” by Saint Motel.

Preferred sport and why?
College football brings back several great memories of going to UM football games with my dad while growing up, and of course, I love my UCF Knights!

Tell us something about you that few people know...
My name is actually the Italian spelling for the name “Claire”. It also means clear/light. I usually get that question a lot.
(Hint: you pronounce it key-are-uh).

Delightful Dubai
(View from the top of Burj Khalifa)                                                                    (Andrea and Clint scouting transportation) 

We just had an amazing, week-long trip to Dubai full of exploring the hotels, food and culture. Not to mention enjoying the good company of our fantastic client and even running into several friends! EE is very excited to be back in such an amazing city and looking forwards to some big events there!

I want Dubai to be a place where everybody from all over the world meets each other,
don't think of fighting or hate, just love it, enjoy their sport, and that's it.

- Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum


Get the Vote Out!

Voting has begun for the Live Design Excellence Awards and we're extremely honored to be among the contenders!
'The Grand Opening of Downtown Summerlin presented by EE' has been nominated! Please vote by clicking HERE!

New Team Member Alert!

Put your hands together for a new member of the EE family! Joining our production team is Mairead Delaney!
(quick tip: you say Mairead like ‘parade’ but with an ‘M’)
We asked Mairead a few questions in no particular order or importance (or relevance!) so we could all get to know her a little better!

Where are you from originally? 
Monroe, CT

Favorite aspect of living in Los Angeles? 
Countless experiences & opportunities available at my fingertips.

What about events do you enjoy most? 
The adrenaline rush of being on-site

#1 on your bucket list? 
Collaborate with Larry David. Whether it’s helping on-set, being his personal assistant or helping the poor guy order lunch – I want in!

Favorite song of the moment? 
Been going through a country phase lately, so… “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert. (Is it still a phase if it’s going on 6 months?)

Preferred sport and why? 
Hockey. If I can enjoy it whilst yelling irrationally with a beer in hand, that is preferred.

Tell us something about you that few people know.
I love bubbles. My brother and I used to theorize that if everyone went outside and blew bubbles at the same time for ten minutes, the world could achieve world peace. It is very difficult to be upset when you’re surrounded by bubbles. This theory is called “Bubbles for Peace” ™. I also love that they are colorless and colorful all at the same time.

Be sure to check out Andrea's new interview with The Compusive Reader

Where are you from? 
Rab, Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia)

When and why did you begin writing? 
I began writing when I was around six years old, starting with a children’s book “The Bass Drum and the Kettle Drum” that I self published for my grammar school (mimeographed in the school office) and then progressed to actually writing a screen play (age 8, 9 or 10 or so) for David Niven and his show, “Four Star Theatre” which was purchased by them. When they found out my age (and my  parents discovered I had done this) everyone but me freaked out. I thought it was normal.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? 
I never considered that I was anything else. Hand me a pencil and I write stories. Like right now I love writing the answers to these questions. I’ll write anything, anytime...

For the full interview visit The Compulsive Reader or click here!

Andrea Michaels Honored with Steve Kemble Leadership Foundation Award
Extraordinary Events Wins 39th Special Events magazine Gala


Los Angeles, CA – For Immediate Release: January 8, 2015, at The Special Event in Anaheim, California, was a day filled with recognition for international meeting and event planning and production firm Extraordinary Events and its president, Andrea Michaels.

At a Leadership Luncheon, Michaels received the Steve Kemble Leadership Award. This recognition is presented to individuals or groups who have demonstrated excellence in leadership skills through service and contributions to the special event and meeting industry. Michaels is noted for mentoring other event professionals through education and information and travels the world teaching other not just her art and craft but helping them learn from her own mistakes. She is also recognized for being a pioneer in the industry, stacking up a number of firsts, including  initiating corporate mystery events and interactive themes, as well as charging into the international market ahead of her colleagues and incorporating never-before-used technology in her events.

To read more about the Steve Kemble Foundation and Award, visit

Michaels, the EE team and Patina Restaurant Group of Los Angeles wrapped up the day by taking home the Special Events magazine Gala Award for Best Off-Premise Catered Event. This award was given for the “YPO-WPO Global Leadership Conference 2014.” The event hosted 3,200 high-powered corporate leaders from 120 countries and offered a range of gourmet dishes that met the demands of kosher, vegetarian, halal and other clients. Servers wore color-coded T-shirts that displayed the name of the dish and for what diet it was appropriate. To keep food at its peak, 250 pieces of food came out of the kitchens every minute. This Gala Award is the 39th won by Extraordinary Events.

To learn more about the Special Events Gala Awards, visit

Extraordinary Events Honored As Silver And Bronze Stevie® Award Winners In
2014 American Business Awards

Winners in first of two ABA awards events were presented on June 13 in Chicago 

Los Angeles, California – June 14, 2014 – Extraordinary Events was presented with both Silver and Bronze Stevie® Awards in the Best Brand Experience Event and Best New Production Introduction Event categories respectively in The 12th Annual American Business Awards held in Chicago on June 13, 2014.

The American Business Awards are North America's premier business awards program. Nicknamed the “Stevies” for the Greek word for “crowned,” the trophies were presented to winners during a gala banquet on Friday, June 13 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. More than 400 nominees and their guests attended.

More than 3,300 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. In partnership with lead agency, VOK DAMS of Germany, Extraordinary Events was nominated in the Best Brand Experience Event category and Best New Production Introduction Event for their BMW X5 International Media Launch. 

From August 26-September 20 eight waves of international journalists traveled to Vancouver, BC to experience the media launch of the new BMW X5. Every detail had to support the brand and the message of “Where Luxury Touches Adventure.” The jewel of the program was a custom-built structure called The BMW X5 City Lodge with design elements that touched on trendy exclusive design combined with pure nature, wild and primal beauty and thrilling outdoor lifestyle. Modernity and adventure permeated the press conference, scenic drives, off-road adventures and a variety of daytime activities. 

EE President and CEO Andrea Michaels stated, "This award is particularly meaningful to EE because it represents an award given not simply for design but rather for strategy and implementation on a global scale and symbolizes a true partnership between BMW, VOK DAMS and EE. In addition, Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 240 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year, and that alone shows that EE has entered a new arena in its business model."

“It’s an honor for us to recognize and celebrate such an outstanding class of organizations and individuals,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.  “The judges were especially discerning this year.  All of this year’s Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie winners should be proud that the judges recognized their achievements and their ability to express those achievements in a way that captured the judges’ hearts and imaginations.”

Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie winners who were announced on June 13 are available at    


EE LinkedIn Article: "The Dreaded Discussion…The Management Fee"

Several methods of presenting budgets to clients come to mind. And I’ve used them all at one time or another. No matter which way I chose, ultimately most clients question what needs to be included in every budget you present…profit.

So let’s explore some of the ways we present budgets, what some of the objections from the client might be, and then what our responses might be to all three scenarios.

Continue reading on LinkedIn here


Extraordinary Events Wins 2 American Business 2014 Awards

EE has been named as a finalist for two events for the 2014 12th Annual American Business “Stevie” Awards. During more than five weeks of preliminary judging EE received high scores for the BMW X5 International Media Launch in partnership with the VokDams Agency in Germany.

Best New Product Introduction Event and Best Brand Experience Event were the two categories named.

The spokesperson for the “Stevie Awards” said, “This is a significant achievement for which Extraordinary Events should be applauded. This means that independent judges agreed that these nominations are worthy of national recognition, and that the nominations will be recognized as Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award winners.” Stevie Award placements will be determined in the final judging that begins this week. 

EE President Andrea Michaels said, "We are honored to be in such esteemed company. We are very proud of these challenging events that reaped great results for BMW."

The final placements of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards will be announced at the 2014 awards banquets in Chicago on June 13, 2014, and will be closely guarded until then. 

For a complete list of ABA Finalists in the Live Events Awards Category, go to:

25 years of "Extraordinary Events"

To celebrate our silver anniversary EE has published a journal of events taking place over those 25 years, complete with photos, recipes, memories and highlights. All of them celebrate the clients and the partners we treasure! 
The book is available here.


President Obama joins Mayor Garcetti and Extraordinary Events in support of Special Olympics

Extraordinary Events Senior Account Executive Chris Clark and team helped produced a major press conference at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in advance of the 2015 Special Olympic World Games. The conference included speeches from local dignitaries, including newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The press conference was highlighted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama who were announced as Honorary Chairs of the 2015 Games.

"When 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries march into the Coliseum in two years, the spotlight will not only be on Los Angeles - a city that stands for diversity and inclusion - but will shine brightly on the mission of Special Olympics in highlighting the talents of those with intellectual disabilities," Mayor Garcetti said.  "Along with my support and that of the City of Los Angeles, I am proud and honored to acknowledge the commitment of the President and First Lady to this great event.  I am also excited that this unique event will be a major contributor to our city's economy, generating more than $400 million in economic impact."

In a video statement, below, President Obama said: "Michelle and I are so honored to serve as Co-chairs of this inspiring event.  Special Olympics has a tradition that started more than 50 years Eunice Kennedy Shriver's house.  Today, that simple day camp has grown into one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world for people with intellectual disabilities.  The athletes coming to these Games represent the grit and determination that's at the very root of the American spirit."

The Mayor noted that the Games - to be held July 25 - August 2, 2015, and featuring 25 Olympic-style events in venues throughout the Los Angeles region - will be the biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, and the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015. 



Andrea Michaels, founder and president of Extraordinary Events, is among eight professionals selected by industry magazine editors as their "Favorite Speakers of 2013". CLICK HERE to read the article featured in "MeetingsNet". 


Andrea Authors Additional Words of Wisdom
After successfully launching Reflections of a Successful Wallflower – Lessons in Business; Lessons in Life, Andrea was quickly approached by Insight Publishing to work with them to guest author chapters on a series of books. Regardless of her hectic schedule, Andrea plunged into the next four books, all available through Extraordinary Events. In them, you will discover not only Andrea’s strategies but those of many of the great business minds of our time.

They are:

  • Stepping Stones to Success – Experts Share Strategies for Mastering Business, Life & Relationships with Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Dr. Denis Waitley, and Andrea Michaels.

  • Yes You Can! Reaching Your Potential While Achieving Greatness with Dr. Warren Bennis, Jim Rohn and Andrea Michaels

  • Bushido Business – The Fine Art of the Modern Professional with Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy, Stephen M.R. Covey and Andrea Michaels

  • Mastering the Art of Success with Mark Victor Hansen, Les Brown, Jack Canfield and Andrea Michael

All four books are available through Extraordinary Events. Call 818.783.6112 or email to order.  

Amazon has named Andrea Michael’s book,
“Reflections of a Successful Wallflower” as their book of the week.

And taking this and her other favorite speaking points on the road, Andrea recently addressed the Santa Barbara Event Professionals in July, then is traveling to Sydney, Australia in August to speak on “30 Years in Special Events: Lessons in Business, Lessons in Life” for the Australian Business Event Expo.

Andrea will also facilitate her provocative “Speed Pitching” seminar for that same group. September will find her in China presenting that same provocative “Speed Pitching” seminar to the international audience of Site Int’l.

Special Olympics

The world’s largest sports and humanitarian event is coming to the world’s capital for media and entertainment. The Special  Olympics International Board of Directors announced that Los Angeles will be the host site for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. In less than four years, Los Angeles will welcome more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 nations to compete in 21 Olympic-type sports. The games are expected to bring more than a half-million people to the greater Los Angeles area and will be held in summer 2015.

At a press event at the Staples Center in downtown LA on Wednesday, September 14th, a memorandum of agreement was signed by Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics and Patrick McClenahan, President  & CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Organizing Committee.

Extraordinary Events has been a long time supporter of Southern California Special Olympics, producing their annual fundraiser for the last 3 years. Chris Clark assisted McClenahan with the stage design, production, and logistics.

“In a city full of movie stars and all-stars, our Special Olympics athletes will be the stars of this show as they demonstrate their skills, courage, and joy. Los Angeles will provide the world stage necessary to create the awareness that leads to increased acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities throughout Southern California, the nation and the world,” said McClenahan.

The star-studded event included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics Athlete Spokesperson and member of Special Olympics International Board of Directors Games Committee; Tim Leiweke, President and CEO of AEG; C.L. Max Nikias, President of the University of Southern California; Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor; and Rafer Johnson, Los Angeles’ own Olympic legend-1960 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon-and Founder of Special Olympics Southern California. Escorting Special Olympics Athletes into the event were famous Olympians Apolo Ono, Michelle Kwan, Dwight Stones, John Nabor, Kim Rhode, Amanda Freed, Bob Seagren, Patty McCormick, Betsy Mitchell, Tom Hoff, Mitch Kupcheck, Sammy Lee, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Louis Zamperini, Yuna Kim.