Kennedy Creative Events Team Spotlight: Tyler Howdeshell, Accounting & Procurement Coordinator
To excel in the ever-competitive and ever-changing event planning industry, an agency has to keep constant tabs on a lot of moving parts. Keeping track of invoices and payments is one of the many top day-to-day priorities for a brand servicing multiple accounts and delivering high-caliber service without missing a beat.
To that end, multitalented Tyler Howdeshell has expanded her skill set over the years, running a tight ship and ensuring that Kennedy’s checks and balances are always in perfect order. Read on to learn about how this east Texas native came to be a part of our crew, what her days are like in the office, and what her weekends are like in the warm, wild city of Austin.
How did you become interested in the events industry?
In college, I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation, and I stumbled upon this group for communication majors that showcased different jobs alumni with the same degree were doing post grad. There was a woman who was working in New York for a large-scale corporate events company who spoke to us. Her life sounded so interesting and they were doing such big things — that really planted the seed.
What led you to Austin, and can you tell us a little about your Kennedy journey from intern to contractor to full-time team member?
I have family in Dripping Springs and we’ve been coming here to visit as long as I can remember. We have an annual family reunion at my great uncle’s ranch and it is one of my happy places. My fiancé and I love living in the city but love all the nature even more, so it’s the best of both worlds. I am now engaged to my high school boyfriend and Austin was always the end game. After graduation, I moved back to my home town of Missouri City, TX (in the Houston area). I was struggling to find anything to get excited about there and started looking in Austin. I had a family friend recommend that I look into Kennedy, so I sent an email asking about opportunities. A couple weeks later, I had an internship!
I was an intern for three months, then moved into a contract role. That was so much fun, being onsite all the time and learning a ton. Next, a new position was proposed to me, since the one-woman accounting department at the time was in need of some extra hands. I was going to be half event producer and half-bookkeeper for a while, and although accounting wasn’t in my background, I’m always up for a challenge! After a few months it became clear that there wasn’t enough time in the day for me to excel at both roles. I was needed more in the accounting role and there was a lot of room to expand on my responsibilities there. So, I took on the new role of Accounting & Procurement Coordinator.
What does your day-to-day agenda look like as an accounting & procurement coordinator?
It’s always different! My main responsibilities are to invoice clients and ensure we are paid, and to enter all vendor bills and cut them checks to ensure we pay them. This week, we’re closing out last month, so I need to enter all credit card transactions into Quickbooks to reconcile the accounts. Wrangling up receipts from everyone in the office is a job in itself!
What’s your favorite district or neighborhood in the city?
Ugh, that’s so hard! Each district really has its own special qualities. The Eastside has a really good vibe and is always a fun time.
Describe your perfect Saturday in Austin.
Delicious brunch, spending time outside with my dog (preferably in the water), shopping, cocktails, and finally takeout and a movie in my jammies.
What’s your favorite part of working at Kennedy?
THE TEAM!! It is such a supportive and fun group that is always laughing!
Planning a big bash, conference, launch event or other special occasion in need of a pro to bring it all together? To put our good-natured (plus highly skilled, immensely creative and all-around top-notch) crew to work, get in touch and let’s start a conversation.