A Day in the Life of Event Pro Lindsey Pecora
Life as a senior event services manager is never dull, and when you happen to be Lindsey Pecora, you have a way of making everything more fun than it has any right to be. This University of Alabama alumnus has been with Kennedy since her 2015 internship, which quickly blossomed into a series of event design positions that put her drive and talent to good use, executing flawless events on behalf of our clients.
A spinner of many plates, Lindsey carries out a vast array of critical responsibilities from vendor outreach and communication to budget management, to name a few. No two days are exactly alike, but just for the heck of it, let’s ride along on a quasi-typical day in the life of this excellent Austin event professional and see what it’s like to walk in her shoes.
Managing budgets and crunching numbers is all in a day’s work. Although it may be one of the less creative aspects of the job, it’s important all the same!
Now the fun begins! Styling and putting together looks is one of the most visually fulfilling facets of working in event services. From palette building to fabric selection, each choice has an impact on the overall look and feel of an event, so each decision matters. No pressure!
Relationships Are Everything
Managing vendor relations is a huge component of Lindsey’s job, acting as the day-to-day liaison between the Kennedy team and our vendors.
“Working to accurately calculate costs as well as breaking down ideas into words and pictures for clients means I’m working with local vendors a majority of my day,” says Lindsey. “I’m also a part of an organization called ILEA (International Live Events Association) where I get to network with other event planners and local vendors. It’s a way to promote creativity/inspiration, educating us on different facets of the industry and building relationships within our community.”
Finger on the Pulse
In her spare time, Lindsey makes a point of visiting new venues, eating and drinking at new local spots, and trying to experience new things in Austin to keep herself up to date on everything that’s happening around the city.
“It’s also important to try vendors for myself before pitching them to clients,” she explains, and that’s a fact! We don’t recommend anything we haven’t personally vetted, and we’ll be honest: it’s one of the many perks of event production. The hard work is rewarding in and of itself, but it’s actually pretty tasty, too.
“When it’s a program with a lot of design heavy items,” Lindsey says, “I’ll go onsite to assist my operations manager in making sure everything looks right, nothing was missed, and the execution looks like how originally envisioned the event to be.”
A hands-on approach is the best way to ensure we’re delivering on all our promises, and that means we’re onsite, knee-deep in all the details as often as necessary. It makes a difference every time, and Lindsey’s dedication to perfection doesn’t go unnoticed by our clients and vendors alike.