Removing one element from the elaborate design equation of our events can subtly or strikingly upset the entire balance. The same is true of our team–each of the various roles involved in bringing visions to realities is equally instrumental to the final success. Our events need each of us, and we all need each other.
While every division of our team exists behind the scenes, some of the roles are far more conspicuous than others: of course you can’t design an event without a designer or construct a wooden bar without a carpenter. But there are also the contributions that are less conspicuous and equally crucial. Today we explore the well-oiled machine that is our Purchasing Division. Without it, not a single one of our capabilities would be possible.
BUY ALL MEANS
At the inception and epicenter of every event, the Purchasing team, led by Amanda Filsinger, may be the only team that interacts with nearly every other person in the building during any given week. This is due to the fact that they procure every single event-related item.
Even if you’ve seen our events, the full extent of this statement still might not be clear.
So just what is on their shopping lists?
1) All flowers, plants and floral supplies.
This is a feat in and of itself: one event can call for floral from over half a dozen different vendors, and if the product is not up to HMR par, Amanda must quickly find alternate blooms or sellers.
2) All fabric, rugs, carpet and furniture.
3) All non custom props and supplies for custom props.
(things such as vases, birds nests, confetti, spiderwebs, silks, picture frames, disco balls, beads, lanterns and foam bananas–to name a few!)
4) All paint, foam core, large-format printing materials, vinyl, art supplies and raw materials for the woodshop.
CHECKING & BALANCING ACT
Amanda and her team spend their time doing more than just spending money. They must keep stringent track of our impressive inventory–an eclectic, ever-growing collection of original decor pieces, furniture, and lighting options, as well as custom made props (each crafted out of material procured by Purchasing, of course!). It’s these exacting measures that afford our sales and design team the ability to choose the whats, how manys and whens.
There is also a good bit of research involved for Amanda and company: taking designers’ visions and sourcing items through phone calls, internet searches and catalogue perusal, all while applying a keen eye for seasonality and quality, and all of this within the allotted budget. The trust that the design team puts into Purchasing comes from their comprehensive knowledge of the big picture, and their consistent ability to accommodate all of these factors.
Amanda notes that anyone doing her job must be both incredibly organized and exceedingly fastidious. Combing through each event’s extensive paperwork involves assessing the details with a considerable knowledge of our inventory–and the calm patience to accommodate the multiple revisions to every event due to table count changes, shifts in design, and additions or deletions.
In the end, we all share the same goal: extraordinary events and ecstatic clients. And it’s the impressive talents of each person behind each element that allow us to take such pride in what we create together.
Many thanks to Amanda for her contributions, to her and her team for being so awesome at what they do, and to all of our vendor partners.