BEST SUPPLIER
Liz Andre-Stotz

Owner; Parsonage Events; Clarkston

On Her Role: “It’s one part manager, one part designer and one part ‘Aunt Liz.’ I run my studio with as much structure as I can in a business that is known for being chaotic and ever-evolving. The designing aspect of my business is what consumes my mind much of the time. I’m constantly looking for inspiration in art, pop culture and nature. I enjoy the process of getting to know my client’s design needs, but also getting to know them. This is when I become Aunt Liz.”

Valuable Skills: “I find my ability to work in stress - ful situations to be my most valuable skill. You can be an amazing designer and business person, but if you can’t execute the plan during most-high pres - sure situations, you’ll fail. I like to unwind after a big event with a large Diet Coke from McDonald’s and the company of my coworkers. We like to discuss the event like a game day wrap-up.”

Most Memorable Moment: “My work was published in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, and one of my bouquets was in Martha Stewart Wedding Top 22 Most Liked on Instagram. If Martha says it’s good, I believe her.”

What Sets Her Apart: “I started my business with my family in mind. My business allows my staff and me to have the flexibility to make it to base - ball games and dance recitals. I move forward in an event with the intention of ‘wowing’ my client. I always put the designs and client experience ahead of profit. I’m not a millionaire, but I’m always proud of my business at the end of the day.”

Career Path: “I’ve enjoyed the event atmosphere for as long as I can remember. One of my first jobs in college was at Palace Sports and Entertainment where I really caught the bug. I loved the crowds, the excitement of the performances and sporting events. I knew then that I wanted to work in the events industry. I spent several years coordinat - ing the guest experience at the Detroit Institute of Arts during exhibitions, including the Splendors of Ancient Egypt and Angels of the Vatican. These experiences led me to begin my own business in event design. I am able to couple my love for action and art in one amazing career.”

Future Plans: “I want to offer custom-event struc - tures (chuppahs, arbors, stands, hanging implemen - tations, custom pieces) to my fellow designers for purchase and/or rental in the near future. I’m fortu - nate to have a husband who can build anything.”

UP-AND-COMING SUPPLIER
Arielle Johnson

Founder and CEO; Fierce Staffing & Consulting; Detroit

In the Beginning: “Going into college, I had plans to be a computer engineer. I still consider myself some sort of engineer based on the complex problems I have to solve and find innovative ways to make work on the fly in this industry.”

 

BEST SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER
Dorothy DeBlasio

Catering and Conference Services Manager; Black Star Farms; Sutton’s Bay

First Steps: “I’ve been working in the food and beverage industry since I was 13. I always knew I wanted to be a part of food and beverage and the hospitality industry. The event industry was a good fit for me because of how detail oriented I am. I really like a plan in my work and personal life!”

 

UP-AND-COMING SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER
Sara Carolin

Development Manager; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Metro Detroit/ Southeast Michigan Chapter; Southfield

Job Changes: Sara was selected for this honor while performing event coordinator duties for Quicken Loans in Detroit, where she worked for more than three years. Earlier this year, she joined the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Southfield.