• Meet Melissa Vitale Feldman, Vitale Events

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Big-name artists help spark success for planner.

Melissa Vitale Feldman, the mastermind behind Vitale Events, has never needed to advertise. For the past 17 years, loyal customers have passed her name along to others in the community, and through those events, she has built a reputation for being a top event planner.

Vitale’s success in the industry isn’t too surprising; she has been immersed in the business of entertainment for her entire life. Her father is a world-renowned musician who’s performed at every presidential inauguration since Bush senior. Growing up so close to influential people is probably one of the reasons why she is so comfortable around her lineup of celebrity contacts. Her events have included appearances by Key and Peele, Jason Derulo, Daya, the Detroit Pistons and Fetty Wap and the Remy Boyz.

She shocked guests at a bar mitzvah in Detroit when a surprise performance by Big Sean brought the house down.

“I love my job. All I’ve ever wanted to do was to be the person that creates these special moments that last a lifetime” says Vitale.

Nothing is too over the top for Vitale Events. A recent wedding required building a massive structure overlooking the Detroit River. Once the nuptials were complete, fireworks and a gospel choir were on hand to blow everyone away. 

Options for unconventional seasonal gatherings abound across the state. 

From cities teeming with bright lights to snowy small towns, Michigan is a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a way to make your event or post-event outing more festive, consider these unique holiday offerings. 

Peacock Road Family Farm 

Laingsburg

 

After 36 years as director of the CVB, Peter Fitzsimons is retiring. By Shelley Levitt

In 1985, Peter Fitzsimons, a former hotel general manager, became the executive director of the newly formed Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. He never left. In June, the 73-year-old Detroit native announced that he’d be stepping down from the role at the end of the year. 

MIM+E: When did you begin your career in hospitality?

 

League City CVB manager Stephanie Polk shares her career journey.

Originally from Kentwood, Louisiana, Stephanie Polk, TDM, CTE, first made her mark on the travel and tourism industry as director of marketing for the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau. There, she helped to elevate the city as a destination for recreation travelers and business groups. Wowed by her accomplishments, in 2020, League City brought her on board to lead its marketing efforts. She shares with us highlights and advice from her experience in the industry.