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ISSE- Riviera Cancun Dec 3-6, 2012

ISS Experience ~ Riviera Cancun, Mexico 2012

We’re ending our ISSE 2012 Tour with a splash! Join us for a 4-day Experience in Riviera Cancun in beautiful Mexico December 3-6, 2012 for 4 days of inspiration, networking, learning, and hands-on workshops at the luxurious Now Jade Riviera Cancun resort!

So, why should you, as a wedding entrepreneur, attend ISSE Mexico? Well, we are extremely proud to share that from 2011 to 2012 we have 465 ISSE alumni, and that from our survey not only did 100% of responders say that they would recommend ISSE to a friend or a colleague, but 100% also said that they were confident that they got what they paid for.  We couldn’t be happier to see that we are accomplishing our mission with these Experience events, and now we want YOU to join us on an Experience so that we can help you reach all of your goals!

Plus, we do it in style!! From December 3-6 we’ll be soaking up lots of sun and tons of info as you join your fellow wedding entrepreneurs at Now Jade, a luxurious resort with delicious restaurants, a fab newly renovated spa and a beautiful beach – the perfect setting to relax after a long year of working toward your business goals and to rejuvenate as you prepare to embark on an even more successful year for 2013!

And, that’s where ISS comes in! We’re filling your days in paradise with fun networking opportunities {served up with some inspire-ritas and inspire-tinis, of course} on the beach and educational seminars featuring the top names in the business of bridal to provide you with actionable tools and insights to help you grow a successful company.

We’ll kick off our Experience with a Welcome Party filled with yummy food, cocktails and surprises as you meet and mingle with your fellow wedding pros and the celebrity guest speakers! Then we’ll have 2 days of seminars and workshops where you’ll receive information on everything from how to use social media to how to blog, how to use your advertising dollars to how to create a stylized shoot and so much more! Our new hands-on 2-hour workshops will allow you to not only listen, ask q’s and take notes, but be sure to bring your laptop because you’ll be putting what you’re learning into practice right then and there!

Prepare to leave Mexico excited, motivated, with an entirely new network of business contacts and friends and tons of information to help you succeed – and you’ll have a tan right in the middle of December!!

ISSE Riviera Cancun is attendance is limited to maintain a small learning and networking environment.  We do expect to sell out based on the history from our past 10 events. Included in your fee is your hotel stay for 3 nights, all of your food, alcohol, beverages, parties, sessions, events and surprises while at the Experience...all you have to do is book your flight!  We can’t wait to see you in sunny Mexico!!!

To attend ISSE Riviera Cancun please complete the registration form below. You will receive a follow-up confirmation email with additional details.
We invite you to contact us at 404.565.0494 or email Sandie with any questions!   
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Investment
3 attendees in a triple suite = $1850 per person
2 attendees in a double suite = $1950 per person
1 attendee in a singe suite = $2150 per person
add a significant other = $1950 per ISSE attendee +  $750 per person (includes hotel, all-inclusive food/beverage package and ISSE Gala Dinner ONLY)
***REGISTRATION CLOSES NOVEMBER 9th, 2012***


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Tentative Schedule
Monday, December 3, 2012:
11am-3:00pm = Registration and Food, Drink and Mingling Activities by the Pool
4:00pm = opening session with Stacie Francombe and Diann Valentine
6:00pm = Cocktails and Dinner Party
12:00am = After Party

Tuesday, December 4, 2012:
8:30am = General Session
1:30pm = Luncheon
3:00pm = Afternoon General Sessions
7:00pm = Dinner Party in the Jungle at Na-Ha Venue

Wednesday, December 5, 2012:
8:30am = Workshops
1:00pm = Luncheon
2:00pm = Catamaran trip
7:00pm = Cocktail and Gala Dinner Party
12:00am= After Party
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Speakers:
Preston Bailey
Stacie Francombe
Diann Valentine
Jacqueline Weppner
Steve Kemble
Shawn Rabideau
Robert Evans
Mike Colón
Dave Francombe
Sonny Ganguly
Brett Culp
Angela Proffitt
Christopher Confero
Marilyn & Eddy Martinez
Carmen Laborin

Preston Bailey has been lauded as one of the world's premiere event designers and tastemakers. With 30-plus years of experience under the auspices of his namesake company Preston Bailey Designs, he is best known for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces, into opulent, theatrical environments, translating his clients’ fantasies into awe-inspiring reality. His one-of-kind events have attracted such clients as: Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Joan Rivers, Donna Karan, Liza Minnelli, Matt Lauer, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ivanka Trump and others.  Also an author, he has written four bestselling books entitled Design for Entertaining, Fantasy Weddings, Inspirations and his newest book, Celebrations was released by Rizzoli in October '09.   Headquartered in New York City, Preston Bailey Designs maintains international offices in Indonesia and the Middle East.

Diann Valentine From humble beginnings to soaring above and beyond achieving her wildest dreams, internationally acclaimed wedding, event and interior designer Diann Valentine continues to turn fantasy into reality as this vivacious innovative mastermind gives couples around the world the wedding of their dreams. Valentine has also unveiled a collection of wedding invitations and stationery exclusively with Wedding Paper Divas to meet the under served needs of brides looking for a fresh perspective on their printed ensembles. Valentine is world renowned as the go-to wedding and event designer who takes classic traditions and gives them a modern and unique flare that sets her apart from anyone else in her industry. The incredibly sought-after and admired Valentine is the creative genius behind the jaw dropping weddings of Usher, Toni Braxton, Kelis, Lela Rochon, and Boyz II Men crooner Shawn Stockman just to name a few.

Stacie Francombe is the founder of Inspire Smart Success, a three-tiered approach to helping wedding industry businesses grow and succeed utilizing the ISS Magazine, ISS Experience and ISS Mentoring. Stacie is committed to changing how the wedding industry learns and networks, both one-on-one through her mentoring program, as a group with fun, educational seminars and networking events, and individually, providing wedding industry professionals with a magazine they can learn from at their leisure. Stacie loves nothing more than being able to use her talents and knowledge to help the wedding industry grow and thrive and to see wedding vendors find success through using smart business practices.  Stacie will share her marketing savvy and experience growing companies across print, broadcast and online platforms, leading the panels and hosting the entire ISS Experience!

Jacqueline Weppner is the founder and editor of Merci New York, a Manhattan-based fashion styling company that publishes a popular national wedding blog of the same name.  Jacqueline's mandate for Merci New York is to produce "chic style for the busy city bride"®. She strives to make a bride feel absolutely beautiful and impeccably styled for her wedding and all its surrounding events. Prior to launching her brand, Jacqueline had an extensive career in the fashion industry, working in design and marketing for brands such as Joseph Abboud and Lacoste.  After carefully navigating the fashion for her own 2008 wedding, she began fielding style queries from friends. Being city brides, they all had a distinct fashion sense, but their demanding careers left them little time and few resources to execute their vision.  Realizing the opportunity at hand, Jacqueline launched the Merci New York fashion styling brand in late 2009. On a day-to-day basis, Jacqueline and her stylists tackle a variety of tasks for their clients, such as helping find the dress and perfect accessories, guiding the choice and coordination of all bridal party attire and assisting in honeymoon wardrobe, registry and gift shopping. Jacqueline has been quoted in reputable media outlets such as GLAMOUR, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides New York, The Knot, and The New York Daily News and internationally in Harpers BAZAAR. 

Steve Kemble has been the magic behind countless corporate events, weddings and other sassy ventures for more than two decades, receiving over twenty-five industry accolades.  Known as “America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru,” he is one of the industry’s most visible, vocal and unique personalities.  Steve has been dishing out fashion disses at celebrities for more than three years as a Top Cop for Us Weekly magazine’s Fashion Police and with annual appearances on TV Guide Network’s “Idol Tonight.” Let’s not forget weddings!  A centerpiece of WE tv’s marquee block of bridal programming, Wedding Central, Steve has also appeared on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Wedding Edition,” Style Network’s “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?” and “Married Away.”  To top it all off, he has dished out delectable advice for throwing Hollywood-level bashes at home for E!’s Countdown to the Academy Awards, CBS’s The Early Show and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine.

Shawn Rabideau  For over twelve years Shawn Rabideau has worked in all aspects of the event production and design industry and is the founder and President of Shawn Rabideau Events & Design; a full-service event production, destination, floral design and lifestyle company that produces and designs intimate to large-scale events such as weddings, bar/bat-mitzvahs, product launches and more!  Shawn is most notably known for his appearances on Bravo TV’s hit reality series Bethenny Ever After and Bethenny Getting Married?.  He has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, Fox News, the Style Network’s Whose Wedding is it Anyway? and TV Land’s Best Night In.  Through the past decade Shawn has been involved with, and overseen the production and design of, numerous private celebrity events; most recently Bethenny Frankel and Star Jones.  His corporate event and fundraising experience includes: Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, Buick, Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, Citadel Investment Group, Cornell University, March of Dimes, Nikon Optical, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Readers Digest, Starwood Corporation, Touchstone Pictures, the American Heart Association, The Wall Street Journal – Dow Jones, and W Hotels.  He is the current spokesperson for FineStationery.com and a featured expert and contributor to Celebrations.com, a national lifestyle entertaining website.  As a result of his accumulated experience, Shawn speaks nationally and is often featured as an expert and contributor to numerous publications such as The New York Times, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, The Knot, New York Weddings Magazine, Brides Magazine, RedBook Magazine, DailyCandy.com, AOL’s PopEater, Bride and Bloom Magazine, Bridal Guide Magazine, Us Weekly Magazine, Woman’s World Magazine, SmartBride.com, Floriology and many others.  In the Fall of 2012 he will be launching his very own invitation and note card line which will be sold exclusively on FineStationery.com.

Robert Evans has been a professional photographer from the age of twenty, beginning his career in a small color lab in Hollywood. He quickly realized that he wanted to take pictures and not process others' photographs, and went to work for a large portrait studio with an opening in the wedding department. His career as a wedding photographer began. Robert photographed his very first wedding in January, 1989, and went on to work for three photography studios before starting Robert Evans Studios, Inc. in January 1994. Today, Robert Evans has earned an amazing reputation among his clients as well as his peers throughout the wedding industry. Robert's easygoing personality, integrity, and sensitivity has garnered him the ability to work with couples and naturally capture images unlike any other photographer. His amazing eye has earned him the honor of photographing some of the most amazing weddings over the last decade, including the weddings of celebs like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Shania Twain, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.

Mike Colón is an international wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Newport Beach, California. He has been shooting professionally for twelve years and has traveled the world photographing extravagant weddings, fashion, and editorial assignments for his discerning clients. His resume of celebrity clientele boasts some of the biggest names in Hollywood, the music industry, and professional sports. Mike's gift for capturing life has been recognized by numerous publications worldwide including Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Marriage, People, Us Weekly, Instyle, Rangefinder, Photo District News, Popular Photography, American Photo, Shutterbug, and dozens more. His work also appears in many of the Amherst Media and fine art photography books found in bookstores today.  Colón travels the world teaching professional photographers the latest techniques in digital photography. He is a regular speaker for the wedding industry teaching at virtually all of the major photography conferences in the country. He has taught classes for several accredited photography schools including the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara.  Mike is also a spokesperson and on the advisory boards of top corporations like Apple, Epson America, Lexar Media, Pictage Inc., and Tamrac Inc.  Mike resides in Newport Coast, California with his beautiful wife and four children. Mike is a man of faith who exhibits integrity and generosity in his business and personal relationships. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and most anything else that keeps his body and mind active.

Dave Francombe has been delivering eye-popping creative for almost twenty years. From image spots that convey the heart of a brand, to heart felt factual features, hard news and info-reality, Dave's work has been seen by millions on some of the most popular channels on TV like The Weather Channel, TBS Superstation, BBC Worldwide, CNN, Headline News, Lifetime and WeTV. He is a rare breed, a production heptathlete; writer, producer, editor, shooter and designer, which means he can take an idea (yours or his) and run with it, starting gun to finish line.

Sonny Ganguly is the Chief Marketing Officer, WeddingWire.  WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding vendors.  Sonny leads WeddingWire's marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and business development. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million. Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of the Marketing Club.

Brett Culp is an award-winning digital filmmaker. His distinctive approach to filmmaking has attracted a client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, royalty, professional athletes, best-selling authors, and rock stars.  Brett’s work has been featured in national programs on NBC, CBS, Lifetime, Food Network, and WEtv.  He has been a celebrity expert on Entertainment Tonight and US Weekly. For two consecutive years, he has been listed as one of the most Influencial Event Filmmakers in the world in EventDV Magazine.  The newest edition of the college textbook “Documentary Storytelling” devotes an entire chapter to Brett’s unique production style. Above all, Brett is a storyteller.  His work communicates the heart & soul of individuals and events.

Angela Profitt As a leading respected professional in the market, Angela Young Proffitt has been planning and producing weddings and events for many years, nationally and internationally. Following in the footsteps of her uncle, who spent over thirty-five years in the wedding industry, Angela has since established herself as one of the most dedicated, well rounded, most proficient multi-tasking experts in the industry.  She works with elite wedding specialists to create, design, implement, and execute every fine tuned detail in order to paint the unique vision each client desires. Her hands-on organizational approach combined with her impeccable ability to build relationships has propelled her above and beyond the average professional.  Angela's company, Elegant Weddings by Angela and Events by AP, offers a full service wedding and event planning team that is experienced, detail oriented and exceptionally organized. Known for her calm demeanor and flexible nature, she specializes in travel and destination weddings allowing her to utilize her strengths in creating a "one of a kind" experience in lands far away, including St. Lucia, Hawaii, Dominican Republic, Antigua, Cabo San Lucas, Playa Mujeres, Playa Del Carmen, New York City, Florida and North Carolina.  Angela's highly touted work can be seen in such global publications as Art of Celebrations, Grace Ormonde's Wedding Style Magazine, Elegant Bride, People Magazine, Us Weekly, Enchanted Brides, In Focus, Style Me Pretty, and Country Weekly, just to name a few. Alongside acknowledgements in world-class magazines, Angela has also served on the board of TWESA, and has won such accolades as Best Wedding Planner in Nashville, along with voted Best Investment, Personality, Coordination, and Can't Live Without.

Christopher Confero approaches every design with new and fresh ideas.  Deemed a “one man wonder,” his knowledge of floral design, lighting, graphics, space planning and décor allows him to offer full event development from concept to execution. Christopher’s background in the arts allows him to create full productions that go from the audition, to opening night, to closing curtain within a five-hour time span. Much planning and careful rehearsal go into these events — the lighting dramatic, the atmosphere sensual. Every detail is carefully thought out and designed to guarantee a memorable experience for his clients and their guests. Youth also gives him another level of design and style sense that most event “planners” do not have. His signature style, the marriage of tradition and luxury, combines traditional elements but insist they have meaning for today.

Marilyn and Eddy Martinez are custom invitation designers and managing owners of Natural Impression Design.  Established in 1998, Natural Impression Design manufactures and distributes contemporary custom invitations available in over 450 retail stationery stores worldwide.  They have won 3 prestigious Greeting Card Association Louie Awards, a certificate of Excellence from Gruppo Cordenons and are the National Stationery Sponsors for Wish Upon A Wedding.  Their invitations have been featured on WEtv Platinum Weddings, Real Housewives of Miami, My Super Sweet Sixteen, Martha Stewart Weddings, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Inside Weddings, Country Living, Munaluchi Bridal Magazine and Stationery Today.  They have designed invitations for Gloria Estefan, Lea Black, Chris Rock, Ameriie, Angelica Vale, Marco Antonio Solis, NFL’s Jake Long, Marty Booker and Kordell and Porsha Stewart.

Carmen Laborin

*speakers are subject to change

General Session to include:
Selling your Value
Social Media
Getting Published
Destination Weddings in Mexico + MORE

Practical Workshops to include:
Branding Makeovers
Stylized and Boudoir Photo Shoots
Flowers and Decor
Blogging for Newbies
Business Development: Make Money on the Internet through a Social Media Strategy
Finance: Setting up your Business to Make Money + MORE

We look forward to Inspiring Smart Success with you at the ISS Experience Riviera Cancun in December!!
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~Registration is non-refundable but is transferable
~Fees do not include air travel to Riviera Cancun, Mexico.  When booking flights be sure to fly into Cancun and call ISSE preferred travel agent Liz Culpepper at 505-792-6577 or email her at liz@lizelletravel.net!
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The ISSE BUZZ

"The ISSE Experience was phenomenal, fabulous and life changing. It has forever changed my business . I want to say (IMO) no matter where you are, get to an ISS Experience. Doesn't matter if it's not in your home state, get there and make it a goal to do so before the end of 2012. You will forever be glad you did. Have a fabulous week! Xoxo"
— Larissa Parks, Operation Happily Ever After

 "We can’t thank all of you enough for such an incredible opportunity to have learned from some of the very best in weddings! The entire experience was well worth attending, hope to see you again soon at another one!"
— Jodi Harrelson, Starfish Travel

" IF YOU HAVENT BEEN TO AN ISSE YET YOU NEED TO BE AT THE NEXT ONE!!!! I have a WONDERFUL and LIFE CHANGING experience, not just for my business but FOR ME PERSONALLY!!! It was money WELL SPENT!!! I ♥ Stacie for her vision and her gift so THANK YOU FOR SHARING ♥♥♥"
— Shaunda Eggleston, E'MAGINE weddings & events

 "The entire ISSE journey was amazing. Every component from the time I confirm my attendance to when I got home last night. Stacie you are simply beautiful in so many ways. I appreciate you pushing me to be better at what I do. The connections, conversations, presentations, words of wisdom, materials, decor, etc. Everything energize every sensory preception. I have a lot of work to do on my business, I'm starting today. Thank You Stacie!"
—    Cheri Davis, Adell's Affair, Floral & Event Design

"Thank you so much to Stacie and the entire ISSE team! The ISSE conference in Mexico was amazing and beyond worth every single penny! I have never been to a conference that was so beautifully put together, offered more, or that had more incredible professionals to connect with. The experience I had and the connections I made will last a lifetime and I cannot thank you and your staff enough! Can't wait for next year!"
—    Jennifer Jacobs Dube, Wed Perfect

"What made the ISSE Mexico conference better than ANY other conference I have ever attended? The TRANSPARENCY exhibited by each and every presenter! For the allotted time, I felt that I had a "personal" interaction with each presenter while they poured out of their HEART everything they could to help little ol' me to reach my BEST POTENTIAL and take my business to the next TEN LEVELS!! Thanks to everyone - my new FRIENDS (aka attendees & presenters) for contributing to this phenomenal occasion!"
— Precious Heath

"Thank you, thank you thank you! I can't believe a week ago, we embarked on the beginning of an AMAZING ISSE in México; and as I think about all the INCREDIBLE moments, every moment is more TERRIFIC than the other. The entire week was truly an experience filled with KNOWLEDGE, EXCITEMENT, JOY, LAUGHTER, FRIENDSHIPS, THRILL, and the WOW factor. I truly filled blessed to have been able to attend this conference and humbled to be able to share this experience with such talented, passionate, creative individuals; all with the same goal, SMART SUCCESS!"
— Marilyn B Martinez, Natural Impressions Design

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Check out the fun from ISSE Mexico 2011 and ISSE Dominican Repubic 2012 to see what you have to look forward to!!

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Thanks to all of our partners for helping to make ISSE Riviera Cancun a HUGE INSPIRED SUCCESS!

           
  
 
   

  

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