About Us

Honesty.  Integrity.  Compassion.

The Event Concierge, an event planner, offers the ultimate experience in meeting management and event planning services to our clients, planning both social and corporate events in the local and national markets. The name exemplifies the company’s strong commitment to providing unparalleled service with a personal touch through its extensive service offerings. 

Established in 2006 by founder Julie Wong, CMP, a seasoned professional in the hospitality industry, The Event Concierge attributes our growth and success to our ability to provide exceptional value to new and existing clientele. The Event Concierge team keeps three core values in mind when planning an event – honesty, integrity and compassion. The team excels in trustworthy relationships, problem solving, fiscal accountability, strategic planning, communications, and customer service.

Meet Our Event Planners

We are here to help you every step of the way.

Event planner Julie Wong

Focused. Successful. Confident.

Julie Wong, CMP

Meeting and Event Planner

Focused: For as long as she can remember, Julie has always been fascinated with event planning and the hospitality industry.  An Arizona native, she attended Northern Arizona University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in hospitality.  While at NAU, she was accepted into its prestigious Hospitality Exchange Program which sent her abroad to study in Switzerland. Upon return to the United States, she participated in a work-study internship with the PGA at various golf tournaments including the Phoenix Open and the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach.

Successful: With a proven track record working with resorts, private golf clubs, corporations and catering companies, Julie gained the business savvy and the expertise she needed to provide premier event planning and consultation services.  Through her personal and professional experiences with numerous events, involvement in the community, passion for planning, and entrepreneurial spirit, Julie opened The Event Concierge, a minority and woman-owned business, in April 2006.  In 2010, Julie was accepted into Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange and traveled to Australia to network and educate/learn from other professionals in hospitality in their country.

Confident: From coordinating the colors of the flowers on the tables to making travel arrangements for a group of five hundred, Julie enjoys all the aspects of planning.  Her attention to detail is the back bone behind the company’s success. Nothing makes her happier than to see the final event come together, and knowing she’s had a hand in the personal or professional successes of her clients.

Event planner Julie Wong

Leader. Objective. Efficient.

Michael St. Peters

Event Operations Manager

Leader: With over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry, Michael knows the definition of a leader. Originally from Massachusetts, he has worked throughout the U.S. in various positions within food and beverage. Having the experience and knowledge to back his success, he is a leader and teacher for those that wish to follow in the industry. Michael knows what it takes to be successful in planning and managing events and can alleviate the stress for those that have concerns. His organization, coordination and operational skills are key attributes that are the perfect fit when planning events.

Objective: Michael has learned to be objective over his career having been involved in all sorts of events. From his first serving position on Cape Cod working traditional “New England Clam Bakes” to managing catering staff at The Capitol in Washington, D.C.; the details are different however the objectives of successful events are the same. Considering all the components involved with events, Michael understands the end result and what is expected. He knows what needs to be done and makes it happen.

Efficient: Having worked for his fathers’ electrical business during college, Michael learned time is money and being efficient is what matters. He has held on to these work ethics and has maintained this approach throughout his career. Having worked for numerous companies in the hospitality industry; boutique hotels, large resorts, catering companies, restaurants, country clubs, and venues, Michael has seen what works and what does not work. Along the way he has picked up a few pointers as well as initiated his own strategies for being efficient. Michael now ensures any and all events operate efficiently and effectively.

Event planner Courtney Sirrine Rankin

Enthusiastic. Creative. Engaged.

Courtney Sirrine Rankin, M.Ed.

Social Media Administrator & Project Coordinator

Enthusiastic:  Courtney initially worked as event staff for the company at several large-scale events, but eventually joined the planning team in December of 2014, mainly focusing on Social Media initiatives. She strives to capture the essence of corporate and social meeting and event planning. Courtney makes an effort to represent the true culture of the company by increasing social media presence. In addition to managing the social media accounts, Courtney assists with writing newsletters, creating templates, editing documents, and organizing new ideas for best practices in the industry. She also occasionally staffs events for The Event Concierge.

Creative:   From a young age, Courtney’s family knew that she had an artistic spark that was unique and authentic. Courtney has an eye for detail, and is able to use this skill not only with the company newsletter and other projects, but with important documents for clients as well. With The Event Concierge, Courtney has the ability to put her creativity to use in unique ways to assist in adding the “personal touch” that the business delivers to clients.

Engaged:   Courtney has worked in hospitality, customer service, housing, and education. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Learning and Pedagogy and then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She enjoys spending time with her family and participating in dialogue around issues of equity and access within education. With her diverse background, Courtney brings a fresh perspective to the team.

Event planner Lorena Armenta

Driven. Resourceful. Diligent.

Lorena Armenta

Assistant Event Manager

Driven: As a firstborn child, Lorena has taken on the role of trailblazer in her family. She strives to set a good example for her siblings to follow in the academic, ethical, and professional realms. In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from the University of Arizona and prides herself in being fully bilingual in English and Spanish. The vast majority of Lorena’s work experience is in customer service and retail management where she was successful largely due to her tenacious and enduring character.

Resourceful: Lorena is a great problem solver and is a quick and critical thinker in the face of crisis. She has learned to resolve challenges independently and shares the knowledge with her younger sister and brothers. She does not allow obstacles to deter her and quickly finds innovative ways to overcome them. This has proven to be a valuable asset in addition to her event management skills.

Diligent: Lorena is skillful in noticing and addressing the smallest of details. Her keen eye empowers her in our industry to address crucial aspects of the planning process, as no detail is considered too small in hospitality. This makes her an excellent fit at The Event Concierge as our team is dedicated to creating flawless and seamless results for our clients.

Event planner Lorena Armenta

Experienced. Flexible. Organized.

Jennifer Schwartz

Office Administrator

Experienced: Jennifer received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing from Roanoke College in 1989. After graduating, she spent over 25 years in the mutual fund industry. At Vanguard, Jennifer worked for 18 years in direct client contact roles, first as a customer service representative and later as team leader and manager. She spent the last seven years of her career as a project manager working on multi-site small, medium, and large scale projects. Her newest “project” is The Event Concierge’s Office Administrator who will keep our office running like a well-oiled machine.

Flexible: As a customer service representative, team leader and manager, Jennifer had to make quick day-to-day decisions on meeting client needs and exceptions. Along with her 25 years of corporate meeting experience, she will put those well-honed flexibility skills to use in her new role with The Event Concierge.

Organized: After leaving her career with Vanguard, Jennifer has spent her time balancing numerous volunteer activities that support her two kids and their school district. She is a Girl Scout Troop Leader responsible for meeting planning and fundraising through Cookie and Fall Product sales. Her 12-year- old daughter was #5 in the state for 2017 cookie sales earnings. Jennifer serves as the Vice President of Programming for United Parent Council, responsible for bringing monthly educational programs to parents in the school district. She is also a member of the several PTA’s.

 

The staff you sent us was tremendous. Each one of them was amazing and you would have been very proud. I especially liked how they worked together, including helping my own staff.  All the staff really knew what they were doing, I didn’t feel like I had to train them… and they worked hard throughout the night.

Having them there was so helpful – it really enabled me to enjoy the party knowing the kitchen and guests were in good hands! It was just as I had hoped. We will definitely look forward to using you again in the future.

L.C. Jacobson & Company