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Above & Beyond: Emily Cole

Emily Cole, Egypt Valley’s Event Coordinator, didn’t always know she was going to be rocking the world of event planning.

Learn how she ended up here and why her goal career title is “Fun Facilitator.”

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for someone planning a special event?
Remember the purpose and the “why” behind what you’re planning in the first place! Who are we celebrating or honoring? If you can keep that in focus, the rest—in partnership with the right team—will fall into place beautifully.

It’s clear you’re passionate about events. How did you get started in this career?
By accident! How all of the best ones happen.

My career goal is to be a General Manager of a country club, so Bo has entrusted me with many different positions and challenges, some of which are more unexpected than others. This is my latest challenge and I love it! It’s tested me to my limits—not simply how to execute an event, but how to build a team, create a culture, impact employees beyond the scope of the job, honor individuality and how to truly leave lasting impressions on guests; not just planning the events themselves.

What has been your most memorable moment while hosting events at EVCC?
The tender moments and hugs at the end of the night with my brides and families. Hearing “my wedding day wouldn’t have been the same without you” is never lost on me. Absolutely gives me chills and makes me so thankful for the job that I have.

I don’t just have clients; I build relationships with each and every couple that I’m lucky enough to work with. These are, unquestionably, moments I will remember for the rest of my life.

Our members know you as the wedding & event coordinator extraordinaire. Tell us something that they might not know about you.
Overall, I’m a pretty open book—my coworkers will tell you that. But a fun fact is that I’ve been to over 600 live music events. I think that qualifies me as an enthusiast, to say the least! It also makes perfect sense as to why I do a lot of the music and entertainment bookings for club events.

If I had a goal career title in life, it would be “Fun Facilitator,” so adding the fun-factor to each event I work with is a fun challenge that never gets old.

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