As the new creative director with Event Source, Jacob Holland spent 2015 balancing his networking between local and regional circles. In Northeast Ohio he was named the director of programs and events for the International Special Event Society. “The ability to sink my teeth into tangible events that I could conceptualize and execute was the catalyst for further involvement,” Holland, who is now in line for a VP role this year, said. “I found that with the opportunity to prove my worth within the committees, people took notice of my natural skills as a social coordinator, and the offers for additional participation in other organizations poured in.” Holland joined the board of the Cleveland chapter of ISES and was named its director at large. He also became a member of the Destination Cleveland Young Professional Auxiliary Board. “This affiliation came with an entirely new breadth of networking opportunities. Young people from different industries are coming together to share a love for the city they call home, with a genuine interest in promoting growth and retention,” Holland said. “While I was a bit outside of my typical box, I found that what I was able to offer was a perspective of the events industry, which has many levels and intricacies. Further involvement in this organization, while maybe not directly associated with business growth, has allowed me to mix and mingle with like-minded peers, and to me that is networking at its core.” Outside of Cleveland, Holland joined the Columbus chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives. “Event Source has always had a close involvement with NACE, which made the transition of being an out-of-town participant a welcoming one. I found that many peers that I had worked with in a multitude of different ways belonged as members for not only the networking but also for the opportunity to be named amongst other companies in this prestigious group,” Holland said. Added Candace Connor, the president of the NACE Columbus chapter: “Jacob’s enthusiasm and tenacity has been a welcome boost of energy to our chapter. Having an outsider’s point of view has given us a better understanding of how the industry operates outside of our metropolitan area. He has brought a larger sense of community to our organization and just by showing up to meetings after a two-hour drive shows his dedication to having an impact on his chosen field.”
Runners-up: Christine Benner, Wealth Management Advisor, Robert W. Baird & Co.; Vincent Iannaggi, Director of Business Development, L’nique Linens; Melissa Marik, Vice President of Business Development, Executive Caterers; Paul F. Marnecheck, Membership Development Manager, Greater Cleveland Partnership; Nathan Wright, Salesperson, Mar-Lou Shoes.
2015 — Jacob Holland
2014 — Lynda Nemeth
2013 — Will Tarter Jr.
2012 — Nick Borelli