Calm under pressure
Venue Selection
Caterer Management
University of Georgia
Atlanta, GA
Hospitality Management
GPA: 3.6/4.0

Monique G Nokes

Senior event planner with 25+ years of experience in a variety of industries including organizing business conferences and magazine launches. I have strong communicative skills to determine clients' needs, and I consistently fall under budget --- all while providing excellent service.
Work Experience

Senior Event Planner, Hilton

Newark, NJ January 2010 Present
  • Drafted event proposals using PandaDoc software
  • Issued invoices and collected payments in a timely manner; created comprehensive and readable financial reports
  • Built and maintained a comprehensive database of industry contacts, vendors, and venues
  • Managed and oversaw events on the day of, including directing event set-up, communicating with staff, and organizing vendors
  • Troubleshoot and solve for problems that arise on a daily basis

Junior Event Planner, Vogue

New York City, New York January 2002 December 2009
  • Collaborated with the in-house marketing team to create promotional materials for 23 events, including celebrity birthdays and publication launches
  • Negotiated and managed vendor contracts
  • Coordinated event logistics and services, including technology and equipment needed to run the event, food, drinks, transportation, lodging, and more
  • Researched and visited venues on-site
  • Consistently fell under budget while exceeding clients' expectations
  • Planned event aspects, such as venue, seating, dining, and guest list

Event Planner, Young LLC.

Atlanta, GA June 1994 December 2001
  • Served as liaison for clients' needs and vendors' offerings
  • Worked with vendors to get bids and determined best fits for the budget and goals of the event
  • Researched industry trends to provide up to date and modern services
  • Oversaw client experiences from conception through post-event, managing on-site preparations, production, and event breakdown, ensuring consistent, high-level service throughout all phases