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Testimonials

Our clients have enjoyed countless successful outcomes by partnering with the experienced team at Event Garde.

Julie Metty Bennett

Julie Metty Bennett

Great Lakes Fishery Trust

“Aaron and his staff at Event Garde provided first-rate service to our nonprofit organization. Their professionalism and dedication to delivering a thorough and comprehensive analysis of our team’s annual conference planning process was present from start to finish. Event Garde fostered a focused and creative environment for our team to discuss problems that had been head-scratching and stressful. We were encouraged to brainstorm solutions, outline the future of our conference and were motivated to take the lessons we’ve learned to improve our process for next year’s event! We appreciate the timeliness and promptness of Event Garde’s staff. They were crucial to making sure we stayed on schedule and made the best use of the time with our team.”

Larry Alexander

Larry Alexander

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

“Aaron Wolowiec has been a colleague and a friend to Detroit from his earliest days as an ASAE DELP Scholar where he was certainly a standout in that crowd of high-achievers for his vision and creativity. When we began planning for ASAE 2015 we knew right away that we wanted Aaron on the planning team. As an ASAE volunteer on the committee Aaron was instrumental in the development of groundbreaking EduTours that truly distinguished and elevated this community in the minds of our customers. We can’t thank Aaron enough for his exemplary leadership.”

Bonnifer Ballard

Bonnifer Ballard

Michigan Section, American Water Works Association

“The board was very pleased with the work done. People are excited about being on the program planning committee. A home run!”

Jodie Ann Cady

JodieAnn Cady

Michigan Realtors

“Aaron conducted two knowledge sessions for our association at our Achieve conference. The attendees loved his teaching style and his ability to take them through the process of change while providing them with a plan they walked out of the room with to implement. Several of our local associations/boards are also going to bring Aaron in for additional training with their leadership. Excellent, professional work!”

Shelley Cardenas

Shelley Cardenas

Michigan Townships Association

“Our association teamed up with Aaron to hone the presentation skills of our staff trainers. He used practical examples to demonstrate how adult learners process information and offered strategies to enhance participant memory retention. The session was interactive, thought-provoking and fun. We added lots of great tools to our trainer toolbox!”

Kim Corcoran

Kim Corcoran

Destination Michigan

“Aaron is a very detail-oriented meeting professional that will work tirelessly to find creative alternatives for your conferences and educational offerings. He is professional, courteous and consistently meets deadlines. It is a pleasure working on projects with him!”

Emily Crane

Emily Crane

Georgia Motor Trucking Association

“There are just not enough kind things I can say about Aaron and his expertise! He spoke at a luncheon and training I attended in February of 2013. I learned more in the four hours I spent at that event than I think I have since I started my job. He has new ideas and excellent inspiration for the course attendees. Outside of the seminar he has also helped me in preparing for my CMP exam in August of this year. He is a true expert in his field!”

Kathryn Gleesing

Kathryn Gleesing

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

“I look forward to reading pertinent information from the Event Garde newsletters as it relates to meeting management trends and new technology that will help support and enhance our member’s experience for our Association. The information is timely and relevant and another great resource for meeting professionals.”

Rick Grimm

Rick Grimm

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement

“Since 2015, Aaron has been a committed leader on NIGP’s Talent Council – the governing body that is responsible for recruiting and assessing the association’s volunteer leadership. His expertise in the value of multi-tiered volunteerism within a non-profit association has been immeasurable as we work to engage more than 200 leaders based on talents, passion and purpose. His leadership in constructing a universal application for volunteers was particularly critical to our recruitment process. Aaron offers a unique perspective on the human capital necessary to engage the right volunteers for the right positions; consistent with our commitment to inclusion and diversity.”

Cally Hill

Cally Hill

Event Garde

“With more than eight years of experience in client relations, I am dedicated to making sure that 100 percent of all client interactions with Event Garde are executed at the highest level and result in complete satisfaction. I’ve always been passionate about people and I love the satisfaction that comes from helping clients solve a problem. Going above and beyond is my motto. Let me show you how great it is to work with Event Garde!”

Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill

Event Garde

“It is a privilege to see how passionate Aaron is about training others not only to learn, but for them to be excited about doing it as well. He is highly motivated to see that Event Garde is successful and his enthusiasm carries through to the rest of our team. I feel very lucky to have a role in this journey and am proud to be a part of this team of truly wonderful people.”

Jean Jernigan

Jean Jernigan

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

“Aaron Wolowiec and the Event Garde team provided calm and confident direction helping us remain focused. The marketing plan we developed together has become a daily process we follow and it has proven successful. Part of the benefit of working with Event Garde is the professionalism. They are excellent at handling challenging tasks, finding ways to minimize the stress all while keeping the rest of us at ease knowing things are under control.”

Wendy Kavanagh

Wendy Kavanagh

Georgia Society of Association Executives

“Aaron Wolowiec delivered an outstanding keynote presentation for our February 2013 GSAE Luncheon. Our members have high expectations to receive actionable and yet strategic information from our keynote speakers. Aaron met these expectations easily. He presented key findings from a groundbreaking meeting and education survey conducted with our colleagues from Michigan Society of Association of Executives.

“As a note, our members are picky and exacting and expect a lot from our professional development schedule. Aaron and his team made GSAE look wonderful. I would recommend his services highly. He is a high energy, focused and engaging professional who will deliver great results.”

Katie Kiter

Katie Kiter

National Association of College and University Food Services

​“I look forward to receiving the Event Garde e-newsletter each month. It’s one of the few e-communications that I take the time to read from start to finish. It’s filled with cutting-edge meeting and educational design information and I am constantly learning at least one concept to implement, or to at least give some further consideration. Our members have told us that networking is highly valued, and I appreciate the variety of tips shared to explore different ways to approach this. The information provided is applicable to so many aspects of our organization and I find myself transferring the newsletter to different colleagues each month, depending on the relevance to their job function.”

Elyse Kopietz

Elyse Kopietz

Michigan Manufacturers Association

“It was a wonderful experience to work with the Event Garde team! Not only were we able to dramatically improve our event, but we also gained an improved understanding of how to engage members in the event planning process. Event Garde is an extremely professional and knowledgeable team with superior communication and project planning skills. More than a contract service, Event Garde is a true partner—continuously seeking out opportunities to share information and to support their clients.”

Janet Korn

Janet Korn

Experience Grand Rapids

“Aaron was very helpful in providing guidance and suggestions to my ‘Ignite’ format presentation. This is the first time I’ve attempted this type of presentation and his thoughtful, friendly and constructive feedback has been very helpful in my professional development and with the speech.”

Trish Lopucki

Trish Lopucki

Northview Public Schools - Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program

“Aaron was able to give me quality attention, asking thorough questions about what makes us great and where we need to go. From there, he crafted a day’s worth of processing, leading our group to determine what we really wanted from our own outcomes. Watching the team reflect upon their work was beyond rewarding.”

Michelle Manas

Michelle Manas

James B. Henry Center for Executive Development

“Aaron is one of Michigan’s pillars in the CMP community and event industry. Aaron has been an inspiration to myself and many other CMPs by his constant devotion and passion that he pours in to events and various projects. In addition to his dedication to the industry, he is a compassionate person and strives to help others succeed by challenging them. Aaron truly is a #CMP30 Influencer and deserves to be recognized for his outstanding service to the industry!”

Kathleen Mennillo

Kathleen Mennillo

International Hearing Society

“We’ve been working with Aaron and Event Garde for several months now and IHS has already benefited greatly. I highly recommend Aaron and his team for event and educational projects. This has been a great experience for us.”

Donna Oser

Donna Oser

Michigan Association of School Boards

“Aaron has already had a tremendous impact on the association and meeting planning industries – and he’s only just begun! His creative and intentional approach to adult learning is a shot in the arm for today’s associations as they struggle to be relevant to their members and grow non-dues revenue. On the meeting planning side of things, Aaron has helped dozens of industry professionals obtain their credentials - officially as a facilitator and unofficially as a mentor. His recent collaborative project with MSAE, The Meetings Report, is helping association and meeting professionals across the country think differently about professional learning experiences.

“Aaron is an incredibly talented, motivated young leader. There is an unusual, thoughtful inventiveness about his approach to work. For Aaron, learning design is a rich alchemy of science and art, which he combines to ensure that participants engage deeply and experience real learning. Aaron backs this artistry with good, old-fashioned hard work and a remarkable attention to detail. Lots of people have good ideas but few have the work ethic and the know - how to make those ideas a reality. Aaron Wolowiec is blessed with a rare combination of vision, creativity and the ability to execute.”

Kristen Parker

Kristen Parker

Event Garde

“As digital content manager for Event Garde, I’m honored to have the opportunity to communicate with, educate and transform our audiences. I’m proud to be part of a team that practices what it preaches, constantly striving for growth, success and professionalism for the meetings and events industry.

Kate Pojeta

Kate Pojeta

Four Points Consulting

“I’ve worked closely with the Event Garde team on three major conventions so far. The professionalism, creativity and extremely high standards continue to impress me with each event. The thoroughness they show when working with clients is incredible. It’s not often that I have found others who treat clients with such a personalized touch. The staff is close-knit, and while everyone has their areas of strength, the collaboration among them creates quite a powerful working atmosphere. I’m very proud to work with them and their clients!”

Kelly Romeo

Kelly Romeo

American Land Title Association

“Aaron has been working with ALTA’s Land Title Institute to edit existing training documents for programs geared towards beginner and intermediate students in the land title insurance profession. He’s tireless in his enthusiasm to understand the profession and demonstrates a strong desire to make our training products shine. It’s a pleasure to work with Aaron.”

Cheryl Ronk

Cheryl Ronk

Michigan Society of Association Executives

“Aaron Wolowiec worked in the association sector and saw the need for more advanced knowledge regarding adult learning. Since associations provide more adult education than any other segment, it is essential that associations have processes, perspectives and programs in place that encourage the best in adult learning practices. He has championed this for the past decade. The best part is that Aaron has worked with peers in the industry to make changes. He has been very involved with MSAE, ASAE and a number of other state and local societies throughout this time.

“Aaron is a DELP scholar, active on both ASAE and MSAE committees, a leader in creating the EduTours for the ASAE Annual Meeting held in Detroit, and is involved in teaching CMPs to earn their designation. This last effort is the one that is the most dramatic in directly changing the meeting professionals from thinking about room design to thinking about strategic educational design. There is no doubt about it Aaron Wolowiec is a generous visionary leader.”

Sarah Rosenberger

Sarah Rosenberger

Indiana Society of Association Executives

“Aaron Wolowiec was the closing keynote at the 2012 ISAE Annual Convention on July 19 in Muncie, Indiana. His presentation “Return on Learning (ROL): More than a Boring Statistic” was inspiring, informative, and a great way to end the full day of education. The convention saw over 150 registered participants and Aaron was able to not only engage the audience with his expertise, but also with his dynamic and inspirational message.”

Adrienne Segundo

Adrienne Segundo

Limitless Association Solution Resource

“Limitless ASR over the past few years has had the opportunity to partner with Event Garde on multiple client projects and prospects. Our interaction with Event Garde has been remarkable. The Event Garde team members are truly professionals within the association industry. They handle each client with the upmost professionalism. They always meet and exceed expectations, and they deliver the end product above and beyond that of what the client could ever have imagined. We are grateful to call Event Garde a preferred partner of Limitless and we look forward to continued partnership in the years to come.”

Alexa Stanard

Alexa Stanard

Michigan Meetings + Events

“Aaron is an invaluable member of my magazine’s editorial advisory board and my go-to expert for insight into the meetings industry. He offers a wealth of knowledge on industry trends and topics and is a consistent source for excellent, timely story ideas. Aaron understands that meetings done correctly help people to learn and to connect with each other in meaningful ways, and he is passionate about helping our industry become more effective and forward-thinking. Finally, perhaps what I value about Aaron most is his ability to ask meaningful, thought-provoking questions. He is a true collaborative partner.”

Gina Sutherland

Gina Sutherland

California Society of Association Executives

“He got you thinking about what we can do that is different and unique.” That’s the type of feedback we love to receive from participants! Aaron Wolowiec designed and facilitated an action item-focused experience for our ELEVATE conference closing luncheon. He was flexible with the design, adapting the concept based on feedback from our committee. Aaron is a creative facilitator and content leader who has a solid understanding of lifelong learning concepts, the importance of deliverables, participant engagement and learning environments – that’s a powerful combination of skills and talent! We’re eagerly anticipating our next opportunity to learn from—and with—Aaron!”

Jeannette Stawski

Jeannette Stawski

Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

“Event Garde, under Aaron’s leadership, exceeded all of my expectations. It was an incredible experience working with Aaron and his team for my non-profit, and I particularly enjoyed his optimism, work ethic and professionalism. Aaron’s expertise in event management and facilitation is second to none.”

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Christopher Urena

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

“I continue to be impressed by Aaron’s servant-leadership skills and ability to facilitate meaningful change on our Council. He’s known for establishing ambitious goals and objectives, but doesn’t stop there. Aaron’s got a real knack for building manageable work plans to achieve these goals, and fosters a positive culture of collaboration, inclusion and comradery. This combination makes our time on the Council both enjoyable and outcome-oriented—the ideal volunteer scenario!”