My passion and genuine love for what I do comes from a lifetime of hospitality experience. Born in South Africa to a hotelier father, I grew up immersed in hotels and food & beverage, had the opportunity to travel the globe, and from a young age was taught the importance of strong work ethic and the meaning of true hospitality.
I was blessed to attend many incredibly glamorous events and was intrigued and inspired by how the ordinary was transformed into the extraordinary through vision, creativity and talent. I was also moved by the incredibly positive impact these events had on the lives of so many.
After I graduated from American University in DC I started to work for a major Public Relations firm. I found myself charged with planning a 500 person dinner representing all of the Major Champagne Houses at the Pierre hotel in New York City with a celebrity chef. It was the greatest challenge I had faced to date, and it was a stunning success – truly my proudest moment.
That was the moment I knew I was hooked and that creating special events was going to be my life!
Just a few months later I joined Marriott International as an Event Manager at Washington DC’s largest hotel at the time. From Conventions to weddings I was exposed to it all…and the tougher the group the more I enjoyed it and rose to the occasion. I hosted all of the Democratic Candidates for a DNC Convention, worked on the Black Tie Boots Inaugural Ball for 30,000 people, and hosted several state dinners for International Prime Ministers and Presidents.
My career took off from there and I worked for the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami before headed to Atlanta to work for 2 amazing Renaissance properties. I was honored to win the award of Director of Event Management of the Year for Renaissance Hotels Worldwide in 2010. I was given the opportunity to work with the Corporate team on many training, brand, event management and F&B projects, as well as lead the entire food and beverage transition of a newly acquired Renaissance Boutique Hotel.
In January of 2014 it was time to follow my heart, leave Atlanta, and come “home” to Miami and join the team of the fabulous Turnberry Isle Miami Resort as Director of Event Management. I loved my time there but I realized that the thing I loved the most, and missed doing more of, was working directly with clients every day to create lifelong memories and amazing events.
And so Events by Phillipa was born!
I am so excited to use my knowledge, experience, strong relationships in the community, and in-depth vendor knowledge to create outstanding events, beautiful dreams and once in a lifetime experiences for all of my clients.