We had the good fortune of connecting with Johnnie Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Johnnie, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
E.M. Forrester wrote “Only connect.” As an event planner and designer, I help my clients celebrate the most important moments in their personal and professional lives. COVID19 put a halt to many larger events, from weddings to nonprofit galas. I have been honored to help our world connect again through in-person events.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My favorite part of event planning is seeing the event come to life after often 100’s of hours of planning. Growing strong relationships with my clients is also a blast. I promise all of my clients that I will treat their event with the utmost care, and I know they trust me to act in their best interest always. Planning a wedding is an inherently emotional and relational process that brings out many emotions with all involved, so I am truly honored and humbled when clients confide in me and trust me with their deepest stressors and sorrows (issues with family, self-esteem issues, job losses, deaths, miscarriages, past divorces) and most beautiful joys and delights. Planning a corporate and nonprofit event can be an overwhelming and time consuming undertaking. When my firm does things like succeed in increasing event sponsorship by 26% for major nonprofits like Georgia Aquarium to help their conservation efforts around the world, it’s a great feeling.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Get “The Hilton” cocktail at Rina’s on the belt line (I’ve been to this place like 15+ times because of that cocktail, and I never go to the same place twice!), dance the night away/people watch at Johnny’s Hideaway (no, the place wasn’t named after me, but it is my hideaway ;), volunteer at Kate’s Club, hit up a worship service at City Church Eastside, work up a sweat at Plate Sculpt, and kiss by the river at Canoe or Ray’s on the River.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Sandy Dostal of POP Events & Design took me under her wing when I didn’t know a thing about event planning. We once went to a grand opening of a new venue in Buckhead and the bartender complimented Sandy’s earrings. Without hesitation, Sandy took them right off and gave them to her. That’s just who she is!
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