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Erika Lohmar, CSEP has developed her career in events & marketing for the past 15 years. Throughout her career,  she has produced large-scale corporate events across the country and high-profile weddings & non-profit galas. Her background covers a wide span of the live events industry: show director, scenic set design, creative multimedia concepts, technical, show directing, stage management and entertainment management.  Erika brings her creativity, décor design expertise and knowledge to the teams she works with and her clients. She holds the designation of ’CSEP (Certified Special Event Professional), one of the 400 international event professionals. Erika was named Smart Women in Meetings, Stellar Performer (2019),one of the Top 25 Young Event Pros to Watch in 2015 by Special Events Magazine. She has produced notable events such as an episode of Bravos Top Chef, and is a recipient of the Event Solutions Spotlight Award, Rising Star 2007.

Event Industry Involvement: 

National Association of Catering & Events (2016)

International Live Events Association (ILEA- since 2005) Formerly known as International Special Events Society Member (ISES)

  • ILEA LA Immediate Past President (July 2016-June 2017)

  • ISES LA President (Jan 2015- June 2016)

  • ISES LA President Elect (Jan 2015- June 2015)

  • ISES LA VP of Marketing & Communications (2014-Jan 2015)

  • ISES Chicago VP of Programs (2011-2012)

  • ISES Chicago Board of Directors (2010)

  • ISES Chicago Chapter NICE Awards Co-Chair (2011)

  • ISES Chicago Chapter NICE Awards Committee (2009- 2011)

  • ISES International Professional Development Committee (2007-2009)

  • ISES Programs Committee (2005-2009)

SEARCH Foundation Board of Director (PR Co-Chair) (2005- 2012)

Notable Events, Honors & Awards

  • Smart Women in Meetings, Stellar Performer Award (2019)

  • The Special Event Magazines “Top 25 Young Event Pros” (2015)

  • The Special Event Show Event Chair (Opening General Session & Gala Ceremony 2015)

  • Speaker at Special Event Conference (2010- 2013, 2016)

  • Participate for Special Event Institute Online Course Materials (2014)

  • Nominated Producer for 2 Nominated Daytime Emmy’s (2013)

  • Gala Nominee for Corporate Event Logistics (2014)

  • Quoted in Special Events Magazine (2011)

  • Producer of BizBash’s Top 100 Events: 1st Annual Fluerotica (2008)

  • Speaker for Providence Career Day (2008 & 2010)

  • Article in Special Events Magazine (2009)

  • Designs presented on Top Chef Season 7 (2007)

  • Event Solutions Spotlight Award Rising Star (2007)

  • Quoted in Special Event Magazine (2007)

  • Article in ISES Greater Chicago Newsletter (February 2006)