The list was compiled based on individuals' interaction with their guests/audience/followers during society events, their cooperation with other industry and media folks to disseminate information and showcase their desired product, and the quality of final work produced.
These are our top picks of very special industry folk who hold a dear place in our hearts (and in the magic-making process).
1) Polish American Association of Chicago, Barbara Sobecka and Gary Kenzer
Barbara, featured below, has an extraordinary passion for event planning and giving. As the Special Events Associate Director for the Polish American Association of Chicago, she not only has the PR skills to move mountains, she has the capacity to touch people's hearts. Gary Kenzer, Executive Director of the PAA, is witty, charismatic, and knows how to make an event happen. The PAA's 90th Anniversary Gala and Benefit Auction is still one of the most talked about events of the season.
Beautiful, charismatic, and a soprano, Marisa Buchheit is a Jacqueline of all trades. In October 2012, Buchheit brought soul, energy, and style to the Fashion of the Opera event at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Mag Mile. An avid runner and committed vegan, Marisa is passionate about health, wellness, and philanthropy. We hear PdM has an interview lined up with M coming soon...
Real estate guru by day, savvy spa manager by night. Vince Dinh, owner of Savon Spa in the Lakeview neighborhood, is a charming fellow with a vibrant personality. Through his diligence, he has made Savon one of the most talked about spots for beauty treatments. The Cleopatra 24 k Gold Mask, along with the Swedish and Thai massages, are worth every penny. Catch this funky lil Asian at PdM's La Joie de Vivre Holiday Benefit on December 13th at Y Bar Chicago.
Intelligent, confident, and a true doll, Nancy To is a sensation in and out of the classroom. A current educator at an all-ladies private institution, Nancy strives to build confidence in young women and foster beauty -inside and out. Her philanthropic skills are strong, and were evident at Be the Change, her first fundraiser held at Crescendo benefiting Big Shoulders Fund. A true pleasure to work with, PdM sees great collaborations ahead with Miss. To in 2013.
Jovial and ecstatic describe the je ne sais quoi behind Y Bar Chicago's Chris Hudson. A definite enthusiast of bringing a diverse group of individuals together for good, Hudson brings life and purpose to a night out. His cooperation, effort, and dedication to work with organizations seeking to raise funds for charity are commendable. Meet Chris and other socialites at La Joie de Vivre on December 13th at Y Bar Chicago.
Talented with a delightful sense of humor, Sum Lau of Sum Photo works the room with both his lens and wit. A warm and very recognizable face within the industry, he brings both passion and joie to his photography. Sum's ability to turn a great event into an memorable one is evident in the way he makes his subjects shine. One of the official photographers for December 13's holiday benefit, Sum will facilitate smiles and memories as they unfold during La Joie de Vivre. PdM is proud to collaborate with Sum Lau to make some magic in 2013.
The fairy god-mother de la mode, Sandra Smith-Doghmi is chic, innovative, and filled with l'air de vivre. She's been spotted throughout various high-profile industry events, including Lily's Talent Agencies' 30th Anniversary rendezvous at The Drake Hotel's Palm Court. Her warm soul and kind heart paired with the allure for hosting some very popular rendezvous in downtown Chicago make her an icon to remember.
Excellent travail, tout le monde.