Event Planners Breakfast

‚ÄčDowntown Event Planners Breakfast is a monthly networking opportunity for event planners holding, or developing, events in downtown Spokane. The breakfast occurs on the first Wednesday of each month. Attend and connect with other community activities and hear from experts.


2016-2017 Programs

Nectar Tasting Room | 120 N Stevens | $18 in advance, $20 at the door | Networking from 7:30-8am | Breakfast and program from 8-9am

April 5, 2017

Heads in beds: How a hotel package can increase your reach | RSVP

Charlotte Finnegan | Visit Spokane Director of Leisure Sales 


May 3, 2017 | Sports! Becoming Skate City USA | RSVP

Barb Beddor | Star USA


Past presenters
September 7, 2016 | Sponsorship from a sponsors perspective

Amanda Swan | Numerica Community Relations Coordinator

Amanda Swan is the community relations coordinator for Numerica Credit Union. She oversees the credit union’s corporate sponsorship and charitable giving campaign which consists of over $1 million in annual contributions throughout eastern and central Washington and north Idaho. Amanda previously worked as the development director for The Lands Council and continues to work with several local nonprofits as a fundraising and events volunteer. Amanda is a Spokane native and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastern Washington University. 


October 5, 2016 | Arts and the creative spirit

Matt & Stephanie Bogue | BAROQUE & UNIFEST CO. | Owners / Designers / Organizers

Matt Bogue has been in the graphic design profession for 15+ years, five of those as an Art Director at Seven2 and three as a Graphic Designer for The Inlander. He has organized or collaborated in multiple art and music community events in Spokane including; Seven2 Draw Off, Steam Plant Summer Series, Elkfest, Terrain, Bloomsday, Volume, and Spokane Addys. He recently started an ART / DESIGN / MUSIC / EVENTS Collective called Unifest Co. with his wife, Stephanie Bogue. In collaboration with a solid network of other creative professionals, they create unique art and music events in Downtown Spokane. They strive to be a strong resource for providing other small creative businesses with promotion and engagement with the community through the organization of event based opportunities. Unifest Co. was recently accepted into the Window Dressing Creative Enterprise Program where they will be placed within a retail storefront downtown. Their intention with this space is to create an inspiring retail store where people can find a variety of quality handmade goods, as well as a functioning studio workshop where creatives within our collective can work on their projects. Additionally this space will be a hub for small events, workshops, and live music performances. Matt plans to work on his independent graphic design business called Baroque within the retail space, where he specializes in branding, web design and marketing of other businesses.  This endeavor works harmoniously with Unifest Co. in having the option to provide solid branding and marketing for the events they are involved in.  Unifest Co has evolved into a unique business model that unites certain areas of the creative scene - art, design and music - with exciting social events. They feel that this will be a valuable resource for adding to a strong sense of creative community within our local arts scene through collaboration and celebration,  fueled by their love of creative freedom and living passionately. 


November 2, 2016 | Go pro, why you should hire a professional | Download the presentation

Jamie Johnson | Jamie Johnson Events

Roof top or mountain top. Private residence or ballroom. Lakeside or backyard. Jaime Johnson uses her 12+ years in the event planning industry to create whatever you imagine your day to be. She will not bake your cake or can your peaches, but Jaime will orchestrate all the players and hire the very best on your behalf. All the while creating elegant, memorable events that your guests will be talking about for years to come.


December 7 | The power of volunteers

Chad Smith | Hoopfest Volunteer Coordinator

Ask Chad Smith if he’s ever played in Hoopfest, and his answer is a quick “You don’t want to see a basketball in my hands!” But now in his 15th year at the organization, Smith’s role plays a big and crucial part in pulling off the weekend events. A collegiate baseball player in Walla Walla, Chad came to Spokane via his transfer to Eastern Washington University and has resided here ever since. Jumping sports, but keeping in the athletic realm, Chad joined Spokane Hoopfest Association with a wealth of knowledge on hiring, coordinating and managing large populations through his time as the Operations Manager with the Spokane Indians and as an Account Executive with the Spokane Chiefs. As Operations Manager for Hoopfest, Chad is in charge of the 3,000 plus volunteers, court monitors and marshals each summer, not to mention the referees and volunteers that partake in Hoopfest’s other programs, such as Spokane AAU – the region’s premier youth basketball league – and Ignite Basketball Association – a community- and school-based outreach program that offers a safe, constructive alternative for area youth.

February 1 | Leveraging Social Media

Lance Kissler | STCU Digital Marketing Manager

Lance has more than a decade of marketing experience, with professional social media experience dating back to 2006 when he held the position of “New Media and Online Communications Specialist” at Eastern Washington University. Lance holds a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communication and a master’s degree in Communications from Eastern Washington University. In 2007, Lance became the Director of Marketing at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he helped pioneered the usage of social media by colleges and universities--the Pacific University Facebook profile was one of the first converted to the “new” Facebook Page format. In 2010, he accepted the position of “New Media and Marketing Office” at STCU, where he launched STCU’s social media presence, another pioneering moment as most financial institutions were not using social media at the time, let alone doing so very effectively. Published works include: “Five Pillars of Successful Online Audience Engagement” (PR News’ Digital PR Guidebook, Vol. 4, 2012) and “CONNECT.ED: Promoting Higher Education via Social Media to Millennials” (EWU graduate studies thesis, 2010