2018 40 Under 40: Kimberly Wander, Elevated Events LLC

By Connect Staff, April 2, 2018

Kimberly Wander, 33, works in Tampa as owner of Elevated Events LLC. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, Wander discusses her passion for the events industry. 

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What I do: I am an independent contractor corporations and nonprofits hire to manage and coordinate their event(s) and fundraisers. I handle budget creation, theme development, venue selection, contract negotiations, booking vendors, writing scripts and timelines, logistics, marketing and PR, setting up and managing online registrations, event design and day-of on-site management. My job is to be an extension of their team and take that workload off their shoulders so they can focus on what they were hired to do.

How I got here: Prior to starting my own event planning business in 2014, I worked for a nonprofit technology association for seven years. I was responsible for planning their annual awards gala, large trade shows of cool technology gadgets, luncheons, monthly roundtables and much more. 

Greatest career accomplishment: In April 2013, I was named Association Event Planner of the Year by BizBash, and I was selected as the No. 8 favorite event planner by the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards in 2015. 

Impressive stats: The first year I took over planning Tampa Bay Woman of the Year, we were able to raise a record-breaking amount of $102,000. On average, it previously would raise around $50,000 to $75,000.

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