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September 2019

When:  Sep 18, 2019 from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM (PT)
Where:   Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport, 18118 International Blvd,, Seattle, WA, 98188, US
Community:   Seattle Chapter

ILEA - May

May 15th | 5:45 P.M. - 8:45 P.M.
Pia Larson: Social Media for the Event Industry: What's working now.
ThinkSpace Lake Union

Pia Larson
Fingerprint Marketing

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Gazala Uradnik, ILEA Seattle President Elect, and owner of GFS Events will moderate a panel discussion that will dive into the rules and regulations around cannabis, liquor & gambling laws for events. Meet our panel;

Mary Ellen Reihsen, J.D.
Managing Attorney
Weddings & Events Law

Mary Ellen Reihsen is a business attorney focusing on the legal needs of companies in the wedding and events industry.

Mary Ellen worked for five years in a large national law firm doing corporate and employment law work, but always knew she wanted to get back to her roots in the events world. While working her way through law school, Mary Ellen was a high-end caterer, where she personally experienced many of the legal nuances that apply to time sensitive and emotionally charged world of weddings and events.

Mary Ellen works with hundreds of businesses, of every variety, in the weddings and events industry providing services in the areas of: formation and corporate documents; all manner of client contracts; employment law issues; compliance; mergers & acquisitions; creative tech start- up consulting; hospitality law consultations; legal guidance on disaster planning and preparedness; and online privacy legal consulting. Mary Ellen is an active participant in MPI, WNUSA, and NACE. Mary Ellen is also a longtime member, and the 2018/19 President, of ILEA’s Seattle Chapter. Mary Ellen speaks, both locally and nationally, on a variety of legal topics impacting the weddings and events industry: agreements for every occasion; employment law issues; changing laws impacting online activities and sales {this is a big one}; cannabis and events; negotiating local liquor laws and licensing requirements; disaster planning to limit legal liability; creative tech start-up consulting; multi-state commerce issues; and online privacy and marketing legal consulting; etc. Mary Ellen has offices in Seattle and Minneapolis, but represents clients across the country.

"I love my job. I love my clients. I want to be the wedding and event industry’s attorney." -MER

Jan Fernandez
Party on the Rocks Event Staffing & Bartending Services

Jan has been event planning since the 1980s. She moved into management in 1995 when she accepted a position as the food and beverage manager for a private country club on the Kitsap Peninsula. Managing a service staff, two restaurants and full service bar for a 200 member country club provided her the training and experience to facilitate multiple events and clients on any given day; providing appropriate staffing to best serve her clients. She later moved into the insurance industry and has been an active insurance producer since 2011. She and her partner, Claire, founded Party on the Rocks in 2016 with a liquor and general liability insurance policy. They had a few close friends and relatives who possessed Washington state MAST 12 bartender permits that jumped on board as team members. Jan quickly realized that if the company was going to grow exponentially, they needed to set themselves apart from their competition. She spent three months researching the Washington state administrative code and talking with the liquor and cannabis control board to determine if it was even possible to get a beer/wine/spirits endorsement. In October of 2017, Party on the Rocks received their endorsement and is now a mobile bar. Jan retains managing partner and compliance officer duties for the company. She is the main point of contact for the company’s liquor control compliance enforcement officer. In her spare time she is a shareholder and manages the benefits division of a brokerage firm! She sits on many local and state boards of directors to include the Washington Association of Health Underwriters and South King County SHRM, and will be joining the ILEA board of directors in July.


Nancy Bacon
Associate Director,
Washington Nonprofits

Nancy is a teacher and instructional designer who has served in the nonprofit roles of executive director, founding program director, board member, and volunteer since 1996. She led the teams creating Finance Unlocked, Boards in Gear, Let's Go Legal, and Strategic Planning in Nonprofits and regularly teaches on nonprofits topics in communities across Washington. In 2018, she spent 6 months studying liquor and cannabis and nonprofit events, producing a popular toolkit on the topic for Washington nonprofits.



Looking ahead with ILEA Seattle

2018 - 2019 Events

June 19th | Sustainability in the Event World

July 17th | Interactive Experiences at Events