A Legendary Event kicked off a fabulous magazine launch and spread in the recent November Delta Sky magazine, which had a spectacular insert all about Atlanta! The kick-off event was held at the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled the profile issue with a focus on Atlanta. The city has never looked so good or so inviting with our very own Tony Conway, CEO and Owner of A Legendary Event as your expert guide to a dozen philanthropic events that make a difference in our great city. Delta also featured Tony’s upcoming award honor for his dedication to A Meal To Remember befitting Senior Citizen Services of Atlanta. This issue is filled with many positive articles written on how great the city of Atlanta is and where we are headed in the future. Without question, Atlanta will be Delta’s travelers next destination after reading this exciting article and we’re very proud of Tony and A Legendary Event for the unending dedication to giving back. Take a look at this page-turning spread to learn more about the wonderful city A Legendary Event calls our own, Atlanta!
Month: October 2010
Dave Lishness Named President of A Legendary Event
Photo Courtesy of Nancy Jo McDaniel
Dave Lishness has been named President of A Legendary Event’s award‐winning company. Lishness previously led a successful career serving as an over twenty year veteran of business and food management industries, including twelve years in food product development, project management, quality assurance and marketing. A graduate at the top of his Executive MBA program at Georgia State University in 1998, he holds a Bachelor of Food Science Degree from The University of Maryland.
With an extensive background in operations overseeing a large construction management division with projects in 24 U.S. States, Lishness also directed the design and architectural sales at Florida’s largest stone importer and distributor closing over $20 million dollars of sales. He directed research and development and quality assurance programs for the food manufacturing division of a Fortune 50 company where sales grew from $6 million to $35 million per year during his tenure. Lishness also directed product development for Arby’s largest franchisee and led product introduction efforts with vendor partners. He has overseen a vast amount of hiring in his executive business roles with a wealth of experience directing employment decisions and focusing on talent development.
An active member of the Atlanta community, Lishness is involved with Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2011 and volunteers for an array of community causes. Tony Conway, CEO and Owner of A Legendary Event said, “We are extremely honored to name Dave Lishness as President of A Legendary Event. As Chief Operating Office, Dave oversaw our management, operations and continues to be an outstanding addition to our company as we strive to provide our clients with a legendary experience.”
Atlanta Opera Ball
We were very honored to create the stunning décor for the fabulous Opera Ball last month. The Atlanta Opera Ball began its 31st Season On October 2nd and opened its season with the staple of romantic opera repertoire, La bohème. In snowy Paris, six young penniless artists are full of idealism and beauty, but they soon encounter the harsh realities of life. Therefore, our fabulous event designer, Amy Saltzman, interpreted this years Ball into a Bohemian Parisian setting at the St. Regis. Overall, the ballroom and stage looked magnificent (or should I say Magnifico in Italian!). A Legendary Event was thrilled to support such a significant cultural event in our great city of Atlanta!!
**Photos Courtesy of Laura Stone at http://www.artstarphotography.com/
Pomegranate Glazed Chicken
New Legendary Catering & Design Sales Manager
Atlanta – (October 5, 2010)―Sam Polk is the newest member of A Legendary Event’s award-winning, full-service special events company, which specializes in catering, design and floral. Polk has served the hospitality industry with over 20 years experience creating and managing high visibility events for groups as large as 25,000 throughout the United States.
Well known to the Atlanta hospitality industry, Polk began his prestigious career as the Special Events Manager at Zoo Atlanta, where he was responsible for marketing, hospitality and fundraising events including Zoo Atlanta’s Beastly Feast affair, raising more than $500,000 annually. Polk then served as Foundation Director for Northside Hospital, where he managed a fundraising budget of $1.2 million annually and directed numerous galas, golf/tennis tournaments, overseeing the highly-publicized community tree lighting events. He was also instrumental in the development of an employee/physician community service program with over 1,500 active volunteers assisting organizations in six counties.
Other highlights of Polk’s career includes owning and creating a unique coffee house dessert café called Miss Lucille’s Gossip Parlor, which he sold and is still to this day a very successful coffee house in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This popular institution has been featured in the media including the pages of Southern Living and Atlanta Magazine. He also ran an interior design service called Frugality By Design and a retail gift shop.
As a dedicated community volunteer, Polk has been actively involved in the non-profit world including volunteering for The American Heart Association, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, March of Dimes, Hands on Atlanta, Board of Directions of the Fulton County Education Foundation, Partnership Coordinator for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and served as Chairman of the North Fulton County March of Dimes Walk America.
Tony Conway, President and Owner of A Legendary Event said, “We are extremely excited to have Sam Polk on board. His wealth of talents in the field will be a fantastic addition to our team as we strive to provide our clients with a legendary experience. We have confidence in Sam and are confident he will be a valuable member of our team of talented catering, design and sales professionals.”