Staging an event for 1,200+ guests, 90 vendors, with non-stop food and drink takes great planning and efficient staffing and the Aramark staff carried it off flawlessly for last fall’s Startup Connection held on all three levels of the Knight Hall-Bauer Hall Atrium. The event was recognized by the International Special Events Society – St. Louis Chapter as a finalist for the Best Logistical Event for 2015 at the annual Louie Awards, March 4.
Aramark, the company that provides facilities management and food services to Olin, organizes hundreds of events each year in our four buildings.
Gene Castellitto, Aramark General Manager for The Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center said Startup Connection was one of the biggest events in the new buildings since the Dedication Ceremony two years ago:
“This event involved removing all of the public area furniture from Knight and Bauer Halls, and re-setting the two buildings for 90 vendors and 1200 + guests. I want to recognize Alisa Kelly, Conference Planning Manager, for the countless hours and detailed coordination efforts required to make this event a success. In addition, I would like to thank John Schuler, Brian Blankenship, Donnie Zavala, and Joe Banstetter for their contributions in making this event a success.”
Link to 60 second video of the event here.
In 2015, The Knight Center won a Louie award for the Best Overall On-Premise Catered Event for the Scholars in Business dinner held in the Atrium.