About us

A boutique DMC and event planning company

We are devoted to coordinating and executing the ultimate event for our clients, no matter the size or budget of the group.

Conquering events in a different city can be nerve-racking when you aren’t familiar with the industry. With our expansion to Nashville and having executed events in many different states, we can help you plan no matter where your next event destination is. Our experience and the relationships we’ve built with our vendors lets us work nationwide for our clients. Check out the map below to see where all we have planned events.
We are dedicated to exceeding all professional & personal client expectations. Preferred Events prides itself on being:
  • Boutique with global capabilities
  • Responsive and welcoming
  • Sophisticated without being intimidating
  • Personalized
  • Professional
  • Detail-oriented
  • Attentive to intricate needs

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Proud members of:

PRSA
lvha
ISES
host-committee
Dun-&-Bradstreet
DSA
Better-Business-Bureau

Meet The Preferred Events Team

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Mia Stortzum-Scott

CEO & Founder – “Chick In Charge”
Las Vegas, NV & Nashville, TN

Mia opened Preferred Events in 2009, to pursue her passion for event planning and the opportunity to create unforgettable events for her clients. Mia grew up on a thoroughbred race horse farm in a small town of Southern Illinois and attended Eureka College on the Ronald W. Reagan fellowship where she had the privilege of traveling across Europe and studying abroad in London. While in college she worked at Walt Disney World and then made the move after college to work for the Las Vegas Gladiators, and is grateful for the journey which led her to open Preferred Events. She remains inspired by her loving family: Michael ­­– her smart, charming and funny husband (who is also known as the IT Guy below), Mavin – her witty, beautiful and smart 3-year-old daughter and lastly Teddy – their lovable dog.

Mia is excited about the company’s expansion with the Nashville office so Preferred can better serve our growing clients nationwide. In Nashville, Mia is involved in the community as a mentor for Youth Villages, a CASA advocate in Davidson County where she advocates to give children a voice who are in foster care and also serves on the planning committee for their annual “Red Shoe” event.

With every project Mia is very compassionate and appreciative for the business. “I am so gracious and thankful to get to do what I love in planning and creating events with a team I truly love and respect, in an industry with so many talented professionals and with clients that I truly admire and am continually humbled by.” As a constant reminder for the blessings and responsibilities she has been given, she keeps the scripture on her desk – “To whom much is given, much is required.” – Luke 12:48

Courtney Tulp

Senior Event Sales Manager – “Chief Soiree Specialist”
Las Vegas, NV

29-year-old born and raised in Elk Grove Village, IL. Courtney is a hospitality graduate from The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Right out of college, Courtney found her way to Las Vegas working in nightlife and food and beverage. With a background in management for nightlife and daylife venues, Courtney has seen her share of the craziness that is Sin City and could probably write a book! Courtney has worked for companies including Cirque du Soleil, Light Group, MGM/Mirage International and lastly Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as the General Manager of the Rehab Pool Party. She loves working out, acting like she knows how to cook and exploring this awesome desert city on the back of a Harley. When Courtney isn’t gallivanting in between all of her events, you can find her hiking Red Rock with her son… a Golden Retriever named Gary.

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Nadeem Hether

Operations Manager – “The Go-To-Guy”
Las Vegas, NV

Nadeem has been a Las Vegas resident for over ten years now. Nadeem has experience in both the hospitality and transportation industry before he took his talents to Preferred Events. He is the “transportation guru” for the company and can plan out rides for an entire corporate company all in a days work. Nadeem loves that Vegas is a 24-hour city because there are constantly events and always planning to do as an operations manager. Nadeem is a fan of the outdoors, watching Michigan Wolverines football and traveling abroad to visit family.

Ali Trombla

Event Sales Manager – “Event Creatologist”
Las Vegas, NV

Ali is a child-of-the-corn from Nebraska and moved to Las Vegas in 2014. She enjoys the high energy of Las Vegas and the fact that she can order a pizza any hour of the day. Ali’s recent experience is in travel planning, and has coordinated and led group trips to the Caribbean, Philippines, South Pacific and cold Midwestern Lakes. She is an open water scuba instructor, die-hard Cornhusker fan and food enthusiast. Ali is an endorphin junkie: she is a yogi, biker, kickboxer and (aspiring!) runner. With a type-A personality, she will ensure your event is planned and organized to the last detail. When she’s not bouncing around events, you can find her in the kitchen, asleep by a pool or on a hike with her dog, Olive.

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Nicole Raupach

Chief Executive Assistant – “Chick In Charge Jr.”
Nashville, TN

Nicole is a 24-year-old born and raised just southwest of Pittsburgh, PA in a little town named Connellsville. She earned her Bachelors in Business Administration from Washington & Jefferson College and spent a year working for a luxury wine merchant. Although Nicole loved Pittsburgh, she couldn’t resist her passion for exploring new places and moved to Nashville. Country isn’t her favorite genre of music, so this is the LAST place she thought she would be. However, Nashville has blessed Nicole with such wonderful opportunities and people, especially those of Preferred Events. The city has become her home away from home, but Pittsburgh will forever have her heart. When she is not being Mia’s right-hand woman, Nicole is either hiking, sitting in a coffee shop, traveling or attending a rock concert.

Michael Scott

VP of IT – “The Techy Guy”
Nashville, TN

As our VP of IT, Michael does a touch more than just using air quotes when talking about “the cloud.” It is his responsibility to create solutions that integrate technology into our events and keep us running at top speed (approximately 137 mph). Michael has always been on the forefront of technology trends and lives to turn technology into a strategic advantage for Preferred Events!

Michael is constantly trying to keep up with the Chick in Charge (his wife) for whom he always maintains a
to-do list with a “completely reasonable” 30 tasks at any given time. When not working on projects for Preferred Events, he can be found playing and laughing with the second-in-command, Miss Chick in Charge, Mavin (who is 3 years old and Preferred Event’s mascot), playing golf or watching the World Champion San Francisco Giants.

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Sue Stortzum

Office Manager – “The Money & Office Maven”
Nashville, TN

Short time employee, longtime businesswoman – Sue is the handler, juggler and the puzzler. If you didn’t actually know better you would think Sue came from the circus! No one can juggle more tasks at one time than Sue. At Preferred Events, we call her the “The Handler”. No matter what, where or when, she’s the go-to support that keeps the wheels of progress moving and on time. Hailing from the heart of the Midwest, in her free time you will find her cheering on the Cardinals, helping on the farm or playing with her granddaughters while the cookies are baking. Aside from great business skills, it is her sweet, cheerful personality that makes everyone know they are welcome and well cared for that makes her a valuable asset to the success of our team.