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.
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Meet The Preferred Events Team
Mia Scott – “Chick In Charge” aka CEO & Founder
CEO & Founder – “Chick In Charge”
Mia opened Preferred Events in March of 2009, to pursue her passion for event planning and the opportunity to create unforgettable events for her clients. She grew up on a thoroughbred race horse farm in a small town in 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 Arena Football team, 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 adorable and talented mini-me that keeps her on her toes all day every day, Estelle – hersurprise, sweet bundle of joy that will turn one in July and Emma and Cross, the two, darling (sometimes well-behaved) puppies that were added to the family before Estelle came along so it is like having a newborn and two toddlers around to put it mildly.
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, Mia keeps this scripture on her desk –“To whom much is given, much is required.”– Luke 12:48.
Courtney Tulp – “Chief Soiree Specialist” aka Director of Events
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 day club 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 traveling, working out, cheering on her beloved Chicago Cubs, and exploring the 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 two sons… a Golden Retriever named Gary and a Pitbull named Brad Pitt.
Nadeem Hether – “THE Go-To Guy” aka Event Sales & Transportation Manager
Nadeem was born and raised in Flint, MI. He earned his BS in Biology and Masters of Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan – Flint. He moved to Las Vegas shortly after graduation and quickly decided his heart was in the hospitality industry. He worked in both the hospitality and transportation industry for years 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 is always something to do. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling aboard to visit family, and watching his beloved Michigan Wolverines.
Sue Stortzum – “The Office & Money Maven” aka CFO
Sue joined Preferred Events in March 2014. As the CFO, she oversees the day-to-day financial functions of the company. Her many years of experience in accounting have provided her the opportunity to work within the areas of personal and business tax, accounts payable, accounts receivable, strategic planning and has implemented and greatly improved processes within the company as it has grown and expanded. Sue brings enthusiasm and focus to the team and strives to help each team member be the best they can be. In her free time, Sue loves attending her grandkids activities both in and out of school, ranging from sports to the wonderful world of music.
Jeff Scheitzach – “The Collaborator” aka Director of Development & Client Engagement
Creative, dynamic and engaging are just a few adjectives that describe Jeff when you first meet him. Originally from Wisconsin, Jeff has more than 12 years of global destination management experience at the senior management level, and has a passion for cultivating relationships and acting as a trusted advisor. Skilled at building loyal relationships, Jeff is a firm believer in sharing your intangibles. “To succeed in business and in life, I’m a firm believer in sharing…your knowledge…your network….your compassion.” He holds a Master’s Degree in Education Training and Development from the University of Louisville and is a veteran of the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps. In his free time, Jeff enjoys being a budding artist with his acrylic paintings and donating them to charity. If he is not painting, you’ll find him on stage emceeing charity events. Jeff is married and has two children.
Nicole Raupach – “Chick In Charge Jr.” aka Event Sales Coordinator
Nicole was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Washington & Jefferson College where she studied Business Administration and spent a year afterwards studying and working in the luxury wine industry. Displeased with mostly the Northern weather, while having a strong desire to travel, she ended up in Music City. There she began her career with Preferred Events as Mia’s assistant and was later promoted to the Event Sales Coordinator position. When Nicole isn’t working or traveling she is either discovering new music, sipping on a vanilla latte, searching for her car keys, enjoying the outdoors or over packing for her next flight.
Michael Scott – “The IT Guy” aka Director of Whatever Comes His Way
As The IT Guy, Michael is always looking for new ways in which Preferred can leverage technology not just for the sake of being “techy” but to find solutions that our clients can leverage in order to add meaningful value to their Events. Michael can be found assisting the “Chick in Charge” (his wife) with whatever tasks she sends his way. When not working on projects or programs for Preferred Events, he spends his time with The Boss Baby (Estelle) and Miss Chick in Charge (Mavin). Also, Michael teaches Business Administration and is the Head Wrestling Coach at a Nashville high school.