Meet the Planners :: Jodi Bos

Friday, August 08, 2008

grand rapids event planner

Name: Jodi Bos

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Company Name: In Any Event

Number of Years in Business: 2

Website: in-any-event.org

Blog: in-any-event-blog.blogspot.com

How did you get started in wedding planning?
I come from a corporate event planning background. I spent the majority of my career serving as the event planner to the president of a private college. He was a savvy business executive from NYC before accepting the presidency. He had impeccable taste and appreciated well planned and executed special events. I had the opportunity to throw some amazing parties as well as plan the ground breakings and dedications of a number of buildings on campus. It was an amazing position. But, my husband and I decided it was time to start a family and I really wanted to be home to raise our children. So, I left my position and went on to have a beautiful little girl named Gretchen shortly followed by an equally beautiful little boy named Seth! Though I put my career on hold for a number of years, I always stayed current on trends, maintained my relationships with vendors, and stayed active doing pro-bono charity work. Looking back, I think this was the key to my success in getting back into the industry.

Two years ago, I was approached by a local non-profit that was interested in bringing in Coach Tony Dungy from the Indianapolis Colts just a few short months after he won the Super Bowl. They wanted to throw a black-tie fundraiser and asked if I could please plan the event for 1,500 people in just three months! Since my youngest child had just turned three I thought this would be a perfect time to get my feet wet again. My business didn’t even have a name when I accepted that job. Seriously! The event was a smashing success and I was hooked once again!

I’ve seen tremendous growth over the last two years. So much so that I’m blown away each day by the blessings I have received. I have to pinch myself sometimes because it doesn’t seem real! I’ve acquired eight amazing employees over the past two years (two event managers and six event assistants) whom I rely on and credit so much of my success to. We have a great time together which is so important to me because if we aren’t having fun, it will show in the quality of events we produce!

If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently?
Hired an accountant IMMEDIATELY! It’s not my gift and I absolutely hate everything about billing, receipts, write-offs, etc.

What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?
Hands down, my stapler! Do you know how many things can be fixed with a staple or two?!

What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received?
My grandfather once told me that the key to business success is to hire people who are smarter and better than you. I loved that advice because when put into practice, it creates a team-centered organization instead of a top-down one.

What two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why?
What a fun question! I have always been so intrigued by Princess Diana. She was always a picture of grace under fire but you could tell that her pain was deep. To help her work through that pain, I would want Dr. Phil to be there! I LOVE that guy!

What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
Ooohh, I love to read Preston Bailey’s blog, Jen Kroll’s blog (an amazing photographer in Michigan) and Coastline Studios blog (another amazing photographer and videographer in Michigan).


{photo by Jen Kroll Photography}

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