Dedicated and Educated to Deliver Creative Excellence and Professionalism in Special Events.


ILEA History

The International Live Event Association (ILEA) was founded in 1987 under the name International Special Event Society (ISES) to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ILEA works to join professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. ILEA has grown to involve nearly 3,000 members active in 30 chapters throughout the world. Membership brings together professionals from a variety of special events disciplines including caterers, meeting planners, decorators, event planners, audio-visual technicians, party and convention coordinators, educators, journalists, hotel sales managers and many more professional disciplines. The solid peer network ILEA provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues.

ILEA Philadelphia Chapter History

Incorporated March 1988 

Name Change June 2016

Past President’s of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter

1987-1988 - David Sorin

1988-1989 - Skip Schwarzman

1989-1990 - Lou Weingrad

1990-1991 - Judy Johnson

1991-1992 - Joy Bowman

1992-1993 - Sharon Moore

1993-1997 - Michael Young

1997-1998 - Michael Cerelli

1998-1999 - Eric Walker, CSEP

1999-2000 - Kevin White, CSEP

2000-2001 - Barbara Jo Saler

2001-2002 - Kathleen DeLuca, CSEP, CMP

2002-2003 - Kristina Sumey, CSEP

2003-2004 - Sue Werb, CSEP

2004-2006 - David Buckley, CSEP

2006-2007 - Phyllis Jablonowski, CSEP

2007-2008 - Dave Dickson

2008-2009 - Nancy Bauman (Chapter of the Year!)

2009-2010 - Larry Ott

2010-2011 - Sharon Dachino

2011-2012 - Thomas Presti

2012-2013 - Jason Cataldi, CTS

2013-2014 - Bob Mills

2014-2016 - Sarah Mainhart

2016-2017 - Melissa Irwin

2017-2018 - Beth Koenig


The Mission of ILEA is to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries. Learn more.

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ILEA Chapter President: Erin Crofchick

450 Martin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19128

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