From the Editor
My mother spent twenty years in the real estate business and if there was one thing that drove her crazy it was when women would offhandedly say: “I love people and houses — I think I’ll become a real estate broker.” Never mind the contracts, inspections, intense negotiations,corporate pressure, underhanded dealings, emotional turmoil and the 24/7 schedule,as long as you like hanging out with people you’re good. Right.
Turns out I was one of those people. Not with regards to the real estate world. God, no. In my early twenties, I decided to embark on a career as an event planner. Who doesn’t love a party? The glitz, the glamour … but a few conversations with a friend in the business and one night of helping out a caterer put a quick end to that. Dealing with a major meltdown because the tablecloths aren’t the exact shade of chartreuse the client envisioned was just not going to work for me. And then, of course, there was the stark realization that I would not actually be a guest at these fabulous parties. Wha tfun was that?
However, if you just so happen to have the patience of a saint, the vision and creativity of a Broadway set designer and the organizational skills of an FAA air traffic controller, the event planning business is a great place to be.
In this issue, Greenwich-born Reed McIvaine shares a behind-the-scenes look at some of his most spectacular functions. Unflappable, Unassuming and now at the helm of Renny and Reed, an ultra-chic and prominent event planning company, Reed is a party thrower’s dream. Whether he’s negotiating with customs agents to open a storage facility over a holiday weekend or battling Mother Nature and the summer storms she likes to drop on the Northeast, he does what it takes to get the job done in a truly extraordinary fashion. Regardless of the drama, something tells me that his tablecloths are always the perfect shade of chartreuse.
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