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Our Event Planning Philosophy
Guests should be pampered. Whether it’s a wedding, holiday party, or business event, the celebration is about you and your guests. And that’s why EJP Events goes the extra mile to ensure that every aspect of your event makes you and your attendees feel right at home.
“Pampering” is not just about caviar, ice luges, and dreamy lighting (although our event and design team can make that happen)… it’s also about taking care of people. It’s about the things that no one notices until they go wrong: signage, maps, logistics, itineraries, and accessibility. We plan the guest experience from the moment they open their invitation, to the time they leave the venue to go home. Including virtual venues! All so you can look great and enjoy the wonderful, fun experience you deserve.
Meet the Team
Emee Pumarega, Founder
Emee Pumarega has been working in hospitality since 1997. She began her hospitality career in Austin, Texas, at Green Pastures Restaurant (now called Mattie’s) and at Doubletree by Hilton. Her almost 20 years as an event professional business owner in Portland, Oregon, and her experience in envisioning, co-creating, and managing successful and memorable events of all kinds is the cornerstone of the company.
Katherine O’Brien, Lead Event Manager
Katherine O’Brien has been working with EJP Events LLC since 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Montana, and also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Portland. Her warm personality and attention to detail have been critical success factors in the many favorable reviews EJP Events has received.
Sandra Kingsley, Associate Event Coordinator
Sandra joined the EJP Events team in 2019. She has more than 15 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry with a focus on customer service and sales. Her experience includes managing staff, hosting, bartending, and customer service. In the past 2 years at EJP Events, she has added conference and virtual events coordination to her range of abilities. She earned her event planning certificate from the QC Event School, and graduated DeVry University with a bachelors in Business Administration, minoring in hospitality.
Shawn Granton, Marketing and Social Media Assistant / Assistant Events Coordinator
Shawn Granton has been working with EJP Events since 2018. He brings a dozen years of hospitality experience with him via Hostelling International. He has also planned many bicycle and walking tours around the Portland, Oregon area; and brings his many years of experience in writing, illustration, and independent publishing to the design of EJP Events’ blog, social media, and as an in-house consultant on event communication materials and graphic and digital design.
Do you see yourself as part of the team of hard-working, driven, and creative event professionals at EJP Events? Please send a resume and cover letter or questions you have about open positions here.
True Hospitality Welcomes Everyone
EJP Events is committed to offering services regardless of nationality, ethnicity, racial origin, sexual orientation, biological sex, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation or non-affiliation, age, or disability. EJP Events welcomes all marriages and supports basic rights for all.
Our Anti-Racism Pledge:
Our Anti-Racism Pledge:
We recognize that the lack of diversity in the events and weddings business hurts Black-owned event businesses and Black people in general. As a business owner who identifies as Asian-American and a woman of color, I see how being “white-adjacent” and how the “Model Minority” myth plays into systemic racism and harms our Black colleagues. It’s time to commit to doing our part to correct these wrongs. Therefore, we pledge to be actively anti-racist in our communication materials, our business processes, and our hiring practices. The following are four specific practices and policies we use to highlight and uplift the Black community, especially the Black LGBTQIA+ community, and to be inclusive in events and weddings:
• We use welcoming and inclusive language in our internal communications as well as in the communications we help write for event clients. We pledge to educate others when we see non-welcoming and non-inclusive language, especially in marketing materials and event registration forms.
• We recommend venue and vendor choices to our clients that are welcoming to Black and Indigenous hosts and attendees as well as those of all ethnicities, and remove venue and vendor choices from our recommendations who practice racial profiling or other discriminatory practices.
• We hire from an ethnically diverse roster of vendors that includes Black event professionals. We pledge that the number of Black event professionals we hire will be proportionally representative or more, of the racial background of the community we live in.
• We center positive and joyous Black and BIPOC representation in our website, marketing materials, and social media. The number of images we feature will be at a minimum, proportionally representative or more, of the population of the community we live in.
These practices are implemented effective immediately, and we promise to review our practices on a quarterly basis, with our first all-company review due in December 2020, to ensure that our public actions in the event and wedding planning world align with our values. We ask that you call us in and hold us accountable by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have feedback or notice ways we can be doing better.
We acknowledge that we didn’t come up with these ideas on our own, and do not position ourselves as experts in this field. Racial justice expertise is an area we defer to Black leaders, to whom we pledge to expand our knowledge of, and continue to listen to. Equity and justice work is the labor of a lifetime. As humans, we acknowledge our own mistakes and imperfections in this process; we ask for, and continually give grace to others, in this journey. We’ll be updating, refining, and adding to our pledge as our understanding and processes continue to evolve.
We are grateful to the individuals and communities who have welcomed us into their networks in order to continually learn and grow. Many thanks to these events businesses who are leading the way and have inspired us in this discussion: All the Days, Cocktails and Details, EllyB Events, and Andrew Roby Events.
Sustainability and Social Justice
EJP Events plans events with an eye towards sustainability. We steer clients towards beautiful and authentic event and wedding planning solutions that do the following:
– have a low impact on water resources
– promote the use of transit, shared transport, and cycling; and do not prioritize single occupancy vehicles
– reduce waste going into local landfills.
EJP Events supports social justice by offering additional and value-added services to our clients who are non-profit organizations working on social justice causes; as well as donating time, dollars, and resources directly to selected organizations in our community.
Here’s a list of just a few organizations that we have come across as we continue our journey as inclusive hospitality and events professionals, and who we recommend supporting. These organizations align with our motto of “True Hospitality Welcomes Everyone” and support social justice, equity, and/or environmental causes. Many of them are places where our employees have given time, membership, resources, and funds. Some have also been our clients, and we are grateful to have served them. We hope you’ll visit these organizations to learn more, and to donate.