• Meet Beth Koenig, Pennsylvania's Wonder Woman

    Beth Koenig takes dedication to a whole new level.

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

At 4 a.m., most people are lying peacefully in bed with at least a couple of hours left to snooze. At 4 a.m., Beth Koenig, president at Brass Tacks Events PHL, has already started her day and is up working and sending emails. She sleeps only about five hours a night, leaves for work at 6 a.m., comes home and then gets back to even more work. 

“I have an extra pack of toothpicks to hold my eyelids up most of the day, but it all works out in the long run,” she says. “The busier I am, and the more stressed I am, the better I do in business.”

Koenig spent 17 years in catering before leaving to take a breather in 2016. Turns out that break was short lived— she opened her wedding and event company just a few months after stepping away from her job.

“I took a sabbatical from catering because I worked all of the time,” she says. “Now, I’m kind of right back into it.”

As if running a less-than-one-year-old company wasn’t enough, Koenig also took on the position of director of events for the Schulson Collective restaurant group in February 2017 and is the presidentelect of ILEA, an organization she credits for helping grow her professional career.

With so many responsibilities and plates in the air, it’s clear that Koenig enjoys what she’s doing—you don’t spend 15-plus hours a day doing something you hate. She’s been in the industry since high school, having worked for her local country club, then later majored in hotel restaurant management at Penn State. It’s almost as though meeting and event planning is in her blood. If anything, it’s definitely a part of her personality. 

“I’m very type A and I like organization, so I thrive on planning events for people and keeping them organized,” she says. “Every day brings new challenges, and when you overcome those challenges, you feel good about yourself.” 

The 37th edition of the IACC Americas Connect conference took place on April 16-18 at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The three-day conference, hosted by former White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz, included educational sessions, panel discussions in the form of campfires, workshops, culinary tours and tastings, as well as the annual Global Copper Skillet competition. 

 

Corporate leaders have long favored doing business on the golf course. Whether they’re spending a gorgeous day on the links, interacting with prospective clients or just talking shop over 18 holes, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend a few uninterrupted hours with colleagues or clients.