Michele L. Cope
Founder, C & H Events, Inc.
Michele Cope had the enviable opportunity to work for some of the largest event management companies in the world for more than a decade before founding her own company, C & H Events, Inc. After consulting for several industry giants, she was inspired to create a unique niche in the event planning marketplace by launching a company committed to forging long term business relationships and friendships with clients.
Cope's philosophy defies the theory that business and pleasure don't mix. She considers all clients her friends and treats them accordingly. Establishing trust, delivering results, and exceeding the expectations of clients were all things she thought C & H Events could do better. Several Fortune 500 companies have been quick to agree.
"It's the little things and the attention to details that make a difference," insists Cope. "Clients look for experience and expertise, but they remember the personal touches such as always being accessible or taking note of their individual preferences."
Prior to founding C & H Events, Inc., Cope's talents were sought after by top-tier event planning and sports marketing firms, such as IMG and ProServ. She gleaned valuable insights working and consulting for both companies where she planned numerous corporate functions. She also gained experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry by serving as Food and Beverage Manager for an upscale hotel. Her meticulous attention to details and a reputation for managing successful events led to lucrative consulting jobs for tennis tournaments such as The Lipton (currently the Sony Ericsson Open), America's Red Clay (currently the International Tennis Championships), and other WTA and ATP Tour events.
The turning point in Cope's career came when she was given the opportunity to create an event for Coca-Cola's Diet Coke brand. She leaped at the challenge and says everything "snowballed" from that point to where she is today.
"One recommendation led to another and we were off and running," says Cope. "It's really all about proving you can do any size job. We might do a small event for a company one year, and then they will call us to do a huge national sales meeting the next year."
Cope's client roster includes: Reebok International LTD., Swatch Group U.S., Rado, Nike, Coca-Cola, and JPMorgan Chase. One of her largest contracts was with the State of Florida, which hired her to create and implement several "Be Tobacco Free" events for youth in Miami-Dade County, the largest county in Florida. It was the largest contract awarded to any meeting planner that year for the anti-tobacco campaign.
Cope stresses that C & H Events is a full-service management company offering a plethora of services ranging from corporate hospitality to sports marketing. She also prides herself in staying within client's budget requirements.
"Many companies have downsized and are watching the bottom line," Cope explains. "We like to show how we can save them money. We listen to their concerns."
A native of Boston, Cope holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving, playing tennis and traveling. She also has a pet project dear to her heart - she owns and manages Swingtime - an annual Pro-Celebrity, Pro-Am tennis and golf tournament which benefits the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, which supports brain tumor patients and their families. Participants enjoy the rare chance to play golf and tennis with professional athletes and celebrities for two days or to socialize at Swingtime's gala and live and silent auctions.
"I think of Swingtime as my 'baby'" says Cope with pride. "I hope I'm still working on it for years to come!"