The success of your event is personal to Michele Cope, President & Founder of C & H Events, Inc.
“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.”
Cope’s philosophy defies the theory that business and pleasure don’t mix. She considers all clients her friends and treats them accordingly by establishing trust and exceeding their expectations. Building on that ideology, C & H Events was created.
With more than two decades of wide-ranging event experience, Cope has established herself as an innovative marketing and management professional who specializes in the personal touch while also delivering impactful results. C & H Events offers services and expertise in a number of areas, including corporate hospitality, sports & event marketing, large-scale event production and negotiating cost-efficient deals on behalf of clients.
Cope’s background includes extensive work with some of the biggest event planning and sports marketing firms (such as IMG and ProServ), and consulting with major sporting events and blue-chip brands. 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 & Beverage Manager for an upscale hotel. Her meticulous attention to details and a reputation for managing successful events led to lucrative consulting jobs for professional tennis tournaments/team such as general manager of New York Empire, a World TeamTennis professional franchise, Memphis Open, The Lipton (currently the Miami Open), America’s Red Clay (currently the Delray Beach Open), and other WTA and ATP Tour events.
One 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 embraced 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.”
Partnering with non-profit charity events has long been a passion for Cope. She previously owned and managed Swingtime, an annual tennis and golf event to benefit the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, which supports brain-tumor patients and their families. She continues to play an integral role in the Jake Owen Foundation Benefit events, ranging from intimate VIP experiences to large-scale concert production – all to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and local children’s charities in Owen’s hometown of Vero Beach, Fla.
Cope’s client roster has included: Reebok International LTD., Swatch Group U.S., Rado, Nike, Coca-Cola, Jake Owen Foundation, 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 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 playing tennis, traveling and spending time with family and friends.