So in keeping with the spirit of embracing new - I am so excited to finally announce the new addition to Michelle Durpetti Events! Please read below to learn more about Courtney Gerring!
Originally from Indiana, Courtney moved down to Miami Florida to pursue her Bachelors Degree in Hospitality Management and Marketing at Florida International University. Her interest the event management industry eventually led her to earn an Event Management Certification through the Wedding Planning Institute in April of 2010.
Throughout her time in Miami, Courtney pursued opportunities to work in Hospitality and Event Management, starting off at the Kovens Conference Center. She gained experience working various kinds of events, growing in her three years there to eventually take the lead on several larger events.
To date, one of her biggest professional accomplishments was the opportunity to be lead coordinator for a Bridal Expo for two consecutive years. Courtney worked hands on in all areas of the expo, including timeline development, budgeting, volunteer management, vendor management, theme/decor, development, food and beverage and of course guests services. Her inspiration while coordinating this show came from her volunteer work with the luxury bridal showcase, The Wedding Salon.
Courtney has experience working on various sides of the event industry. She was with Restaurant Associates, a catering company for the original Carnival Center in downtown Miami, and has also been part of the team that creates The South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
Courtney’s most recent position was at the Trump International Beach Resort focusing on group sales and group business for the hotel property. Here she worked closely with groups of all sizes, working closely to ensure an increase in sales as well as customer satisfaction.
When not planning events, Courtney has a strong passion for traveling. She loves learning about different cultures and different culinary experiences and she is a self proclaimed foodie – especially when it comes to all things sweet! She recently spent a month in Italy, working as an au-pair with an Italian family, and has also studied abroad in Barcelona. Courtney jumped at the opportunity to experience traveling to Turkey and Egypt…and looks forward to more travel in the future.
Courtney applies her go-getter attitude to everything she does. She has a true passion for event management and looks forward to working with current MDE clients as well as developing relationships with new clients…She is excited to be a part of the MDE team and we are excited to welcome her aboard!