Here’s the thing about event planning: No two events are ever the same. There are no formulas. Every client is different. It’s what makes our job so exciting—and challenging. And it’s why we approach each project with a fresh eye, and an appreciation for every client’s very individual needs. You want a French feast with a live, Broadway-caliber performance for 1,000? We can do that. Or an intimate, sophisticated birthday party for 10? We can do that, too. And we’ll do it creatively, efficiently, and within budget.
For more than 15 years, AE Events—led by partners Christine Altieri and Jana Gimenez—have been designing and producing special occasion events, covering all aspects from venue selection, event concept, and décor to audio-visual expertise, stage management, and scriptwriting. We think of everything, so you don’t have to.
To work with you to define your vision and goals
To provide highly tailored, detail-oriented service
To anticipate problems before they arise
To balance profit with social responsibility
To respond promptly
To build positive, constructive, lasting relationships with our clients and vendors
To strengthen your brand, raise funds for charity, and help you throw a great party
Christine lives, breathes (and dreams) events (a not-unwelcome occupational hazard). She’s been throwing parties, both professional and non-, for more than 30 years and for clients that range from young couples planning a 50-person wedding reception to nonprofits throwing fundraisers for thousands. When it comes to event planning, she’s done it all: Catering, floral and room design, event property management. She founded AE Events in 2001 after a stint overseeing the corporate division of a large events firm. She’s known for her go-getter attitude, attention to detail, and quick reaction time; in events, after all, you’ve got to be ready for anything. In life and in business, Christine believes in being open-minded, thoughtful (and available), and to never stop growing. A mom of two grown children, she lives in Brookline with her husband and their 95-pound black lab, where her off-hours are filled with Iyengar yoga, tennis, a novel-in-progress, and planning her next adventure. On the list: New Zealand, Easter Island, Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, Alaska, Southern Italy, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland. She’ll gladly take any recommendations.
Hometown: Stratford, CT
Favorite color: Shades of green
Part of an event I like best: Putting the final pieces of the puzzle together—and seeing the clients’ vision come to life.
Quote that inspires me: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” —Coco Chanel
JANA EULER GIMENEZ,
Jana is an Alabama native (Roll Tide!), with a penchant for Southern food, a singularly good song, a great big front porch, and, of course, college football. She displays the same outsized enthusiasm for all her work in event design, drawing artistic inspiration from a background in arts production and stage management; she’s also a classically-trained composer with a Masters from the New England Conservatory of Music and still enjoys writing and singing her own songs. Before partnering with Christine in 2006, Jana served as Operations Manager for the Boston Pops, producing hundreds of high-profile concerts and tours a year, including live TV shows on the Fourth of July, appearances at the Democratic National Convention and the Super Bowl, and four tours to Japan. As an event designer, she loves, most of all, bringing clients’ stories to life. She lives in Melrose with her husband, and their musician-daughter. She loves the Red Sox and Broadway in equal parts, and is a fan of mystery novels, hiking, and cooking—you should try her chocolate chip pancakes.
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Favorite Color: Crimson Tide red
Part of an event I like best: Every event has an arc to a MOMENT. And in that moment, the story is told. As a lifelong stage manager, I love being a small part of creating that moment for our clients.
Quote that inspires me: “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” —Mary Oliver
SENIOR SALES AND EVENT MANAGER
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Favorite color: Green
Part of an event I like best: When set-up is complete and the client arrives to see the full room.
Quote that inspires me: “Two of the least appreciated words in the English language are ‘over' and ‘next.' When something is over, it is over and we are onto the next. And if there was a hammock between those two words, that hammock would be the best definition I know of living in the moment.” —Norman Lear
LAUREN ANN SCHREIBER,
Hometown: Cheyenne Wells, CO
Favorite color: Glitter
Part of an event I like best: Being able to connect with clients and bring their vision to life!
Quote that inspires me: “When you’re a race horse, the reason they put blinders on these things is because if you look at the horse on the left or the right, you’re going to miss a step. That’s why the horses have blinders on. And that’s what people should have. When you’re running after something, you should not look left or right. Just Go!”
Hometown: Mansfield, MA
Favorite color: Light pink
Part of an event I like best: Seeing all the details come together! I love when a space is set and then watching the guests’ reactions as they enter.
Quote that inspires me: “Always go with the choice that scares you most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.” —Caroline Myss
Hometown: Sturbridge, MA
Favorite color: Navy blue
Part of an event I like best: Making each guest feel they are the most important one in the room.
Quote that inspires me: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” —Susan Jeffers
Hometown: Boston, MA
Favorite color: Emerald green
Part of an event I like best: Creating a unique design concept that matches my client’s vision.
Quote that inspires me: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is You’er than You.” —Dr. Seuss
EVENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Hometown: Boston, MA
Favorite color: Millennial pink
Part of an event I like best: When the bride and groom walk back down the aisle after saying ‘I do!”
Quote that inspires me: “You only live once.” —Drake
Hometown: Norwood, MA
Favorite color: Quiet grey
Part of an event I like best: The few moments before the event starts, where the room is perfectly set and everything is in place.
Quote that inspires me: “If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle. You can’t change the world alone—you will need some help— and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.” —Naval Admiral
CARRIE G. DIRATS,
OFFICE AND SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER
Hometown: Suffield, CT
Favorite color: Blue (periwinkle!)
Part of an event I like best: The moment, towards the end of a long day of set-up, when you look up and the room has been transformed and you see the vision and the months of planning realized.
Quote that inspires me: “March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.” —Khalil Gibran
Abiomed, Acadian Asset Management, Akamai, American Well, ArcLight Capital, CeDMA (Computer Education Management Association), Cerimon, Christenson Institute, Community Service Stations, Consigli Construction, Davis Companies, DivcoWest, Foundation Medicine, Jones Lang LaSalle, Hubspot, Hubweek, Kopin Corporation, Lee Kennedy Company, Matson Driscoll & Damico, Novartis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Snapchat, South Shore Hospital, State Street Corporation, State Street Global Advisors, Wellesley Asset Managers, LLC
Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes International Symposium, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard/MIT IPRES, IZUMI Foundation Conference, Joint Learning Initiative on Children with HIV/Aids (JLICA), New England Journal of Medicine, Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), Sonesta International, VRLC
Boston Arts Academy, Boston College, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Boston University, Breakthrough Greater Boston, Clark University, Cristo Rey School, Emerson College, Excel Academy, Harvard Student Agencies, Olin College, Massachusetts College of Art, Shady Hill School, Solomon Schechter Day School, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Xaverian Brothers High School
Berkshire Hills Music Academy, Boston Ballet, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Celebrity Series of Boston, Longwood Symphony Orchestra
826 Boston, Bina Farm, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Bridge Over Trouble Waters, Carmelite Sisterhood, Caritas Communities, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of New England, Dimock Center, The Edinburg Center, Fishing Partnership, FSH Society, Franciscan Children’s, IATSE Local 481, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, Joslin Diabetes, Julie Fund, Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids, Lets Get Ready, Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, Medicine Wheel Productions, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Neurofibromatosis Northeast, National Brain Tumor Society, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Corp, Rosie’s Place, The Esplanade Association (TEA), WBUR 90.9 FM, Victim Rights Law Center, ZOO New England
Art Barn, Brookline Senior Center, Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Housing Families, Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center
Boston College CEO Club
Boston Business Journal
Greater Boston Convention and Business Bureau
Meeting Planners International