PM Point of View: "Managing Stakeholders and Making Dreams Come True" featuring featuring Tara Melvin, President of Perfect Planning and President of the Association of Wedding Professionals

“Managing Stakeholders and Making Dreams Come True” With a tale of chiffon and bouquets wrapped around a core of Project Management, Tara tells about the behind-the-scenes management of stakeholders and of expectations. Do you have comments or thoughts about this episode? Join the discussion on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PMIWDC PM Point of View® (PM-POV) is a podcast series produced by Final Milestone Productions and PMIWDC. PM-POV allows our membership and the public at large to listen to brief and informative conversations with beltway area practioners and executives as they discuss various perspectives on project management-- its uses, its shortcomings, its changes, and its future. Listens can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to: pm-pov@pmiwdc.org. PM Point of View® is a registered trademark of M Powered Strategies, Inc.


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About the Speakers

Tara Melvin

Perfect Planning
President

Tara Melvin, a southern girl at heart was born and raised in Elizabethtown, North Carolina and in 1996 transitioned to the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  Before making DC her new home, she began carving her future with her education.   Tara, a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration.  Since graduation, her professional career has spanned in the field of Sales & Marketing within the pharmaceutical, industrial, and hospitality industry.  During her professional career she learned and maintained valuable traits in regards to organizational skills, people management, negotiation skills, management skills, and attention to detail, while maintaining grace under pressure. 
 
Several years later, Tara discovered her passion for wedding and event planning after planning numerous affairs at her home and for her friends.   It was only after planning a spectacular New Year’s Eve event at her home that one of her friends suggested that she should go into business for herself because they felt as if she had the gift and talent to be a successful wedding and event planner.  In 2004, Tara created Perfect Planning and Signature Concepts, LLC, an event planning and management company that offers a complete array of services to cover all facets of event planning for luxurious weddings, social and corporate events, from start to finish.  Services include but not limited to event coordination, vendor management, project plan creation, event itinerary creation, and risk and issue management.  It is her philosophy to deliver exceptional service, a peace of mind, and a memorable celebration for her Clients and their guests.  And to be “the key resource” for her Clients, as she designs, plans, manages, and produces their celebration.  Since the creation of Perfect Planning, the company has organized numerous lavish events from weddings to retirement celebrations, birthday celebrations to family reunions, corporate events and beyond.  Tara is also active within the wedding community serving as President of the Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC, 2014 WeddingWire Ambassador, and former member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.
 
As the creative engine and leader of Perfect Planning, Tara is excited to offer her clients a highly personalized experience resulting in an extraordinary memorable and stress free affair.  Her remarkable attention to detail and exceptional ability to capture the vision of her Clients has made Tara a valuable asset within the industry.  With her expertise, creativeness, passion, managerial aptitude, compassion for her work, and bodacious style-her weddings and special events are those of flawless distinction.

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