SSE-LA produces National Corporate Housing’s 2015 Management Conference at The Grand Floridian


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Superstar Events-LA produced the 2015 National Corporate Housing Management Conference at the beautiful Disney signature hotel, The Grand Floridian at Disneyworld n Orlando, Florida. I was lucky to begin working with Laura Ciabotti, Vice President of Learning & Development in September 2013. We made an excellent team!  I had a wonderful time getting to know Laura and learning about National’s corporate culture.  The conference theme was Empowered for Excellence and was held Monday, March 9th through Friday, March 13th.

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Peggy Sweeney-McDonald and Laura Ciabotti, NCH VP Training & Development discovering The Incredible decor at The Grand Floridian Resort

I recommended they hire, Johnnie Maya of JRM Productions for the meeting audio visual needs. Johnnie and I have a long history of working together on corporate events. We are both highly creative and it is always a pleasure to work with him and his production manager, Richard Quezada. Once we brainstorm on the theme, we are always off to the races with a fun kicked-up opening video idea. Laura thought Johnnie was a great fit and NCH was excited to be working with him!

Johnnie Maya, Peggy Sweeney-McDonald & Richard Quezada

Since the meeting was at Disney, I suggested to Laura, we pick a “Disney” theme for an opening video. She presented a list to the executives and they chose The Incredibles. We cast the executives CEO, Tom Acheson, President/COO, Jon Hile, Chief Talent Officer, Misty Gregarek and Chief Financial Officer, Kregg Anderson as our Super Heros complete with leotards and black masks. In the video, our “Super Heros” give a mission for the NCH Regional Managers to grab their team members with their empowering for excellence game plans and come to the Grand Floridian to join forces to terminate the competition and bring world class corporate housing to the Universe. We see them exiting the NCH Denver office building and jumping into a car and screeching off into the night with “Bam” “Pow” & “Shazam” as graphics on the screen. We cut to pictures of the teams across the country dressed for  “Disney or Bust” and with a couple of  “princesses” and in Mickey ears. The video ended with the Executive Team arriving to the Grand Floridian and marching into the Conference Center arms locked as a united team. (We had to film early Monday morning before the meeting began and Wizard Johnnie edited the closing into the video on the spot.)


The NCH Incredible Super Hero Executive Team – Kregg Anderson, John Hile, Tom Achison and Misty Gregarek

After showing the video at the opening of the General Session, the four executives ran up the  ballroom aisle to a standing ovation and posed on stage in their Super Hero poses complete with red Incredible hoodies. It was an opening to remember and got the attendees pumped up for an inspiring and motivational four day conference of education, planning, networking and team building.

The first night kicked off with a beautiful cocktail party on the Grand Floridian Marina Patio. For an ice breaker, Laura instructed the Regional Managers to grab their team and in fifteen minutes take pictures with an Iphone of every Mickey Mouse character they could find on the resort property. The winning team took 120 pictures. At 9:00 PM, the Disney fireworks over the Magic Castle could be seen across the lake and was a spectacular ending to a beaufitul evening.


Welcome Cocktail Party on the Marina Patio

The Disney Institute provided a full day of traning on Tuesday, complete with a behind the scenes tour to see how Disney manages their team and property. Disney’s concept of  finding the emotional connection with their clients inspired everyone and the attendees walked away with new skills and motivation along with Mickey Ears with a graduation cap!


Disney Institute Training Graduates

On Wednesday night, a festive off-site party was held at the Ice Bar in Orlando. Everyone wore white, blue or silver and were given  NCH blue logo’d scarfs, silver beads, tinsel crowns and light necklaces. A delicious Mexican buffet was served with specialty Vodka cocktails followed by dancing, photo op, a dance contest and raffle for fun prizes including the red Incredible hoodies raffled right off the back of the executives. An amazing ice scupture was created within minutes on the patio of Mr. Incredible from the Disney movie, however, his logo was the “N” for National! Guests enjoyed putting on coats and going into the freezing cold Ice Bar within the club to drink Vodka out of ice glasses sitting on ice bar stools.


The IceBar Orlando

The beautiful Award Gala began on Thursday night with a red carpet cocktail party, followed by a delicious sit-down dinner. Entertainment was provided by the The Three Waiters, a trio of “waiters” who always bring a huge surprise element to the event when they began singing and competing in a sing-off ending stage in a rousing edition of the famous opera song, Nessun Dorma. An after-party followed with more celebrating and dancing until midnight.

Photographer Jennifer Creel, was there to capture the events and took new headshots of all the attendees.

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The Three Waiters

A good-bye breakfast buffet was held  Friday morning complete with Mickey Waffles and a final networking closing excercise led by Laura Ciabotti before everyone headed to the airport.  I was blessed to have a few hours by the pool before heading back to Los Angeles.

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National Corporate Housing Award Gala

The service and staff at the Grand Floridian was first class and the food was exceptional. The Sales Manager discovered I was a foodie so the Chef made a point to come see me during each meal to see if I approved. He even brought me an extra entree at the Award Gala because he wanted me to try the mouthwatering short rib and I had ordered the excellent grouper! The specialty dessert was a Mickey Mouse chocolate mousse  which was a nice touch and everyone was talking about it the next day!

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The Mickey Mouse Chocolate Mousse for Dessert!

Team Disney surprised me with a tasty souvenier left on my bed, a Cooking with Mickey cookbook signed by the famous mouse himself.  Best amenity ever from the happiest place on earth!  Thanks to Mickey and the Grand Floridian team!  Thank you Laura, Tom, Jon, Misty and Kregg & the National team! It was truly magical!


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Laura Ciabotti, VP of Learning & Development

I had the opportunity to work with Peggy on our Annual Conference. She was able to step into a process that had already started and take control of all the moving pieces. She orchestrated an amazing event for us! She took us to a whole new level of WOW! I enjoyed working with Peggy on all levels. 

Peggy is the consummate professional who is fun loving, responsible and I feel fortunate to have had her on our team!”  – Laura Ciabotti, VP Learning & Development, National Corporate Housing



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GalleryWe focus on giving your guests a glorious experience, a true moment of recognition and acknowledgement for their own unique contributions to your company.  The program will be remembered years after the excitement of the events fade.   If we had to describe our programs in one sentence, we would say, “Motivating, touching, inspiring and rejuvenating”. Simply put, we don’t do boring meetings, and our programs are a true celebration of achievement. Some of the meeting themes we have created include the following:

“Taking the Lead for Sales Success” – a triumphant strategy for a sales
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“Step Up to the Plate” – a fun, approachable and educational baseball themed program designed to maximize results based on team effort.

“All That Jazz” – a funny, sexy custom program, designed to acknowledge
superior market segment sales skills …think “killin’ the competition”, “give them the ole Razzle Dazzle”.

“Shake It Up” – a racy program with a Latin flair, designed to incorporate
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Meeting, Event & Incentive Management

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  • Work closely with your team to establish theme, time-lines and agenda.
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  • Direct Client to furnish any deposits indicated on contracts and notify client of all invoicing processes and due dates
  • Work with in-house marketing team or sub-contractor to create artwork for meeting collateral
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SSE-LA, based in Los Angeles, California & Baton Rouge/New Orleans, Louisiana can partner with your team to create and manage your programs from “soup to nuts”.  Our team’s Hollywood background brings a creative edge to creating unique themes so your guests enjoy a fabulous experience filled with motivation, inspiration and acknowledgement of their own contribution to your company.  We are available to partner with you on every aspect of your program from site selection, agenda and strategy development, branding, food and beverage management, team building, key note speakers, audio visual, video production, event entertainment, red carpet, VIP celebrity & swag suites, collateral and more….whatever you wish for your event to be a success, we are there to see that it is done on purpose, on time, on budget and with flair and style.

SSE-LA is creative. logical. visionary. valuable. We WOW your guests. We put meeting planners at ease. We work seamlessly with your team, sponsors, hotels and special venues. We maximize your budget. We reach objectives and produce extraordinary results. For a confidential consultation on your next corporate event, non-profit event or incentive program, please contact Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, at 310-709-2851 or

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Kidsave Rocks the House of Blues

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Kidsave Rocks the House of BluesSuperstar Events-LA is proud to be the event producer for the Kidsave 10th Anniversary Celebration!  Kidsave Rocks the House of Blues will be held on Saturday, June 13th, and sponsored by Coke, Dr. Pepper, Vons-Pavilions-Safeway, Warner Bros, Universal, Fox Studios, VACO, California United Bank, Siren Studios, Turner, Munger, Tolles & Olsen, LLC and Commerce Escrow. The Celebrity Host will be Nancy O’Dell from Access Hollywood. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 7:00pm, silent auction and raffle, followed by a fabulous buffet at 8:15pm.  The Kidsave tribute, live auction, raffle winners announcement and Bid from the Heart will begin at 8:45pm.  Music entertainment will be by Super Diamond, the fabulous Neil Diamond Tribute Band will begin at 9:30pm, followed a VIP After Party at 11:00pm.

Please join us in celebrating Kidsave’s 10th Anniversary this year on June 13th at the House of Blues-Sunset Strip, by sponsoring, attending or purchasing a tribute ad on behalf of older children who are growing up without parents. Information about event sponsorship, tribute ads and event tickets can be found at the Kidsave website or by calling the Los Angeles Kidsave office at 310-479-5437.