Chapter History

The ILEA Rhode Island Chapter was founded in 2002 to join professionals in fostering enlightened performance through education and promotion of the special events industry.  A Chapter Formation Committee, led by Chair, Richard Carbotti, was created consisting of a dedicated group of ILEA members committed to establishing ILEA Rhode Island. After successfully recruiting the required 35 members and adhering to all guidelines, ILEA Rhode Island became an official Chapter-In-Formation and later an official chapter, which has been lead to date by the following Presidents:

Richard Carbotti - 2004 - 2006 / Perfect Surroundings, Inc

Rick Simone – 2006 - 2007 / EGN Consulting

Jim Verity – 2007 - 2008 / Verity Design

Rocky Toomey – 2008 - 2009 / Future Affairs Productions

Kim Crawley - 2009-2010 / Waterman Grille

Alexis Gorriaran, CSEP - 2010-2011 / (add)ventures
ILEA Northeast Regional Vice President - 2013-2014

Bryan M. Sawyer - 2011-2012 / The Gloria Gemma Foundation

Filomena Felix - 2012-2013 / Quest Events

Donna Wing - 2013-2014 / Twin River Casino
ILEA Northeast Regional Vice President - 2015-2017

Jenny Demeter 2014-2015 / Johnson & Wales University

Megan Duclos 2015-2016 / Alex and Ani

Jennifer Gullins, CSEP 2016-2017 / PEAK Event Services

Debbie Cormier 2017-2018 /  WRIK Entertainment

Kimberly Doell, CMP 2018-2019 / Harvard Business School

Chapter Recognition

  • Chapter of the Year Spirit of Excellence - 2010-2011

  • Spirit of Excellence Awards for Communications - 2009-2010

  • Membership Growth - 2009-2010, achieving an astounding 38% membership increase in one year.

  • Spirit of Excellence in Programs and Education - 2008-2009

  • Membership Growth - 2007-2008, achieving an astounding 171% membership increase in one year.

  • Spirit of Excellence Awards for Communications - 2006-2007

Giving Back to the Community

To date, ILEA RI has contributed more than $20,000 to a diverse mix of non-profit organizations. A special thanks goes to our members and strategic partners as this would not be possible without their support and contributions.