Scottsdale Hangar Parties
Scottsdale Hangar Parties provides a one-stop shop for all of your corporate event requirements in-house AV, staging, various high-level catering partners, Beverage Service and providing an impressive experiential experience.
The Secrets to Successful Event Planning with Karen May and SHP
Some dreams are designed from birth, others are stumbled upon by accident. That’s how Karen May, Founder and CEO of Scottsdale Private Event Venues and Scottsdale Hangar Parties, sees her rise to success. What started as a series of unplanned events led her to be one of the premier event planners in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Karen’s journey in the event planning world started when she was only 16. A humble job at a golf course would soon lead her to experiencing something that would change the trajectory of her life. The wedding planner in charge of a wedding at the country club was in an accident and Karen stepped in and took charge.
Karen was instantly captivated with the thrill of event planning. She spent the next few decades working at hotels and yachts refining her craft.
Like Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Inc., and famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Karen did not attend college. When it came time to decide whether she wanted to attend college or work in the industry she was already growing in, she decided to stay. Her work ethic, passion, and creativity in the busy world of event planning helped her climb the ladder of success.
It was only three years ago when Karen decided to take her extensive experience in event planning and build a brand for herself. She founded Scottsdale Private Event Venues and Scottsdale Hangar Parties as a way to do more of what made her happy.
It’s been her entrepreneurial journey that has allowed Karen to turn blank slates, like an empty hangar, into fun and unique events that host up to 2,500 guests. Her fun and playful personality allow her to see things outside of the box and create experiences you can’t find anywhere else.
“I truly enjoy making something out of nothing,” said Karen.
Karen is known for her elite and unique private parties, and it’s something she takes very seriously. Whether it’s a national company or a well-known celebrity, safety and privacy is top of mind for her and her team. Together they strive to provide the upmost privacy, free of paparazzi and possible party crashers.
Scottsdale Private Event Venues’ current focus is hosting incentive events for national companies. Karen and her team are hoping to give these brands a new taste of Arizona by providing exclusive experiences only her team can deliver.
“We provide new, unique, different, and fun experiences, like helicopter rides around the Valley,” she said.
For Karen, working with clients that share those values is essential. Since many of her clients are from out of state, she treats the initial meetings as a vetting process to learn more about their needs. Whether it’s a phone call or an in-person meeting, she makes sure that their personalities click.
“I can spend up to a year working with these companies helping their idea come to life, so compatibility is very important to me,” she said.
For companies looking to hire an event planner, Karen highly suggests doing your due diligence to make sure you’re a match. Make sure to do a background check to ensure you’re not getting scammed, which has become common in the event industry. She also recommends checking for insurance and reputation, two things that can save you a lot of headaches while planning an event.
Aa a self-taught expert, Karen has learned everything she knows about event planning from being out in the field every day. In her opinion, it takes passion and creativity to make it in the industry. Of course, staying on budget and making your client look like a rock star is also key.
“Attention to detail is very important. I have 30 binders on my desk, and I know what each of them are for.”
Although Karen never attended college herself, she pays it forward to up-and-coming event planners by speaking at local colleges and universities about what it takes to make it in the industry.
“Event planning isn’t always a glamourous job, so I’m honest with the students about what it entails.”
While it’s not all glamourous, Karen lives for the moment her client walks in and is amazed by the results. Her unique twist on venues, layouts, and entertainment have set her apart from others in the industry. Her reputation precedes her, and the community is taking notice. She was recently recognized with the Smart Woman in Meetings 2019 Award for her significant impact in the meeting industry.
Karen is looking forward to what the future has in store for her and her business ventures. She hopes to continue working with innovative companies that have big and bold visions like she does.
“There are a lot of opportunities coming my way, so I’m very excited for what’s to come.”
You can find Karen meeting with clients, hosting lavish private events, and efficiently responding to emails in Scottsdale where she resides with her husband and six rescue dogs.
To learn more about Karen and Scottsdale Private Event Venues, visit https://venuesofnorthscottsdale.com/.
Why Choose a
Scottsdale Hangar Parties?
We are corporate event engineers, we will help you design a powerful story and awe-inspiring event experience that mesmerizes your audience and provides you with measurable results. Our progression is designed to plan, promote, and produce your event.
It starts with the customer understanding them, their goals, personality, humor, vibe, background, and then from there, it is about the end result. Admittedly 75% of my clients are unsure of what they want. So I get to be very creative, which is one of my favorite things about what we do – I am very involved in the design, decor, and overall look of the events that I organize. During the season it’s non stop, and never a dull moment! It’s also the time when you get to see all of your hard work come to life, and my client’s dreams come to reality, which is always the most incredible feeling. Every day is completely different which is why this job is so much fun.
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We are the perfect fit for 100 -2000 depending on setup. SPEV was created to be a premier event venue provider that only operates in its own unique private event venues. We can be a One-Stop-Shop a Clean Canvas or Dry Rental. We are based in Scottsdale, AZ, we offer access to privately owned airplane hangars, Jet Hangars, Helicopter Hangars, and 1 very luxury high-end car vault and a multi-million-dollar man-cave.
The cuisine at your event will be presented by one of our 3 award winning caterers. With over 75 years’ experience in organizing and serving for all kind of events, we have built an unbeatable reputation for the great food, originality, uniqueness and superior service amongst our clients. We work together with you to ensure the catering at your event exceeds all your expectations.
From the entrance of the first guest to the exit of the last, we want their experience to be unforgettable.
Scottsdale Hangar Parties focuses on designing corporate events at non-traditional venues.
Wow your guests, give them an experience they will remember for many years to come and show off your company’s latest achievements. Half the battle is won as you have figured out a location that is fit to host all kinds of fabulous parties, from private get-togethers to large awards galas and office parties.
Premium, High-Class Events
Cocktails Under the Stars- Corporate Event- Incentive Events
Charity Galas- Award Ceremonies-Private Parties
Convention Groups- Cocktail Parties
Promotional Events- Fundraising Events
Networking Events- Experiential Events
Cocktail Welcomes – Sit down dinners – Interactive events
Corporate Events -Brand Launches – Product Activations
Award Recognition Ceremonies – Black Tie Galas