“Candi is the most professional, dedicated, and resourceful person I have ever worked with. She always goes above and beyond, and seamlessly takes care of things before you even know they could become an issue. Candi is also funny, sweet, and a pleasure to be around, and I know I will enjoy any project we work on together.”
Jennifer Spector Director of Brand, Zola
“Candi was a godsend for us earlier this year when we contracted her to oversee the event component of a large fashion-designer brand partnership we were rolling out for Spring 2016. We have a small team so bringing on consultants from time to time benefits us greatly, but only when they are 100% accountable, committed and provide exceptional results! Candi’s attention to detail, professional and dedicated work ethic, paired with her resourceful nature and infinite knowledge of events makes her an expert and I would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone.”
Amanda Graber Rosenberg Head of PR, Intermix
“Having Candi work with us on the planning of our wedding was like having an angel dropped down from the sky. We asked each other every day what we would have done without her. She knew what we were trying to accomplish on our special day and was able to guide us into making the proper decisions with each vendor. She spent countless hours working with us to make sure contracts were set-up correctly and worked tirelessly to make sure that we received the best value. At no point in the process did we ever feel that she wasn’t in complete control of the process.
The day of our event Candi showed up early when she knew she had a 14 hour work day in front of her and when the event ended she was the last one there making sure everything was done properly to the final last step. This was of no surprise to us though because every step along the way she exceeded our expectations (which are pretty high to begin with). If there was ever a need for an event planner again, it would be the easiest decision to make because we found the ultimate professional.”
Kevin & Melissa Meserve Private Clients
“I had the pleasure of closely working with Candi for a period of seven years since Gilt’s launch. I traveled extensively around the country with Candi for numerous tastemaker events that she planned and executed flawlessly. Additionally, I have recently hired her for a personal family event at my home and trust her implicitly.
“Candi can execute events on a large and grand scale and yet she is also equally effective at creating intimate, personal events. Her dedication, attention to detail, professionalism and general knowledge of the event industry is impressive and makes her an extremely valuable asset to anyone lucky enough to work with her. I recommend her wholeheartedly.”
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Co-Founder & CEO, Fitz
Co-Founder of Gilt & GLAMSQUAD
“Candi is a master at event planning. Her ability to put together a beautiful intimate dinner or produce a large-scale engaging consumer event makes her a pro and adaptable to anything that comes her way. She can handle any event of any size for any type of clientele and do it with incredible organization, thoroughness and skill.
“I have attended many of her events and was always impressed by how she represented the Gilt brand and how she brought partner brands to life in the most innovative ways. I would trust her explicitly with any corporate or personal event I have in the future and am a huge fan!”
Marcy Engelman Founder, Engelman & Co
“I had the pleasure of working with Candi on our custom, multi-platform program with Gilt over the course of one year. The initiative was extremely high profile for our business and required smart and innovative thinking, numerous levels of approvals and flawless planning and execution. Candi delivered on every level and ultimately the final product exceeded all expectations from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.
“Her seasoned eye and natural instinct for creating premium experiences is remarkable. Furthermore, her ability to select the best vendors and production partners while standing firm on negotiations is unparalleled. I have tremendous respect for Candi’s professionalism and dedication and welcome the opportunity to collaborate in the future. She is easy and lovely to work with and she instills a level of confidence that simply made my job easier.”
Liza De Angelis Account Director, Infiniti Lifestyle Marketing
“In my experience at Gilt City and Vogue, I have planned a lot of events and have worked with a lot of people. I can say that Candi, by far, is one of my favorites. She and I had the pleasure of working together on a variety of events, specifically when our two businesses (Gilt & Gilt City) partnered to help drive consumers to her men’s pop-up or fashion week events.
“She works magic with little to no budgets, is a pro at hiring and managing vendors and has the most creative ideas on how to execute and bring a brand to life. I consider her a friend and a valuable thought leader in our business and hope our paths cross again in the future.”
Cara Crowley Director of Special Events, Vogue
“My name is Shai Tertner and I am the founder and president of Shiraz Events, an international experiential events, catering and model staffing agency.
“I have been fortunate to work closely with Candi and experience her devoted professional ethics, attention to detail and great vision, while keeping a calm manor and a big smile on her face even during moments of tremendous pressure. We built pop-up shops, we created multi city tours and many other types of events together, all truly successfully, which is the best testimony of Candi’s work.
“Candi is a well of knowledge in the event and marketing world, a valued resource, and a pleasure to work with and be around.”
Shai Tertner Founder & President, Shiraz Events
“Candi is a divine event planner! Her tireless dedication, professional poise, proactive work ethic, attention to detail and execution are flawless and was an absolute pleasure to work with over my 4-year tenure at Gilt and beyond. Her experience, contacts and knowledge in a variety of industries, from fashion to food to home decor, for events large or small, is unique and I would highly recommend her, and do, to everyone I know.”
Christian Leone Global Designer Relations & Brand Management, WME | IMG Fashion
“As a founder of Gilt, I was immediately impressed with Candi’s work ethic, creative thinking and overall strategic skills when I brought her to our team as one of our first twenty hires in April 2008. Since then, her ability to adapt to the fast-paced environment, juggle client and customer needs, produce one-of-a-kind events across numerous verticals and manage a large team makes her stand out from the rest. She is extremely talented and works in a smart, diligent and efficient way to get any job done. I would always seek out the opportunity to work with Candi again and again.”
Co-Founder & CEO, Project September
Co-Founder & CEO, Gilt
“Every event I have worked on with Candi – from her Serena Bass days to Gilt – has been a huge success. With her background in catering and production, to her experience on the client side for Gilt, she understands an event from every angle. She is buttoned up, super organized, diligent and on top of every detail. She can work with any budget, and is definitely a tough negotiator — as I know first hand! But she does it all with a smile and the utmost kindness and respect. I truly enjoy working with her and look forward to many more collaborations in the future.”
Scott Parrish Event Director, Thomas Preti
“I have enjoyed working with Candi over the past few years on a variety of events and projects for my former clients at EVINS Communications. Her genuine interest in our client’s goals, and her dedication to achieving those goals through bringing our brands to life for the Gilt City customer, is unparalleled. She is always easy to work with, completely on top of every little detail – no matter how many times things change – and always comes to the table with thoughtful and engaging ideas to differentiate her events from the rest.”
ELYSE HECKMAN Director of Communications, Robb Report
“I have known Candi for 10 years, since her days at BlackBook Magazine, and can say she is by far one of the most ambitious, smart and talented people I know. She executed all events for the magazine, including issue launch events and all advertiser programs, in addition to planning the President’s personal parties, and she did so perfectly.
“Since then, I have picked her brain numerous times for ideas for clients and she never ceases to amaze me with her creativity, proactive thinking, attention to detail and problem solving skills. I adore her!”
Jyl Elias Founder & Principal, Elias Media
“I have worked with Candi on numerous types of events, from large scale corporate events and conferences to intimate dinners and cocktail parties. She is passionate about what she does and her creativity and attention to detail come through in each and every event. She puts the needs of her client first and works tirelessly to deliver an amazing experience for each guest. It is without hesitation that I would recommend hiring Candi for your next corporate or personal event.”
Jennifer Miller Senior VP, Corporate Communications, Gilt
“I cannot tell you in all of my years dealing with clients, mostly in fashion, how professional I found Candi to be and how easy it was to work with her. She is great at what she does!”
Grant Di Mille Owner, SweeteryNYC
“The Noir event at Tru was magnificent! The ambiance, food, wine pairings, company and seamless execution were perfect. It was one of the loveliest events I have ever had the privilege of attending.”
“A big “thank you” to you for a most delightful evening. The food, wine, table settings, decor, service and attention to detail were perfect! It was wonderful to meet the team from Gilt …and was nice to see the consideration given to every aspect of your business.”