Nominee - BECKIE ADRIAN
Tulsa entrepreneurs are unique in the world. How have your endeavor(s) added value to our community and the future of Tulsa?
I work directly with the historic and nonprofit event venues of Tulsa to keep them profitable. As a venue specialist and event planner, I've built my business on connections with the people who love and maintain the cherished architecture Tulsans love but forget need consistent income to survive. Event rentals are critical to the survival of these facilities so they can continue their public missions. I am a leader in this field with a decade of experience advising and managing some of the most stunning facilities in town.
If you aren’t failing, you aren’t succeeding. Share with us some of your failures to better understand how you have taken the lessons learned and applied them to support getting to where you are today.
In 2007 I saw a gap in the venue market and attempted to open my own facility. I had the knowledge but not the right real estate or legal help. The facility wasn't feasible for my purposes so I had to break the lease, resulting in a 2 year lawsuit. It never amounted to anything except lost money & a lot of heartache. However, I took my business plan back to the venue I formally managed, showed them how I could apply it there and raised their rental profits so much that the building itself was profitable for the first time ever.
Being creative is vital to an entrepreneurial endeavors success. Share an out-of-the-box experience that has made you stronger as an entrepreneur.
I am always evolving and trying new projects. Since this is a niche field and I am the only one in Tulsa who consults with nonprofit/historic venues, I have to develop income streams that allow me to keep my fees manageable for these groups. I have an event planning division, a photography/video division, a business event marketing division and am working on three more ideas currently. If you aren't evolving then you are dying! I can't describe what I do in a word but being unique makes me valuable..
Tell us a story that involved you that either at the time or looking back makes you laugh.
I once had a client that tried to plan an entire wedding and reception around a piece of ribbon 2" in length. It was an odd shade of green and nothing would match it, leaving her extremely frustrated. We had three separate in-person meetings over napkin color! People think events are fun and they are, but you certainly earn your pay!
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