S3. Ep.16: Decor, Design, and Entrepreneurship

Halfway through season 3, done with the ILEA Live episodes, and new music: we drop an episode on a Wednesday and bring in a special guest.  Elizabeth Partyka is no newbie in the events space. She owned a business for many many years before joining the quest team. Listen to hear her story!

What is Quest events?

A decor and scenic company based out of Dallas Texas. We have 26 locations nationwide. We have a lot of stuff. We have one in Canada as well. 

What do you do?

We started out as a pipe and drape company, in the last several years we’ve moved into offering a wide variety of scenic options. 

You have a unique story, why don’t you tell us that?

I had my own decor company for 15 years, we did ceiling draping, chandeliers, lighting. A year ago quest approached me they needed a sales manager because they opened here recently. They acquired my business and now I’m moving more into the A/V world outside of weddings. I have been able to move into more large scale events. 

How did you build your company into what it was?

It grew organically, in my early 20’s. I worked at a local rental company since I was 15 went to college.  My friends were getting married, I did their weddings, a few proms asked if I could help and it grew organically. 

What do you guys do now?

We are the premiere provider in scenic stuff. If people aren’t familiar, when you look at a stage set, the back drops, we have different tiles, fabrics. Basically anything you need for a gala, conference. 

What trends are you seeing?

A lot more customization. All of our products you can brand and put pictures on them.  You can have branding everywhere. 

What conversations should people be having for their event?

Start with a realistic budget or planners looking to say I have xyz dollars, or this is the look I’m trying to achieve what can you offer me and what will it cost. How do you engage the audience? How much branding do you want?  A lot of our clients request renderings, we can go in and plug in our products, lighting, seating. It’s a great way to help new planners or sell it to the client. 

Pet Peeves: Touching and Moving stuff around

Super Power: Always listening. In one conversation and can listen to another

Elizabeth@questevents.com

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