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SIMPLY PERFECT BY EXCLUSIVE As for my inspiration, I’d have to say my family. My parents are

entrepreneurs, so I’ve had wonderful role models growing up, which ultimately inspired me to venture out on my own and become an entrepreneur myself! I have always been encouraged to set my goals high and

INTERVIEW WITH MELISSA PHILLIPS

to work hard to achieve them. The event planning industry is not your typical job, so having my family there to support me and work with my crazy schedule has allowed me to do what I love and most importantly, be successful at it!

RUTH: How long have you been a planner and what inspired you to become a planner? MELISSA: I’ve been a planner for over 10 years, yet started Simply Perfect by Melissa in 2006. Since my childhood, I have always been a planner of sorts, yet I began true event planning 12 years ago at Loyola University. After college, I taught high school for seven years – I enjoyed teaching and my content area of science, but just wasn’t sure I was cut out for the public education system. I dabbled in school-wide event planning with students and had a lot of fun with it. While thinking about what I would do if I was no longer a teacher, it was obvious to those around me before it even became obvious to me – event planning! I love the excitement that goes into fine tuning details and the challenge of making it all come together on the day of the event. Through all of the preparations, last minute adjustments, and obstacles that develop as we put it all together on the day of the event, a surge of adrenaline rushes through me at each and every event I coordinate. I think I often get just as excited as my clients. The vision that has been clear in my head throughout the planning process comes to life on this one special day – I just love to see their reactions!

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Portfolio Fusion Magazine ( August 2010)  

August 2010: Event Planning inspirations by Melissa Phillips of Simply Perfect by Melissa, tips on flowers by Jamie Lea Bates of Town & Coun...

Portfolio Fusion Magazine ( August 2010)  

August 2010: Event Planning inspirations by Melissa Phillips of Simply Perfect by Melissa, tips on flowers by Jamie Lea Bates of Town & Coun...

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