ILEA Member Spotlight featuring Stacey Hoyt CMP CSEP. Stacey is the Special Events Manager at the Blanton Museum of Art and a long time member of ILEA.
Stacey started her career as a stage manager working for dance companies around the country. She spent several years working for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. In 1999 she and her husband decided to move back to Austin (where she had lived in the early 90s) when it was time to raise a family. Once here, she became passionate about event planning in the early 2000s and enrolled at Austin Community College for certification in meeting and event planning. It was also at this time that she joined ILEA as a student member back in 2003. Today she is the Special Events Manager for the Blanton Museum of Art and is one of ILEA Austin’s earliest members, having held several positions on the executive board including chapter president.
We asked Stacey:
- How long have you been managing special events at the Blanton?
It will be 5 years this March!
- What do you enjoy most about managing special events at the Blanton?
I’ve really enjoyed being able to come up with event themes (like for our B Scene events) and doing event design around those themes while staying true to the art at the museum. This can be challenging at times, but when it all comes together, it’s so rewarding.
- Why did you decide to join ILEA?
As an ACC student in the event and meeting planning program, we had a number of guest speakers who mentioned ILEA and how important it was to join. After hearing so many wonderful speakers recommend this group, my classmates and I decided to join around the same time and I’ve been a member ever since!
- What is the best part of being an ILEA member?
I love my fellow ILEA members! I love seeing all their faces at meetings, catching up and following their lives through the years. I think it’s a really special group and one I’m proud to be a part of.
- Who / What is your dream client or event?
I really like working on large and logistically complex events. Part of what I’m currently working on for the opening around Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin (at the Blanton) fits that criteria! I am drawn to events that really challenge me.
- What is your advice for staying calm, cool and collected during a particularly stressful event?
The key is in the planning. The more time and energy that’s put into the plan, the more likely you are able to recover when things don’t go as planned. That includes thinking through worst case scenarios, having conversations with your team about “what would happen if…”. I feel like a well thought-out plan gives you something to fall back to, even if some things need to change at the last minute.
Now for the fun questions!
- What do you love most about living in Austin?
I think that the natural beauty of Austin makes it unique. Having access to parks and greenbelts in the midst of a bustling city makes Austin so special.
- What do you enjoy doing when you have time off?
I really enjoy gardening! I’ve planted vegetables, herbs, flowers and even have lemons on my lemon tree.
- If you could have dinner with any 3 artists (dead or alive), who would they be?
I think it would be really fun to have dinner with Andy Warhol. Ever since the Blanton presented the exhibition Warhol: By the Book, I have been fascinated with Warhol and his influence on the world around him. I would also invite Marilyn Monroe and Truman Capote.
- What is your dream vacation destination and why?
I want to go back to Nice, France. I was there on tour with Alvin Ailey years ago. We arrived on the tour bus into the city as the sun was rising and drove out in the middle of the night, so I never really got to walk around and experience the city. I got to see a bit of the beach but I remember thinking, “I’m coming back!” I also really want to do a heritage tour based on my genealogy (English, Scottish, Irish and a bit of French). I would love to visit the particular regions that my ancestors are from!
Blog written by Martine Boursiquot-LaConte, Event Sales Director at Pershing.