Deborah Elias, President, Elias Events
Deborah Elias, CSEP, CMP, CIS has been planning events for over twenty years. Since starting her business, Elias Events, LLC in Houston, she has planned hundreds of amazing events across the United States, and many international locations. She is an award-winning event planner with achievements of distinction including three times awarded the Esprit award and twice the exclusive hospitality industry Gala award. She has served on many industry boards including as president of Houston Chapter of the ILEA, the SEARCH Foundation and Special Events Magazine boards, and currently sits on the Texas Meeting and Events Advisory Board. She writes for industry publications including Connect Magazine, The Special Event Magazine, Plan It Meetings Magazine, Meetings Management Magazine, and Texas Meeting and Events Magazine. She is sought after for her expertise by various media outlets across the country. She has attained Certified Meeting Professional, Special Event Professional and Incentive Travel Specialist designations. She speaks passionately about Event Innovations at many industry conferences including The Special Event, ILEA Houston, SITE, PRSA, IMEX, IBTM and has been a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Houston.