Shannon Gail is the owner of popular Chicago-based event planning firm, Shannon Gail Events. Shannon obtained a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois and after a short stint at a downtown brokerage firm, launched the SG brand with the intent of approaching large-scale events from an investment perspective and providing stronger financial planning and advisory to the industry. Thirteen years later, Shannon Gail Events is an accredited team of event professionals, producing 80+ events per year locally, across the United States, and internationally.
Shannon’s unique business model and approach to expansion has led the team to become one of the nation’s most respected resources for all things event production. Having managed events in 26 cities coast to coast, the team’s network of event professionals spans the entire country, allowing them to orchestrate multi-location corporate, retail and brand-wide initiatives effectively and uniformly.
With a continued passion for entrepreneurship, the inner workings of small businesses, and the desire to give back, Shannon is frequently seen consulting on industry health and developments, speaking to students at local universities, and was the 2016 Marketing Chair for the Chicago Chapter of national nonprofit Wish Upon a Wedding.
When she is not working on all things SG, Shannon enjoys cooking, all things fitness, traveling abroad, sipping red wine, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and little poodle rescue, Mitzi.
MEET THE TEAM
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Bridget is a seasoned event production professional with a passion for city living, fresh flowers, photo booths, and brunch. Often seen toasting with a great glass of bubbly or toting her French Bulldog on various shopping and planning excursions, her years of experience in event design and venue management coupled with her broad industry network give her an invaluable wealth of knowledge and expertise in which to share with her clients.
Growing up in the hospitality industry, Samantha has been honing her event planning skills since she was just a kid, holding countless roles with her family’s catering company and event venue. Her innate ability to think quickly and confidently problem solve on the spot allow her to defuse situations before they even arise. She is best described as the SG Team Member with the most fabulous lip color and an iced coffee in hand (regardless of season!) Fun fact – she is also Shannon’s sister!
What does Cecelia love more than a good party? Planning one of course! Prior to joining SG, Cecelia co-owned an event planning company, Deux Clare Weddings & Events, which she launched right here in Chicago with her best friend in 2015. Since then, she has devoted herself to learning every facet of the industry, developing long-standing relationships with vendors and professionals, and leading her clients through countless events. Cecelia has a strong attention to detail, loves a good spreadsheet, and in her spare time, you'll find her with her friends and family, especially her niece, nephew, and her dog Oscar!
As a former ballet dancer of 20 years, Emma is no stranger to the importance of precision and detail. Her innate discipline and ability to remain calm and effective under pressure led her to a career in the event industry. Prior to SG, Emma developed a broad understanding of catering, events, and venue management through prior roles at two local country clubs, where she ultimately managed a full team of banquet staff and food and beverage operations. She brings a unique and developed set of skills and the ability to think quickly and effectively (possibly with the assistance of a Starbucks iced oatmilk honey latte but who's asking?)
Coordinator + Social Media Manager
Kendall honed her event planning skills through years of experience in venue management and catering before finding her home here on Team SG. Her broad knowledge of the industry combined with a natural sense of organization, creativity, and the ability to stay amazingly calm under pressure allows her clients a true confidence in the process. She attributes her calm demeanor to horse back riding, a good glass of red wine, and walks in Lincoln Park (so gorg!), but we think she’s just a total girl boss!
Kelly’s career in the events industry began to take shape in college, where she planned and executed events, weekends, and galas for her sorority. She further honed her experience as the Lead Assistant right here on Team SG, becoming an absolutely integral part of countless events before her promotion to Coordinator. She is the definition of a perfectionist, and her energy, confidence and “make it happen” attitude are crucial on an event day. She loves a good to-do list and plans out her schedule every single day – even time with her pup (Teagan) and horse (Diva)!
Melissa joined our team as an Assistant, quickly becoming the most requested by our Coordinators and an absolute asset to every event day. As a 19-year competitive soccer veteran, she is no stranger to fast-paced decision-making and performing well under pressure. Now a Coordinator at Team SG, she has produced events of all sizes and structures, gaining her an impressive repertoire of field experience which has made her a true fixture for her clients and vendor teams. Melissa is our resident brunch enthusiast, and is always looking for her next adventure, trip, or new experience!
Jenna is a self-proclaimed perfectionist, Disney-lover and sports fan, and finds joy in precision, detail, and curating her daily to-do list. Her detail-oriented nature led her to become one of Team SG's Lead Assistants, where she continued to build her expertise for two full seasons before accepting her current Coordinator role. Extensive event experience combined with a naturally enthusiastic and confident demeanor make her the ultimate leader, and she lives by the motto "early is on time, on time is late."
Elyssa is a true veteran of the events industry, having joined Team SG with an already impressive resume of social and corporate event planning, venue management and catering for some of Chicago’s top names. Her passion for the events industry stems from the ability to focus her broad skillset and talents into one creative outlet, organizing and educating clients on the process while also prioritizing design and detail. She is married to the man of her dreams, is Mom to two adorable sons, loves iced coffee, anything purple, and hot pink lipstick. Fun fact – she also speaks fluent Italian! Salute!