About Us

About Us

Since 2001, we’ve been helping companies put on events of all types and sizes—from incentive trips, trade show booth design and marketing plans, elegant dinners for small groups to meetings for thousands. If you need expert assistance to plan and execute your next event, we can help. Fancy Shindigs is your single point of contact for all your event planning needs.

Clients have included: AT&T, Global Knowledge, Knight Ridder, ProShow, Consumer Electronics Show, American Management Association, Fancy Food Show, First American, Wells Fargo, CoreLogic, BCD M&I, Honeywell, Fiserv

Fancy Shindigs also provide training courses for event planners. We offer a variety of industry related courses which can be used as Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Principal Lisa Gentilin, Ph.D., CMP, has served as an instructor at various conferences and for several organizations. She also teaches event planning and marketing courses for San Francisco State University.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements:

  • EXHIBITOR eTrak 2015 ~ Formulas That Can Save You Money (40915) ~ TBD ~

Past 2015 Speaking Engagements:

Recent Industry Articles:

  • Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine ~ Las Vegas – A Menu of Venues~ May, 2015 ~ Great venues Las Vegas has to offer outside of the hotel ballroom
  • EXHIBITOR magazine ~ Calling it Quits in Five Easy Steps ~ February, 2015 ~ Tips for changing exhibit houses.
  • Message Blocks blog ~ Meet the Planner: Lisa Gentilin, Fancy Shindigs ~ September, 2014 ~ Interview by Message Blocks – a digital platform that allows teams to organize information and plan events
  • EXHIBITOR magazine ~ Party Planning Quiz~ June, 2014 ~ Formulas for figuring your hospitality needs.
  • Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine ~ Wowed in Las Vegas~ May, 2014 ~ Great venues Las Vegas has to offer outside of the hotel ballroom ~ “Unique Venues on Tour”
  • EXHIBITOR magazine ~ 25 Ways to Cut Costs ~ February, 2014 ~ Cost cutting tips to trim your Trade Show budget.
  • EXHIBITOR magazine ~ The Absentee Exhibit Manager’s Playbook ~ December, 2013 ~ Effectively managing your exhibit and staff when they’re on the field and you’re in your office.
  • collaborate magazine ~ Piggyback and Save ~ May, 2013 ~ Saving money when two or more events with similar objectives are taking place at the same time or back-to-back.
  • EXHIBITOR magazine ~ CoreLogic’s Recipe for Radical Reduction ~ January, 2013 ~ Using negotiation skills to meet a client’s event objectives with a budget reduction.

Past 2014 Speaking Engagements:

Past 2013 Speaking Engagements:

About Lisa Gentilin, PhD, CMP

Prior to starting Fancy Shindigs, Lisa was a senior marketing manager for telecommunications companies, including MicroFrame and AT&T. During her career, Lisa has planned and managed numerous trade shows, meetings and workshops, user conferences, and incentive trips, along with providing event planning and marketing training around the country.

Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in advertising and marketing and a Master’s degree in international business. In May of 2006, Lisa received her Doctorate in international business and marketing. She is also a Certified Meeting Professional.

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