Julie Teran - Sales Consultant
Name: Julie Teran
Title: Event Consultant
Joined the Mintahoe Team: 2008
What do you enjoy most about your position?
I love to be at the events! Months of planning, weeks of preparations, crazy last-minute changes and behind-the-scenes mayhem all culminating in smiling guests, a beautiful room, delicious food and unobtrusive service. Love it!
What is one of your most memorable Mintáhoe moments?
One of my first large, full-service events was working with Cheryl Kranz to plan an “upscale” picnic! A local company was hosting an international event in their parking lot (yes, parking lot) under a tent for 300+ people. Cheryl coordinated beautiful linens and décor, the client brought in international entertainment, and we all jumped through hoops, and hoops, for the local inspectors. Grilling outdoors on one of the windiest days of the year, and keeping all of the beautiful desserts crisp-looking in the heat was a challenge for us, but went unnoticed by our client. By the end of the day, I was soaking wet and coated in parking lot dust from the sun and wind, and I was barefoot after my super-cute high heels gave me three blisters, but so pleased with myself for having helped to pull-off a successful and well-received event with an event planner about whom, up until then, I had only read articles about in industry mags!
The advice I would offer potential clients is...
Read your Contracts and Proposals carefully! So many last-minute changes, and sometimes, heartache, could be avoided if documents were carefully reviewed. At an event I had done with another company, we were at a local park for a wedding reception. The fact that the bride had gotten her cake through a local bakery and would be providing the necessary wares and cutting it herself was very clearly written on the proposal. After dinner, the head table remained seated. After about 15 minutes I approached the bride and asked if she needed anything. She said they were just waiting for the cake to be served! We had no cake knife, extra forks or dessert plates. The bride was in tears over the misunderstanding. We “punted” and cut it with a dinner knife and served in on bev-naps, and in the end it was only a small hiccup in her day – but could have been avoided if she had read her paperwork carefully.
What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
I love to play board games, card games, and outdoors with my husband and our two kids; garden (even though I have a “black” thumb); scrapbook; and do Sudoku and crossword puzzles.
Favorite item from Mintahoe’s menu collection:
PFS Herb Roasted Chicken!