Premier education was only one highlight for Paul Creighton, CSEP, of Orlando, Fla.-based T. Skorman Productions Inc. at Eventworld® 2007. The ISES Board of Governors welcomed Creighton to the organization's headship. Alongside 2007-08 ISES president Connie Riley, CSEP, also from T. Skorman Productions, Creighton begins his new professional role with high hopes. Read on to acquaint yourself with Creighton and learn what he sees in ISES' future.
Q: Tell me a little about your current position and role at T. Skorman Productions.
A: My official title is executive vice president; however, my real title since 1985 is Employee No. 1. Currently, I have the pleasure of directing the company's special events division with incoming ISES President Connie Riley, CSEP.
Q: What is your area of expertise in the special event industry?
A: I specialize in producing and creating entertainment for special events. I enjoy creating shows from scratch, producing celebrity talent on a regular basis and managing several of our exclusive entertainment acts.
Q: How and when did you get involved with ISES?
A: Back in the early 1990s, Patti Coons, CSEP, of Wayne Lachman Productions Hawaii was one of my biggest clients. She told me that if I couldn't have her business if I didn't join. I joined! Since then, it's been Connie Riley who has mentored me on the importance of being involved and giving back to the industry.
Q: What has been the greatest value or highlight of being an ISES member?
A: I think that you can split the value of an ISES membership into two parts — one is what you get, and one is what you give. In the “getting” department, my ISES membership has opened me up to an international clientele who I wouldn't have acquired on my own. ISES has helped turn T. Skorman from an Orlando entertainment company into an internationally known entertainment company. As for giving back, one of the highlights is knowing that when we volunteer to teach or serve on a board, we're giving back to the industry that has been so good to us.
Q: Why are you interested in serving on the ISES Board of Governors?
A: Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not shy about offering my opinion. I'm a critical thinker, and I'm not afraid to shake up the status quo if it's appropriate. For all of those reasons, I thought it was time to contribute to the leadership of this organization. My main areas of interest coming in are continuing to improve and define the educational components of ISES as well as help strengthen the ISES brand within the industry.
Name: Paul Creighton, CSEP
Company: T. Skorman Productions Inc.
Address: 5156 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32809-3020 USA
E-mail: [email protected]