Expert Advice? StarChapter of the Month

Updated: Aug. 31, 2017  |  Categories: Member Communications, Volunteers, StarChapter Successes  

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StarChapter of The Month is ISES Houston

We spoke with Courtney Rai, the current President to learn more about their success story

ISES Houston’s revenues grew by almost six-fold. What is your secret to running the chapter?
“The majority of our income was generated through monthly events. Great content and speakers have helped us this year to gain more attendees. We also held our big Crystal Icon Awards gala, which is a big fundraiser for our chapter that recognizes those in our industry for their accomplishments.”

What activities did ISES Houston initiate to engage new members this year?
“We held a membership drive event in December and May with discounted rates as part of ISES International’s promotions. We also tried to take a personal approach by reaching out to prospects and creating other local incentives for people to join.”

Can you tell me about a main event that you organized this year?
“Crystal Icon Awards Gala is our largest event of the year, but we also had a very highly attended event that centered around the Superbowl coming to the city of Houston in 2017 with a speaker from the NFL Host committee. We will also have our second annual Eventspiration Day of Education in March.”

Were you inspired by other chapters in ISES?
“Always! We always love learning what other chapters are doing when we attend leadership conferences twice a year. Collaboration is a big part of it!”

What's in store for your members in 2015?
“We have some great programs lined up for our members including how to get your business more media attention, talks about the event industry in our city, our day of education Eventspiration conference where we bring in speakers from across the country and more!”

How did StarChapter help you run the chapter?
“StarChapter has been helpful in streamlining all of our chapter communications. Previously we had a separate chapter website, email service, and different program for registration so having them all in one place has been a great timesaver and also created more traffic to our Houston chapter website.”

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