Eddie Fam, Founder & CEO
In 1997, Eddie Fam began his career in event management as a student at George Mason University where he booked The Roots for one of his first music festivals. In 2000, Eddie signed a local band named SEV to a major record deal with Jimmy Iovine and Geffen Records. This landed them a commercial for Pepsi Blue which aired during the MTV Music Video Awards. In 2001, Fam helped coordinate a fundraising campaign for Coptic Orphans in Egypt which generated more than $1 million dollars. In 2005, Eddie was selected for Bono’s ONE Campaign to serve as a US Delegate to help promote the “Commission for Africa”.
As Eddie continued to excel in his career, he decided to create his own event production company in 2009 – IMPACT Collective. Humbly starting his business from the inside of a Panera, Eddie worked his way to the top and began managing several types of events such as weddings, galas, concerts, conferences, corporate, non-profit and more. Eddie’s greatest passion is serving as the Founder of Meant 2 Live Foundation, an organization that has impacted more than 2,000 impoverished youth in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Zambia, Africa. Fam also launched a ministry called Splendor Productions which utilizes the universal power of music to inspire and empower individuals living in poverty, addictions, and prisons around the world.
Christine Fam, Director of Operations
Christine thrives on the unequivocal pace of new ventures as well as organizing the chaos that ensues. With over 16 years of experience in business operations and human resources, she is an operational veteran. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology, as well as Master’s level certificates in project management and homeland security management. As IMPACT’s Director of Operations, she is excited to use her expertise in workflow analysis and business strategy.
Christine’s motto: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:9,10) Christine uses this as motivation in her service as Operations Director of Meant 2 Live Foundation.
Ari Jones, Senior Wedding Planner
Ari’s passion for event planning was born from her personal journey as a cancer survivor. While home recovering from metastatic papillary thyroid cancer, Ari made it her mission to help other survivors by supporting fundraising events for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This work led to a six-year full-time job in event planning with a non-profit founded by Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs called Youth For Tomorrow, a youth home for at-risk kids.
Ari soon realized that she loved the fulfillment that came from creating custom celebrations for both social and corporate events for a wide variety of clients. Today, Ari and the IMPACT team help clients celebrate and commemorate life’s most joyous occasions, with each event a direct reflection of Ari’s mantra to live life to the fullest every day.
Julie Vient, Wedding Planner
Julie has been as an event planner since 2012. From an early age, she recognized her love for creating memorable moments and experiences while playing the piano for weddings and special events. Graduating with a master’s degree in piano from the University of Miami in 2003, Julie began to work in events on a part time basis both in floral services and as a musician. She went on to develop strong communication, project management and customer service skills in the corporate setting. She has first-hand experience with weddings, concerts and fundraisers.
Julie’s diverse background uniquely positions her to provide creative solutions and quickly address issues that may arise throughout the course of an event. Her organization and attention to detail provides a stress-free experience while her creative background ensures your day is uniquely special and exactly as you want it!
Maria Jacoby, Event Planner
With over a decade of experience in event management, project management, consulting, organization and leadership, Maria utilizes these skills with each event she directs and brings an unmatched attention to detail. She brings an extensive knowledge of event vendor options in the Washington, DC area and is a fierce negotiator for her clients, ensuring they receive the best price and service available.
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