Article by Michael Hudson
Site Search & Select
Let me tell you about a recent successful Tier 1 / Tier 2 collaboration between 3 great members of NGLCCNY.
In addition to my day running Site Search & Select, a global venue finding and conference event planning business, I was asked to organize and execute a gala dinner for 130 people at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields (Episcopal) – a renowned LGBT friendly parish in Greenwich Village. The event was to have cocktails, live music, buffet dinner and décor. Many of you know St. Luke’s as one of the pioneer PWA outreach organizations in New York (still the only organization serving a hot meal every Saturday of the year to more than 60 PWAs since the early 1980’s).
Tier 1 / Tier 2 definition according to the e-publication CHRON “Tier two companies are the key suppliers to tier one supplier, without supplying a product directly to [end user] company. However, a single company may be a tier one supplier to one company and a tier two supplier to another company, or may be a tier one supplier for one product and a tier two supplier for a different product line.”
Focus Events and Catering
As the Tier 1 Supplier, I decided to enlist two fellow NGLCCNY members as my Tier 2 Suppliers – Jay Dellacona of Focus Events and Catering and Ed Haggerty of Classic Party Rentals. Between the three partners, we transformed the 185 year old garden and church gymnasium into one of the most impressive “welcome home” stewardship events the parish has ever seen.
Classic Party Rentals
As described by our Rector (Senior Pastor) Mother Caroline Stacey.... “Recently our annual stewardship dinner received a big boost and great work on the part of three companies each of which did an outstanding "above and beyond the call” job in every way: from reliable, professional set up and provision of infrastructure to flawless execution during the event, a very personable interface with our own staff, and immaculate clean up and tear down after the event was over. St. Luke's staff commented to me many times before and after the event how wonderful all the people were to work with and how stress-free they found the event-planning process. And of course we at St. Luke's are always delighted and gratified when we can work with LGBT-identified companies because this fits so inherently with our own diverse community as well as our missions.”
With this successful collaboration under my belt, if you are interested in working with any of our corporate partners or allies, I strongly encourage you to explore partnerships with your fellow NGLCCNY members. The creativity, cost savings and end results will make our community proud and your business a success.