Sunday, December 6, 2015

Cultivating Collaborative Culture! Together Everyone Achieves More!

As a network we are always looking for ways in which we can build our businesses. Our goal at the NGLCCNY has always been to cultivate a collaborative culture and to that end we relentlessly champion referrals, alliances and strategic partnerships. Cameron Event Design recently showcased how the relationships we are building are keys to our collective success.

Glenn Reimer owner of Cameron Event Design and Amy Mayes of Amy Mayes Photography joined efforts and provided services to Marquis Studios a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing arts-­in­‐education services to over 90 New York City public schools, for their annual “A Year in Pictures” Art Gallery Exhibition, Opening Night reception and Awards Ceremony at Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

This event showcases the winning student artwork. This years’ “A Kaleidoscope of Cultures” featured calendar art by Students with Disabilities, as well as District 75 Marquis Studios students. The week-long Exhibit was part of the ongoing celebrations of VSA’s 40th Anniversary, promoting art by and for People with Disabilities.
Glenn and Amy shared how this engagement came to be and the bond they strengthened.

Glenn Reimer, Owner
Cameron Event Design

How did you find the opportunity for Amy to join you?
When the client said he wanted a photographer for the Awards Ceremony with the VIPs and a step and repeat, I immediately recommended Amy knowing and respecting her work. I put them in touch with each other and they quickly hired her.

What is the feedback you received regarding Amy’s work?
The event went really well and the Executive Director was thrilled that Amy was able to get a lot of “candids” during the day as well as the traditional VIP shots.

How did you and Glenn connect to make this opportunity possible?
Glenn Reimer and I met through the NGLCCNY when I first joined the chamber in 2013.  Around that time, I was shooting Chamber mixers which afforded me the opportunity to showcase my event work to other members.  Recently Glenn and his event planning company, Cameron Event Design, were hired by Marquis Studios to plan an event and they needed a photographer.  Glenn recommended me for the job and shortly thereafter I was hired. 
Amy Mayes, Owner
Amy Mayes Photography

How did the collaboration work?
Glenn and I collaborated to make sure our clients got everything they needed.  Glenn's event planning and my photography helped make the event a success!  I'm grateful to the Chamber for creating business opportunities for their members.

To learn about the event please click here to read a great piece on the show that aired on NY1.

More about Marquis Studios and VSA NYC
VSA New York City was founded in 1983 with the continuing mission of promoting and providing quality arts opportunities for people of all abilities. In 2013, Arts education nonprofit organization Marquis Studios was named the VSA New York City affiliate. 
Marquis Studios, a 38-year-old arts education organization is proud to have been named the New York City affiliate of VSA. Through participation in the annual VSA Calendar Project as well as aligned missions, Marquis Studios was selected to continue the great work of Dr. Bebe Bernstein and VSA. At Marquis Studios they strive to develop a strong partnership between artists and teachers by providing arts programs to supplement traditional classroom teaching techniques. Each residency or workshop focuses on a specific visual or performing arts discipline selected by school staff and administration.

More about Glenn Reimer, Cameron Event Design.
Glenn is the mastermind of Cameron Event Design. Glenn is a master of the visual experience. Whether it was his experience of retail management and merchandising early in his career or his later work producing projects for National Geographic, The History Channel, PBS and Discover Channel to his time at FWE as a project manager. Glenn instinctively visualizes an event’s spirit and potential on many levels. He can level set expectations and rise to the challenge of executing the most complex events. Glenn brings many years of talent, resources and expertise to any event, anywhere across the country. He has produced intimate events and large incentive events all across the country and has previously partnered with other chamber members to support their endeavors.

More about Amy Mayes, Amy Mayes Photography.
Amy has been an active ally to the LGBT community long before joining the NGLCCNY in 2013. She has photographed the challenges as well as the triumphs, of the LGBT community in our quest of equality for all. Amy has documented some of the most pivotal moments in recent LGBT history.  Photographing marches, political campaigns, non-profit charity galas, landmark legal decisions and of course the capturing images of our community in daily life locally, national and as far away as Cuba. Learn more about Amy here.

Amy Mayes specializes in documentary, portrait and event photography. In addition to client work, Amy is currently seeking participants for her portrait series of LGBT families.  Further information can be found here.

I invite you to reach to Glenn with event planning needs and Amy for photography needs.

If you have a success story you would like featured in the newsletter reach out to me directly or Gonzo Araya, Executive Chair, Media Communication Committee.

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Committee, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

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