Our Mission: To strengthen, educate and advance the festivals and events industry throughout the Southeast. The Southeast Festivals & Events Association (SFEA) is a 501 (c) 6 membership based organization comprised of festival and event planners, venues, and industry service providers. SFEA was founded in 2009 to strengthen the festival and event industry throughout the southeast United States by hosting educational sessions, networking opportunities, award recognition, and additional events throughout the year; thus allowing for continued professional growth within the festivals and events industry. Membership is open to those in the festivals and events industry as well as those wanting to get their start and learn more about this exciting profession. Secure your membership today!
SFEA Member Necie Brown to Speak at 2017 Conference
Some label event creators, dreamers. Some may even classify them as innovators. Necie Brown simply identifies herself as an avant-gardists whose mind is aroused by creativity, her blood flows swifter with every new idea and her heart pounds at the thought of patrons creating memories that will last their lifetime.
At only 24-years-old Necie Lewis is dedicated to impacting others by facilitating good times through event management. In 2010, while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Communication at Kennesaw State University, she enrolled into the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program. Here she decided that she didn’t want to leave an impression on the world, she wanted to leave an impact. And she wanted it to be an artistic one.
With a career that began with Kennesaw State University Sports and Entertainment Park’s student run entrepreneurial workforce, Night Owl Productions, Necie promoted the venue’s events with the street team. Necie quickly excelled from a student leader to a professional staff member within 5 months. In 2013 Necie began a full-time position with the organization as the Festival, Event and Fan Experience Coordinator. In this role Necie was responsible for developing and executing a programming strategy that attracted audiences from local and regional markets while simultaneously creating and implementing training programs for front of house staff in order to improve productivity and increase accountability.
In May of 2016 Necie was promoted within the organization to the Booking and Event Manager. In this role Necie is responsible for employing tactical techniques through creative strategies and customer focus in order to maximize venue revenue. Within her organization she is considered a visionary who demonstrates strong coordination skills through leadership opportunities with events such as an annual hot air balloon festival, which has an operation budget exceeding $650k each year and has an economic impact of more than 7.2 million. She exhibits a proven ability to develop, engage and retain diverse partnerships while concomitantly staying true to who she is.
In her free time, Necie enjoys listening to both new and throwback jams, eating burritos, traveling the world with her husband, and spending time with her loving family and friends.