Valerie Bihet - DELEGATE
With over 20 years of experience in the management and production of special events, I mastered designing, planning and executing events that communicate and deliver my client’s objectives. From a high profile social event or non-profit fundraiser to a corporate meeting, conference or incentive trip, I speak the language of live events. I discovered my passion for the event industry early in my professional life and set about to hone my talent working as a communication executive with Disneyland Paris and Club Med Paris where I produced and managed the production teams for many of the companies’ large-scale events including Disney’s 5th Anniversary, Club Med’s 50th Anniversary and The Race, and last but not least, the world renown, Tour de France. When an opportunity arose to move with Club Med to the United States to work in their North American offices, I leapt at the chance. In my role, I produced events and managed large production teams for Club Med high profile events as well as being responsible for all marketing and press events. After four years with Club Med, I decided to stay in the United States to producing events on an independent level, and I haven’t looked back.Since 2004, I have produced over 300 high profile events in the United States, Europe, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Japan, Manila, Bali and more for global brands such as APEC, IMF, Microsoft, LVMH, Alstom, L’Oreal, Orange, Montblanc, Areva, Cap Gemini, and many more. I am intimately in touch with the event world at large through my association and membership with Meeting Planners International and International Special Event Society. I am a professional people-person who knows how to uncover and utilize the best resources to produce award-winning events no matter where I work in the world.In 2007, I was named as “Event Planner of the Year” by BizBash Florida. I naturally exude a certain “je ne sais quoi” that defines my style of design and production and makes it distinctly my own.
About my company
The VIBE agency specializes in corporate event planning and destination management services. Our clients praise our innovative program designs, impeccable logistics management, and friendly international team. Our mission is to create exceptional events that capture your vision and inspire your audience. We are more than event planners; we are experts at creating unique experiences that bring your brand to life with a “VIBE.” Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas are our most popular event locations but we can manage your event in most destinations – including Canada, Mexico and South America. The VIBE agency has a track record of success working with leading companies around the world (LVMH, Microsoft, L'Oreal, and many more) and was named in the top ten "Event Planner of the Year" by BizBash Florida last year. Our reputation for service and creativity is second to none, and our entire team stands ready to work with you and your staff every step of the way.
I chose this career path because
Prior to my career in the Event Service industry I worked in Finance. About 20 years ago, I made the switch from Finance to Event Services and started out working on the corporate side doing public relations and planning events. In 2004, after a successful career as a communication executive with Disneyland Paris and Club Med North America in Miami, Florida, I started The V!BE Agency.
I think Event Services is in my DNA. It is really a passion of mine!
I prepared for this career by
I have a Master's degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne, which serves as the foundation of my knowledge of business. However, with that said, much of what I know about Event Services is self-taught and experience based. This career came naturally to me.
The biggest challenge I've overcome
The biggest challenge I face is balancing my personal life with my professional life.
My greatest strength(s)
Among my greatest strengths are my creativity, the "French touch" I give to every event, and my deeply rooted passion for what I do.
My greatest accomplishment to date
I feel my greatest accomplishment has been coming to the United States and successfully starting my own business.
My personal/professional goals
This past year I started fresh with a new logo and website and began expanding my services to larger clients, and my goal is to continue on that path. Another big goal of mine is to become a United States Citizen, after 16 years!
What/Who has inspired me the most
My daughters, ages 8 and 5, are my greatest inspiration. Second to that, my passion and drive.
I most want to be known/remembered for
I want to be remembered as a passionate and creative woman who brought positivity to the lives of others and as a good mother.
I participate in the following organizations/memberships
I belong to SITE and Meeting Professionals International (MPI)
I have received the following Honors/Awards/Scholarships
In 2007, I was named as “Event Planner of the Year” by BizBash Florida.
I support the missions of these charities/volunteer my time
I support various school education programs.
I enjoy the following hobbies/interests
I love playing with my daughters, cooking and playing tennis.