Dany Gutierrez

Major: Event Management
Company/Organization: Harpors Vineyard
Company/Organization website: https://www.harpors.com/
Destination: New Virginia, Iowa
Timeframe: Summer 2023
Advisor/Coordinator Email: jbeyer@iastate.edu


My responsibilities and job duties included assisting and leading tours, decor meetings, and details meetings. During tours we meet with potential clients to show them our space and what we have to offer. After the tours we discuss pricing, discounts, and elevations that can be added to the wedding! Decor meetings consist of meeting with clients and planning out all of the pretty details such as napkin colors, signage, plates and flatware, and other decorations! Details meetings consist of figuring out the day of wedding timeline, layout, vendors, and other details! Other responsibilities include helping day of weddings by assisting the couple, setting up, tearing down, talking with vendors, and more, each wedding is unique and interesting! Because we only do weddings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, during the weekday we work to prepare for upcoming weddings. Steaming linens, setting out decor, talking to vendors, etc.


My greatest accomplishment was establishing myself in my work space. I feel like I had a lot of growth and personal development throughout this experience. It was recognized during our staff awards when I was given one of two awards from the head coordinators. My award was for "Most Professional". This was a great accomplishment because my supervisors saw and recognized my potential in the industry and this was validating for my future in this industry.

Learning experience

My most valuable lesson is that the small things are the most important. Being detail oriented in this industry is very important! A lot of the time it can be difficult to predict and plan for everything, it is important to be able to think quickly and be creative.

What advice would you give?

My advice for future students in my major is to be open and ask a lot of questions! Being curious is what allows you to grow and it exposes you to more opportunities. Get to know and always be professional to your guests, coworkers, and vendors… connections are everywhere!

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