Signature Events Hires Kellie Mathas Of Tchoupitoulas + Vine

Affiliation makes Signature Events only event company in New Orleans with in-house design services

Jul 18, 2012, 16:24 ET from Signature Events

NEW ORLEANS, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kellie Mathas, founder of the event design company Tchoupitoulas + Vine, has joined Signature Events, making Signature the only event company in New Orleans offering in-house decorating and design services, announced Shelley Pigeon, managing partner and creative director of Signature, and Jill DiMarco, director of accounts and partner.

"We are excited to offer this new in-house service to our customers and to deliver the most cutting edge events and services," Pigeon said.

Signature was named one of the top 25 destination management companies in 2004 by Special Events magazine. In 2008, Signature was one of only 24 companies worldwide to be named a charter accredited destination management company by the Association of Destination Management Executives (ADME). In 2011 it was awarded the Gala Award for Best Fundraiser by Special Events magazine for production of Liuzza Palooza; and in 2012 it was nominated by ADME for Best Public Event.

"I am thrilled to be part of a team so committed to hard work, high standards and a desire to create trends rather than follow them," said Mathas, who will serve as director of creative strategy and development.

Mathas was the first certified special event professional (CSEP) in Louisiana and the first person to hold both the CSEP and certified meeting professional (CMP) designations in the city and state. She is a board member of the International Special Events Society, and in 2009 designed and produced the award-winning Final Night Event for PCMA, held in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

She graduated from the University of New Orleans and the George Washington event management program. She has more than 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry, specializing in event design and production.

About Signature Events

Based in New Orleans, Signature Events was founded in 1990 committed to a hands-on attitude and attention to detail. For more information, go to

About Tchoupitoulas + Vine

Based in New Orleans, Tchoupitoulas + Vine specializes in decor, design and creative services. Its mission is to create exceptional event decor, design and creative solutions. For more information, go to

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