Event company

Behind the scenes, pulling the strings, Lexington Event Company

By Lori Hailey

Inspired by an internship at a catering company, Kaelyn Query started her event planning business while still in high school.
“I really appreciated [the internship] and learned all the ins and outs of catering, setting up events and more. I started doing side events and the business grew from there,” Query said.

At first, she held 10 or fewer events a year “as a side gig”, she said, and later held numerous other positions in the hospitality industry.

But Query was good at event planning, and happy customers have recommended others. In 2013, she created her own company, LexEffect Events + Management. In 2019, she founded Lexington Event Co., which produces a range of events for clients across the United States, from multi-day corporate meetings with thousands of attendees to intimate weddings and everything in between.

Query has also launched its own podcast, “Big Ideas, Small Business,” which it describes as “an unfiltered, educational, and inspirational look at the ins and outs of starting, running, and owning a small business. business – mixed with a few short stories and lots of sarcasm, she is also involved in several community organizations and sits on the board of Commerce Lexington and the Lexington Children’s Museum.

Query shared more of its story for this month’s Small Business Snapshot.

The Lane Report: What services/products do you offer?
Question from Kaelyn: We are an event management, planning and consulting company. We offer personalized services to our clients, ranging from conferences, trade shows, festivals and fundraisers to weddings, social events and more.

TLR: How many employees do you have?
QQ: We have four full-time employees [as of December 2021]. Once the high season returns we will bring our contractors back and we will normally have between 10 and 15+.

TLR: When you meet someone new, how do you describe your job?
QQ: Chaos. We are the coordinators of chaos. We must prepare for the worst and work for the best. We’re ready for Plan A, but we still have Plans B and C ready to go when needed. It’s hard work and hard work, but it can be so rewarding!

TLR: Tell us about a recent project or development that you are proud of.
QQ: We’ve worked with many clients to be more creative in how they run their conferences, meetings and events. Between hybrid models, single activation, experiential touches and more, we thought outside the box and it was so fun to incorporate new details into their events.

TLR: What was your biggest challenge as a company and how did you overcome it?
QQ: COVID-19 has been the most recent challenge. Like most businesses, we have experienced labor shortages, increased prices for supplies (and delays in obtaining said supplies), and challenges related to regulations and mandate changes. Our industry has been nimble and jumped hurdle after hurdle.

TLR: Is your company involved in the community? How? ‘Or’ What?
QQ: We are! We think community spirit is so important. We offer discounted and free event management services for non-profit organizations. We encourage our team to get involved in the community in many ways and we sit on several boards and committees of area charities.

TLR: What’s the best thing about running a small business?
QQ: We are able to offer more flexible work environments – days off, vacations, sick days and regular hours – and we can give our team the ability to do what they need to do while living their lives. A small business is like a family, so we celebrate successes and face challenges together.