“We are hotel and meeting planning experts in the business of saving our clients time and money with a standard of meeting planning excellence and a desire to achieve mutual success through long-term business partnerships.”
David J. Richardson, Founder/CEO
No matter what our status or position in life, Memorable Meetings believes that there is a kid in all of us that still loves surprises, loves to laugh and especially enjoys being the first to discover hidden treasures. We also enjoy the privilege of being the first to share that treasure and discovery with others. Memorable Meetings creates and produces these unique and special experiences and we just happen to do it as experts in the placement and management of senior executive conferences and meetings.
Years in Business
Pig Races Planned for C-Level Executives
Client Rounds Played at Pebble Beach
Our role is to complement, not replace, your own people. Delegate to us those parts of your meeting you do not have
the time or expertise to manage and trust that everything will be implemented right the first time.
At no cost to you, we will find the right hotel/resort venue for the right price, negotiate the best contract terms to minimize financial risk and set expectations before you and your guests arrive for your meeting. We have a no “unexpected surprises” rule and we will create for you a customized, detailed specification RFP for your meeting to make sure surprises do not occur. We will even customize a hotel contract for you that includes all your requirements from preferred pillow mints at turn-down, to detailed space dimension requirements for every meeting and social space you require.
Need to spend your time on other priorities? Delegate all or part of your meeting planning to include: registration, food and beverage, transportation and more to meeting planning experts that you can depend on. Consider us part of your staff and your attendees will have a difficult time telling the difference between your team and ours. A seasoned veteran planner will be assigned for your meeting along with knowledgeable support staff. You can count on the need for minimal instructions to get the job done right, the first time.
Attention – Meeting Planning Executives
Learn how to transform your meeting agendas from
Good to Extraordinary!
As a Meeting Planner for your organization, partner with Memorable Meetings to combine your personal experience and planning knowledge of your business with the application of our research and discovery findings from over 3000 meetings and 30+ years of planning and executing senior level meetings. Let us share with you what we discovered are the key differences between ordinary or just good meetings and the kind of meetings that our clients told us were truly extraordinary. We named these differences, the 5 Keys to a Memorable Meeting. Let Memorable Meetings apply the power of the 5 Keys to the next meeting agenda you plan and witness a transformation and impression of your next meeting that your attendees will be compelled to share with you.
Memorable Entertainment will create an air of electricity, a charming moment, or a fascinating idea – all of which can inspire new directions for your attendees. Our trademark? The element of surprise to “wow” your audience with the unexpected.
Our clients say the performers and acts from our rare collection of entertainers called The League of Extraordinary Entertainers are so unique they are often hard to describe; and in the end, The League creates shared experiences where “you just have to be there”!
Memorable Golf by Design is a service dedicated to the job of organizing and planning memorable golf tournaments and events. We specialize in knowing how to mix good business strategy with a quality golf experience for both the novice and the experienced golfer. We offer:
* Comprehensive and accurate advance registration
* Detailed time-line for the tournament
* Extensive checklist of all the “little things”
* Fair, but strategically planned pairings
* High quality, unique golf awards
Ten years ago Memorable Meetings studied the results of planning and executing over 3000 executive meetings to discover the answer to a single question: What was the difference between the good meetings that we planned and executed and those that our clients said were extraordinary? We discovered a common thread of 5 keys that clearly differentiated every remarkable, extraordinary and memorable meeting from those that were ordinary or just good. Memorable Meetings named these the 5 Keys to a Memorable Meeting.
President & CEO
Office Location: Charleston, SC
Founded Company: 1985
Job Responsibilities: President & CEO
Education and Professional Background: Graduated from Appalachian State University, The Sea Pines Company from 1970-1975 (Conference Sales and Services); Opened Kiawah Island Resort in 1975 as Vice President Group Sales & Marketing until 1985; started David J. Richardson, Inc. (Memorable Meetings) in March 1985.
City Born: Durham, NC
Passions: Hunting at Embree, Drawing and Painting (especially drawing with my son, James), Carving Walking Staffs, Shag-Dancing to Beach Music
Favorite Places I Have Traveled: New Zealand, Europe
Favorite Hotels to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Amelia, The Sanctuary at Kiawah, The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Favorite Places to Relax: On a vacation with my family which is not connected to business. Also, dancing to beach music with my daughters
Director of Site Selection Services
Office Location: Charleston, SC
Company Tenure: 2008
Job Responsibilities: Beth oversees and facilitates the timely and accurate placement of client meetings, negotiates hotel contracts and maintains client services as hotel liaison. In addition, she provides on-site support and registration for multiple clients.
Education and Professional Background: Graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Arts Management. 10 years in non-profit event planning before joining Memorable Meetings.
City Born: Charleston, SC
Passions: Traveling, Art Museums
Favorite Places I Have Traveled: Barbados, Malta
Favorite Hotels to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Favorite Places to Relax: Anywhere on the water
Director of Planning Services
Office Location: Middleburg, VA
Company Tenure: 2000
Job Responsibilities: Donna is a Senior Planner with responsibilities that include full service meeting planning, onsite and marketing support for multiple clients as well as supervising site scouting and research team.
Education and Professional Background: Graduated from the University of SC in 1990 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism. Worked at Kiawah island resort for 8 years. Two years as a restaurant manager and 6 years as a Conference Services Manager.
City Born: Silver Springs, Maryland
Passions: Horseback riding, eating at great restaurants, working out
Favorite Places I Have Traveled: Europe, Caribbean
Favorite Hotels to Stay: The Lodge at Pebble Beach and The Ritz Naples
Favorite Places to Relax: Front Porch, beach, or on a long, peaceful trail ride
Sample of our clients, past and present
“Memorable Meetings provides me with access to the highest quality hotel and resort facilities, while saving us and our clients money through skilled hotel rate and contract negotiations. With Memorable Meetings, I am assured of professional representation and the best overall value for the money spent.”
Ron Christman, CEO, The Concours Group
“They did a fabulous job. I noticed every little detail. They made me feel so comfortable.”
Gail Meyer, Meeting Planner, Mighty Distribution System of America
“The G to E experience for Hayssen Flexible Systems was one that will not be easily forgotten. We hosted a North American Sales Meeting in Clearwater, FL (October 2015). Working with David and Margaret provided me the opportunity to pull off the “perfect” meeting for our company. I received all of the compliments when in reality, David and Margaret did the work!
Lisa Smith, Executive Assistant to President, Hayssen Flexible Systems, Duncan, SC
David J. Richardson, Founder/ President
Hotel Meurice, Paris, France