Addie Graham-Kramer, 37, works in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as president at The Event Company. As a 2018 40 Under 40 honoree, Graham-Kramer discusses her passion for the events industry.
How I got here: After planning events and managing public relations for over a decade in the nonprofit sector and the corporate world, I launched The Event Company in October 2013.
Greatest Career Accomplishment: Since launching our company almost five years ago, we’ve been a part of some incredible fundraisers. One of those is with the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Foundation and they have raised over three-quarters of a million dollars for Feeding South Dakota.
Impressive stats: The Event Company has hosted more than 100,000 guests at our events; been part of fundraisers that have garnered nearly $6 million for their charities; and put out more than 51,000 chairs, lit more than 6,400 votives on guest tables and eaten more than 420 desserts.
Specific improvement I’ve made: One area we continually try to implement throughout all of our events is the role of social ambassadors. These individuals act on behalf of the organization/company/nonprofit to raise social awareness throughout various social media platforms.
What I do outside of work: I spend time with my family every chance I get. In our community, I am on the board of directors for JAM Art & Supplies, a nonprofit that is a creative reuse center providing a second chance for supplies that can be used for education and the arts.