“We are hotel & 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
Our Inspired Purpose:
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.
What We Do:
Years in Business
Pig Races Planned for C-Level Executives
Client Rounds Played at Pebble Beach
At not 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 donot occur. We will even customize a hotel contract for you that includes all yourrequirements 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 & 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.
Partner with us to combine your experience and knowledge with our research and discovery form over 3000 meetings in 30+ years of planning and executing senior level meetings and conferences. Let us share with you the 5 key differences that we discovered every extraordinary meeting had in common, compared to meetings considered to be just good or ordinary. We call these differences the 5 Keys to a Memorable Meeting. When applied strategically we can help you turn your meetings, big or small, from good to extraordinary.
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.
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
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
Passion: 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
Been with the Company Since: 2008
Job Responsibilities: Oversee and facilitate the timely and accurate placement of client meetings, negotiate hotel contracts and maintain client services as hotel liaison. In addition, provide on-site support and registration for multiple clients.
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
Hobbies: 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: March 27, 2000
Job Responsibilities: 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
Passion: 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
“David and his team did a fantastic job of anticipating every need that we could have thought of.”
Stacee Martinka, Executive Assistant to CEO, LJA Engineering
“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
“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
Hotel Meurice, Paris, France