Our team has been planning and implementing award-winning events in Central Florida and around the world for more than twenty years. Working with our clients to achieve their visions, we draw upon our individual backgrounds and experiences to create events you will remember for years to come!
Each of our brands – Just Right!, Just Marry!, and Just Celebrate! – features talented staff and unique approaches to make your events perfect. Whether you need a 10,000-employee event in Chicago, a 20-person intimate destination wedding, or a Bar Mitzvah right in your neighborhood, our accomplished event planners have you covered.
Get the scoop about our team below or visit each divison’s website for more details about our exceptional staff.
Celebrity wedding planner, speaker, author, and business consultant, Susan Southerland, is one of the foremost experts in the wedding and event industry today. She boasts the honor of planning thousands of weddings and events and now she helps other event vendors achieve the same success. Susan is president of Just Events! Group, a full service event planning company with offices in Orlando, Florida. Her exceptional weddings have been featured numerous times on the Style Network’s “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?” and TLC’s “A Wedding Story.” Her cutting-edge advice has been seen on television stations around the country as well as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and periodicals around the world.
Susan is the official wedding-planning partner of Universal Orlando Resort and is the National Wedding Expert for nationally-renowned wedding publication and online resource, Perfect Wedding Guide. With PWG, she travels the country speaking to brides and vendors on her revolutionary wedding planning personality concept, The Susan Southerland Secret. Her webinars are viewed daily from brides across the country and vendors looking to revitalize their paradigms for marketing and selling to today’s bride.
Her expertise is so widely recognized and loved, she was even given the prestigious recognition as one of only 30 wedding planners worldwide as an “A-List Planner” by Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine and a case study on her business (and one of her toughest business decisions) can be found in the July/August 2011 issue of Inc. Magazine.
Susan currently consults to both brides and vendors to provide stress-free planning processes for all of life’s greatest events. Her advice can be heard at conferences such as Wedding MBA and CaterSource, as well as local seminars throughout the country for those who want to make their wedding businesses flourish while maintaining a sane work and personal environment.
Look for Susan’s first book, The Susan Southerland Secret: Personality Marketing to Today’s Bride available at SusanSoutherland.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com, and Booksamillion.com.
Scott Mifsud, CMP
Scott Mifsud has been planning and executing meetings from five attendees to 10,000 attendees around the world for more than eight years. His work experience includes being a banquet manager for one of the country’s leading hotel chains, being a meeting planner, as well as being the event manager for destination management companies. His resume gives him the unusual perspective of working events as the venue, the client and the vendor. He knows what needs to be done to create a successful event, which often means anticipating the meeting planners’ needs before the meeting planner has to utter a request. This means your experience with Just Events! Group will be smooth and stress-free. Scott is a true team player with a commitment to excellent service. Work with him once and you will find him an indispensable asset to your team.
As a business manager, event planner, writer, and editor, Karen Gingerich has helped build small companies into multi-million dollar businesses for almost twenty years. Her extensive background in management and administration aids her in implementing effective business strategies and creating winning teams.
Karen’s passion for the written word led her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Georgia State University and her Master of Arts degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University. A member of the Editorial Freelancer’s Association and Romance Writers of America, Karen has written numerous articles, grants and books in a variety of disciplines. Along with Susan Southerland, Karen recently co-authored The Susan Southerland Secret: Personality Marketing to Today’s Bride. She is also the award-winning author of a series of young adult novels under the pen name Raine Thomas.
As the Director of Operations for Just Events! Group, Karen directs a dynamic team of event professionals serving engaged couples and corporate clients in Central Florida and around the globe. She has helped plan and implement hundreds of events, and has developed useful strategies to make every client’s event unique and memorable, whatever their vision or budget.
Erin Calabritto has been a member of the Just Events! Group since 2010, and enjoys her dual role as Event Planner and Marketing Manager. In all aspects of her work, she prides herself on her attention to detail, as well as efficient and accurate communication. Erin uses her creativity and organizational skills to anticipate the needs of our clients, resulting in a pleasant, professional planning experience.
Erin specializes in the planning of destination weddings for couples from all around the world, assists the Just Events! Group team with all types of event planning, and manages the company’s marketing efforts. Working with both clients and vendors directly helps her develop marketing tools that are informative, effectively communicate our services, and create a level of excitement that all clients should feel when planning their event!
When Erin is not working directly with clients or creating our next wave of marketing materials, she is constantly on the lookout for emerging wedding and event trends as a contributor to Perfect Wedding Guide’s Head Over Heels wedding blog. Erin also produces Susan Southerland’s series of instructional wedding planning videos for eHow.com.
Creative Director Jennifer Haskell applies her positive attitude and outstanding work ethic to every aspect of her role with Just Events! Group. She has worked in the event planning industry for more than five years, beginning with an internship at an event design studio. From there, she worked as a coordinator for various venues in South Florida, her favorite being Trump International Golf Course.
Jennifer has a keen eye for detail that she applies to both weddings and corporate events. She loves to pull together elements that make each event unique and memorable, and gets to know the needs and personalities of her clients so she can bring their visions to life.
One of Jennifer’s greatest talents is her ability to connect with clients. She is genuinely enthusiastic, and feels that it’s a privilege to be a part of each and every personal celebration or corporate event that she coordinates.
Diana Stylianou graduated from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management with a degree in Event Management. She has a passion for creating spectacular events, discovering her talent for event planning early in life…planning parties, showers and events for friends and family.
Throughout her college career and various internships, Diana gained professional planning experience, organizing university, corporate and private events. Her extensive resume makes her a perfect fit for her role as an Event Manager with Just Events! Group.
Diana uses her skills to provide a smooth and stress-free event experience, from planning to implementation. Whether you’re seeking a vision for your special event or have every detail in mind and simply need help putting it together, she enjoys the challenge of assisting each client from their individual starting point. For Diana, being an integral part of an intimate wedding day or helping to orchestrate a successful corporate event for thousands of attendees is the best part of her job!
Adored by couples, parents, and children alike, Faye Novick brings over ten years of wedding and event experience to Just Events! Group. Faye’s creative talent and cheerful demeanor have made her a star with our wedding planning division, Just Marry!, and she now shares her experience as a Senior Event Planner with our private event planning division, Just Celebrate!.
Faye’s in-depth knowledge of Jewish culture aids her in her role. She serves as Co-President of the young leadership division of the American Jewish Committee in Atlanta, and she led a Jewish National Fund Mission to Israel in 1999. She is currently a member of the Friends Board of the Jewish Pavilion in Orlando, and sits on the board of The Greater Orlando Jewish Federation.
Specializing in Jewish tradition, Faye focuses on Bar and Bat Mitzvah party coordination. With her knack for uncovering each child’s unique characteristics and preferences, she ensures that every event is as distinct as the client. She loves helping Just Events! Group clients celebrate life’s most important moments!