Lou Marrocco, CMP
I had an early beginning in the hospitality industry. My family owned a restaurant in western New York and from youth on, I was bound to the trade.
After a U.S. Marine service, I returned to Rochester, New York to open a neighborhood Italian eatery. I worked toward corporate management as a hotel food and beverage manager until becoming the Special Events Manager for a private yacht club in Newport Beach, California.
I moved to Washington, D.C. where I began my career in off-premise catering services with the prestigious Ridgewells Caterers. At Ridgewells I coordinated the birthday celebration of Jacque Cousteau at Mount Vernon. I was also a component of four Presidential Inaugurations and corporate, social, and political events. In 1986, I operated sales for Ridgewells Catering in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. I then founded operated Catering, Inc. and Gourmet Foods for 14 years.
My experience in hospitality management encompasses all that is event planning and production. I’ve coordinated hundreds of weddings and corporate events for top Fortune 100 companies. I am a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a former member of the Philadelphia Area Meetings Professional International (PAMPI) Board of Directors. I have achieved renowned accolades from the social and corporate markets.
Brandywine Events is the result of 30 years in the hospitality management industry. As an event consultant and hospitality management professional, I maintain the highest quality of services for all clientele.
I have recently worked with independent planners in San Francisco, Chicago, Marina del Ray, and Jacksonville. Brandywine Events was a Featured Planner on Style's “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?”, where I had the challenge of a bride with an 85 page to-do list and a two week deadline.
What makes me different? I promote sustainability and zero waste in event planning through education while saving your budget dollars. I also maintain vigor and love for the hospitality industry through volunteer service and working with local charities in our respective communities of Philadelphia and Long Beach, CA.
To friendship and a lifelong partnership,
My career in hospitality started while working in the restaurant industry. I transitioned to the travel industry, working on incentive and travel events and merchandise programs. Throughout the years, I have conducted every function of an event from sales to proposals, planning to on-site, and mobile app development to budget management. The most rewarding part to me is seeing it all come to fruition.
Collaborating with others to optimize each event and create great memories for guests are what I value most. I have developed and managed incentive programs, meetings, road shows, expos, retreats, fundraisers, and product launches both domestic and international. Incentive travel has provided me exceptional opportunities to manage programs outside of the US in Mexico, Dubai, Spain, Germany, Prague, and France. I am grateful to incorporate my love of travel with work; I have been fortunate to work within the industries of tech, automotive, lighting, agriculture, real estate, financial, medical, cannabis, and energy.
My secondary passion is helping children and families who affected by cancer. My husband and I have a nonprofit foundation, Heartful Hands, which supports families in need. We started this non-profit to honor my mother in-law Francis who passed away from spinal cancer. My love for the hospitality industry helps when developing fundraisers.
I am also a board member for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute which is a local non-profit in Long Beach, CA. During my leisure time, I enjoy running and participating in marathons and being at home with my husband, Rick, and our two dogs.