June 21, 2012
(LOS ANGELES, June 21, 2012) Petersen Automotive Museum Special Events Manager Mandy Hanlon recently won what is one of the event industry’s most prestigious awards –2012 Venue Manager of the Year. The award was announced on June 13 at the Reader’s Choice Awards at BizBash IdeaFest L.A. Nominees were voted on by colleagues, clients and vendors within the industry. BizBash Reader’s Choice Award winners also included a few all-stars in the event industry, like David Tutera, Jason Harder, Rachel Weil, and more.
“It is an honor to win such a prestigious award chosen by other event professionals. I couldn’t have achieved this without the help of my supportive and hard-working team at the Petersen”, says Hanlon.
Since Mandy joined the Petersen Automotive Museum in 2010, event bookings have increased 33%. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, special events revenue plays a significant role in funding the Museum and its educational mission to explore and present the history of the automobile as it relates to life and culture using Los Angeles as the prime example.
According to the Petersen Museum’s Executive Director, Buddy Pepp, “Mandy has been a tremendous asset to the museum. Through her hard work, perseverance and knowledge of the industry, we have been able to increase special events revenue in spite of a slow economy.”
Raised in the city of Thousand Oaks, Mandy grew up with a passion for entertainment and a flair for the dramatic and always figured she was destined to be an actress. Life changed soon after she got a job as a receptionist for a wedding venue in Santa Monica. Within a month she was selling, planning and executing up to 100 weddings per year, and had found her true calling in the exciting world of special events. Four years later, Mandy moved into her current position at the Petersen Automotive Museum. In addition to event sales, she is also on committees which plan the museum’s fundraisers including the annual gala. Her department also created an annual open house for the special events community which showcases the museum’s newest Grand Salon exhibit every March.
The Petersen Automotive Museum features five completely unique event venues which offer a variety of sizes and themes suitable for almost any event. One of the museum’s most popular venues is the beautiful rooftop Penthouse and terrace with views of the Hollywood Hills. Another Petersen gems is the Grand Salon, in which guests are surrounded by millions of dollars worth of the world’s most beautiful automobiles. The Streetscape provides a block-party experience in a realistic historic downtown setting. The biggest venue is the 17,280 square feet Pavilion, and smallest is the Founder’s Lounge for meetings and small events.
Recent major events include: the Carroll Shelby Memorial (1,200 guests, 125 cars, streamed live around the world), the Sassy City Chicks designer sample sale, and LA Weekly’s Gold Standard Event. The museum has also recently been booked for several television shoots such as David Tutera’s My Fair Wedding, Battle of the Wedding Planners, MTV, and even an Audi commercial.
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational institution. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California 90036. Admission prices are $12 for general admission adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students with ID, $3 for children ages 5 to 12. Museum members, active military with ID and children under five are admitted free. Parking is free for the first 30 minutes and $2.00 each additional 30 minutes. One hour validation with purchase of $20 or more in the Museum Store or Johnny Rockets located in the museum lobby. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed Mondays except holidays. For general Museum information, call 323/930-CARS or visit the Museum’s Web site at: http://www.petersen.org