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Talented Team Members

VRS has more than ten very talented permanent part-time staff members.  The part-time team members assist us with RSVP management, registration desk management, tour leaders, exhibit hall management, and onsite coordination.  These team members are professional and customer relation experts. 


International Live Events Association (ILEA), formally the International Special Events Society, honored Roberta Sumner, Principal of VRS Meetings & Events, Inc. for her production of the 150th Commemoration of the Battle of First Manassas/ Bull Run Reenactment a large public event that hosted nearly 40,000 participants and attendees in July 2011. 

Honors received include:

  • Local Winner – Best Corporate/ Public Event – budget more than $250,000.00
  • Local Winner – Best Event Planning Team
  • International Winner– Best Public Event – budget more than $250,000.00
  • International Winner - Best Event Planning Team

ILEA also honored team member Michelle Mobley for her production of the LivingSocial 5K Dance Party 2013. 

Honors received include:

  • Local Winner – Best Corporate/ Public Event – budget more than $250,000.00
  • Local Winner – Best Event Planning Team
  • International Finalist– Best Public Event – budget more than $250,000.00

In 2014 the VRS team was recognized for their production of Yesterday & Today: The 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Beatles’ First North American Concert

Honors received include:

  • Local Finalist – Best Non-Profit Event – Production budget more than $250,000.00
  • ​Local Winner – Best Event Planning Team 

VRS believes in community and contributes on both a local and national level through monetary support and donation of time and services. 

Professional Memberships:

  • Destination DC
  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
  • International Live Events Association (ILEA)

Organization Leadership:

  • Valerie Sumner serves on the PCMA Foundation Board of Directors and is a ConventionPlanit Advisory Board Member
  • Michelle Mobley serves on the board of directors for the DC Children’s Trust Fund & Party 4 a Purpose

Community Support:

  • Children’s Charities Foundation
  • Heart of America Foundation
  • DC Children’s Trust Fund
  • DC Preservation League

Special Event Management

Our special event management experience includes large scale events including non-profit fundraising galas, formal corporate parties, concerts, festivals, 5K runs, and unique out of the box requests.

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Conference Management

Our experience in conference management ranges from planning for 18,000 over several days to 300 for a one-day symposium.

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Event Marketing

VRS is experienced in marketing consultation through new digital platforms as well as traditional collateral production.

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Public Event Management

VRS understands the uniqueness of organizing a public event and the additional logistics required to create the experience.

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