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JKS Events is a full-service event company. Our clients range from PR firms to Fortune 500 companies to individuals. We attend to every detail, from concept creation to event production and follow-up. JKS Events will make sure that your printed materials support your brand, and décor and catering create a cohesive event theme and marketing vision. Whether you want an intimate cocktail party for your nearest and dearest, a blowout bash everyone will be talking about for years to come, or something in between, JKS Events will guide you to make the best choices, manage all the details, and make you look like you spent months putting it all together.

We’ve planned every kind of event including product launches, retail store openings, not-for-profit gala benefits, political fundraisers, ground breakings, movie premieres, topping–off parties, new construction parties, real estate broker parties, wine tastings, restaurant openings, awards shows, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, and holiday parties. Our parties can take place any time of day—breakfasts, luncheons, cocktail parties, and sit-down dinners—any day of the year, almost anywhere in the world.

History

Founded in 1999 by Janeen Saltman, JKS Events has created hundreds of events, ranging from intimate to exotic, formal to unforgettable. JKS Events brings the same high level of service to all of its events, which have included a Balinese feast for 35 in Southampton, a week-long celebration in Jamaica for 65, a black-tie masquerade wedding for 200 at the Essex House, and a dinner and awards show fundraiser for 1,000 at the Lexington Avenue Armory.

Philosophy

We believe that event planning is an art. Starting with a blank canvas, we combine creativity and expertise with our client’s vision to create a masterpiece. We work intimately with our clients, shaping the direction of the event, and then executing – down to the smallest detail.

A JKS event leaves clients with no worries or obligations, except greeting guests, enjoy hosting, and have fun.

Team

  • Janeen Saltman

    Founder & President

    After graduating from New York University, Janeen Saltman started her career in real estate advertising and marketing.  During her time in these fields, Janeen’s natural talent for planning and hosting events became her signature.  Full of experience, knowledge, and party planning skills, Janeen launched JKS Events to share her passion.

  • Alden Levy

    Senior Vice President

    Alden Levy joined JKS Events in 2001, after spending almost 15 years in consulting and project management. Alden holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business of The University of Pennsylvania and served as chairman of The Wharton Club of New York’s Social and Special Events Committee.

  • Katie Hush

    Director of Events

    Katie has been working with JKS Events on a project basis since 2005 and is now a full-time member of the team! She has over 15 years of experience producing fundraising events for nonprofits. During 11 years as the event director at the American Folk Art Museum, she raised over $8 million through galas, art fairs, and corporate membership. As Director of Special Events at Pratt Institute, Katie raised over $2.5 million through high-profile events.

  • Meredith Johnson

    Senior Event Producer

    Meredith has been working in events for the past six years. She has managed everything from weddings to nonprofit galas all over the country. Her event management experience began in Colorado in 2011 and continued in South Carolina before moving to New York. After spending months producing events in the New York City area, she joined the JKS Events team in September 2016.

  • Doug Hood

    Senior Event Producer

    Doug has been an event producer since moving to New York in 2000 and joined the JKS Events team as a freelance Senior Event Producer in 2015. He has produced a wide range of events, from small intimate gatherings to multi-million dollar productions to benefits for many well-know New York city nonprofits. Some of these include Public Art Fund, Central Park Conservancy, Friends of Hudson River Park and Lincoln Center.

  • Lizzeth Carreon

    Senior Event Producer

    Lizzeth Carreon has been in the events industry for nearly 10 years and joined the JKS team as a Senior Event Producer in July 2016. Lizzeth understands the powerful impact events have on a brand’s marketing strategy, and as a result, she aims to create event experiences that are innovative, exciting, and thought-provoking. From not-for-profit galas to weddings, brand launches to influencer getaways, Lizzeth focuses on creating seamless events with a purpose.

  • Robin Grossman

    Senior Event Producer

    Robin has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit and event field. She has worked with JKS on various events as a client and recently joined the team as a freelance Senior Event Producer. Robin has worked on a wide range of events both large and small with organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Literacy Partners, Right to Play, Youth America Grand Prix and the New York Transit Museum.

  • Jordyn Kessel

    Executive Leading Manager

    Jordyn has been working in the event industry for over 6 years. She has managed everything from the sports and media sectors to movie premieres and red carpet galas. As an Executive Leading Manager in New York City; it is her job to provide personnel to her high profile clientele. It was a seamless transition to have her join the JKS Event team in 2018, making her mark specializing in Celebrity Hospitality and Production.

  • Liz Davito

    Event Producer

    Liz Davito has produced stage shows in New York City and internationally since 2002, from a field in rural England to the Greek National Opera. She has produced events in NYC since 2005, and her comprehensive understanding of the predictable unpredictability gives her a unique perspective in executing the performance. Liz enthusiastically joined the inimitable JKS team in 2017, and loves bringing her theatrical experience to their unmatched professionalism in creating superlative events.

Special Thanks

JKS Events would like to thank Alexander Photography, Aria Isadora Photography, Giovanni Giannoni Photographer, Guest of a Guest, Jamie Watts Photographs, Jeff Reed, Jill Lotenberg Photography, Joe Schildhorn, Julian Ribinik Photography, Kevin Chu + Jessica Paul LLC, Lyndsey Belle Tyler, Michael Molinoff, Patrick McMullan Company, Sarah Greig Photography, Steve Friedman Photography, and Todd France Photography for the photographs that capture the beauty of the events we produce.

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