EVENT POWER HOUSE: Goodwin takes a break from preparing for a charity gala to speak with the Sentinel.
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Darice E. Goodwin is a Special Events Planner that credits her success to caring about clients.
Place a child in a toy store with unlimited options and some will gravitate to the dolls, others the action figures, some the toy cars, but Darice E. Goodwin? She gravitated to the tea party set as she places her Barbie up at the head of the table with Ken serving hors d’oeuvres to Skipper, Strawberry Shortcake, Raggedy Ann and Andy. Goodwin is a born event planner that owns Perfect Success Event Management.
“I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit ever since I was a young child,” says Goodwin who admits to hosting her Care Bears and Cabbage Patch Kids at her weekly tea parties. “When I think back to how I envisioned my life and my career path, I realized that it always included being a business owner.”
Eventually Goodwin took stock of her skills and interests realizing she had been an event planner all along. In high school at Mater Dei, she chaired several event committees. In college at Loyola Marymount University majoring in English and African American Studies, she was very active in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sigma Chapter where she held the position of the Vice President who was responsible for the year’s programming and charity events.
Understanding your interests and actively pursuing them is important for Goodwin who seeks to understand the true nature of her clients and clarify what’s needed to make their specific event a success. “From its inception, Perfect Success Event Management has been a company focused on customer sensitivity and customer satisfaction,” Goodwin adds, “The key to its success is treating each event like a relationship – being committed and loyal, having integrity and nurturing the vision that will manifest into something special. Oprah says it best, “Love is in the details.” I love events and I adore the details.”
Few things are successful without sacrifice and a humble approach. Goodwin proudly admits to volunteering her way into her first major client. Volunteering allowed her to garner the contacts necessary to land Perfect Success’ first event when ‘Real men Cook,’ a national event representing father figures in the African American community, returned to Los Angeles the following year in 2003.
Since its founding in October of 2001 and securing its first major client in 2003, Perfect Success Event Management has been able to offer a high level of class, creativity, and commitment to each special event. Goodwin believes that “Life is a series of events and together we’ll make them a…Perfect Success!”
For more information about Perfect Success Event Management, go to www.aPerfectSuccess.com or call (866) 888-8542.