Testimonials

“I have had the pleasure of knowing MaryAnne for over 20 years and working with her for over 16 years.  She has a unique set of skills and talent that is hard to find. MaryAnne is creative, focused, well organized and very results-oriented. Clients love her because she makes them feel comfortable and confident with the process of planning and executing their projects…

…MaryAnne’s biggest talent is being on-site to notice the little things that can go wrong (and she corrects them before they go wrong), as well as seeing opportunities to make things better on site and on the fly.  It is no wonder that she has been successful throughout her career!” 

– Joshua Suri, Managing Partner, Westfield Group


“I have worked extensively with MaryAnne on events ranging in scope from 10 to over a 1000 people.  But what stands out in my mind is the attention to fine detail no matter the scale of meeting format that MaryAnne brings to the organization of the meeting and its logistics.  Knowing that these issues are in safe hands has enabled me as the meeting sponsor to focus on the critical communication issues and emotional needs of the meeting audience, thereby resulting in a more effective event.” 

– Richard King, Client


“I’ve worked with MaryAnne on several big production events and, each time, I was incredibly impressed with her professionalism, intelligence and cool head under pressure.  She’s the kind of person you want to lead and manage a complicated (or simple) project because she has deep experience, high standards and a winning “we’ll get it done” approach. All done with a smile.  I couldn’t recommend her more.”

– Don Heymann, Adjunct Faculty, NYU School of Professional Studies


“MaryAnne has the very rare ability to completely understand what her clients want, enhance their ideas with her own, and convey that to the creative team in a crystal clear, no-nonsense manner.  Over the last 30 years, I have provided creative content for hundreds of live events.  Because of corporate infrastructure and the complexity of dealing with multiple executives, this could be, and often is, a rather daunting experience for a creative producer.  MaryAnne truly understands the process and understands people.  She has no agenda other than delivering superior productions for her clients – MaryAnne is all about “the work.”  As a leader, she creates an environment that makes her team cheerfully motivated, and her clients very happy. 

– Fred Sayeg, Fred Sayeg, Inc., Member, Directors Guild of America


 “I have been working with MaryAnne Kanacki for over 20 years and would not trust anyone more with event planning, large or small.  MaryAnne supported the largest US brand at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and a small re-launch brand at a start-up with the same attention and dedication. MaryAnne’s ability to see the big picture, as well as pay close attention to every minute detail, is rare and speaks to her wealth of experience and professionalism.  MaryAnne has proven her value time and time again, getting the most for my budget, as she is proactive and thorough, identifies potential issues before they occur, and more than makes up for fees through hotel and transportation savings.   There is a reason that many pharma executives specifically request MaryAnne Kanacki on their team, as working with MaryAnne means there will be no mistakes!”

– Marianne Lambertson, client