Babette Haddox, CMP* is the Founder & Owner of Event Connections – established in 1993. Babette’s experience spans 25+ years in the Meetings & Events industry. She developed a love for travel at an early age while growing up in Europe. She honed her interest and skills with a degree in Business and Travel and a career in the Hospitality industry. After working for nearly a decade as a Director of Sales & Catering for Hilton Hotels, she realized many of her clients were often overwhelmed or inexperienced with the demands of planning events and group travel. This problem inspired Babette to create Event Connections, a full-service Meeting & Event Planning company that offers professional, reliable, and personable services to anyone planning an event. Babette has planned hundreds of events – from Corporate Meetings & Luxury Retreats to International Conferences, Fund Raisers, Private Parties, Citywide Sporting Events, and Weddings. Her experience, passion for assisting her clients, and efficient management style are evident in her services and testimonials. For Babette, the key element of successful events is professional organization with creativity, attention to detail, and close relationships with her clients.

The CMP is recognized globally as the badge of excellence and the foremost certification of the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry; and recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry’s highest standard of excellence and professionalism.

“I had the extreme pleasure of working with Babette Haddox during the years of 1982 to 1993. She served as our Director of Sales and is one of the hardest working and most dedicated people that I have ever had the privilege to work with. Conscientious and persistent are probably the two keywords that best words that describe her. Her caring and sincere nature follow through and attention to detail helped her to triple and maintain our client base while she was here. She is very energetic and creative, and this added to her ability to work with and satisfy our guests and clients. I would like it to be known that it was an extreme pleasure to work with her.”

Howard Boose, General Manager, Virginia Beach Hilton Inn, Virginia Beach, VA

Gabrielle Haddox is our creative and talented Event Stylist who knows how to bring your Pinterest board to life and create that “wow factor” that will make your event distinctly yours! She was born with a creative spirit that has earned her awards over the years, including the Gold Key Award in high school and being named “Most Likely to Succeed” by her college peers. Through college, she interned for Anthropologie where she created storefront displays, designed a Mannequin for Hanes Brands, and created wedding dresses for Megan Kelly Wedding Designs. After graduating from college, she worked on the Fabric Design Team at Veronica Beard in Manhattan and is now a Design Specialist for Kontoor Brands! She loves helping brides on the weekends using her creative talents and experience to bring their visions to life making their event beautiful and unforgettable.

Barbara Smith MacNeil is a Collaborative Partner to Event Connections on various projects. As CEO of Connections Corporation, Barbara offers a wealth of experience in Meeting & Event Planning. Her career spans from her early, post-college work for Sheraton, Hilton, and Pebble Beach Resorts in Meetings & Sales to 25+ years in her independent firm. Barbara also enjoys modeling which has developed into many exciting opportunities in the Fashion industry. Barbara’s warmth and genuine concern for helping others are evident to all who know her, and we are excited to welcome Barbara to our team in 2021!

Event Connections is 100% committed to the success of each event that we plan. Our mission is to provide our clients with unequivocal excellence in all aspects of the event planning process while demonstrating excellent business ethics and morals, anticipating and fulfilling each clients’ needs, and working closely with them to create a stress-free, seamlessly planned, and successful event!

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