KERRY LEE DOEHR, CEO | PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT
A third-generation Santa Barbaran, die-hard foodie, Wanderlust Addict, wanna-be vegetarian (but loves a good grilled steak too much to ever be one), red-shoe-wearing, pearl-necklace-slinging, can-sing-the-words-to-Johnny Cash’s “Boy Named Sue” like-nobody’s -business
advocate of tertium quid & all things Walt.
..... but professionally speaking…
CEO and Principal Consultant of Engaging Inspiration Kerry Lee (née Dickey) Doehr is also the CEO & Founder of one of Santa Barbara's most well-established, reputable event planning businesses, Santa Barbara Wine Country Weddings & Events. Her first name is a family last name, and she started her role in the hospitality industry at the tender age of 3 when she helped seat guests in one of her family’s four Santa Barbara restaurants. To this day, the Kerry family name continues a legacy in Santa Barbara. As a third-generation Santa Barbaran, Kerry Lee has continued to make a name for herself in her local events community that has also spanned nationally.
Kerry Lee's specialty is inspiring a legacy aligned with a company's core values, fostering imagination, and rocketing innovation and inspiration by providing custom solutions for leadership & customer experience excellence that engage staff and encourage customer loyalty.
Kerry Lee got her start professionally with legendary customer service leader Nordstrom in their public relations and special events department after her graduation from college. She later went on to become a Director of Catering and Special Events for the hospitality industry. Over the last 20 years, she has planned over 600 weddings, 1,000 corporate events and trained and certified wedding professionals from all over the world including individuals from Hyatt, Sheraton, Ritz Carlton and more in a wedding hospitality certification training program she co-wrote and co-founded serving on retainer as the Vice President of Education and Marketing for the Academy of Special Event Professionals (ASEP) through Beverly Clark Enterprises, LLC.
.....other career highlights...
Featured speaker for entities including ILEA, NACE, HSMAI, to smaller, more local groups, to the annual 14,000 person international ARA Conference in Las Vegas, as well as addressing a Crowne Plaza General Manager's Retreat.
Exclusive on-retainer corporate event manager to the original "horse whisperer" himself, Monty Roberts, handling his corporate event program and upscale destination international corporate clientele including Mercedes Benz, Verizon, and more at his Flag is Up Farms ranch (also called "Whispering Rose Ranch" for weddings) for five years.
Regularly featured weddings, events, and articles in leading industry publications- online and print.
Regularly-featured author for Special Events Magazine, where many of her articles reach the top 4 of Google News
In 2004, she created, produced and copyrighted an industry ground-breaking type of event: The Mobile Bridal Faire (Mobile Wedding Planning Experience) which earned her an exclusive category in the prestigious Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine , media features, television interview, as well as the attention of the Texas Board of Tourism, who was interested in pursuing Kerry Lee's concept to further their destination wedding stream for their state.
Created "Wine With a Wedding Planner", a complimentary mobile wedding planning consultation held at various venues & wineries open to the public where the location was announced via Twitter -- a "pop up wedding planning service"
Founded & developed the Fireside Series- a "Chat Workshop Experience" for wedding & hospitality professionals to come together, receive valuable interactive educational experiences, mentorship, collaboration with others, build community and network over fire and wine (and always non-alcoholic options, too).
Established the first ever Santa Barbara Wedding Industry Summit "Define. Design. Evolve." in Autumn of 2018
Throughout the years, Kerry Lee has continued to blaze new trails in the special event and hospitality industry and has become a trusted resource known for her professionalism, integrity, advocacy of community involvement and servant leadership style.
.....continued higher learning & education....
Kerry Lee holds a B.A. in Mass Communication (Minor in French), regularly keeps up to date on executive leadership practices & trends, customer experience standards, and event trends. All of her training and speaking engagement sessions are based on her own 20 year executive leadership experience as a CEO, plus business, service and marketing concepts inspired The Disney Institute , Nordstrom, Four Seasons, Disney U, master classes with Qualtrics XM and Harvard Business School. She was recently accepted into Stanford University's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program, and is always staying busy with learning endeavors.
Her consultancy for special event & hospitality businesses includes start-ups, independent contractors, as well as companies such as a Ty Warner-owned property, Santa Barbara wine country's only Four Diamond inn, resorts, award-winning caterers, international chocolatiers, even a national fitness brand and an I.T. company, and the services she has provided for each of these range greatly.
Kerry Lee's event clientele is varied, including a California State Senator, as well as clients involving The Secret Service, and a Disney CEO. She is currently en route for a segue to The Walt Disney Company : Disney Parks, Experiences & Products division.
…speaks, reads & writes French (and a bit of Russian)
…first lived in Paris when she was 17 (attending French lycée) with a French family who did not speak any English, and has since returned over the years, renting a studio in Paris.
…holds a background in musical theater and performed with Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera
…’s grandfather was best friends with Ward Kimball, one of Walt Disney’s leading animators, and he also joined the legendary Firehouse Five Plus Two band occasionally when they were short a member; she grew up at Disneyland and has a special insight and love of all things Walt.
…is making a segue over to full time employment with The Walt Disney Company
…assembled a replica of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion for a board game during the pandemic lock-down with her family, an accomplishment that they are all proud of but baffled on where to store it now that it's complete
…lives in the Santa Barbara, CA area where she enjoys spending time with her family, riding her red vintage-style cruiser bike named “Scarlett” around her small beach town
…holds 15 year certification as a Jazzercise instructor (and no, it’s not your mama’s Jazzercise – leave the legwarmers at home- our only throwback is our right hook).