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 advocate of tertium quid & 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.
With a B.A. in Mass Communication (and currently pursuing her Master's in Leadership), Kerry Lee got her start professionally with legendary customer service leader Nordstrom in their public relations and special events department. She later went on to become a Director of Catering and Weddings 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 education, mentorship, collaboration with others, build community and network over fire and wine.
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 wedding and hospitality industry and has become a trusted resource known for her professionalism, integrity, advocacy of community involvement and servant leadership style.
.....inspired leadership foundation & varied clientele...
Kerry Lee regularly keeps up to date on executive leadership training, customer experience standards, and event trends. All of her training to the industry includes business, service and marketing concepts inspired by The Disney Institute, Nordstrom, Four Seasons philosophies, Master Classes with Qualtrics XM, Harvard Business University, as well as continual investment in professional industry and service training. “True leaders are always learning,” she says.
Her 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 excellence that engage staff and encourage customer loyalty.
Her consultancy clientele includes start-ups, independent contractors, as well as companies such as an upscale Ty Warner-owned property, Santa Barbara wine country's only Four Diamond boutique inn, resorts, award-winning caterers, international chocolatiers, even a national fitness brand and an IT company and the services she has provided for each of these range greatly. Her event clientele has included couples from all over with varying spending plans, a California State Senator, a few celebrities, two weddings for the same family which involved The Secret Service, and coordinating the wedding of the daughter of a Disney CEO. You can visit Kerry Lee's Portfolio and Praise pages to learn more about the highlights of projects she has done for various clients.
Family and balance is the number one priority in Kerry Lee's life. She resides in the Santa Barbara, CA area with her family, loves traveling, staying inspired, the performing arts and staying healthy through one of her greatest passions: dance (she is also a certified dance fitness instructor teaching several times a week). Kerry Lee loves languages and speaks, reads and writes Russian (a little) and French (a lot), having lived in Paris, France off and on throughout the years.