Hello, My name is Teresa Speer, and I created Events You Design!


Teresa Speer

My food service career began over thirty years ago in hotel kitchens, earning extra money while attending Eastern Michigan University. I received a Bachelor of Science in Food Systems Management in 1985 and have since been a kitchen manager, waitress, hostess, supervisor, line cook, banquet server, trainer and scheduler for the banquet department at Gaylord Hotels and Convention Center. I also received a Meeting and Event Planning Certification from Belmont University.

For 18 years, I worked at Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, serving high profile VIP functions, training wait staff, participating in off premise catering to the Opry House, Steeple Chase, private homes and scheduling anywhere from one to over one hundred servers in a given week.

I spent 7 years employed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center where I personally attended to the needs of guests artists such as Peter Cetera, Al Jarreau, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Steve Martin, just to name a few, and served high visibility dinners, receptions and symphony fundraisers as well as banquet functions up to one thousand guests.

My food service career has been filled with many wonderful memories, both educational and rewarding. As I start this new chapter in my life I hope my book will help you start a new one in yours.