Meet Timot McGonagle, Director, ILEA Greater Chicago

For over 15 years Timot McGonagle produced exquisite events that both embrace and amplify his clients’ ethos and signature style. A former resident of New York City and Nashville, Timot moved to Chicago in 2011 to join the Kehoe Designs team as a Senior Event Producer where his creative talents are exercised through every facet of event design.

Timot has applied his creative and business might in the varied fields of Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Cosmetics, Fashion Design, Decorative Arts, and Interior Design. He first joined ILEA in 2002, and his first experience was the incredible CPD in Sydney Australia.

Timot began his event career as a volunteer Event Producer helping to raise millions of dollars for Nashville charities. The support of ILEA and other industry organizations allowed Timot to transition from volunteer to full-time Event Producer.  His experience has allowed him to excel in his corporate, association, social, gala and other large-scale events at Kehoe Designs.

Timot is an Esprit and Gala Award Winning Producer/Designer. He was on the steering committee at Eventworld LA producing the Esprit Awards and was a featured speaker at TSE in Los Angeles.  As the PR Chairman of the SEARCH Foundation Board, he has delivered numerous event presentations across the country to various industry organizations.

Timot has just celebrated his sixth year in Chicago and looks forward to combining his regional and national experience to maximize the success of ILEA Chicago.


Q & A's:

Getting to Know You Q & A ...

What made you interested in participating in ILEA Leadership? I just celebrated my 6th anniversary in Chicago with Kehoe.  Although I have been producing and designing events for over 15 years, I now felt that I possessed the knowledge of Chicago and the surrounding region to be an effective and productive board member.

What would you say are the benefits for participating in our ILEA committees? No matter what your level of experience, you will have the opportunity to work with the board members and committee chairs.  We are here to help and to provide the nurturing and guidance to maximize the benefits of your membership.

What's your advice for those unsure where to start in becoming active in ILEA? You will meet and work with seasoned professionals who will welcome your assistance as they are happy to provide advice and guidance.  You will gain a more personal connection to the board and the membership in general.  That sense of gratification of helping to create memorable experiences for others.

How has ILEA made a difference in your career? My first ILEA experience was the CPD in Sydney Australia in 2002. The only person that I knew in the industry  was Bill Pry from BBJ.   I was living Nashville at the time working as a charity volunteer producer and designer where he had sponsored several charities. 

It was the recognition from ILEA and Special Event Magazine that transformed my volunteer work into a full time event business.  My relocation to Chicago in 2011 was made much easier because of the people that I had met through ILEA.

Tell us one thing we might not know about you.  I have a couture degree from FIT in New York and lived in the city for ten years as a fashion designer.

What do you love the most about what you do?  Exceeding expectations.  Pushing boundaries.  Creating a sense anticipation, wonder and surprise.  Invigorating the “inner  child” within the guests.

Where did you grow up?   Ohio

Thanks Timot!

For more information about Timot McGonagle or Kehoe Designs, you can reach Timot at: Timot@kehoedesigns or 615.500.1349

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