With over 10 years of Event Management experience and over 20 years of Hospitality experience, Shari Appel uses her trademark skills of problem solving, creativity, and flexibility to help clients produce memorable events and meetings. She excels at logistics and operations, and her attention to detail means that events and meets go smoothly from concept to completion.
Shari is adept at responding quickly to changing circumstances, and she always maintains an upbeat, can-do attitude. As Event Manager, she specializes in customer service that nurtures positive, productive relationships with both clients and suppliers. Shari advances her clients’ mission by making the most of their experiences.
It’s not surprising that Shari was drawn to event planning with her entertaining nature. Her favorite quote provides some insight to why her events are remarkable. “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun” – Mary Poppins.
A native of New Orleans, Shari connected with the Sheraton New Orleans in 2001 where, throughtout her journey, she held positions of Food & Beverage Supervisor, Banquet Coordinator and Executive Meeting Specialist. In July 2012 Shari delighted at the opportunity to work for the AAA Four Diamond rated Royal Sonesta New Orleans. She was part of a team that managed many high profile events and clients. For 4 years, Shari successfully managed the Royal Teddy Bear Tea, Holiday brunches and coordinated many off-site events including French Quarter Festival, Oyster Festival and the New Orleans Wine and Food Festival.
Shari has also worked for Marriott and most recently for Intercontinental Hotel Group where she excelled in the role of Sales and Catering Manager. Shari is actively involved in our community as a member of the Northshore Lodging Association (past Secretary) and Ambassador for the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.
Shari resides in Slidell with her husband Bill and two children. In her leisure time she enjoys sporting events, festivals, theater, shopping and crafting.