5 Minutes with … Shaun Kessler


In this series, we highlight member experiences, advice, and expertise so you can get to know your fellow members and be inspired by their insight. In this installment, meet ISES NY Metro Member Shaun Kessler!



Tell us a little bit about yourselves and what you do in the Industry.
We run a private meeting and event space called OFFSITE.

What has your involvement with the ISES New York Metro Chapter been like? OR Why did you join?
We joined in order to make connections and form relationships with people in the events industry.

What was the last NY Metro event you attended? What did you think?
We attended the event at BB Kings, as well as hosted an event at OFFSITE. I thought both events had a great turn out and were very informative. It also allowed us to meet numerous counterparts in a multitude of industries.


Let’s get silly: What do you take with you when you’re onsite for an event? What’s your “MUST HAVE?”
My iPhone with Instagram.

What’s the strangest client request you’ve ever fulfilled?
(Only if you’re willing to share)
We were asked to host a foot fetish and domination party for less than $15/person. Needless to say, we were outside of their budget.

Don’t forget to self-promote! Tell us about a recent successful project you’ve worked on, or an award won.
We’ve hosted a multitude of successful meetings and events since we’ve opened in July 2012. One of our most exciting events was when Nexxus turned our space into a mini-salon for the day, complete with hair stations and beauty counters. But we were also booked for an intimate holiday party that evening – so we had less than one hour to breakdown the salons and turn OFFSITE back into a swanky lounge-like atmosphere. Not only did we succeed, but both events went off with flying colors!

Thank you Shaun!  And make sure you visit and book your events at:


52 West 39th Street

New York, NY 10018

(P) 212.366.1828 | (M) 609.238.2550 | (F) 646.217.3155

LearnOFFSITEnyc.com | Like: OFFSITE | Follow@goOFFSITE


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    About the Author:

  • Allison Kastner | Contributing ISES NY Metro Member Allison is a freelance event planner and committed committee member of the ISES New York Metro Chapter. She graduated from Lynn University with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality and Hotel Management. With hospitality experience working at Long Island’s Roslyn Claremont Hotel, Allison has expanded her knowledge beyond hotels and customer service, gaining essential corporate event planning experience working at a prestigious Manhattan law firm; Otterbourg Steindler Houston & Rosen, P.C. Since venturing off last year to gain larger scale event planning experiences, adding social events and charity galas to her qualifications,Read the Rest…


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