Tina Carlson’s interest in design and production was sparked early on, growing up backstage at Ivan Carlson & Associates, one of Chicago’s most renowned institutions. After studying at the Goodman School of Drama and Columbia University, Tina started her career by taking a position as a catering director. Soon after, she joined the family business and nearly quadrupled the company’s sales within the first year. In 1988, Tina took over as owner and president and was soon joined by her brother, Scott, who came on as her partner and vice president. Tina is a Certified Meeting Planner whose work with Fortune 500 companies has earned her a place in the BizBash Hall of Fame and numerous industry awards and accolades.