Events by Top­Notch

It’s a fam­ily af­fair. Vic­to­ria Wolanin along with her hus­band, brother-in-law and sis­ter ex­pertly plans soirées that wow.

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Es­tab­lished in 1993 on Alta Loma off Sun­set Boule­vard in Los An­ge­les, Top­Notch® En­ter­tain­ment Corp. be­gan its own sto­ried and multi-di­men­sional his­tory that con­tin­ues to­day. Vin­cent Wolanin, pa­tri­arch of the Southwest Florida-based Wolanin fam­ily, started the com­pany to ini­tially man­age in­ter­na­tion­ally known rock ’n’ roll acts. Top­Notch quickly ex­panded into vir­tu­ally ev­ery av­enue of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, from pub­lish­ing to NFL half­time shows.

Un­der the guid­ance of their fa­ther, Vic­to­ria and Whit­ney Wolanin be­gan learn­ing the mul­ti­fac­eted en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try at a young age. Whit­ney stud­ied busi­ness and mu­sic at Van­der­bilt Univer­sity in Nashville, Ten­nessee. She ap­plied those skills in record­ing, song­writ­ing and pro­duc­ing her own mu­sic as well as mu­sic of other artists—lead­ing her to achieve six Bill­board hits on the sis­ters’ record la­bel.

Vic­to­ria, on the other hand, dis­cov- ered her love for hos­pi­tal­ity while at­tend­ing the pres­ti­gious Ho­tel School at Cor­nell Univer­sity in Ithaca, New York, and from there be­gan ex­plor­ing her tal­ents with event plan­ning and pro­duc­tion. When she re­turned to Southwest Florida, Vic­to­ria cre­ated a new divi­sion of Top­Notch En­ter­tain­ment Corp.—Events by Top­Notch.

Vic­to­ria even­tu­ally met her equally event-savvy hus­band, Michael Ea­gan, in Aus­tralia and to­gether they head up Events by Top­Notch. The events divi­sion is a com­plete and highly ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion that han­dles ev­ery­thing from com­plex cor­po­rate func­tions and meet­ings, to lav­ish char­ity galas, and lux­ury wed­dings through­out Southwest Florida and the rest of the globe.

Vic­to­ria takes the lead with clients and de­signs ev­ery event from start to fin­ish. One of her fa­vorite parts of the job is learn­ing about each client, whether a com­pany or an in­di­vid­ual, so she can best meet their event ex­pec­ta­tions and also throw some thought­ful sur­prises in along the way.

ONE OF HER FA­VORITE PARTS OF THE JOB IS LEARN­ING ABOUT EACH CLIENT, WHETHER A COM­PANY OR AN IN­DI­VID­UAL, SO SHE CAN BEST MEET THEIR EVENT EX­PEC­TA­TIONS AND ALSO THROW SOME THOUGHT­FUL SUR­PRISES IN ALONG THE WAY.

Michael is an in­te­gral part of each and ev­ery event with his vast ex­pe­ri­ence run­ning event pro­duc­tion at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, where func­tions ranged from 10 to 150,000 peo­ple at any given time. Michael prides him­self on bring­ing events to life with­out a sin­gle headache or hic­cup.

It truly is a fam­ily af­fair at Events by Top­Notch. Some­times Whit­ney can be spot­ted at very large events, help­ing with the de­tails. Jack Shea­han, Whit­ney’s hus­band, is also a mem­ber of the team. He works with event clients of­ten, spe­cial­iz­ing in cus­tom graphic de­sign work, in­clud­ing lo­gos, in­vi­ta­tions, place card set­tings and any other de­sign needs.

Jack cre­ates be­spoke web pages to wow guests or event spon­sors be­fore

WHEN SHE RE­TURNED TO SOUTHWEST FLORIDA, VIC­TO­RIA CRE­ATED A NEW DIVI­SION OF TOP­NOTCH EN­TER­TAIN­MENT CORP.—EVENTS BY TOP­NOTCH.

they even step foot at the ac­tual func­tion. With a master’s de­gree from Cam­bridge Univer­sity, Jack is also uniquely qual­i­fied to write im­pec­ca­ble copy for in­vites, web­sites and other com­mu­ni­ca­tion with guests, en­sur­ing the ver­biage is clear, con­cise and one of a kind.

Top­Notch En­ter­tain­ment Corp. is a unique busi­ness be­cause of its many di­vi­sions and facets. On any given day, the team may be cre­at­ing a new trade­mark for a client or one of their own fam­ily busi­nesses. Top­Notch spe­cial­izes in the man­age­ment of brands, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, trade­marks, pub­lish­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and as­sets—in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to TV, film and mu­sic.

There are many dif­fer­ent cam­paigns, web­sites and lo­gos con­tin­u­ally com­ing in and out of its doors. Jack and Whit­ney are also in­volved in some ex­cit­ing film and video pro­duc­tions. The cre­ativ­ity at Top­Notch never ends.

Events by Top­Notch can be reached on­line at itop­notch.net.

In­set and below: Events by Top­Notch de­signed a Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest vint­ner din­ner that in­cluded a fire danc­ing per­for­mance, and it planned this wed­ding in Charleston, South Carolina.

Above photo is of a quinceañera that the event plan­ning com­pany de­signed in Fort My­ers, and photo at right is from the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest vint­ner din­ner.

Photo below is of an af­ter­noon tea planned by Events by Top­Notch, and bot­tom photo shows the Fort My­ers quinceañera.

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