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