From ideation to event activation

We are experiential and execution experts. Our team of event management connoisseurs keep our satisfied and loyal client base coming back. We are dedicated to bringing your vision into fruition – with stellar design, strategic conception-to-execution planning, and unparalleled attention-to-detail. No matter what, our projects are always on time, on budget, and on point.
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the FM Process

Strategy

Our process begins with a strategy session with our team to discuss goals, budget, timelines and the overall vision

Design

Our team of event curators formulate an entire design scheme, handle the logistics, and craft a seamless experience that aligns with the client’s vision.

Refine

During this stage we confer with the client to solidify and refine last minute details, and to ensure the event is unfolding the way that the client imagined.

execute

This is where vision and hard work comes into fruition. The end result: a fully loaded event production experience that guests are sure to never forget.

EVENT INNOVATORS

We specialize in immersive brand experiences

We provide executive-level client services by creating unforgettable experiences. We’ve successfully done just that for many of our clients – ranging from small, intimate experiences to vast spaces and large events that is sure to fit your budget, brand, and vision.

What we offer

Top-Notch Execution

We understand that events are time consuming financial investments. We have successfully managed more than 500 event experiences for our clients by connecting both strategy and design with innovative technology to drive brands and businesses forward. Our results continue to bring in consistent, repeat, and long-term business. Click on the services listed below to learn more about what we do.

Make Your Next Event Pop!

Let us do the heavy lifting. literally.
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The proof is in the production

Creative Curation

Evok BEPrint Tour | Mixer & Workshop

 This 2-day event centered on new life transformation service for women – by women. We garnered hundreds of emails, sold merchandise and shared the overview of the service with a room full of supporters. This event spanned across 5 cities.

Elegance Remixed

General Motors | NCAA | Shadow League Mixer

In 2017, we brought music, sports and more than 400 car enthusiasts together to revel in the luxury of the brand new GM Buick Lacrosse.

Hi, I’m Nina Payne!

In 2000, Foundation Management, LLC, was birthed as an Artist & Event Management Company. With pure focus and drive, FMLLC quickly grew from a single LLC to a company managing more than 20 independent contractors – grabbing the attention of national artist management and event companies across the map.

I’ve also spearheaded event productions for General Motors, Detroit Police Department, Buick, Detroit Public Safety Foundation, Detroit Grand Prix, Delta, Shell, ASAE Conference, City of Detroit, Chene Park, EvokLife, DAPCEP, and many more.I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world and collaborate with some amazing talent in the areas of Artist, Road, Tour, Project, Production and Event Management. I’ve worked with a bevy of powerhouse artists such as KEM, Vickie Winans, Anthony Hamilton, Avery Sunshine, Anthony Anderson, Jay Moss, Ledisi, Steve Harvey, Nephew Tommy, Dorinda Clark, along with a host of many local, up-and-coming rising stars

Our Clients Trust Us

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Our visual brand experiences have helped us to generate high client retention rates through high quality execution and word-of-mouth initiatives. This  serves as the core of our success and can be highly attributed to our unparalleled strategy, partnerships, production, technology innovation, and dedicated staff.
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Years of Experience

Clients Served

Event Experiences

Our Squad

At Foundation Management, we understand we are only as good as the sum of our parts. Our amazing team of hardworking, creative, and driven curators are what separates us from the rest of the competition. We band together rain or shine, no matter how complex the task may be – to get it done. Meet the squad.  #squadgoals

general Manager

Managing all the things.

Administrative Architect

Administrative guru with a heart of gold

Engagement Coordinator

A social event specialist who keeps our team and clients engaged and connected

OPERATIONS STRATEGIST

This self-proclaimed foodie is able to perfectly balance a client base that’s as diverse as her food palette.

Content Manager

She may analyze insightful metrics and best practices by day, but she’s the ultimate roller derby queen by night.

SCHEDULING COORDINATOR

She’s all about the “lights, camera, action!” Like, literally. Her native language is technology and she speaks it quite fluently as she creatively leads in this area.

Client Testimonials

For more than 20 years, we've been able to foster long-term partnerships and relationships with a diverse roster of clients through referral-based efforts. Our quality of work and passion truly speaks volumes and helps to keep our clients coming back to fulfill their events-based needs. But, don't take our word for it.
Dana Harvey | Marketing Director | Great Lakes Crossing
Through my first hand experience in working with Nina and her team at Foundation Management over the past 10 years, I can truly say they are the exception when it comes to superior event management and production. From client accommodations, planning, logistics and execution, no detail is missed. Nina puts maximum effort on producing stellar events and ensuring her clients are completely satisfied.
Patti Kukula | Executive Director | Detroit Public Foundation
Nina Payne is the first person I think of when I need to get something done the right way. Whether the event is small or large scale her and her team handle all the details. I can now enjoy the event with our guests and not worry about behind the scenes.
Charlie Beckham | Retired, Executive| The City of Detroit
Foundation Management, led by Nina Payne, is one of the premier event management and production companies in metro Detroit! While performing my "one man's autobiographical play last year, Foundation Mgmt's production assistance literally brought the play to life to the delight of the packed house! Outstanding Production work!

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    JOIN OUR TEAM

    We are always in search of top-notch talent as we continue to expand our team. We are building a team of event specialists who are dedicated to providing great experiences for our diverse clientele. Our core values are centered around Integrity, Honesty and Teamwork.  If this is you, we would love to speak with you about joining our team.

    Foundation Management, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and contractors. 

    EVENT SUPPORT STAFF

    FMLLC is seeking Event Support. The ideal candidate is someone who enjoys working with others, is a team player and has strong interpersonal skills. They will be supervised by an event manager or event lead and could be assigned to do a variety of tasks such as: greeter, parking attendant, registration specialist, check-in specialist, setup, breakdown, decorations, signage display, tent setup and breakdown and other duties.

    Responsibilities (Include but not limited to):

    • Set up necessary chairs, tables and stages for events once unloaded from a truck 
    • Facilitate seating organization in respect to fire code regulations and working as an usher
    • Effectively operate cash register systems 
    • Facilitate the proper organization and cleanliness of venues
    • Uphold any necessary safety precautions
    • Provide high levels of customer service 
    • Perform security and public safety roles when needed
    • Welcome guests to the venue and receive tickets
    • Assist with setup of sound and lighting equipment 
    • Serve food and drinks to attendees
    • Provide relevant event information to event attendees 
    • Check equipment into an inventory system and inspecting for potential damage 
    • Assist with event packing after the event

    Traits For Success

    • High level of attention to detail 
    • A positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills 
    • Strong verbal and written communication 
    • High energy and stamina 
    • Excellent critical thinking abilities 
    • Ability to perform well under pressure 
    • Ability to efficiently multitask 
    • Standing for long periods of time

    Additional Requirements

    • Valid Driver’s License 
    • Reliable transportation
    • Cell phone for work related use
    • Access to a dependable email

    Compensation

    • This is a contracted position. Pay Rate: $15 – $20/hr Based on Experience
    Apply

    Selecting APPLY will take you to our online application portal.

    Having Technical Difficulties? Contact us at events@fmllcevents.com

    EVENT TEAM LEAD

    FMLLC is seeking a team lead that will assist the Event Manager on site at an event. The Event Team Lead will help train and drive staff for success. You will report to the Event Manager and assist with all duties pertaining to setup and breakdown of the event. 

     

    Responsibilities (Include but not limited to):

    • Work directly with the Event Manager and /or Event Coordinator
    • Perform various onsite event duties assigned by the Event Manager
    • Assist with event set-up, tear down, and follow-up processes
    • Supervise Event Support Team Members on event day 
    • Represent Foundation Management, LLC at various meetings and networking events
    • Be available for onsite trainings
    • Train Event Support Staff on all event responsibilities and assignments
    • Assist in conducting final inspections on the day of the event to ensure everything adheres to the client’s standards.
    • Assess an event’s overall success and submit a final event report.

    Traits For Success

    • Ability to effectively interact with people of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds
    • Ability to work independently with little supervision, as well as part of a team
    • Ability to learn new systems when needed
    • Ability to assist Event Staff with various setup, breakdown and cleaning tasks when needed
    • High energy and great attitude
    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Effective in providing exceptional customer service and experience
    • Dependability and punctuality
    • Available to work nights and weekends
    • Attention to detail
    • Determination to complete difficult tasks
    • Positive and professional appearance
    • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
    • Clear concise written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and administrative skills
    • Ability to handle varied levels of multitasking and to adapt to rapidly changing environments. 
    • Supervise event packing after the event

    Education and Skills

    • Strong leadership skills
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
    • At least 1-2 years’ experience in Events or Production Management
    • Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, Presentation Software, i.e. Powerpoint, Keynote and Google Slides, Google Suite and Eventbrite.
    • Working knowledge of Canva, Start Infinity, Dropbox, Calendly preferred

    Additional Requirements

    • Valid Driver’s License 
    • Reliable transportation
    • Cell phone for work related use

     

    Compensation

    • This is a contracted position. Pay Rate: $18 – $25/hr Based on Experience
    Apply

    Selecting APPLY will take you to our online application portal.

    Having Technical Difficulties? Contact us at events@fmllcevents.com

    EVENT COORDINATOR

    FMLLC is seeking a task master and lover of details. The Event Coordinator will assist the Event Manager with all aspects of event planning, including in person and virtual events. You may be assigned multiple events at one time. It’s important for you to be a multitasker. 

     

    Responsibilities (Include but not limited to):

    • Assistant to the Event Manager
    • Perform various event coordination and administrative duties assigned by the Event Manager or Founder
    • Assist with event set-up, tear down, and follow-up processes
    • Book venues, entertainers, photographers, speakers, catering, decor, AV, transportation, etc
    • Supervise Event Support Team Members on event day 
    • Create and present various presentations to clients and team
    • Represent Foundation Management, LLC at various meetings and networking events
    • Assist in conducting final inspections on the day of the event to ensure everything adheres to the client’s standards.
    • Assess an event’s overall success and submit a final event report.

    Traits For Success

    • Ability to effectively interact with people of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds
    • Ability to work independently with little supervision, as well as part of a team
    • Ability to learn new systems when needed
    • Ability to assist Event Staff with various setup, breakdown and cleaning tasks when needed
    • High energy and great attitude
    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Effective in providing exceptional customer service and experience
    • Dependability and punctuality
    • Available to work nights and weekends
    • Attention to detail
    • Determination to complete difficult tasks
    • Positive and professional appearance
    • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
    • Clear concise written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and administrative skills
    • Ability to handle varied levels of multitasking and to adapt to rapidly changing environments. 

    Education and Skills

    • Hotel/Hospitality/Event degree or similar is an asset
    • Strong planning, organizational and interpersonal skills
    • At least 1-2 years’ experience in Events or Production Management
    • Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, Presentation Software, i.e. Powerpoint, Keynote and Google Slides, Google Suite and Eventbrite.
    • Working knowledge of Canva, Start Infinity, Dropbox, Calendly preferred

    Additional Requirements

    • Valid Driver’s License 
    • Reliable transportation
    • Cell phone for work related use
    • Access to a dependable email

    Compensation

    •  This is a contracted position. Pay Rate: $18 – $25/hr Based on Experience
    Apply

    Selecting APPLY will take you to our online application portal.

    Having Technical Difficulties? Contact us at events@fmllcevents.com

     

    EVENT MANAGER

    FMLLC is seeking the ideal applicant who enjoys planning events and managing people. This amazing task manager is personable, confident, loves spreadsheets and being organized.  The FM Event Manager is confident and has work experience in managing Corporate Events.

     

    Responsibilities (Include but not limited to):

    • Operate as point person for all assigned events
    • Conduct short and long-term planning and management for events
    • Identify client’s requirements and expectations for each event
    • Work with vendors, exhibitors, and stakeholders during the event planning process to ensure everything is in order
    • Manage all event set-up, tear down, and follow-up processes
    • Maintain event budgets
    • Assemble creative and innovative event attractions based on internal capabilities or outsources to qualified vendors
    • Book venues, entertainers, photographers, speakers, catering, decor, AV, transportation, etc
    • Supervise and train Event Coordinators and Event Support Teams
    • Lead Event Team to build long-term, value-based customer relationships 
    • Create and present various presentations to clients and team
    • Represents Foundation Management, LLC at various meetings and networking events
    • Conduct final inspections on the day of the event to ensure everything adheres to the client’s standards
    • Assess an event’s overall success and submit a final event report

    Traits for Success

    • Ability to effectively interact with people of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds
    • Ability to work independently with little supervision, as well as part of a team
    • Ability to learn new systems when needed
    • Ability to assist Event Staff with various setup, breakdown and cleaning tasks when needed
    • High energy and great attitude
    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Motivational leader
    • Effective in providing exceptional customer service and experience
    • Ability to improve the bottom line
    • Dependability and punctuality
    • Attention to detail
    • Determination to complete difficult tasks
    • Positive and professional appearance
    • Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
    • Clear concise written and verbal communication skills
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and administrative skills
    • Ability to handle varied levels of multitasking and to adapt to rapidly changing environments
    • Available to work nights and weekends

    Education and Skills

    • Hotel/Hospitality/Event degree or similar is an asset
    • Strong planning, organizational and interpersonal skills
    • At least 3-4 years experience in a lead role as an Event Manager, Production Manager or Corporate Event Planner
    • Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, Presentation Software, i.e. Powerpoint, Keynote and Google Slides, Google Suite, Dropbox and Eventbrite.
    • Working knowledge of Canva, Start Infinity, Dropbox, Calendly preferred

    Additional requirements

    • Valid Driver’s License 
    • Reliable transportation
    • Cell phone for work related use
    • Access to a dependable email

    Compensation

    • This is a contracted position. Compensation TBD based on experience.
    Apply

    Selecting APPLY will take you to our online application portal.

    Having Technical Difficulties? Contact us at events@fmllcevents.com

     

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    ABOUT

    Foundation Management LLC is a full-service event management company specializing in both small and large-scale events – with “can-do” fervor and stellar results to match. We specialize in getting the job done right, the first time. We pride ourselves on offering simplistic pricing, smooth processes, and even greater experiences.

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    Send all inquiries to:

    1420 Washington

    Suite 301

    Detroit, MI 48076

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    (248) 797-9311
    events@fmllcevents.com

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