About Us

kerrell headshotthe next great event is owned and operated by Kerrell McNeal. Kerrell has worked in various facets of the meetings and events industry since 1998. After several years on the audio-visual production side, she started her own company with the goal of providing her clients with a more customized, full service approach to their meetings and events. She enjoys the journey from concept to completion with each of her clients’ events.

Kerrell is a Founding Board Member of ISES AZ (International Special Events Society, Arizona Chapter), a two-time Zonies Award winner, and a two-time finalist for the national Spotlight Award for Event Planner of the Year.

Kerrell has managed conferences and events for clients such as: The Wildlife Society, Arizona Library Association, National Dental EDI Council, US Business Leadership Network, National School Choice Week, Rock Bottom Foundation, Banana Republic, iGo, Arizona Health-e Connection, Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, Arizona Restaurant Association, and more. Kerrell has traveled with her clients to event destinations throughout the country, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, and more; her favorite? Kona, Hawaii!

When she is not servicing an event, Kerrell is very active in her community. She enjoys volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, and is very passionate about reducing food waste and ending childhood hunger.

Mission and Vision

the next great event was founded with the following mission at its forefront:

Listen to our clients’¬†wants, needs, budgets, goals and ideas

Treat each of our clients’ events as if it were our own

Our vision is to:

Consult our clients on the fundamentals of event planning

Ensure that our clients’ needs are not only met, but exceeded

Facilitate the seamless flow of each event, from concept to completion

                                Kerrell McNeal   GEO (Great Event Organizer)   the next great event   Phone: 619-990-4172   Kerrell@thenextgreatevent.com