“The VEM internship provided a great opportunity to be hands on with some great current events and exciting new events. It was a great feeling to be at the start line of an event and see the thousands of people we brought there and just as rewarding to see them cross the finish line, excited about their accomplishment. My internship helped me grow both personally and professionally as I prepare to enter the job market.”
– Kyle Brady, former VEM Intern
Vision Event Management is committed to providing high quality internship opportunities. Interns will dive right in to the everyday activities of Vision Event Management; learn, travel, make real decisions and provide support at real events. We hire highly talented and capable people and give them real responsibilities and experience.
Event Management interns focus on both the nuts and bolts of the event management, as well as the marketing side of the event. Interns will be able to see every detail of an event come to fruition. Duties include, but are not limited to: logistics, participant services, volunteer recruitment & management, vendor order, grassroots outreach, entertainment and general support. All interns will receive a monthly stipend.
Must be an undergraduate or grad student who is currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university.
Short term internships are a minimum of three months. Although VEM prefers full-time interns and feels that leads to the best experience, we are open to part-time opportunities. Each internship differs and the time commitment will be agreed upon by VEM.
Please direct any questions to Jeff Graves at or (317) 294-3622.
Join the Team!
Vision Event Management Staff
Jeff Graves is a highly accomplished visionary leader with over 22 years of experience in operations, including special events management, business development, promotions, advertising and marketing. He graduated in 1991 from Ball State University. Jeff has worked for the Rockford Lightning as the Director of Promotions and Game Operations; Crackers Comedy Club as the Marketing Manager; Adam’s Mark Hotel as the Director of Advertising and Marketing; Entertainment Marketing as the General Market Manager and 99.5 WZPL as the Promotions Director.
From Aug. 1999 – Aug. 2006, Jeff had worked for the 500 Festival as the Vice President of Events and the Executive Director of the Mini-Marathon. Jeff oversaw a staff of 7 along with 7,000 volunteers that produced 18 world-class events and programs for over 400,000 people. While at the Festival, he grew the Mini-Marathon from 20,000 participants to over 36,000 participants making it the largest half marathon in the United States and the third largest in the world. The Mini-Marathon also grew in terms of net profit in his 7 years by 338%.
Jeff left the 500 Festival in August of 2006 and started his own company, Vision Event Management.
Accounting & Payroll Coordinator
Sherry Shuler has her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and comes to Vision Event Management with more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, marketing, event management, and brand management. Sherry has spent time working with organizations ranging from small scale start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. When Sherry isn’t crunching the numbers in the office, she is coaching youth sports for WYSI, managing her online women’s boutique, volunteering in her children’s classroom and at church. Sherry enjoys running (or better yet walking), the theater, watch the colts, and traveling in her camper, Lucy. Fun Fact: Sherry has represented the Great State of Indiana in two National Pageants as a teen.
Hailing from Wisconsin, Lisa Hancock grew up listening to Bob Uecker and Milwaukee Brewers games on the radio. With dreams of becoming a baseball play-by-play announcer, she pursued a degree in Broadcasting, but her fear of flying dashed her hopes. A dozen years spent on-air and on-site as Promotions Director in AOR, alternative and smooth jazz formats jump-started her passion for being involved with events that positively impact lives. After a 6-year stint in San Francisco working with Silicon Valley start-ups, Lisa returned to the Midwest to do competitive intelligence for an experiential marketing agency. Lisa has spent the past 12 years marketing healthy and active lifestyle initiatives, with an emphasis on running and cycling events. One of her most unique experiences was completing the New York City Marathon on a bicycle while shadowing Shalane Flanagan for the network production crew. She now resides in Indianapolis with her husband, young son and two sibling Australian Cattle Dogs
Having grown up in Indianapolis since the age of four, Nita Brooks has been a part of the local athletic and running community since her first soccer team in first grade. After attending school in Alamosa, Colorado, and Marshall Missouri where Nita played collegiate soccer, she spent 15+ years working with multiple consulting companies where she thrived in positions of administrative and operational management and event planning. In addition to her love of soccer, Nita is an avid runner who enjoys running all distances-especially the marathon. One of her most successful races came in the 2018 Boston Marathon where Nita ran a personal best in the freezing rain and windy conditions that hit the Boston area on Patriot’s Day that year. When Nita isn’t working, running or coaching, she is probably driving around the city carpooling her three sons to their own soccer or karate events! One of Nita’s dreams is to be on the reality TV show Survivor, where she’d love to try her hand at outwitting, outlasting and outplaying her competition!
Mark Adler (Fancy Pants)
Mark has known Jeff for over 17 years going back to their days of working together at the 500 Festival where Mark was the Manager of Volunteer Resources and then an Event Manager for the many 500 Festival events.In addition to his day job at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, he also participates at most events on the VEM calendar in a variety of roles. As is the norm with most events you just fulfill the role needed and then jump in wherever else for the overall success of the event.
Jim Furuya (Jimmy No Legs)
Jim has been an event carny for over 17 years working festivals, marathons, triathlons and bike rides. Jim worked as an Event Manager for the 500 Festival with Jeff, Chad and Mark, been on the executive committee with the Indianapolis Race for the Cure for many years, and volunteered for numerous organizations in the Indianapolis area. In a past life, he was an electrical engineer. He now runs his own business, EventFuel LLC, managing race expos around the country. At events you will see him moving around on two perfectly good legs, thank you very much, having lost them only in the minds of a couple other carnies at some long forgotten event. Carnies, gotta love em.
Steve brings a wide breadth of experience in event planning to VEM. A three-time Olympic Team member in Canoe/Kayak, Steve has also served as an official in four other Olympic Games including Competition Director for Canoe/Kayak in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He has spent his entire life in sport and fitness management and Recently owned Bob Block Fitness Equipment, a leading exercise equipment distributor in Indianapolis. He volunteers in a number of events throughout Indianapolis and has served on the 500 Festival Mini Marathon planning committee for 12 years. Steve enjoys running, cycling, swimming and still kayaks on a regular basis.
Kat Hawkins (Kitty Kat)
Kat is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in Television and Event Production since 1999 and is currently the Event Manager for Madison Mini-Marathon. Formerly a Field Producer for the National news, she has been able to combine her love of event coordinating with her passion of fitness! Kat is also an avid Marathon runner, triathlete and certified fitness instructor.
Brent has been working with VEM almost since the beginning when he assisted with the first Geist Half Marathon in 2008 and has missed very few events since. He assists with setup and teardown of the start/finish areas at events. When Brent is not helping VEM, he works in the office at Community North Outpatient Physical Therapy clinic, in Indianapolis. I am also a dad to three wonderful children, ages 12, 10, and 6.
Dan Ribordy (Generator Guy)
Dan, better known as “Generator Guy”, owns and operates Ribordy Ag Services, selling crop insurance and Pioneer Seed. Dan has been involved from the beginning of VEM helping with various events over the past few years. Dan also serves as Warehouse Manager for the VEM North Warehouse. He resides in Valparaiso, IN and has the unfortunate duty of being Jeff’s brother-in-law.
Reggie works in the field of education as a building administrator in Bremen, IN. He was an English and journalism teacher for 21 years with coaching duties in cross country, track & field, basketball, and football. Reggie is one of the race director’s for Kent’s Run 5K and his experiences with VEM include starting line, finish line, course management, and runner services. In his spare time, Reggie enjoys traveling, kayaking, and spending time with his family.
Natalie Ames (Little Nat)
Natalie is currently working for a company that pairs banks and credit unions with a comprehensive outsourced SBA 7(a) lending platform. In her spare time, she volunteers with Race for the Cure Central Indiana, the Miss Indiana pageant, and various pre-draft events with the New York Giants. She also enjoys playing volleyball in various leagues. You can usually find Little Nat at the Help Table or at the Info Booth at events and always has a smile. She has been a part of many VEM events and has worked a different part in each of them.
Kevin is currently an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration where he have been employed since 1989. The first running event that he volunteered for was the Inaugural Indianapolis Marathon/Half Marathon in 1996. Kevin has had numerous duties at this event for the last 14 years including: managing a water station, course set up and take down, expo coordinator, and course logistics director. In 2009, he expanded his horizons to work with Vision Event Management at the Geist Half Marathon and the Inaugural Madison Mini-Marathon. In 2009, he expanded his horizons to work with Vision Event Management on several events each year. From 2013 to 2015 he became the race director for the Mudathlon racing series for Vision. In 2014 he became the course logistics director for both the Carmel Marathon and the Mill Race Marathon.
Pam works as a full-time kindergarten teacher in LaPorte, IN. Pam has been a part of VEM from the beginning since Jeff is her LITTLE brother (duty calls). She works wherever needed but mainly in the VIP area for most events. She provides accommodations and food whenever necessary for VEM and is the leader of the sponsorship team for Kent’s Run.
Cayce has been working with Vision at their Wisconsin events for the last 2 years. Cayce is a quality driven sales, communication, and marketing executive from the greater Milwaukee area, with over 30 years of extensive experience in building and maintaining client relationships. Cayce has a proven track record as a self motivator with compelling leadership skills. Cayce has spent the majority of his career selling in the wholesale beer industry within the MillerCoors distribution network. He also has a diverse background in community relations within the Milwaukee metro area.
Cameron Chenault, a man with a very particular set of skills, graduated from Winona State University with a BS in Athletic Training and later Northern Illinois University with a Ms in Sport Management. He currently serves as a Logistics Specialist for a Medical Courier in the greater Milwaukee area. In addition, he is an Instructor for the Before School program for the City of Waukesha and also helps run the experiential learning portion of the Fast Track Academy for Northwestern Nutual Financial Advisers. He got his feet wet with Vision volunteering at the 2012 Brewers Mini Marathon and since 2014 has missed few, if any, Wisconsin events.
Lisa Swiontek currently serves as the Executive Director of Sigma Kappa Foundation. She has a background in volunteer management and event planning. Lisa has worked several of VEM’s half marathon events in the areas of Runner’s Services, Course Marshalls and Gear Check.
Kevin Swiontek works as a Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual. Previously he has worked as the Director of Operations for the Heartland Film Festival and for the Indiana Sports Corporation providing him with extensive experience in managing large-scale events. In addition, his other work has included coordinating the Start Line and the Finish Line for the world’s largest half marathon, game management operations for Butler University Basketball, Big Ten Basketball Tournament and NCAA Rounds 1 and 2, regional and Final Four basketball tournaments. He has worked several VEM events focusing on the start and finish line and runner’s services.
Vision Event Management is always looking for fresh, new faces to help us out with our many events! If you are interested in being one of our weekend warriors and are willing to travel to many locations, let us know.
Being a part of the crew would include setting up race site, managing certain race areas and tearing down race site. Some crew member jobs can be physically demanding and a majority of the positions are based outside
Please contact Jeff for more information. Jeff@VisionEventManagement.com
We have many events in many different locations that we need marketing materials distributed to. If you live in one of the following locations and would like to be a part of our grassroots marketing team, let Alex know!
Joining the marketing team would mean distributing event fliers to events and local running stores, restaurants and anywhere you see fit! This is an hourly paid position.
Please contact Jeff for more information. Jeff@VisionEventManagement.com