Jeannette Brennan, Washington Festivals & Events Association

“Thank you for coming to our 2017 conference, and sharing your knowledge and experience. We greatly appreciate your support, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, and for once I had a few minutes with our keynote speaker.
I wanted to share your evaluations on Key to Sponsorship session Five (5) was the highest score possible, and of course you received 5++…….They would recommend the session again, and would love to have your return to the conference.
Here are a few comments from the evaluation sheets: ‘we want her back next year for pricing’, ‘amazing, informative’, ‘love all of the examples and also appreciate examples of both large and small events’ and the last one ‘Sylvia makes an exhausting, time consuming, always changing subject/professional field fun, exciting and possible!’
They also appreciated the handouts and thoroughly enjoyed your humor and real life stories…..Thank you!
I wish you the very best with your special projects!”

Jim Harken, Public Relations Professional, Emmy Nominated Broadcaster, Experienced MC and Actor

“Sylvia helped me turn around some money losing events into profit makers. Her insight and thought processes on sponsorships is great. I still use some of her basic ideas in other unrelated business ventures. She’s a great speaker, fun to learn from and yes, very giving and supportive!”

Tom Shipp, Agent at American Family Insurance

“Yes, Sylvia is a firecracker, but one of the most talented, supportive and giving souls that I have ever met!”

Steven Le Vine, President/CEO, Grapevine PR + Consulting

“Sylvia is a brilliant businesswoman and one who has inspired more people than she may even know.”

Mary Pearce, Executive Director, The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County

“Sylvias mentoring and advise helped the Heritage Foundation double the sponsorship dollars for our 3 annual community events in Franklin, TN. She has been there and done that and is happy to share her expertise. Her consulting style is fun and approachable. Once you are part of Sylvias teamshe is phone call away. I think she is a rock solid investment of your time and money!”

Deen D’Ambrosi, COO NAPL/NAQP/AMSP,,

“We are VERY happy with your services, both from the sales of expo booths and sponsorship and the membership telemarketing. Please feel free to tell anyone that will listen!”

“We hired Sylvia to handle our expo sales and sponsorship. In one month she generated in excess of $60,000 in sponsorships and for the trade shows (June, September and January) she succeeded in bringing in ten vendors that had never worked with us before. She has a unique style that gets people to say yes… she is diligent, tenacious, understanding of the client’s needs and a definite closer. Give her a project… she will deliver 150%.”

Mark Rheaume, National Postal Affairs Director & Partnership Liaison Officer, AccuZIP

“Sylvia has provided outstanding advice and support throughout the year and helped me develop as a professional in our industry and more importantly as a person. She started the year as a trusted industry partner who helped me convey what AccuZIP wanted in our Sponsorship Agreement for the year. Sylvia is now a friend who is always there to encourage and counsel me related to Epicomm and beyond. She does a great job for Epicomm and represents your organization well. Her ability to navigate through the organization and communicate needs is unmatched. Her help has been invaluable to me and to Epicomm as she has assisted our communications and instilled structure for me to keep on track.”

Karen Dye, Newkirk Main Street

“Loved, loved, loved your training in Ponca City. Always learn something new and come away inspired.”

David Polakowski, Executive Director, Downtown Painesville Organization (DPO)

“I appreciate your newsletters. I am also excited to hear you will be attending one of the Heritage Ohio trainings for fundraising next year. I heard you speak at the Main Street Conference in Atlanta and was able to walk away with a great deal of information. You also certified everything I have learned in the past. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.”

Jac Bloomberg, AlphaGraphics

“Thank you so much for the team building seminar that you held for us. As we had discussed in the past we were all ‘doing our jobs’, but somehow we weren’t meshing and we weren’t communicating. The values elements, the personality styles and issues, and the opportunity to have an open and non-threatening dialogue with everyone were eye-opening.” Read full testimonial

Kim Davis, Marketing Director, Seasons Women’s Ministry

“One of the best fundraising ladies I know!”

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Catherine Herlocker, Partnership Marketing & Sales Manager, Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

“I wanted to thank you for your great sessions today and yesterday about events and sponsorship. I attended the IFEA Event Management School at Oglebay a few years back and met you there for the first time. I am so glad that I have had the chance to listen to you again. You advice and wisdom has proven to be very successful for me. I look forward to seeing you again next year in my third year at STS. Thank you again for contributing your time and energy towards the development of my tourism career.”

Breanna Putman, Administrative Assistant, Greater Gadsden Area Tourism

“I just want you to know that I always read your newsletters and enjoy the information and advice. As I read your recent advice about positive thinking, making the impossible possible, I couldn’t help but think of YOU! Listening to you tell the story about your luggage, and your difficulty traveling to STS to be with us, I learned something– When we change positive thoughts and words and actions, it’s true we change our perspective and situations, but when those situations are out of our control, I am taking your advice that you talked about in class. I will be positive… Thank you for making our day in class, sharing your struggles with us, being real and honest, but most importantly your immense knowledge of festivals and events. We appreciate your efforts to get here and we all enjoyed having you be a part of our STS experience!”


“We hired Sylvia to handle our expo sales and sponsorship. In one month she generated in excess of $60,000 in sponsorships and for the trade shows (June, September and January) she succeeded in bringing in ten vendors that had never worked with us before. She has a unique style that gets people to say yes … she is diligent, tenacious, understanding of the clients needs and a definite closer. Give her a project … she will deliver 150%. I would highly recommend Sylvia Allen. Her credentials are outstanding, she is known worldwide and is a really dynamic speaker. She consistently gets top marks on all of her presentations.”

Steve Welch – American and Canadian Lock Tours

“I attended one of your seminars. It was one of the best I have ever attended over the past 30 years in the Travel Industry. Pure Genius.”

St. John Providence Health System Foundations

“Sylvia is an energetic and fabulous speaker.”

Alice Casias – Fort Bend County Fair

“Sylvia empowered the entire group to identify and maximize sponsors and increase their level of service to our fair.”


“I am sending you a very belated thank you for the terrific work you did for us last month. Both your sponsor summit and sponsorship audit exceeded our expectations, and we could not be happier. Let me comment briefly on both the summit and the audit…” Read Full Letter

Ann Higgins President & CEO – Utopia Communications

Sylvia and I have traveled in the same circles on the Jersey PR scene, and she is one of the most respected public relations professionals in the State.

Bruce Gilbertson – Vice President, Educational Testing Service

“I worked with Sylvia on a fund raising project for our township. She is an energetic, results oriented PR professional who helped train all of the volunteers on sales skills, as well as crafting the overall strategy and PR campaign for our effort.”

Richard L Gant – Adjunct Assistant Professor of Marketing, New York University

“As a colleague, teacher, friend or business partner, you could not ask for a more knowledgeable, professional and pleasant person to work with. I have learned marketing techniques from Sylvia that are cutting edge, shared work and responsibilities with her over several years as co leaders of NYU’s Summer Institute in Sports, Entertainment and Events Marketing and I can honestly say, Sylvia Allen is a true expert in the classroom and in the business of events marketing.”

Marc LeVine – Assoc. Director of HR, Asbury Park Press (business partner)

“I have known, worked with and have been recommending Sylvia Allen and Allen Consulting to others as a dedicated service provider for more than twenty years. In fact, as an elected official in my town, years ago, I recommended her to the local business association and asked them to consider her services for hire. 15 years and several dozen successful events later, I do not regret making this referral. There is no one in the public relations and event planning industry that I respect more than I do – Sylvia Allen. She only takes on clients, whose particular cause or business focus she can wholeheartedly agree with and support. And, when she does accepts a new client, she offers them a 150% effort and gets them terrific results. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone.”

Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM – President, Strategic Meetings & Events (business partner)

“Sylvia has no understanding or time for the word ‘impossible.’ She is energetic, creative, and will simply do whatever it takes to get a job done; there is no obstacle too large or challenge too great. Sylvia brings tremendous value, humor and strategic insight to every conversation, project and interaction of which she is a part. If you work with Sylvia, your goals will be exceeded, you will learn from her and you will have tremendous fun in the process.”

Dawn Nakash

“Great Results, Personable, Expert!
There is no one better in her field! Fabulous lady with remarkable achievements, for herself and her clients!”

Kevin Sprake

“Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative!
Sylvia is a true professional whose practical business sense, passion and experience make her an incredible resource for any business. She has proven over and over again that what sometime seems impossible can be accomplished through perseverance and persistence.”

Douglas Pirnie – Consultant, PRISM

“Sylvia is among the most knowledgeable people I have ever met in the sports marketing business. Not only does she bring big picture strategic planning and marketing best practices to every client issue, but she also has the activation experience to ensure that recommended concepts are practical and financially viable.”

Jeffrey Pedone – President/Owner, Silver Lining Consulting, LLC

“While consulting full-time as President of Silver Lining Consulting; I had the great pleasure of working with Sylvia Allen. Sylvia is tireless, passionate, tenacious, and an expert in her field. Her drive and competence are only matched by her entrepreneurial energy and wit. Time and time again, Sylvia brings a fresh perspective and a unique aspect that deliver the highest ROI for her clients.”

Ronni Wood, Executive Director, Haines City Main Street

“I purchased your book How to Be Successful at Sponsorship Sales which has become my bible.”