Formed by three friends with a passion for parties and planning, Cherry Hill Events is a full-service event company focused on creating an individualized experience that is true to the character of the client’s event, rather than a cookie-cutter spectacle that overwhelms attendees and budget.
Michael Cherry, Creative Director: As a native of Rhode Island living in New York City for more than 20 years, Michael knows the impact that the small things can have on the big picture. With his experience in hospitality and fine dining, most notably as the General Manager of celebrated Annisa Restaurant, Michael has orchestrated events ranging from intimate romantic dinners to festive birthday parties to corporate events for executives and blowout New Year’s Eve celebrations. His flair for the theatrical extends from the stage to the dining room, where carefully arranged flowers, whimsical objects, and a thoughtful place setting provide the backdrop for a spectacular performance.
Jason Jude Hill, Executive Director: Originally from the tree-filled state of Michigan, Jason comes from a deep background of theater arts and producing. Always the "drama club kid", he was usually found painting sets, looking for props and costumes and trying to solve logistical "talent" issues…little did he know he was producing all along. Combined with his theater and film production background, Jason has had a side career in arts marketing and management with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, all supporting his producer-like mind. Colleagues have described him as a "master communicator" as well as an "organizational task-masker" with a talent for discovering issues before they happen (huge proponent of running orders). His hobbies include cooking, cocktails and heavy sarcasm.
Daniel Sears, Experience Director: Raised on re-runs and mail-order VHS taps of classic TV shows, Daniel as always relied on classic entertainment tropes for his work, constantly seeking out how to make them work in a 21st Century format. He's also a veteran director/producer from the Chicago storefront theatre scene, and an escapee from agency broadcast advertisingland (currently on the lam from the Dairy Fairy, btw). Maybe its becuase of that time he was moved the the back row in that production of "Brigadoon", but he's always championed those struggling to be heard and balked at the expected an the conventional. He has a strong dislike of Butter Pecan ice cream.