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PAINTED KITES PRODUCTIONS LLC specializes in freelance event production, project management and business operations.

Sheri Piecuch Vyfvinkel has seen it all from her work on international sporting events to regional non-profit festivals. Her knowledge of the live events and festivals industry has been strengthened by a variety of roles including talent logistics and production for major music festivals for the City of Chicago, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Chicago’s Navy Pier, as well as concerts, live events, corporate and private events, festivals, and international sporting events throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. 

Now a freelance project manager, Sheri works with a variety of clients from fairs and festivals to the annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Often described as "the most organized person I know", Sheri thrives on translating a creative vision into a budget, developing timelines and schedules, keeping projects on-time and on-budget, and utilizing technology to maximize efficiency and team communication. 

Depending on the size and scope, Painted Kites Productions can create a custom-built team of experts for your next event or project.

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Event Production & Consulting

Whether you need help planning your event from the start, or simply to execute your vision on-site, consider Painted Kites part of your team. Available for:

  • Event and festival administrative management
  • Finance, budget management, analysis, and reporting
  • Travel logistics
  • Talent/Cast and backstage operations
  • Volunteer management
  • Event staffing, training and team leadership
  • Timeline and project management
  • On-site/day-of production roles
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CONSULTING & COACHING
Painted Kites Productions offers specifically designed coaching and training programs to lead your team through a successful event from start to finish. With our large network of industry experts, we match you with the coaches and partners required to make this your best event yet. Looking to assess your current operations or to grow your event? We can facilitate a 360 degree evaluation or event audit to assist you in future planning and defining metrics for success. 

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Project Management & Business Operations

We focus on the behind-the-scene details so you can focus on your mission and the reasons you wanted to be a business owner or event producer (and save time, money, and resources along the way)! Through file management, professional documents, accurate accounting, and clearly defined procedures and processes, we will help you create a foundation for your staff to work productively and effectively.

Depending on the scope of your project, we can provide services billable by the hour or for a flat rate.

  • BUDGETING,  BOOKKEEPING, AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    Create, maintain and analyze budgets; Track profit and loss and facilitate financial reports; Oversee bookkeeping and maintain project costs; Accounts payable and receivable; Payroll processing; Petty cash processing and reconciliation
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    Create production schedules and assignment of responsibilities; Maintain schedules and milestone calendar for deliverables; Contract and procurement management; Facilitate and streamline team communication processes  
  • ADMINISTRATIVE PROJECTS
    Organize offices and filing systems; Create custom forms and processes; spreadsheets; Meeting preparation and presentations
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN, WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT, SIGNAGE AND PRINTING
    Logo design, business cards, posters, brochures, flyers, print ads, signage, marketing materials
  • COMPUTER & SOFTWARE ASSISTANCE
    Learning new software and utilizing technology to improve business and event operations is one of our specialties. Whether you need a coach or somebody to "just figure it out" so you can focus on other aspects of your mission, we can help with implementing and optimizing the right solution for your business or event.
    SOFTWARE: Intuit Quickbooks; Quicken; ShoWorks fair software; InitLive volunteer management software; Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint; Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; Keynote, Squarespace, Asana, GroupMe, JoinMe, Evernote, IOS/Windows platforms
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Intuit Quickbooks is the #1 rated small business accounting software. As an Intuit Certified UserPainted Kites Productions can assist you with:
* REVIEW & PROCESS: Analyze your financial processes, chart of accounts, templates and other systems and design an optimized workflow
* MONTHLY MAINTENANCE: Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Account reconciliations and month-end close. 
REPORTING & ANALYSIS: Get valuable insight into your company’s financial performance through reports and financial statements

InitLive equips event managers, event staff and volunteers with both a real-time communication system and a comprehensive scheduling service. Painted Kites Productions is a big fan of this software and can assist your team with implementing it into your staffing operations plan or assist on-site during your event.    
Click here for more information on InitLive

ShoWorks™ is the most popular exhibitor and entries management software used by almost all state and county fairs in North America. ShoWorks processes registration, judging, premium payouts, and auctions for all types of entries including creative arts, media, livestock, and more. Whether your fair is new to the software or you are looking for ways to improve your current processes, we can assist your team with: Fair Book analysis and set-up; Annual ShoWorks set-up and online entries; Reports and entry tag printing; Premium checks; Auction administration and buyer invoicing; Operational planning and implementation, and more. 
Click here for more information on ShoWorks

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    Experience 

    From the very beginning of her career, Sheri realized that she was destined for a career that was, quite literally, all across the globe. Her passion for live events, coupled with a love of spreadsheets, schedules, and budgets has provided her with diverse opportunities and experiences for a variety of clients and organizations.

    Festivals & Fairs

    • ACM Party for a Cause: Dallas, Texas & Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Celtic Fest Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Blues Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Jazz Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Gospel Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Air & Water Show: Chicago, Illinois
    • Dark Lord Day: Muncie, Indiana
    • Fountain Square Art Festival: Evanston, Illinois
    • Great Performers of Illinois Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Great Chicago Spaces & Places: Chicago, Illinois
    • Lake County Fair: Grayslake, Illinois
    • Snow Days Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    • Tall Ships Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    • Taste of Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    • Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Wells Street Art Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Winter WonderFest: Chicago, Illinois
    • World Music Festival: Chicago, Illinois

    Special Events

    • Academy of Country Music Awards: Dallas, Texas & Las Vegas, Nevada 
    • Jam Productions: Chicago, Illinois
    • Navy Pier Entertainment: Chicago, Illinois
    • Northwestern University: Chicago, Illinois
    • TP Events: Sydney, Australia 
    • US Field Logistics Management: Nationwide, USA
    • Wallaby Bar/2003 Rugby World Cup Events: Sydney, Australia
     

    International Sport

    • 2002 Winter Olympic Games: Salt Lake City, Utah
    • 2002 Winter Paralympic Games: Salt Lake City, Utah
    • 2002 Commonwealth Games: Manchester, England
    • 2003 MLB All-Star Game: Chicago, Illinois
    • 2008 ESPN Bassmaster Classic: Greenville, South Carolina
     

    AFFILIATIONS

    Painted Kites strongly believes in giving back and a portion of profits from each project is donated to various global philanthropic initiatives.

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    Contact

    Please let us know how we can make your next event or project a success.

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