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  The John Gillam Company is a full service event planning company who is based on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The company was created by John Gillam and Millie Ward shortly after planning John's daughter's wedding in the Spring of 2004. After the wedding at Point of Fork in Virginia, John's daughter's mother-in-law told John, "John, you have made every part of this wedding so easy you ought to go into the business." She said this one too many times and in the summer of 2004 The John Gillam Company became a limited liability corporation.

John Gillam's past public relations experiences in the North Carolina House of Representatives and in Washington, D. C. gives The John Gillam Company a commanding edge on their unique approach to event planning. Millie's organizational skills & attention to every detail makes Millie & John a great team.

Whether it is a wedding, anniversary, baby shower, business conference, funeral, fund raisers, or non-profit galas, The John Gillam Company looks at their event planning much like an architect and a builder construct a home. Through visits and conversations with clients, The John Gillam Company Ltd. discovers what type of an event their client wants.

"Our conversations and visits serve as a foundation from which we develop a blueprint for the client's event. Whether it is a wedding, a non-profit gala, or a funeral, well orchestrated events do not just happen," stated Millie Ward.

Using John's public relations experiences in Washington and Millie's unique organizational skills, The John Gillam Company has become known for their detailed budgets, timelines, uniqueness and creativity.

 
 
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For The John Gillam Company Ltd. Running Events Take on a Completely Different Meaning

In 2002 and 2003 while training to run a marathon in Rome, Italy, Millie Ward and John Gillam, III had time on their long training runs to think about many things. In March of 2004 they ran the Rome Marathon and in the spring of 2004 John's daughter was married at Point of Fork, her grandparent's home on the James River in Fluvanna County, Virginia. The things about which they thought while running in 2002 and 2003 forged the founding of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Inc. [*] and The John Gillam Company Ltd. LLC.

After the wedding at Point of Fork in Virginia, John's daughter's mother-in-law told John, "John, you have made every part of this wedding so easy you ought to go into the business." She said this one too many times and in the summer of 2004 The John Gillam Company Ltd. became a limited liability corporation.

Naming their company was an adventure in its on right. While running around Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, training for yet another race, Millie and John decided to name their company Understandings. They were delighted with the name until Millie went home and told her elder son. He said, "Mama, Understandings sounds like the name of a psychotherapy clinic."

They continued their training runs always discussing at some point during their runs the name of their company and their non-profit foundation. In the late spring on an early morning run John told Millie, "Last night Muffin and I were talking some more about the name of our company. Because of my past public service in the North Carolina House of Representatives, whether you like me or not, people in North Carolina and Tidewater Virginia know me, for better or worse. Why don't we capitalize on this, and name the company John Gillam?"

The John Gillam Company Ltd. is a full service event planning company who is based on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and has access to properties and does business in Naples, Florida and at Point of Fork Plantation in Fluvanna County, Virginia. In addition, the company does events wherever an event is needed. "In recent months other than the Outer Banks, Naples, and Point of Fork, we have done events in Morehead City, Raleigh and Charleston, South Carolina," stated John Gillam.

John Gillam's past public relations experiences in Washington, D. C. gives The John Gillam Company Ltd. a commanding edge on their unique approach to event planning. Millie's organizational skills and attention to every detail makes Millie and John a great team.

"John and I both are of independent spirits. The combination of our talents has made our business from the get go soar. As the old adage goes, our business is working like a charm," continued Millie Ward.

Whether it is a wedding, anniversary, baby shower, business conference, funeral, fundraisers, or non-profit galas, The John Gillam Company Ltd. looks at their event planning much like an architect and a builder construct a home. Through visits and conversations with clients, The John Gillam Company Ltd. discovers what type of an event their client wants.

"Our conversations and visits serve as a foundation from which we develop a blueprint for their client's event. Whether it is a wedding, a non-profit gala, or a funeral, well orchestrated events do not just happen," stated Millie Ward.

Using John's public relations experiences in Washington and Millie's unique organizational skills, The John Gillam Company Ltd. has become known for their detailed budgets, timelines, uniqueness and creativity.

"We create a budget and a timeline for each of our clients. Just recently we implemented the twenty-second draft of a client's budget and the thirty seventh draft of a client's timeline. It is time consuming and we give each of our clients many hours above that for which we are paid. By doing so we meticulously are able to assure our clients that their approved budgeted money is spent wisely and that their event itself will be memorable and successful," concluded John Gillam.
 

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