Cece & Melinda have worked on the development and branding of new products in their careers, from organizing product launches to developing marketing strategies in addition to managing complete productions from trade shows to international events. Cece & Melinda met in 2006 in 'Corporate America' when working together for a leading international testing, inspection, certification and technological services company servicing 14 sectors on 5 continents in over 40 countries.
We host upscale signature cocktail events focused on food, fashion and philanthropy catering to the 30+ audience and are proud to be a minority owned business and entrepreneurs!
"Raymi" actually means "Event" or "Festival" in Quechua which is an indigenous language of the Andean region, spoken today by over 13 million people in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Northern Chile, Argentina and Southern Colombia. It was the official language of the Tawantinsuyu, the Incan Empire.
Our mission is to host unique, exclusive, and dynamic events around the City of Chicago bringing value to the community and are a marketing platform for local businesses to gain exposure and connect with our guests and to continuously give back to the community
MEET CECE & MELINDA!
Watch the short clip introducing Cece & Melinda
1. EVENT SPONSORSHIP
Gain exposure at some of Chicago's most anticipated events! Our events draw influential 30+ business professionals from in and around the city of Chicago. Participating sponsors gain a high-level exposure in a variety of media before, during, and after each event, as well as the opportunity to mix and mingle with guests during the events! Gain leads, exposure and awareness for your brand today!
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2. CONFERENCE SOLUTIONS
We offer premier event planning solutions for all of your business needs tailored to your industry. We are able to assist with complete start to finish event production for conferences large or small or are able to step in and assist with specific components and conference management to ensure your conference is a flawless success! We work as an extension of your team to meet your conference vision and objectives.
EMAIL US today to enquire about all of your conference needs!
3. NEW BUSINESS CONSULTING
If you are planning on or have just opened a new business i.e. a restaurant, a store, a salon, etc. you must know strategically how to market your new product or service in and around the city of Chicago!!
Cece & Melinda have years of expertise in branding, marketing, business development and sales strategies. Your product is unique and you need a unique strategy to enter your specific market with a bang making as much noise as possible for your brand! Cece& Melinda offer a one-time consulting session for an intense brainstorm and strategy outline development. This session will deliver all of the tips and tricks you need to get started on the right track to grow your business.
The insight, concepts and ideas that result from the session are priceless. Most business owners have to learn the hard way when starting out on a new venture. Skip making costly mistakes throughout your first year and sit down with Cece & Melinda to discover entrepreneurial and marketing secrets that you will be able to apply to your business and be able to instantly show tangible results from!
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4. PRIVATE EVENT PLANNING
Need to produce an upscale private event or party but don't know where to start or have anyone to manage the coordination before and during the event? Cece & Melinda can assist with the planning and execution of your event from venues, production, timeframe, entertainment, catering and more!
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Cecilia (Cece) Gonzales brings over 10 years of sales, marketing and business development experience to Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions. She also brings her passion, creativity and her Latino heritage to the company. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Cece is bilingual in Spanish and English. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Pacific University in Lima. After first arriving in Chicago in 2001, she launched into a career as a Business Development Manager and Public Relations Manager for an international company headquartered in Chicago. Cece is detail-oriented with highly advanced organizational skills and enjoys meeting new people and working with others to achieve their goals. She is an active member of the Chicago Latino Community.
A little bit more about Cece…
I love my family and am very close with them. Most people see me out and about in Chicago or at different networking events trying to meet new people and find new venues for Raymi Productions. No one would guess that I am an excellent cook ! I love to cook and have been told I’m quite good at it! I love to cook Peruvian food such us “papa a la huancaina” and “lomo saltado.” Also, I can pick up any recipe and cook absolutely anything. I enjoy eating great food too, so whenever we have the time, I explore and enjoy a variety of food from different Chicago restaurants.
I also enjoy traveling, during which I am able to learn about other cultures and countries. I have been all over the world in Europe, Central America, South America, and of course, the United States, and have had some amazing adventures. I am a dog lover and have two dogs, Leo and Raymi, a Bishon Freeze and a Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier. If I see a dog walking near me, I just have to stop to pet him. I am a very romantic person, and a card or cooked meal can melt my heart. (Oh yes, and I love diamonds too.) My favorite movies are Scarface and Bridget Jones's Diary in addition to Serendipity and the Notebook! I am also a hopeless romantic and love to be in love! My favorite book is The Art of War, written by Sun Tzu in the 6th century and most recently the Fifty Shades of Grey novel by British author E. L. James
I hope to see you at our events!
And what Melinda has to say...
Cece has a huge heart. She is very passionate and hard working, thus when she sets her mind to something, she is unstoppable. Loyalty and honesty are the two things she respects most in people. (Hint, do not cross her!) Cece's creativity and energy are endless and she is full of new ideas every day.
Her presence in a room does not go unnoticed. Over the years, Cece and I have shared many laughs and have put together some wonderful events. Cece and I are quite opposites as you can see, however, we work very well together!
Melinda Joseph has a wide variety of marketing knowledge and experience ranging from business-to-business to the business-to-consumer market. She graduated as Valedictorian from Columbia College, Chicago with a degree in Marketing Communications with a specialization in branding and project management. A Chicago-native, Melinda enjoys connecting with business professionals around the city through networking events and always with a positive attitude! She enjoys finding creative solutions for clients and turning ideas into tactics. For three years she worked in a marketing department for a technologies company in Chicago. Melinda participates annually in the Columbia College American Advertising Federation (AAF) review panel.
A little bit more about Melinda…
After traveling all over the country and to some international cities, I really enjoy the hustle and bustle of Chicago. One of the most amazing things about Chicago is how much opportunity exists to learn, grow, and meet new people. There are several things that I cannot live without in my hometown of Chicago, including my loving parents, little sister and my very close friends. I usually meet people out at events when I'm all dressed up, most people would never guess that I spent ten years of my life horseback riding in the northern suburbs of Chicago. (Yes, I used to take care of my horses and clean up after them when riding and during competitions!)
Humor and sarcasm are very integrated into who I am and my outlook on life. Wherever I go, I somehow end up making a scene. I'm guilty of enjoying the drama unfold on some reality TV shows (ok, the Real Housewives!) and am also guilty of following One Life to Live on ABC. One of my favorite books that I've read recently is The Four Agreements, which are: 1.Be impeccable with your word 2.Don't take anything personally 3.Don't make assumptions; and 4.Always do your best. These words of wisdom have stayed with me since I read the book and I highly recommend it!
Hope to see you at our events,
And what Cece has to say...
Melinda is the best partner I could ever imagine. She is an angel and as many people know, she forces me to sometimes think twice. I call her “Melinda linda” (pretty Melinda) and taught her how to say the motto I created for her, which is ”Las rubias no somos tontas.” This phrase translates to “Blondes are not dumb” and is perfect because she is both smart and funny. The two of us make a great team and I know that at the end of the day, Melinda will support me and can help us achieve anything; even though she only knows how to make in the kitchen is a PB & J sandwich.