So Kel Eavents

by Terry Watson | July 21st, 2016
Kelley N. Eaves-Boykin (Photos by Todd Youngblood)

Kelley N. Eaves-Boykin (Photos by Todd Youngblood)

Kelley N. Eaves-Boykin of Charlotte is sort of a busy body. While managing a fulltime career, she also owns and operates several businesses. If she isn’t doing those things, then she is spending time with her son, Winston and her immediate family, or lending a hand to others and serving her community.

She is the Chief Executive Officer of West 7th Talent Management & Consulting Inc., dba So Kel Eavents, which is an events management and design company. She is also the Director of Career Development at Brightwood College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. and her Masters of Business Administration in Management with a concentration in Organization Development, and Leadership from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

She has over 20 years of special events planning, that also includes fundraising, production show planning, and floral design. Her resume is complemented by seventeen years of leadership in Project Management, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Technical Training, Staff Recruiting and Human Resources. Her expertise also encompasses both the Corporate and Higher Education realms.

While residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kelley co-created and produced the “Beautiful Beginnings” Bridal and Business Expo from 1997-1999. She was appointed Chief Judge of Precinct 129 in Pineville in 2013 by the State Board of Elections and the Chairman of the Relay for Life of West Charlotte an event of the American Cancer Society in 2014. She is also a Certified Training Manager, and had the elite privilege of being named to the Manchester Who’s Who of Executive and Professional Women (2004-2005) and to the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society (2014). She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Rho Psi Omega Chapter, where she currently serves as the Co-Event Planner for the Mid-Atlantic Region (North Carolina and Virginia), and as the Chairman of the Fundraising and the Nominating Committees for her chapter.

So Kel Eavents was started in 1995 as a sole proprietorship under the name “An Elegant Affair” in Raleigh, N.C. “After years of planning weddings, events and decorating for friends and family, I decided to step it up and launch the business. We started out full service from the beginning and covered every detail including vendors, invitations and programs,” she says. In 1996, Kelley interned with a florist to learn the craft of arranging live florals. That internship would form a partnership that lasted from 1997-1999, and the pair produced the “Beautiful Beginnings” Bridal Expo..
IIn 2002, in the midst of a divorce, Kelley relocated back to Charlotte and relaunched the business under the name “An Enchanted Affair by Eaves & Co.” and put the business on hold. In 2005, after being thrust back into the business by way of party promotions, she expanded and changed the name to So Kel Eavents.

Still operating as a Sole Proprietor, the business grew and Kelley added the help of her mother, Maxine H. Eaves, making her the Senior Vice President over logistics and operations. In 2014, she launched her corporation, West 7th Talent Management and Consulting, Inc., a staffing and consulting firm and merged the companies into one in 2016, which gave So Kel added protection.

Her company provides the following services; Full Wedding Planning, Production Planning, Corporate Events, Day of Coordinating, Consulting, Contract/ Vender Services, Venue Arrangement, Design Services, Fresh and Silk Floral Design, Wedding Site Décor, Reception Décor, Graphics/Signage, Invitations, Awards/Promotional Items, Audio/Visual, Leadership/Professional Development and more.

“Event management and design is a passion for me. I do it because I love it and it brings a calm to any day for me. I also love bringing someone’s vision to life and seeing their faces light up when they see the end product,” she says. Serving and teaching others the business is another thing Kelley loves doing.

Kelley advises other who may follow in her footsteps to pray and pray often and allow your faith take you to places that your eyes can’t see. “Let the obstacles be a stepping stone, grow and learn from your mistakes because there will be mistakes, and remember where others see a closed door, there is also an opportunity. In the future she hopes to continue to expand and grow her brand and help others reach their fullest potential.

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