alyssa rhoads eventing tampa bay

Alyssa Rhoads, Owner

With over a decade of experience as an event planner Alyssa began her career in Baltimore, Maryland at SmartCEO Magazine where she coordinated the publication’s major awards and networking events. Following her time at SmartCEO Magazine, Alyssa moved to Tampa Bay and became the Events Manager at the Tampa Bay Business Journal where she worked for 5 years creating, developing and marketing over 30 events a year with attendance ranging from 150-1,500! Events consisted of corporate awards events, black-tie galas, networking events, panel discussions, expos, open house, spa retreats, client appreciation events and more. Alyssa worked closely with major sponsors and has a full understanding of how to get the best ROI on your event!

Alyssa is active in the community and founded an organization called the Professional Philanthropy Network (PPN) in 2012. PPN creates networking opportunities for Tampa Bay professionals while giving back to deserving charitable causes through monthly happy hour networking events. She also one of the Founding Board Members of the CopperMugs, a group that focuses on raising awareness for the Valspar Tournament and gives back to a variety of nonprofit organizations each year. She has also been a part of the MS Walk Committee for several years.


BizBash Magazine‘s 2012 South Florida Corporate Event Planner of the Year Tampa Bay Business Journal‘s 2013-2016 Best in the Biz Reader’s Choice Top 5- Favorite Event Planner Tampa Bay Business Journal‘s 2014 Up & Comers Honoree Tampa Bay Business Journal‘s 2015 Business Woman of the Year finalist
biz bash winner best in the biz Tampa Event Planner Business Woman of the Year


Alyssa was born and raised in Long Island, New York and is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland where she lived for 8 years. Alyssa is happily married and the mother of a beautiful baby girl!


Upon meeting Alyssa for the first time, I knew I was in good hands. She’s professional, sincere, organized and collaborative. I’ve emcee’d a lot of fundraisers and dinners and Alyssa is one of the best planners I’ve ever worked with. Alyssa creates a magical event your guests will rave about. I highly recommend Alyssa Rhoads. You’ll love her!

~Cyndi Edwards, Co-Host Daytime

As a small non-profit in Tampa Bay with a BIG event, we needed help. We relied on Alyssa’s quick coordination, access to resources and creativity to pull off a fantastic event. Working with a limited budget, Alyssa was creative and thoughtful with expenses and always had our best interest in mind. Alyssa is easy to work with and was always very accessible. She consistently went above and beyond and for that we are grateful to her and her expertise.

~Kimberly Hall, Chief Development Officer, Easter Seals Florida, Inc.

“The Tampa Bay Technology Forum contracted Eventing Tampa Bay to plan and execute our summer events and we couldn’t be happier with our experience! Alyssa Rhoads took the time thoroughly analyze each event and gave us creative ideas on how to maximize on attendance, sponsor exposure and publicity! Alyssa is a pleasure to work with, responsive, and I would recommend her to anyone needing a quality event.”

- ~Brian Murphy, President/CEO- ReliaQuest

~Brian Murphy, President/CEO

“Alyssa Rhoads is such a lovely example of professionalism and expertise in the non-profit event planning industry. Her dedication and passion towards serving her clients is inspiring and truly remarkable. In addition to providing high quality service, Alyssa was super responsive when daily tasks or last minute event adjustments arose. Every time we had an event, I could tell that she truly was putting 200% effort into making it a success. I sincerely recommend Eventing Tampa Bay without reservation and looking forward to seeing more of Eventing Tampa Bay’s events in the future!”

- ~ Victoria Edwards, Digital Content Strategist – Florida Blue/ Executive Committee Chair TBTF

~ Victoria Edwards, Digital Content Strategist
Florida Blue/ Executive Committee Chair TBTF

“As a new entrepreneur, I had the opportunity to work with Alyssa and her team during the launch party of HR CONTEMPO. Alyssa’s attention to detail, professionalism, can do attitude and dynamic personality made our event one of great success. She is a young professional that is motivated to do what is right for her customers and ensures that she continues to be an advocate for them in very positive ways.”

~Betsy Irizarry, CEO, HR CONTEMPO

“I will tell you that Friday night was everything that Stacie and I expected. She had no clue (about the Surprise Party) and when we got off the elevator she was totally surprised. We were so impressed with the way you took care of everything. Many people told me how you were in control of the party before we arrived and I appreciate that more then you know. Even when I told you to leave an hour earlier you stayed because you knew you had things to do that I was clueless about.”

~ Bill Miller, VP of National Accounts, SENCOMM