Erika Watson Owner, White Hot Events

Erika Watson
Owner, White Hot Events, LLC

“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”  ~ Coco Chanel

My mom has never admitted it but looking back, I was probably born with zip ties in my hand and a devilish twinkle in my eye.

No really…I was THAT kid. We all know the one. When I was little I would’ve given anything to be Julie on the “Love Boat.” Cruise Director = Event Planner…same thing. For my tenth birthday I asked for clipboards, files, and a filing cabinet. But I didn’t want just a “normal” filing cabinet. That would’ve been WAY too easy. I wanted a RED filing cabinet, clipboards, and colorful files. Nothing in the world made me happier!

Yep…I was that kid.

So, fast forward thirty years and it should come as no surprise that my entire career has been spent in hospitality. From majoring in Music Performance at Arizona State to owning an Event Production company in Las Vegas, my life and career have taken many colorful detours getting to Sin City! And even now…several years later… the fact that a small but mighty team of five people executed an award-winning, celebrity-studded event, all from my couch and kitchen island, can only put the cherry on top of a storied career path!

But above all of the colorful Strip lights and festive events are, most importantly, the people I have met designing them. Every single client has grown into a close friend. Someone brilliant once said that “it isn’t work if you love what you do.” Between my adorable dogs, amazing clients and friends, and a company that challenges me every single day, at the age of (almost) 41, there isn’t a single thing I would do differently. I have three FABULOUS labra-dorables, a #DreamTeam like no other, and a life story that goes well with white wine and vodka tonics. As I see it, I wouldn’t have it any other way! XOXO!

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