Eileen R. Lentz

Eileen R. Lentz, a resident of Charleston, South Carolina, has over 25 years experience as a professional coordinator of nonprofit cultivation and fund raising events, travel incentive programs, and corporate meetings and special events. After moving to Charleston in 2006 she developed ERL Event Consulting and Training primarily to teach and assist non-profit organizations and corporations to better coordinate their events with “in house” staff.

In 1984 Eileen established CDK Events Management, Inc. CDK Events has created, produced and managed events throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean, currently focusing on corporate events and non-profit programs. Unique travel-incentive programs were developed in Scottsdale, Seattle and San Francisco in the United States, Dromoland Castle in Ireland and in Nevis, West Indies

From 1993 to 1999, Eileen was involved in the development and opening of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Responsibilities included groundbreaking ceremonies, cultivation events and the history-making opening night in October 1997. During the inaugural season she managed the rental of space for non-performance use, and coordinated all of the Art Center’s special events.

CDK Events has coordinated numerous large employee events, groundbreaking ceremonies and dedications for Merck & Co., Inc. in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the ground breaking for their corporate headquarters in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, the Teleconference Launch of the Merck Institute for Science Education and several Family Days, including the 1991 Merck Centennial Celebration for 50,000 attendees.

Prior to establishing the company in 1984, Ms. Lentz was responsible for the Special Events Division at IDC, a fund raising consulting firm. She graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is a frequent speaker in the area of Special Events and was a contributing editor to "The Nonprofit Organization Handbook."



Lauri W. Masur

Lauri Masur has been an event planner for CDK Events Management for over 10 years and President since 2006. She has been instrumental in the coordination of many events over the years.

For Jones Lang Wootton, she created and managed Special Events for Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. Events at Harborside included the opening of the Exchange Place PATH station and other promotional events for this mixed-use waterfront development.

As Marketing Director for The Rouse Company at South Street Seaport, Lauri managed advertising, public relations, special events, corporate sponsorship, and travel marketing. She created the “Singing Christmas Tree”, still a holiday tradition at the Seaport. Other events at the Seaport include The Seaport Jazz Festival, Harvest Festival and New Year’s Eve fireworks. These events were successful in attracting corporate sponsorships.

Prior to South Street Seaport, Lauri worked with the renowned producer, Robert F. Jani on major events including the Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan and the 1982 World’s Fair Opening Celebration, as well as in-house events and productions at Radio City Music Hall. At Radio City, she was involved in the 50th Anniversary celebration in 1982.

Lauri is a graduate of Vassar College with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama and Dance. She has remained involved in theatrical productions both as a performer and backstage manager.