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Look Who’s Talking -The Fetzer Center Connie Peruchietti & Shannon Landis

Connie Peruchietti & Shannon Landis

Connie: Ice Cream! I love all flavors and if it has chocolate in it, that is a double surprise!
Shannon: I love to drink wine and eat popcorn for dinner!

Connie: Whether we’re binge watching a show curled up on the sofa or browsing the outlet mall together, any day spent with my daughters (& husband) is a great day!
Shannon: Sleeping in and enjoying a big breakfast, followed by reading outside all day.

Connie: Through all of the 25 years, my family has provided me with constant support to be the best working mom and spouse that I can be.
Shannon: I consider myself an incredibly lucky person. I get to do a job that I like with people I like and then go home to the best family and friends in the world!

Planning a big event, whether it’s the wedding of your dreams, a retirement reception or company Christmas party, involves a lot of moving pieces. It’s no secret that the process often brings its share of stress and anxiety for those tasked with pulling off an event to remember. Connie Peruchietti and Shannon Landis understand this reality and work daily in their respective positions with Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center to minimize this stress and deliver their clients the most successful event possible.

Director Connie Peruchietti is celebrating 25 years of service at the Fetzer Center and finds immense satisfaction in working with clients to realize their goals and create the event they have envisioned. She considers it the highest compliment possible when customers are so pleased with the service they receive that they rebook for future events. She works hard to help clients clarify a vision and budget for their events, knowing that once this is accomplished, the rest of the planning falls into place.

Executing this vision and turning it into reality is the mission and privilege of Conference Service Manager and Wedding Coordinator, Shannon Landis. She’s been working on events at the Fetzer Center for 24 years herself, which means that this team of talented women has almost a half century of event planning between them. It is a lucky bride indeed that finds herself in such capable hands.

When it comes to weddings, the Fetzer Center is a one-stop shop. Not only do they have beautiful spaces available for the ceremony itself, the staff will handle the reception from start to finish, leaving the lucky couple and their families free to enjoy their special day. Shannon encourages her clients to communicate as clearly as possible about their expectations and budgetary restraints. Only then can she deliver a wedding day everyone will remember fondly. Both Shannon and Connie feel privileged to be entrusted with the biggest events of people’s lives and take that responsibility very seriously.

Both women are proud to call the Kalamazoo area home and have, together with their husbands, raised their children here. Connie has two adult daughters while Shannon’s daughter and son are at WMU and MSU, respectively. Both women are heavily invested in the community and support a number of organizations. Connie pays particular attention to the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes and the United Way. Shannon co-chairs Western Michigan University’s United Way campaign because, as she notes: “I feel it is the best organization to handle so many of our community’s needs and I don’t have to select just one!”

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