Mary Catanzaro

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Event Planner, Event Producer Linkedin Facebook

Pogo Events

I love everything about what I do. I bring fun and joy to people. I love the freedom that comes from owning my own business and I love being creative.

I started POGO events in 2005 by myself. We organize scavenger hunts in New York City. I now have approximately 20 freelance employees and we put on an average of 15 events a month.

Here’s a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet sessions:
• The different ways to break into the event planning business
• How to organize and network so that the most important tools are at your disposal
• The difference between party planning and event organizing
• How to make yourself stand out from the crowd
• How to attract the kind of employees and clients you want


I started my business from scratch and you can too! I knew next to nothing about running a business when I began and learned almost everything along the way. I’ve become an expert and now even teach classes on event planning.

We organize scavenger hunt adventures around New York City. When I started there was only one other company doing this and now there are about 30. Because we consistently deliver a fun experience, we get great feedback online and do a great business. We’ve held events for some of the largest companies in New York.

Prior to starting my business, I worked various jobs at some interesting places in New York City and event planning was always a part of it. I finally decided that I wanted to be my own boss and take my experience to create something of my own. It was the biggest risk and best decision I ever made.

Surrounding yourself with the right people is about the best advice I can give you. You can’t know everything, so it’s important to find people who do. When you find them, treat them right and their loyalty will be invaluable.

Reviews (2)

    Mary was helpful and thoughtful in providing details and insight into how he started her business, what to look out for and much more.

    John Vignolo

    Mary was a delight to speak with. She gave me solid information that I can use and the confidence to start moving ahead on my dream of event planning. She gave me practical advice and it was helpful knowing she started her business with the same fears and issues as I face, but she made it a success. I would certainly recommend Mary as a great resource.

    Joy Crist