Allison De Meulder
Born in New York City and raised in Miami Beach, Allison De Meulder dreamed of running her own business. She studied at Boston University's School of Management before finishing her degree at the University of Tampa in 1996. She also received her Master's of Business Administration in 1998.
In March of 1999, Allison De Meulder left her job in marketing to start her own business. She set up the Invitation Consultants "headquarters" in the spare bedroom of her apartment and soon began meeting with local brides.
Allison soon realized the internet was a key vehicle for reaching out to brides - and other celebrators - all across the country. She set up a website and started selling customized printed invitations and announcements online. Allison's husband, Olivier De Meulder, joined the company after two years and now serves as Vice President.
As Allison first began her company meeting one-on-one with customers, she wanted to maintain that same level of service and support for her online customers. Her strong belief in customer service is key to the day-to-day environment at IC. Allison's education and talents are steeped in management and organizational behavior. Invitation Consultants has grown to be a place of opportunity for designers as well as those creative minded individuals who want to work in an innovative and challenging environment where things are always changing and growing is not a verb but a state of mind.
Allison also has a passion for design. She, along with her team of designers pour their hearts into creating and curating each and every design. She started the Guest Designer Program in order to further build the community feeling on the website. Invitation Consultants also runs a yearly Design Contest where emerging and established artists can enter their work for a chance to win.
Allison has been recognized for her success with Invitation Consultants, including being featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal's "40 Under 40" in 2001 and "30 Under 30" in 2003. The annual list recognizes rising stars in the Tampa Bay area business community.
Allison enjoys spending her free time traveling with her family, reading magazines, dreaming of invitations, and working on interior design projects. She and her husband have three children.