Exceptional Creative Management for Diverse Projects
who we are
Steppe Solutions is a comprehensive event management company. We manage national and international academic conferences, major development and donor events, large-scale public presentations and activities, as well as smaller, more intimate events. We are known for providing the direction, focus, structure and momentum needed to translate a client's vision into reality. We are relentless when it comes to all the details that make an event outstanding. We truly enjoy the work we do, and take personal pride in the success of our events.
Jean Steppe launched Steppe Solutions in 2001. Jean has had a diverse professional resume that includes positions as program director with Artrain USA, a visual arts exhibition that travels the country by train; an artist representative with a national musical performance booking agency; and stints as a UPS driver and a landscaper. Jean's career choices have always balanced her intrigue with new challenges, her creative talents and her penchant for bringing organization and structure to new situations.
Steppe Solutions is a perfect fusion of these interests. She truly enjoys the puzzle of each new project and event - identifying the broad concepts and objectives, as well as the nuances, and creating a plan for meeting the client's needs in the best way possible. She has managed hundreds of events, and the satisfaction of an event that exceeds client expectations never grows old.
Beth McCullough Adas is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with more than ten years of experience coordinating a wide range of meetings and special events. She spent nine years working at the University of Chicago in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations with positions in alumni relations, fundraising, and event planning. Beth received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. She enjoys building strong relationships with both clients and vendors and working together as a team to produce a successful event that meets and exceeds her client's goals.
Laura Olech joins Steppe Solutions with 9 years of experience in fundraising, event planning and marketing. Most recently, she spent 4 years as a major gift officer with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Western Michigan University, focusing her studies in the non-profit sector. Laura brings a keen eye for detail, which will be experienced by event guests and appreciated by clients.
Leah Strothman comes to Steppe Solutions with more than 12 years of experience in event planning and marketing. Three years at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, instilled in her an emphasis on superior customer and client service. From there, Leah held positions at a national law firm where she led all marketing efforts as well as internal and client events, and at a marketing company in Chicago where she was part of a team servicing a Fortune-500 client with a diverse event roster including incentive trips, nationwide meetings and hospitality at premier sporting events. Leah and her husband, Carter, live in Ann Arbor.
Carey Viviano has worked with Steppe Solutions for three years and enjoys providing exceptional customer service to our clients. Her unique career has spanned from dressing up as the Papa Romano's company mascot at store grand openings to planning events for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the U-M Business School. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and business from Eastern Michigan University. And when she's not shopping, reading or dreaming of her next vacation to Disney World, she's spending time with her husband and children.
Angie Tracey joins Steppe Solutions with a diverse professional background, including planning and coordinating internal corporate sales and training events for a large international biotech company, marketing for a west coast based law firm, as well as various financial analyst and management positions. As a volunteer, Angie has created local fundraising events and served on a non-profit fundraising board. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Finance from the University of Washington. Her attention to detail, and her ability to remain calm under pressure, provides clients with a sense of reassurance.
We have used Steppe Solutions to help organize our major events at the School of Public Health for more than a decade. From the small and intimate to the large and grand, Jean's awareness of our vision coupled with her attention to detail and superb organizational skills have been at the core of innumerable successful events she has shepherded. Jean and her staff are extremely professional, respectful and resourceful. She keeps us on track with everything from budgets to name badges. Steppe Solutions is the 'go to' company for event planning - they really know UofM and the Ann Arbor area.
- Martin Philbert, Dean, School of Public Health