Jaclyn Bernstein ~ President & Partner of Empire Force Events is a true Event Production, Destination Management and Hospitality professional, as well as being a leader, insider & champion of New York City! This is proven by Jaclyn being named in world-renowned BizBash’s Inaugural ‘Top 500 People in Events’ & ‘Most Influential Event Professionals’, then again in their ‘Top 1000 People in Events’; as well as being inducted into their Hall of Fame. Jaclyn’s career began right from college attending the International Live Events Association NY inception meeting which started her lifelong service to ILEA as a founding member, youngest International Board of Governor, inducted into their Hall of Legends, 1 of 30 Legacy inductees internationally, and this summer being honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award. At that same meeting Jaclyn met who would become her business Partner. After a few years working at the company right from college, Jaclyn acquired the company, establishing Empire Force Events they now own for 26 years. Their Destination Management Company (DMC) with an Event Production expertise and 38 years of history is the longest independently & locally-owned NYC DMC!
Jaclyn serves as an active Board of Director of NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention & visitors bureau as the primary key representative of the Events sector in NYC. You’ve also seen Jack on tv in in the news, David Tutera’s Party Planner & 1st season of The Apprentice. What’s next? No one knows! It seems Jaclyn’s been prepared for this as she grew-up on welfare and food stamps, raised by a sacrificing single Mommy in a 1 bedroom apartment… Now due to the pandemic, Jack serves as: Executive Vice-President of the Live Events Coalition’s NY / NJ where her asks got Times Square for the 1st national Empty Event activation as well as lit the Empire State Building for #RedAlertRESTART both seen in the media, DMC Coalition, NYC & Co.’s Coalition, and the Mayor’s Office’s Citywide Event Coordination & Management’s Advisory Board with her loud-and-proud Brooklyn voice supporting industry advocacy and how we will survive to The Other Side. Jaclyn’s engaging, chatty, loves being larger than life (with very striking high heels, pre-pandemic!) while making people feel comfy, & collecting them to become part of her family ~ Now More Than Ever! You’re next :)