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Hidden Gems: Meet LaTonya Mosley of DKD and Associates Event Planning and Management

Today we’d like to introduce you to LaTonya Mosley. 

Hi LaTonya, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hello, I thank you so much for this opportunity. I am LaTonya Mosley the Owner and Lead Planner and Designer for DKD and Associates, Event Planning and Management, LLC. I grew up in Ohio and my mom would cater events for the church and family events. I loved helping her and my interest grew more and more as I got older. In 1989, I moved to the Washington-Metropolitan area and began a career with the Federal Government. Over the years, I moved throughout my agency finally settling in and making my mark in Human Resources. I managed the planning and execution of two of the agencies most prestigious awards ceremonies (one was quarterly and the other was yearly). I am a wife and mother of three biological sons as well as two bonus daughters and a bonus son. Throughout my children’s lives, I was the parent who would volunteer to run the end-of-the-year sports banquets. I am the friend who, when invited to events, always ensures everyone has what they need. I planned both of my weddings, my son and soon to be daughter in love’s baby shower. When I attend weddings, I will pick out things I would do differently. One day my husband said, “Why don’t you open your own business?”

In 2014, I launched DKD and Associates Event Planning and Management, LLC (the DKD is an acronym for my boys DeAndre, Kahlil, and D’Marcus). I have over two decades of hands-on experience coordinating events ranging from corporate retirement ceremonies to elaborate proposals. My company focuses on planning and managing events of varying sizes and purposes. My expertise is in understanding what it takes to make sure things run efficiently logistically, keeping everything within the events allocated budget, and ensuring the event itself runs smoothly. In July 2020, I retired from my government position and partnered with my best friend, James “Tony” Hollins, owner of Jamarcal Management. We merged our companies in order to provide our clients with full-scale event planning. We can handle everything from the planning of the event to the officiant, DJ, photographers, and caterers. DKD and Associates provides our clients with wonderful, memorable experiences.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Absolutely not… It has not been a smooth road. Retiring from the government to work full time on my business took a major hit with COVID-19. We lost clients and with venues not back to full capacity, the clients opting to cancel their event, or they decided to have their event virtual. This challenged me to think way outside my comfort zone for ways to create safe and smaller events, as well as, virtual events. I have had to learn a new way to market the business in order to build clientele. During this time, I have taken on a great mentor David Tutera. He has assisted in helping me understand and redirect my focus on the business. Having David as a mentor is truly an honor. I loved watching his show and wishing I could be as good as him. Now I am able to learn and have conversations with him twice a month.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about DKD and Associates Event Planning and Management, LLC?
DKD and Associates has a myriad of experience in events to include anniversaries, bat Mitzvahs, bridal showers, engagement parties, and graduations; with an emphasis on weddings, social and corporate events, retirement ceremonies as well as intimate parties. We provide full-service planning and decorating services to include overall coordination of all details including florals, linen, lighting, and any other design elements. Our goal is to create a wonderful experience without the stress when assisting clients through the process of planning their event. We are focused on making our clients’ vision come to fruition. We ensure every detail is taken care of and each event is created specifically for the client and it is truly a captivating experience.

I personally love the planning side of the company; I have really started learning more about the decor aspect of the events. I consider myself the Do It Yourself (DIY) queen. If I cannot purchase or rent it, I will make it.

The thing that sets our company apart from others is that we strive to create a total experience from the colors, to any fragrances you may smell throughout the venue. DKD offers a variety of event planning and party packages from small, intimate gatherings, to large, full-scale corporate events. Our décor packages are designed to visually capture the theme of our client’s event. We appropriately utilize space to inspire the creativity and uniqueness of the affair.

I want your readers to know when they select DKD and Associates we will ensure you are treated with the utmost respect and handle your event as if it were our own. DKD is dedicated to presenting incomparable services and extraordinary programs for every client. We take pride in our work, therefore, with our years of experience, excellent coordination, and planning skills, we guarantee you complete satisfaction when you allow us to add our unique flair to your occasion. Whether it is assisting in décor, baby showers, retirement events, full wedding planning, or consulting, we customize our packages to meet your needs in order to create wonderful experiences without the stress. Every great event starts with organized details. We pride ourselves in executing those details brilliantly along with offering you a variety of options to assist in making your event as perfect as you have imagined.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I have to thank my husband Joseph Mosley III, our children DeAndre, Jada, Kahlil, Jasmine, Joseph IV, and D’Marcus, as well as, my parents Jessie Mitchell and Kenneth Robinson Sr. for supporting me in this dream. I would also like to thank my mentors Debra Taylor of Taylor Made Planning Incorporates and Mr. David Tutera for all of their encouragement, knowledge sharing, and preparing me for the experiences ahead of me. The last person I would like to thank is my business partner and best friend James “Tony” Hollins of Jamarcal Management. He has believed in me and supported me in every aspect of this business. When he asked me to merge our businesses to bring our clients more to offer it was a big step for the both of us, however, it has been a wonderful move. If it was not for Tony, I would not have been afforded the opportunity to be doing this interview.

Contact Info:

  • Email: latonya@dkdandassociates.com
  • Website: www.dkdandassociates.com
  • Instagram: @dkd_and_associates_llc
  • Facebook: facebook.com/DKD and Associates Event Planning and Management, LLC

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