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instructor biographies - Amy Mader

Amy Mader - Founder and Instructor
Amy Mader founded and is president of Amy's Platinum Weddings Coordinating and Consulting Firm, in Austin, Texas. She is responsible for instructing the Online and Distance Education Professional Wedding Consultant Training Program classes as well as instructing the 3-Day Weekend Seminars for NECI.

Amy began her career in the wedding industry at the age-15 working in her grandparent?s bridal salon, Charlotte?s Bridal Shop. Mader's wealth of experience spans 16 years with extensive knowledge of the bridal industry, including purchasing, retailing and all aspects relative to the efficient day-to-day management of the largest bridal salon in Southwestern Wisconsin. In addition, she was responsible for wedding day coordination services of multiple weddings in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area.

Mader obtained her high school diploma from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1990. Mader graduated from the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1995. Following graduation, she and her husband relocated to Austin, Texas where Mader managed Adrian's Bridal Salon. After 1 year, she established her own consulting firm in 1997, Amy's Platinum Weddings, which has become a benchmark for consultants in the Central Texas region.

Mader earned her specialized training through Weddings Beautiful in 1997, Wedding Careers Institute, Inc. in 1999, and Nuptial Essentials Curriculum and Instruction in 2005. She is an active member in Weddings Beautiful Worldwide Association and Nuptial Essentials Association of Wedding Professionals.

Mader is also the founder and first president of the Austin Wedding and Event Coordinators (AWEC) in 2000, a professional organization for wedding consultants and vendors. Mader has held the following positions on the AWEC Board of Directors: President 2000, Treasurer 2001 and 2002. She has also served on the following AWEC Committees: Chair of the Ethical Standards Committee 2003 and 2004, Membership Director since 2004.

She has designed and coordinated upscale and celebrity weddings throughout the Austin area since 1997, and has been instrumental in the education and growth of the Austin wedding industry. Mader has been published in the following national publications, Brides, Modern Bride and The Bridal Guide as well as local publications Tribeza and Austin Monthly. Mader has been featured in The Knot magazine and has collaborated on The Lifetime Wedding Planner workbook. Mader had a featured wedding on the Lifetime Televisions series, My Best Friends Wedding, in February 2004. She is an active community leader and has volunteered her time on the board of the Moore-Weiss Children's Center for autistic children.

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