Idella Renea “Gates” is the owner of Elite Coordinators, Inc. based out of Indiana, Renea is a certified wedding and event planner who has accrued more than seventeen years of experience. Since 2005 she has also been the owner of Personal Tux, LLC, a tuxedo and formal wear rental company known for offering quality clothing at affordable rates. Both Elite Coordinators and Personal Tux are certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) in the state of Indiana. In addition, Elite Coordinators was chosen in 2015 for The Knot Best of Weddings, an award that honors the highest-rated wedding companies as reviewed by couples, their families, and their guests on TheKnot.com, the nation’s premier wedding website and had one of her weddings featured in the 2020 fall issue of Wedding Planner Magazine.
Renea is passionate about planning not only weddings but all life events, including baby showers, engagement parties, retirement parties, birthday parties, corporate events, family reunions and funeral repasts. Along with life events, she is not a stranger and got her start in planning via not for profit fundraising by way of golf outings, galas, retreats, conferences, raffles, and more. She has the experience and the knowledge needed to execute your plans and craft your ideal day, and with an eye for detail, she never lets anything go overlooked.
In addition to her work as a business owner, Renea serves on the Board of Directors of Minorities in Hospitality (MIH) as Vice President, Board of Volunteers with Steward Speakers, Membership Coordinator for Indy Black Chamber of Commerce (IBCC) and on the Board of Directors of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) as President, and she maintains her memberships in the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC).
Renea earned her Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Management at Marian College, and she also graduated from the Wedding Planning Institute as a Certified Wedding and Event Planner and earned her Certification as a Vision Board Coach. She has two children, Alyson and Cecil, and her hobbies include boxing, swimming, bicycling, roller skating, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. To add to her accomplishments, Renea has written her first book. The Elite Guide, Questions To Ask Before Selecting Your Wedding Vendors.