Our Event Planning Team

At Z Event Company, we’ve thrown some of the biggest parties in New Orleans, from corporate events to Mardi Gras galas. Put our decades of experience in interior design, film production, and marketing to use for your next event. We take a full-service approach to every event we plan, so you don’t have to stress about coordinating with multiple contacts or trying to make a packaged plan fit your vision. Our extensive list of preferred venues and vendors includes historic locations and unique entertainers that will make your event stand out. This attention to detail has landed our events in local and national publications and awarded us accolades like the NACE, best Catered Event of the Year.

Meet Team Z

Get to know the leaders behind Z Event Company so you can make sure we’ll be a good fit for your next event. We can’t wait to learn more about your big celebration and help you bring it to life.

Let Us Plan the Event of Your Dreams

No matter the size of your soiree, our planning team at Z Event Company can handle every detail down to the seating chart and tableware. We start our design process by getting to know you and understanding your style. From there, we can create an inspiration board to help refine the theme and design elements for your event. Whether you’re tying the knot with 300+ guests or hosting an intimate social gathering, we’ll consider every aspect of the itinerary to make it unique. You can even use our online event planning platform to browse our curated list of suppliers or explore our photo galleries to source inspiration for your party. When you’re ready to start planning your event, contact us to schedule a consultation with Team Z.


Susan Zackin, the owner of Z Event Company, a corporate event planner in Metairie, LA

Susan Zackin

Owner/Lead Planner/Creative Director

President, Susan Zackin, a native New Orleanian, has been in the event planning world for over 30 years. She began her career as an interior designer and brings her expert sense of spatial relations and a sense of urgency with her to the event world. Her vast experience, of working both in South Florida and other parts of the globe, has given her fabulous opportunities to work with many distinguished clients and produce elegant to outrageous events! Susan and her team look forward to starting the planning process with you on your next event!



Andrea Lockwood, the event and operations manager of Z Event Company, a catering company in New Orleans, LA

Andrea Lockwood

Events and Operations Manager

Andrea moved to New Orleans after graduating from The University of Mississippi in 2011. She worked as a production accountant in the entertainment industry on high profile films such as “Django Unchained” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Magnificent Seven.”

Andrea joined Team Z in 2017 and quickly applied her production experience to the event planning industry. Her ability to multitask, stay organized and pay close attention to detail makes her the perfect guide to lead you through the planning process. Andrea loves to travel, enjoys photography, live music and spending time with her husband Joseph and Yorkie named Tucker.


Susan Wormser, the sales and marketing director of Z Event Company, a birthday event planner in Metairie, LA

Susan Wormser

Sales & Marketing

Susan Wormser is the Sales and Marketing Director for Z Event Company and the Event Glossary. Susan is a native New Orleanian with over 25 years experience in the event industry which all began as an intern at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1987 then rising to Marketing Director overseeing 15 employees and taking events on the road to several states. Her greatest strengths are her creativity and drive and thrives on seeing an idea come to fruition.

When Susan isn’t networking at an event or producing an event, she loves to play competitive tennis and snuggle with her Cavallier King Charles Spaniel named Louis. She has a son and daughter who are in college in Washington, DC.