HI, I’M Anthony

Howdy, Hi and Aloha,

Thanks for taking a look! (Note: Canadian users please visit my “Aboot” page, eh?)

Unique and Funny.

I have a passion for laughter, community, connecting, and philanthropy and it shows in my career, words and stories and antics. Humans are wired to feel good when connecting with others, and events are a huge part of what’s been missing since the whole pandemic thing started. Conferences, retreats and team-buildings are an opportunity to reconnect and reengage. So, I urge you to gather, connect, celebrate and laugh – and, uh, hire me to make it a your event memorable and inspiring and focused.  Focus on what you might ask?  Focused on the 40 that Matters.

Expertise in Spades.

I have over  two decades of event planning experience, including grand galas, festivals, corporate events, trainings and intimate parties for donors and have seen it all.  You get that experience behind the scenes and a “comedic genius” in front of your audience and BOOM your event goes from “fine” to “memorable.” Need more convincing? Check out my reviews. These reviews make me smile ear-to-ear because my clients are always HAPPY!  I get to use my gifts in ways that serve others and inspire laughter.  How lucky am I to call this my career? Very, very lucky. I would reply.

Authentic Connector.

I am a connector and a Connector. One is a personal passion the other is my leadership voice. Get a feel for both in this great podcast a listen on what makes me smile and the role I relish in my community.  I take pride in lending my skills and experience to my community in diverse ways through service to non-profits, the less fortunate and to the business community.  I’m honored to be part of a community of caring, passionate, driven and yet funky people! We all want to be happy – I want to make people happy. Service is important to me and I’m honored to volunteer my time for as a Board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend and Commute Options.

Frequently Humbled.

When I’m not working, I’m usually outside seeking space and water.  I’ve been told I’m “tenacious about my happiness” and I love that label. I’ll be out exploring the breadth of life’s humbling experiences through snowboarding [below average], and playing hockey [really poorly]. And when snow turns to water I’ll be rafting [flipping] and fishing [it’s not called catching for a reason], on my motorcycle, hiking, mountain biking, or navigating series of near-death experiences.  I’m having fun.

Work with Anthony

Anthony Poponi is the Chief Happiness Officer and Keynote Speaker and Workshop host your group will RAVE about. His mission is to reclaim the joy in workplaces and communities by inspiring leaders to foster community, spark laughter, and create a culture your group will rave about.