Ayọ /ˈɑːjoʊ/ means Joy in Yoruba.
Founded by Adeola Sokunbi, Ayo Hospitality Consulting is your resource for hospitality. We are a minority-owned, privately-held company, offering multi-disciplinary expertise for clients seeking advisory across a broad range of services. Ayo Hospitality Consulting brings a decade of hands-on experience and solid industry relationships in order to provide practical, actionable, and cost effective solutions. Our founder, Adeola, is a Certified Venue Professional (CVP) through the International Association of Venue Managers and possesses expertise within the event management industry with a diverse set of expertise in business development, sponsorship negotiation, ticketing, event production, event booking, and client hospitality.
Prior to creating Ayo Hospitality Consulting, Adeola has been involved in the successful coordination of multiple world-class events in the sports and entertainment segment, including the 2011 PGA Championship, 2012 London Olympic Games, 2017 National College Football Championship, NCAA Final Four (2013 & 2020*), and Super Bowl LIII (Atlanta 2019). Through her work with major entities like Mercedes Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park, she has served as the key account manager for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials (Marathon), SEC Football Championship, the annual SweetWater 420 Festival, ONE Musicfest, Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival, and Golden Globe nominated Warner Bros. motion picture Richard Jewell that was filmed in Centennial Olympic Park in the summer of 2019.
Throughout her tenure, Adeola has remained an active member of professional organizations like Women In Sports Events (WISE), dedicating her time to mentor young women passionate about the sports and events business. She also remains deeply involved with her alma mater, Georgia State University, where she frequently speaks to students in both the Hospitality & Sport Management programs bringing back her real life experiences to the classroom.
Most recently, Adeola has returned to school to pursue her Master’s degree in the Study of Law at the University of Georgia as she believes in the importance of having a deepened understanding of how the law affects multiple aspects of business. As of August 2020, Adeola is a certified mediator registered through the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution.
*final events affected by COVID-19
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