From ideation to event activation
We are experiential and execution experts. Our team of event management connoisseurs keep our satisfied and loyal client base coming back. We are dedicated to bringing your vision into fruition – with stellar design, strategic conception-to-execution planning, and unparalleled attention-to-detail. No matter what, our projects are always on time, on budget, and on point.
the FM Process
Our process begins with a strategy session with our team to discuss goals, budget, timelines and the overall vision
Our team of event curators formulate an entire design scheme, handle the logistics, and craft a seamless experience that aligns with the client’s vision.
During this stage we confer with the client to solidify and refine last minute details, and to ensure the event is unfolding the way that the client imagined.
This is where vision and hard work comes into fruition. The end result: a fully loaded event production experience that guests are sure to never forget.
We specialize in immersive brand experiences
We provide executive-level client services by creating unforgettable experiences. We’ve successfully done just that for many of our clients – ranging from small, intimate experiences to vast spaces and large events that is sure to fit your budget, brand, and vision.
What we offer
We understand that events are time consuming financial investments. We’ve successfully managed more than 500 plus events by connecting strategy and design with innovative technology to drive brands and businesses forward. Our results have helped to garner consistent, repeat, and long-term business. Click on the services below to learn more about what we can do for you.
The proof is in the production
Evok BEPrint Tour | Mixer & Workshop
This 2-day event centered on new life transformation service for women – by women. We garnered hundreds of emails, sold merchandise and shared the overview of the service with a room full of supporters. This event spanned across 5 cities.
General Motors | NCAA | Shadow League Mixer
In 2017, we brought music, sports and more than 400 car enthusiasts together to revel in the luxury of the brand new GM Buick Lacrosse.
Hi, I’m Nina Payne!
In 2000, Foundation Management, LLC, was birthed as an Artist & Event Management Company. With pure focus and drive, FMLLC quickly grew from a single LLC to a company managing more than 20 independent contractors – grabbing the attention of national artist management and event companies across the map.
I’ve also spearheaded event productions for General Motors, Detroit Police Department, Buick, Detroit Public Safety Foundation, Detroit Grand Prix, Delta, Shell, ASAE Conference, City of Detroit, Chene Park, EvokLife, DAPCEP, and many more.I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world and collaborate with some amazing talent in the areas of Artist, Road, Tour, Project, Production and Event Management. I’ve worked with a bevy of powerhouse artists such as KEM, Vickie Winans, Anthony Hamilton, Avery Sunshine, Anthony Anderson, Jay Moss, Ledisi, Steve Harvey, Nephew Tommy, Dorinda Clark, along with a host of many local, up-and-coming rising stars
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Our visual brand experiences have helped us to generate high client retention rates through high quality execution and word-of-mouth initiatives. This serves as the core of our success and can be highly attributed to our unparalleled strategy, partnerships, production, technology innovation, and dedicated staff.
Dilla Youth Day
Overview: An event designed around the Super Producer JDilla to expose youth to STEM education by using music, interactive projects, poetry, break dancing, cyphers, etc to get their attention.
Results: Dilla Youth Day has created a brand that is the only one of it’s kind in the country and has impacted the lives of over 20,000 youth and adults in the last 7 years.
Overview: A signature fundraising event for Motown Recording Artist KEM – to help the homeless and hungry communities by celebrating life through music.
Results: The first event brought out 20,000 attendees, over 75 days. The community was in need of a celebrity to step up and give back to the city of Detroit. The second event grew by 300%, with more than 60,000 attendees, and 1800 meals served.
Overview: This annual conference that moves from city to city, focuses on sharing information regarding the event industry. provided project management and transportation logistics for 5 days.
Results: Organizing transportation for all 180,000 attendees was a challenge. But we were able to develop and execute a system that simulated the MDOT pickup strategy; for more than 180,000 attendees. This included multiple pickups and drop-offs at hotels, the airport and main conference venue. We contracted 92 buses and over 14 different bus companies.
Overview: United Shore throws the best events for their staff. US hired FMLLC to provide Event Support and consulting at three of their annual events; Carnival, Leadership Retreat and the US Annual Staff Holiday Party.
Results: With a team of 26 Staff, FMLLC Scanned almost 4000 Employees using a new electronic check-in scanners within 1 hour and 30 mins while also providing drink tickets and wristbands to the United Shore Signature Holiday Event.
Overview: This signature event within the Charles H. Wright African World Festival showcases some of Detroit’s best designers, models and music.
Results: Detroit Rocks the Runway has become an anticipated event that welcomes a variety of models, photographers, designers and makeup artists. The veterans teach the newcomers. The event offers workshops and training leading up to the event for new models that may not fit into the “typical industry look”.
Overview: The iconic annual event turns Belle Isle Park into a race track and welcomes 50K attendees over it’s 3-day weekend. We managed the logistics so that people can move safely on and off the island
Results: We were able to successfully transport all attendees, employees and vendors to and from their vehicles without any incidents. This effort required 58 buses, 18 bus companies and 14 Parking lots.
Overview: One of 4 signature events for the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, A&B is an amazing event that focuses on honoring women and men of the Detroit Police and Detroit Fire that have gone over the call of duty to keep the citizens of Detroit safe.
Results: FM is contracted each year to produce this event where we honor over 30+ Men and Women with Medals of Valor and Purple Hearts in front of their families.
Let an experienced team help
Years of Experience
At Foundation Management, we understand we are only as good as the sum of our parts. Our amazing team of hardworking, creative, and driven curators are what separates us from the rest of the competition. We band together rain or shine, no matter how complex the task may be – to get it done. Meet the squad below. #squadgoals
Strategic Partnership coordinator
With a seasoned background in massage, sales, and events -she’s never met a stranger and always adds the perfect touch when cultivating connections.
This educator may be new to the team, but she’s no stranger to putting her strong attention-to-detail and organizational skills to great use. And she always does it with a smile on her face and a good cup of Joe in hand.
She may analyze insightful metrics and best practices by day, but she’s the ultimate roller derby queen by night.
For more than 20 years, we've been able to foster long-term partnerships and relationships with a diverse roster of clients through referral-based efforts. Our quality of work and passion truly speaks volumes and helps to keep our clients coming back to fulfill their events-based needs. But, don't take our word for it.
Great Lakes Crossing
Detroit Public Foundation
The City of Detroit
Dana Harvey | Marketing Director | Great Lakes Crossing
Through my first hand experience in working with Nina and her team at Foundation Management over the past 10 years, I can truly say they are the exception when it comes to superior event management and production. From client accommodations, planning, logistics and execution, no detail is missed. Nina puts maximum effort on producing stellar events and ensuring her clients are completely satisfied.
Patti Kukula | Executive Director | Detroit Public Foundation
Nina Payne is the first person I think of when I need to get something done the right way. Whether the event is small or large scale her and her team handle all the details. I can now enjoy the event with our guests and not worry about behind the scenes.
Charlie Beckham | Retired, Executive | The City of Detroit
Foundation Management, led by Nina Payne, is one of the premier event management and production companies in metro Detroit! While performing my "one man's autobiographical play last year, Foundation Mgmt's production assistance literally brought the play to life to the delight of the packed house! Outstanding Production work!
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Foundation Management LLC is a full-service event management company specializing in both small and large-scale events – with “can-do” fervor and stellar results to match. We specialize in getting the job done right, the first time. We pride ourselves on offering simplistic pricing, smooth processes, and even greater experiences.
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Detroit, MI 48076