Sharon’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University was the springboard for her career in the special event industry. Her six years as a meeting and convention planner for a multi-national corporation included planning and managing events for over 35,000 guests. This experience brought her to RSVP where she successfully launched the event management division in 1987 and eventual company ownership in 1990. Sharon’s creative energy, vast event experience, and logistical expertise promise her clients unbeatable events.


Tammy attended the University of North Carolina and joined the RSVP team in 1999 as a Special Project Manager. Her background in business and computer programming coupled with her creative nature make her a valuable part of RSVP’s success. Tammy’s varied responsibilities at RSVP often include creative concept development, event design, purchasing, and marketing. She is currently charged with recreating RSVP’s corporate image through web, print and social media. An eco-enthusiast, she is also responsible for improving RSVP’s sustainability efforts in our event production and day-to-day operations.


Lindsey is a graduate of Mars Hill University with a degree in Fashion and Interior Merchandising and a minor in Business Administration. Her multifaceted knowledge of the event industry is key when providing clients with imaginative ideas and superior customer service. Dynamic, with a keen eye for detail, Lindsey has been a critical member of the RSVP team since 2004 and she brings a contemporary, fresh perspective to the group, keeping RSVP on the cutting edge of popular event trends. Lindsey is an experienced visual stylist and has been recognized as a leader in event design.

With a degree in Recreation Management and a focus on Commercial Travel & Tourism from Appalachian State University, Carter is responsible for the training and management of all event staff at RSVP as well as coordinating all event vendors.  He has been a member of the RSVP team since 2013 and offers a wide variety of skills that include event blueprinting, crowd management, and tech services, to name a few. Carter has experience planning a wide range of functions and has a passion for creating memorable experiences for all of our clients.  He is actively involved in several event professional associations across North Carolina and was recently voted onto the Board of Directors for the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Rodney has been part of the RSVP team for over 20 years! He keeps our vehicles running smoothly and our props and equipment organized. Always willing to lend a hand, you'll often find Rodney going out of his way to make sure event guests are happy and comfortable. Known for one of the best holiday light displays in town, Rodney lives in Hillsborough with his wife and daughter. 


Marie joined RSVP in 2009. She received her degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Her focus at RSVP is on financial planning and budget management to ensure successful events. When she’s not tracking down receipts or forecasting sales, Marie enjoys gardening, skiing and reading. She resides in Mebane.

Sharon Heath-Riley


Lindsey Dixon


Tammy Norman

Director of Operations

Carter Riley

Production Director

Rodney Torain

Warehouse/Fleet Manager


Marie Lloyd

Finance Director

Awards & Recognition 





Based in Hillsborough, NC with offices in Chapel Hill and Durham, RSVP Events is an award-winning, full service event company specializing in event consulting, design, and production. With over 100 years of combined experience, our team of event architects is the perfect blend of seasoned and stylish. For almost 30 years, we've developed partnerships with local vendors who share our core philosophies of fairness, trustworthiness, customer service, and a genuine passion for bringing great events to life.

 2015 Best Team Effort 

2015 Best Team Effort over $200,000

2015 Best Non Profit/Fundraiser Event

2015 Best Corporate Event

2015 Spirit of NACE Award (Carter Riley)

2014 Best Team Effort under $200,000

2014: Best Entertainment

2014 Best Team Effort

2014 Best Corporate Event

2014 Outstanding New Member (Carter Riley)

2013: Best Non Profit Fundraising Event

2013 Best Entertainment

2013 Best Team Effort

2012: Best Corporate Event

2012 Best Entertainment

2012 Best Lighting & Props

2012 Event Professional of the Year (Sharon Heath-Riley) 

2011 Best Corporate Event

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