&BEYOND is the brainchild of a Marketing Professional who was tired of the lack of unique spaces to host an event in the area. In an effort to create a space that felt like somewhere she and her friends wanted to hang out or celebrate... & BEYOND was conceived. Dedicated to epic events, we ensure the vision for your special occasion becomes a reality. Taking your embers and turning them into flames.
Our Event Studio offers everything you need to create the stunning occasion you and your guests will always remember.
With over 10 years of special events expertise, we're ready to bring your vision to life & Beyond...
Owner, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Skilled in Project Management, Events, and Marketing. Bringing 10+ years of varied professional experience.
Covers event logistics, set-up/break down, cleaning, office maintenance, inventory, on-site event services, and other duties as assigned.
Honorary Opportunity Chaser
Critical member to the mission of &BEYOND. Providing necessary support for success. Background in excellence, community service, and bringing an unprecedented edge to our team!
Rikia has been running businesses for as long as she can remember.
Selling her new and gently used toys through her business "The Shop" on elementary school busses. Mobilizing the Candy Lady business model to the lockers, lunchroom, and classrooms in middle school. Partnering with her brother and sister-in-law to sell high-end streetwear apparel in high school. Flash to her being the Founder and President of the Delta Epsilon Iota Entrepreneurship Honor Society at the University of Baltimore.
Often expressed, "You could sell Salt to a Slug." Rikia has been making a name for herself ever since.
Typical isn't a word used to describe Rikia's path!
Taking all opportunities as ones for advancement, she hunkers down and Gets Stuff Done! Well before receiving her Bachelors of Science in Corporate Communications at the University of Maryland, University College, Rikia was racking up her fair share of "resume builders."
With her degree completed, she shifted focus and decided to DOMINATE her career! Once that Golden Ticket reached her hands...she created a position for herself from Marketing Assistant to Marketing Director within 6 months of working at her job for the Naval Support Facility.
Crushing it in the Marketing Director position, Rikia knew she wanted more of a challenge and took on the Community Recreation Director position within the company. Landing her the grandest opportunity of her career! Selling out the first-ever large-scale concert on the installation headlining the bands MAGIC! and Daughtry!
The success of that event thrust her into additional professional accomplishments that led her to now holding the role of Marketing and Innovation Director at the US Marine Corps Headquarters and Service Battalion. Having coordinated 100s of events and supporting a 25 million dollar enterprise, her time had come to develop something for herself AND her community.
After enjoying a full life of work, travel, entertainment, culture, and networking, when the time came for Rikia to host yet another event in a less than ideal location, she realized where she needed to make her move!
The vision and plans that were lain on her heart started to fall into place. Possessing a KNOWLEDGE BANK for Events, Project Management, and Marketing, this season and opportunity appeared kismet.
She consulted her village, spoke with her tribe, and began the framework for what is now &BEYOND Event Studio.