About CSO

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About California Special Occasions

California Special Occasions opened its doors in 2003, and has been providing quality destination management and special event services to international, domestic and corporate clients.

California Special Occasions events are, but not limited to: weddings, milestone birthdays, private parties, corporate team building events, seminars, grand openings and much more.

California Special Occasions is based in San Jose, CA.

Maxine Goulding
Event and Wedding Coordinator

MMaxine Goulding - Event Planneraxine is the sole proprietor of California Special Occasions in San Jose, California, which specializes in planning, designing, and coordinating social and personal events. She has completed several weddings around the Bay Area as well as destination events, she has coordinated business events for the Greater San José Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, procurement events for the National Association of Women Business Owners – Silicon Valley, volunteers her time and talents to Child Advocates, Latinas Contra Cancer, and the Billy Graham Foundation.

Maxine mixes her organizational skills with enthusiasm to create exciting events. She is personable, intuitive, and positive results oriented. By researching and studying, Maxine is able to better serve her clients. Maxine’s experience includes overseeing or direct participation in planning and organizing meetings, personal events, workshops, and various trade show activities.

Maxine has held various positions in several organizations/associations:

  • National Association of Women Business Owners – Silicon Valley (NAWBO-SV)
    • President – 2011-2012
    • President Elect
    • VP of Programs
    • VP of Membership
    • Corporate Sponsor Director
    • Focus Group
  • Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    • President 2005–2006
    • Membership Director
  • Greater Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
    • Secretary
    • Director of Programs
  • Association of Bridal Consultants
    • President 2008 – 2009
    • Co-director – 2005-Present

Maxine is also an active member in the following groups: Latina Coalition and the International Hispanic Association of Meeting Professionals.

Maxine has earned certificates from the following schools and institutes:

  • International Association of Hispanic Meeting Professionals – Certified Diversity Meeting Professional
  • San Jose State University Professional Development Center
    •  Event and Meeting Planning Certificate
  • NxLeveL Solutions, Inc.
    • NxLeveL Certified Instructor
    • Business Planning
    • International Business
  • Association of Bridal Consultants*
    • Wedding Consultant
  • Dale Carnegie Institute
    • Human Relationship Principles and Communications
    • High Impact Leadership

Association of Bridal Consultants - Since 1955*The Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) is an exclusive professional association that promotes a level of excellence that has become the standard of the industry for consultants, coordinators and affiliated wedding professionals. Through ABC, Maxine receives continued education on the latest trends and changes in the wedding industry through seminars and meetings.

  • NAWBO-SV
    •  Business Women of Distinction 2012
    •  Member of the Year 2009
  • Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    •  President’s Award 2008
  • Northern California Leads Club
    • Leader of the Year 2003

Our Event Specialties

Weddings 90
Company Parties 75
Fund Raisers 55
Anniversaries 45
Bar and Bat Mitzvot 45
Birthdays 45
Quinceañeras 45
Awards Banquets 45
Bachelorette Parties 45

Our Happy Clients