What our Known Associates say…
Social Impact Manager, Fremantle Foundation
Tamara, Ellen and the wonderful team at Known Associates nailed the brief and transformed our Fremantle Ball into a wonderland of all things quintessentially ‘Freo’.
#FreoBall18 was a hit – and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support and guidance of the talented team at Known Associates. They took care of everything stressful and ensured our event ran smoothly from start to finish. This allowed our team to mingle and network with our guests, and not sweat the small (and very big) stuff because we knew KA were on the job. Broken bulb in the projector minutes before the guests arrived?! Not a problem, KA had it fixed in seconds without us even realising there had been a problem.
Our guests were blown away by the night and have already started talking about next year’s event so the pressure is on to impress – lucky we have Team KA on speed dial.
Dr. Ros Worthington OAM
Philanthropist & Inspirational Speaker
It is an absolute honour and a privilege to stay a few words about Tamara Cook from Known Associates.
I have known Tamara for the last decade and in that time she has not only been my Event Producer for every function I’ve held in Perth but has become a very close friend, more like family. From the Black Diamond Ball, now an iconic event in Perth, her professionalism and humanitarianism made that an evening that people still stop and talk to me about today nine years on.
The values that Tamara holds close to heart her heart are kindness, compassion, empathy and passion. These values have seen Tamara by her acts of giving be a true philanthropist in her own right. She leads by a service to others and a giving heart above profit or personal gain.
It is wonderful for me as Tamara’s mentor to experience the way she lives her life, not only through her work, but through her family. Teaching her children that the power of giving is the most important attribute to possess is a real blessing.
I’m extremely proud when I see her lead by example with her extended “Known Associates family” the young women she mentors who are embarking on their own careers in the events industry.
Please contact me if you would like further comment on Tamara and Known Associates"
Former State Manager, Camp Quality
I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Tamara over the past two years, during which time Tamara and the Known Associates team have played an integral role in building Camp Quality’s flagship event 'Giggle Ball' from a standing start, into an event that has rapidly become one of the ‘must attend’ Balls on Perth’s social calendar amongst those within the business community.
Tamara has demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the events industry, a creative flair and an impressive contact base over the past couple of years that has led to us working on a number of highly successful events together. With this said, the biggest differentiator that I have found between herself and others in the industry is her connection to the cause she is working with and her genuine desire to go above and beyond at every turn to ensure the best possible result for her clients within the not for profit sector.
Director, Holistic Counsellor, Live Clean
"Ok so now that I have had a chance to stop, slow down and take it all in... $%#! how amazing was last night's launch and all the hype today? We did it :)) I have to say I'm really sad it's over as I have loved working with KAE and especially you as all your non bs guidance and approach totally floats my boat and style of work. I learned so much about events and marketing and PR etc from this experience. I need to find us a new project so I can keep you in my sights. Tam I don't think a million thank yous will ever be enough to repay you for what you have done for me. I just adore you. C xx"
Creative Director, Happy Physio
"If I were to describe our Happy Physio Launch event with Known Associates in one word it would be.... WOW! From day one of our first meeting, you could feel the passion and energy from Tamara and Sonja. I knew straight away that we were going to be a great team!!
Everything was organised throughout; catch ups planned when needed and the main part that exceeded my expectations was use of initiative and simplicity. More often than not all that I was required to do was give the go ahead and everything would be organised quickly and swiftly. Creativity from the whole team in regards to the design aspect was fabulous and matched in perfectly with our branding. All of our clients were very impressed by the custom made candles that were hand delivered with their VIP event invitations - the event experience & hype started well before the event which was shown via social media. I have no doubts that we will be holding more events in the future and it excites me that I have full confidence in Tamara and her team to not only get the job done but exceed everyone's expectations!!! Thank you so much ladies!!"
Events Co-ordinator (Former KAE intern)
Chamber Of Commerce & Industry
"Applying for an internship with Known Associates was the best decision that I made in 2016. Having the opportunity to learn from and work with Tamara Cook has been a dream, and she never fails to amaze me. From our first meeting Tamara has been nothing but warm and welcoming, and has taught me many skills and lessons useful in both the events industry and everyday life. She has also been wonderfully encouraging throughout my internship, and has brought out a confidence in myself that I never knew I had. Her passion for paying it forward and supporting others is incredibly inspiring, and I will be forever grateful to have begun my working life in the events industry with Tamara."
Former Chief Executive Officer, Lifeline WA
"I can’t recommend Tamara’s work highly enough. Lifeline WA has been fortunate enough to have had Known Associates Events work on their annual Black Diamond Gala Dinner ever since the event was created 5 years ago. Tamara has a keen eye for detail and her passion for creating unique experiences is evident in the high quality events that she produces.
We are incredibly grateful for Tamara’s continued support and invaluable input into creating such memorable Black Diamond events."
Tesse McLean, Legendary Former Intern
"My internship with Known Associates Events has been the best work experience I've ever done. The program is highly personalised and the constraints of your experience are almost entirely up to you. Tamara ensures you receive value from your work by giving constructive feedback and she will regularly ask you which tasks you want to work on to either utilise your strengths or build up your weaknesses.
Tamara and Sonja not only take you under their wings and have you feeling like part of the Known Associates family, they provide opportunities to work with real clients and complete tasks that truly impact event outcomes. The level of trust and responsibility is greatly appreciated. Tamara has a knack for maintaining her authority while creating a comfortable work environment where seniority has little impact and every team member feels free to speak openly. You truly feel your input is valued and contributes to the success of every event. I'm thankful to Known Associates for allowing me to express my creative side, work to see my ideas become reality and providing me with invaluable experience and skills I could have obtained very few places.
I admire the way Tamara has curated her own career and focuses the business around the importance of giving back. This has shown me the joy that comes with following your passion and reaffirmed the importance of creating a career which stays true to your ideals.
Above all, the best part of working with the team is the fierce friends I have made, and knowing I will always be a Known Associate."
Radio & Television Personality, MC, Commentator
"I have had the pleasure of both working at and attending events managed by Known Associates Events for many years. I have found all of the events to be professional, unique and enjoyable experiences. Tamara is wonderful to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending Known Associates to deliver superbly your next function or event."
60s Soul, Stratosfunk Motown
"We LOVE working with Tamara Kiragu Cook, we perform at a number of events throughout the year and Known Associates Events certainly know how to take the WOW FACTOR to another level! Obviously attention to detail is of the upmost importance. Warning: prepare to have a HUGE night, you’re goin' to remember this one for a long time."
Marketing & Events Manager, Youth Focus
"Tamara (Kiragu) Cook is, without doubt, the best event manager that I have had the pleasure of working with in Perth. Her exceptional attention to detail ensures that every event that Tamara organises is executed flawlessly and never fails to leave guests with a sense of awe and excitement. Not only are the events that Tamara puts on exciting and unique, but she also generously supports multiple charities around the state by donating a significant portion of her time in kind. I have had the pleasure of working with Tamara, through Known Associates, on multiple events including Lifeline WA’s Black Diamond Ball for 4 years in a row. I consider myself truly lucky to have been able to learn from Tamara over the last 6 years as I consider her the best in the industry."
Public Relations & Events, Crown London
"I landed the opportunity to work at Known Associates for my internship in 2008. What an incredible experience! I learned fundamental skills and lessons that are still with me today. Tamara, is a genuine talent, with a friendly and welcoming disposition that transpires through her work. It was invaluable watching her deliver premium events, backed by a meaningful purpose. In its very essence, there’s nothing like Known Associates and that comes down to its founder - Tamara devotes her creative flair to a worthwhile cause, driven by a strong passion to pay it forward."