9 LYVZ was formed in 1999 when president Donna A. Parkinson discovered a niche in the catering services market. Companies were in dire need of specialized catering services for meetings and parties but lacked the staff and time to coordinate all aspects. donna_pass_port_2.jpg

Donna, formerly a corporate trainer for Embassy Suites, trained staff in restaurants across America for 8 years. She then became director of catering sales for Jersey Mikes. From meeting and speaking to her many clients, she became aware that a higher level of catering services was in demand.

Donna discovered that a market existed that went far beyond what was offered by most single source caterers. She carefully chose a select group of quality food suppliers who could fulfill every client's need, whether an intimate dinner for two or a grand reception for a thousand.

The corporate name, "9 Lyvz", is a tribute to Sonny, Donna's beloved black cat who brought good luck and love to her for nineteen and a half years. Named after Sonny Corleone of the Godfather movie series, Sonny was cool, tall, dark, and handsome-- just like James Caan. 9 Lyvz is owned, operated, and staffed entirely by women, and is a member of the Woman Owned Business Enterprises of North Carolina.