The Pillars

Our Team

Heather Pfefferkorn

Owner & Principal Planner

Heather is the owner of The Pillars, a Southern Event Venue.

Heather has built an excellent reputation with her creative ideas, eye for design and impeccable attention to detail. Her enthusiastic personality, combined with a genuine commitment to making every event flawless, has made her one of the Gulf Coast's most sought after event planners.

Heather is a Midwestern girl loving life in the South! Born and raised in Illinois, she moved to the South to attend the College of Art at East Carolina University. After nearly 25 years in the Special Events and Hospitality Industry, Heather and her husband, David, now call Alabama home.

"Southern Hospitality & Entertaining has always been my passion...a passion that jumpstarted a career path that has allowed me to combine my creativity with my aptitude for organization and project management."

"I love bringing people together and creating memories that bring joy and laughter...memories that last a lifetime."

Melissa Sims

Event Coordinator


Melissa is an Event Coordinator at The Pillars, A Southern Events Venue.

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Melissa is the definition of Southern Hospitality. As a graduate from The University of South Alabama's Hospitality and Tourism Program, and with a background in the Hospitality Industry, she carries many years of experience that will help guide you through your event planning process.

"I can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy helping people. It is something that is so natural to me, and fills me with joy."

"I think my favorite part is seeing all of the pieces we have worked so hard on, come together. Being able to make someone's wishes a reality is truly magical."