Vanessa  Saenz

Vanessa Saenz
Corporate Event / Office Manager

Precise and meticulous with an impeccable eye, Vanessa has years of experience as an event coordinator for the company. She now brings her knowledge and skills to the detailing side of events; assisting coordinators and clients in the sales and planning process.

 

Five Questions With Vanessa:

 

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love solving problems and helping clients so they feel stress-free in planning their events. My favorite thing is hearing the relief in my clients’ voices when they realize they can trust me to take care of them and their needs.

 

In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?

Playing with my two daughters (a toddler and infant) and soaking up all of their deliciousness. And, whenever possible, I love to bake, antique and enjoy the sunshine.

 

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be?

An anniversary party so I can relive my wedding...really I just want an excuse to hire a band and dance the night away!

 

What was your childhood dream?

I always dreamed of being an event planner and a mom. I have been planning events and been in leadership roles for as long as I can remember. It has always been a passion for me. And, even younger than that I knew I wanted to be a mom. Both are incredibly rewarding. .

 

Why can clients count on you?

I’m detailed and thorough. I will ask a lot of questions to ensure I understand your vision and purpose for the event. And, I’ll help you achieve both!

Clay Jackson

Clay Jackson
Manager Corporate Events

Clay has been at the center of the company's success since almost the beginning. A versatile manager with a keen knowledge of event logistics, Clay ensures that each and every event goes off without a hitch and stays running smoothly throughout.

 

Five Questions With Clay:

 

What is your favorite thing about your job?

Executing the event and knowing that it is my job to assist the client behind the scenes. I love seeing my clients shine to their bosses and co-workers.

 

Fictional character you most identify with?

MacGyver

 

In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?

I love spending time with my wife and six adult children. I also love to ride my Harley and Trek bicycle.

 

If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be?

I would throw a “thank you” party for my parents, wife and staff. I would thank them for everything they have done for me over the years. It takes a village to accomplish most things in life.

 

When was the last time you had an amazing meal?

When I was in France biking through the countryside with friends we stopped and had a meal of buttery cheese, fresh baguettes, salumis and a bottle of wine. It was an amazing meal with amazing scenery.

Patty Powers

Patty Powers
Corporate Event Coordinator

Patty has been in various roles within the event industry for over 20 years. She possesses a keen understanding of the client perspective from years of booking venues for charities, not-for-profits, schools and chambers. Thus, she is able to quickly assess a client's needs and assist in helping them envision their perfect event.

 

Five Questions With Patty:

 

Favorite quote?

“Everything will be alright in the end and, if it’s not alright, then it’s not yet the end.”

 

What was your childhood dream?

To perform on Broadway. Alas, my lack of talent put this to rest rather quickly...

 

Why can clients count on you?

I consider it a personal obligation to pay attention and document all the little details for your meeting, ensuring your event goes off without a hitch with nothing left to chance.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my husband and kids, attending Sharks hockey games, and enjoying the company of friends. When I am alone, I love to read historical fiction or bake.

 

What advice would you give to clients?

Clearly communicate to us what the goal of the event is. We can engineer the event to achieve your objectives by understanding them. Always try to think of a couple of unique details to make your event different and special.

Kelly Troxel

Kelly Troxel
Corporate Event Coordinator

As an event professional in the industry for over 30 years, including positions as former catering director and sales manager, Kelly has a breadth of experience to draw upon. She’s personable, sweet and a treasure chest of knowledge for anyone planning an event. She’s your go-to person for ensuring your event goes off without a hitch and stays memorable throughout its entirety.

 

Five Questions With Kelly:

 

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I’ve always enjoyed meeting new people and helping them with their event goals. In my job, I get to show people our beautiful venues and discuss all the possibilities in respect to menu and design. It is the creative part coupled with the social aspect of my job that I love.

 

Fictional character you most identify with?

Lucy Ricardo

 

In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?

Cooking for my family and friends and just hanging out with them. Anything outdoors, especially running or on the water. My favorite type of party is a summer BBQ in our backyard. Grilling something yummy, chilled pitchers of beverages, music playing and lawn games.

 

Why can clients count on you?

After more than 30 years of event planning experience, my clients can count on me to not only hear their needs and ideas but to also offer creative solutions to enhance their event. I love the challenge of working within the parameters of budget and goals to see what more we can do to enhance the experience.

 

What advice would you give to your clients?

Communication is always key but what does it really mean? Often with events, there are committees involved and many opinions. Start with a large circle of ideas and goals and then narrow it down to something everyone can agree upon – that is the foundation of the event we will build on.