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What Our Team Brings...

Our talented team reflects confidence and attention to detail, with a thorough work ethic in all the projects we attain. We are experienced and enthusiastic about producing and coordinating events. We live for the excitement of taking on projects while giving the events and clients the utmost care. Each of our team members has extensive knowledge and posie in the industry while individually bringing something unique to the table.

Why We Are Unique

We take pride in being a boutique agency and that is exactly what makes us unique. Through our focus on quality and attention to client satisfaction, our goal is to build longstanding relationships with our customers. We are always looking to improve our customer's overall experience through feedback solicitation and ongoing communication.

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How We Give Back

As an events agency, we also have the capacity to be socially and environmentally responsible. We utilize digital tools such as Adobe Sign, Electronic Web documents and digital file management to eliminate waste. As a team we support local nonprofits and continually give back to our community.

TEAM MEMBERS

Our Team

Carver Wright

Managing Director | Since 2011

Carver Wright

Managing Director | Since 2011

Carver has been passionate about events since running logistics for homecoming in high school. He has over 18 years in the corporate events industry with eleven years on the hotel side two years with an experimental Marketing agency preparing him to open Bryan Allen Events in 2011. So basically, his entire life has been corporate events... and high school dances.

Takes Offense to: Anyone who hasn't watched the entire series of Game Of Thrones. I mean come on...

Stephanie Brightwell

Senior Event Manager | Since 2015

Stephanie Brightwell

Senior Event Manager | Since 2015

Stephanie went to San Francisco State with a bachelor’s Degree in history and criminal justice and Master’s in education. After spending five years as a high school teacher, Stephanie decided to make the switch to event planning (Carver talked her into it) in 2015. Stephanie has quickly excelled and traveling the world managing events has become one of her new passions.

Favorite Color: Glitter

Kadi Duff, CMP

Event Manager | Since 2017

Kadi Duff, CMP

Event Manager | Since 2017

Kadi has worked in the events and hospitality industry for over 10 years. Coming from a strong hotel background, Kadi is a great asset to our team. She uses creativity and out of the box thinking when delivering new ideas and is always thinking of the client’s best interest. Not to mention her puppy Leo (our office resident dog) is absolutely adorable!

Fun Fact: Cannot help but smile when taking someone else’s photo

Taylor Damele

Event Manager | Since 2017

Taylor Damele

Event Manager | Since 2017

After graduating from Syracuse University, Taylor moved to NYC and joined the nonprofit sector in 2014. She was forced into events on her second day after her boss inexplicably quit (Taylor claims it wasn’t because of her). Thankfully she loved it, and has been working in events ever since. In 2017, she started looking for a sign to move back to her hometown of Sacramento – and that sign was Bryan Allen Events!

Most Likely to: Throw a TV during March Madness

Jackie Foust

Event Manager | Since 2018

Jackie Foust

Event Manager | Since 2018

Jackie attended UC Davis receiving Bachelors in both Communication Studies and Political Science - Public Policy. She got her first taste of events during her 8 years working in politics. While running many successful campaigns, Jackie got the chance to plan events for her clients and local organizations. After politics, she transitioned into the most rewarding experience she could have ever imagined as the Events Manager for the LGBT Community Center managing all programs from the Annual Gala to Sacramento Pride 2018, the largest pride ever with 18k attendees. After much consideration Jackie decided to venture out of the nonprofit world and join the team at Bryan Allen Events.

Fun Fact: Jackie spent a summer working on Broadway when she was 14 years old and then soon after retired from her acting career.

Heidi Knipping

Finance Manager | Since 2018

Heidi Knipping

Finance Manager | Since 2018

Heidi has worked in accounting for over twenty years since graduating cum laude from a private college. Her experience has been in the fields of construction, insurance and equities; this is the first time for her working with event planning. Her eye for numbers has extended from the office and into volunteer opportunities; volunteering for a national nonprofit for many years. She is most looking forward to learning more about event planning while keeping the books neat and tidy.

Fun Fact: She has an extensive collection of Fitbit watch bands and rarely wears the same one two days in a row.

Rachel Gessner

Office Manager | Since 2017

Rachel Gessner

Office Manager | Since 2017

After graduating from San Diego State in 2014, Rachel spent 3 years in the dental industry where her attention to detail and thoughtful problem-solving skills quickly advanced her into an Office Management position. Upon moving back to her hometown of Sacramento, CA, she was eager to explore other areas of opportunity and growth with Bryan Allen Events. She has since enjoyed learning about the events industry and although she spends most of her time in the office supporting the team, she travels with them every chance she gets.

Fun Fact: Has a thing for 90’s boy bands – At 13 years old, her first concert was the Backstreet Boys. The most recent concert she’s attended, well, also the Backstreet Boys.

Hailey Oberst-Horner

Event Coordinator | Since 2018

Hailey Oberst-Horner

Event Coordinator | Since 2018

Hailey is a recent graduate from San Diego State University with a major in Hospitality, Tourism, and Management focussing on Meetings and Events. From her coursework and hotel experience that she gained while in school including roles in the front desk and banquets, it inspired her to pursue a career in the events world. With her fresh mind and knowledge of hotels, Hailey is a great addition to our team!

Nerd Alert: She has played the violin since she was 8 years old and was second chair.

Taylor Spence

Event Coordinator | Since 2018

Taylor Spence

Event Coordinator | Since 2018

Taylor, also known as Spence, graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelors in Communication Studies: Public Relations. She was eager to chase the events industry and with her knowledge from college, she landed herself a spot at Bryan Allen. Upon starting as an event coordinator, Taylor was a dance teacher as well as a model. In these positions, she became a well-rounded individual and found the joy of being a part of something larger than herself. She enjoys fast paced work and looks forward to challenging opportunities that allow her to grow.

Fun Fact: She is a professionally trainer ballerina. So yes, she voluntarily dances on her toes in those VERY uncomfortable shoes.

Donna Wright

Accounting | Since 2016

Donna Wright

Accounting | Since 2016

Donna has been supporting Bryan Allen Events for over 2 years ensuring the books are squeaky clean. In the past, Donna worked as an Office Manager for over 15 years. Her current office is both tiny and vast since she works from her motorhome on the road (world traveler).

Ironic Fact: Despite her tendency to motion sickness, Donna has a 100-ton Coast Guard Captains License and has been captaining large yachts on both the East and West Coast for over 15 years.

Added Bonus: As the elder member (and Carver’s mom), Donna gets to act bossy and nag the entire team.

Heather Martini Blakeborough, CMP

Event Planning Consultant | Since 2011

Heather Martini Blakeborough, CMP

Event Planning Consultant | Since 2011

Heather has over 20 years of corporate meeting and event planning experience. Her events have been held in hundreds of locations in the United States, as well as in all the major cities, and some of the road less travelled locations, of Europe, South America and Asia, ranging in size from several dozen to several thousand attendees. Her core competency stems from defining event strategies, business plans and marketing through the initial site search, contract negotiations and cost analysis, to the logistical management of programs, vendors, contractors and the fiscal management of multi-million-dollar budgets. C-level meetings are her forte.

Fun Fact: Heather was lead cheerleader in high school. RAA!!!

Nikki Gates

Event Manager | Since 2016

Nikki Gates

Event Manager | Since 2016

With 5 years of experience in the event industry, Nikki has the ability to connect with others and her positive attitude brings a sincerity to each project she manages. Though her knack for details was what first drew her to the industry, it is the relationship with her clients and partnership with industry colleagues that has solidified her passion for events. She thrives under pressure and has no problem working in a tight deadline-driven environment.

Fun Fact: Nikki went to college to be a police officer.

Courtney Backer

Graphic Designer | Since 2011

Courtney Backer

Graphic Designer | Since 2011

With over twelve years of experience, Courtney is an accomplished designer that brings the perfect balance of creativity and design strategy to the table. A multi-disciplinary designer specializing in corporate identity, and all things print and web, Courtney has worked on initiatives for an array of notable clients including Google, Sony PlayStation, Intel, Adobe, Symantec, LitePoint, Aquantia and many more. Courtney’s love of design goes beyond color and type, it’s about creating an emotional connection that makes an enduring impression.

Life Goal: To make just one batch of macaroons that are equal to or better than Ladurée.

Dylan Glockler

Manager, Web & Video | Since 2011

Dylan Glockler

Manager, Web & Video | Since 2011

Right-brained or left-brained? Balanced between the creative aspects of film and video production and the analytical elements of programming, Dylan supports both motion imaging and technical web and online application development. A background in business and marketing as well as a masters in cinematography provide foundations for these efforts.

Interesting Fact: His father is a gold miner . . . like the sifting through sand and pulling out gold kind.

Delivering Ideas + Values at Every Turn...

What Counts: Our Mission + Vision + Values

Our Mission

Think Radically.  Create Innovatively.  Plan Perfectly.  Execute Flawlessly.

Our Vision

Our vision keeps us focused on what it takes to never stop improving, growing, and evolving as an organization.

People:

Support and encourage our team to achieve their utmost potential.

Efficiency:

Streamline processes while maintaining effective results.

Environment:

Provide a unique work environment that drives inspiration, passion and laughter.

Growth:

Constantly move forward and evolve expertise.

Partner:

Nourish and develop strong relationships enriching our value.

Services:

Exceed expectations in delivering more than just a service.

Our Values

Our values help define our winning corporate culture.

Accountability

Take ownership; be responsible.

Balance:

Home is just as important to us as the office.

Development:

Strive towards self-actualization.

Empowerment:

Be proactive; take action.

Quality:

We do our best and nothing less.

Respect:

We are all equal.

Transparency:

Be honest and show integrity.

Unity:

There is no "I" in team.