The Andavo Story is About
Our Story is About
At Andavo, most of our team evolved into their positions, drawn to our company based on their desires to cultivate powerful experiences that trigger participants on a deeper, remarkably human level.
With a diverse variety of backgrounds, our Denver corporate event planning team comes from fields far and wide. We didn’t start off as event planners. But we have embraced our roles with a passion that revolutionizes your meetings.
WE ARE HUMAN ENGAGEMENT
WE ARE HUMAN ENGAGEMENT
At Andavo, the reason our employees love coming to work every day is the same reason we excel at planning extraordinary events and outstanding meetings: The Power of Human Engagement.
Once we realized nothing tops the personal investment people make towards their organization, this purpose has driven every aspect of our work.
By focusing on experiences that target attendee participation, engagement, and take away, we do not just set up events. We build relationships, connecting people with one another and building thriving ecosystems of engaged employees.
Our values, our families, our hopes, dreams and our dedication to giving back are part of our story.
THE ANDAVO WHY
THE ANDAVO WHY
What matters most to us is our commitment to The Andavo Why: Events are the best way to achieve your organization’s emotional connections, sense of unity, community and demonstration of ethical values!
When you hire Andavo, it is our job to handle the nitty gritty details. To offer your attendees an inspired experience while providing opportunities for growth. Our team is more than just event planners.
With intentional choices, we set up the perfect event your guests will talk about for years. We focus on the meaning of your event, the purpose of your mission, and the happiness of your attendees to create an experience that is powerful.
We work as members of your team, enablers of your vision, advocates for your needs, and a support system in times of crisis.
Meet Our Key Team
Meet Our Key Team
“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to inspire the music.” — Blaine Lee
Brenda founded Andavo Meetings and Incentives in 1992 and has grown a client base that includes Fortune 50 – 500 companies. With a background in law and business, she has continuously focused on putting people over profits and delivering maximum return to the client’s bottom line. She has been featured in books on women’s executive leadership and honored as Business Woman of the Year in Denver and the Most Influential Woman CEO in Hospitality and Tourism in the North San Francisco Bay. She firmly believes in giving back to the community and supports charities including Sungate Kids, Children’s Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Research and MaxFund. Her recent professional designations include: The Crisis Management Institute Certification, Harvard Law Certification on Negotiation and Leadership and the Institute of ROI Methodology.
President and CEO
“The world is small and there are amazing people in it. Maybe you should get out there and meet some of them.”
With extensive hotel and supplier industry background and relationships, Britt delivers consistency and maximum efficiencies in the planning process for sourcing, contracting, compliance and spend management. Since 1996, her Andavo client and vendor relationships have been founded on the highest customer service backed by unmatched attention to detail. Britt has developed a systematic tracking of client’s meeting spend to measure cost savings, cost avoidance and lost savings opportunities. Her portfolio of meetings includes global and national destinations and a dedication to Andavo’s long time Fortune 50 account base.
Vice President and Senior Account Executive
“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” — James Anthony Froude
Heather has 20 years in the event planning industry, and has been with Andavo since 2000. Heather specializes in incentives and conferences of 500 – 3000 attendees. She is a true master at all logistics with special skills at food and beverage management, AV and production oversight and hotel contract compliance. Heather can keep a million balls in the air with a smile because she is always able to put herself in her customer’s shoes. Her steadfast protection of the client’s bottom line has been rewarded with 15 year client loyalty to Andavo and Heather’s team.
Senior Account Executive, East Coast
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” — Aldous Huxley
Ezana brings extensive knowledge and expertise in the airline industry and corporate travel management to the Andavo Team. Using his first-hand experience in every major international and US market, he knows where Andavo’s client should go before they do. Ezana’s passion is asking “why”. His excitement comes from helping clients articulate their company’s meeting and event objectives and then tying them to business goals. He is an expert at developing metrics to demonstrate the return on investment for his client’s events and has recently been certified by the Institute of ROI Methodology. His mission is to ensure that “any event worth planning is worth measuring!” Ezana has been an Andavo team asset since 2001.
Senior Account Executive/ROI Methodology Consultant
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain
Marissa brings over 18 years of meeting and event industry knowledge and experience to Andavo. Her finance and accounting background drives her passion for project management and perfection. Her clients value her innovative thought process and management of logistics down to the finest detail. With Andavo since 2009, Marissa has implemented critical organizational strategy and developed a loyal following of clients from emerging dot-coms to Fortune 50’s. Her specializations include destination sourcing, creative marketing, supplier negotiations and superior customer service.
Senior Account Executive/Business Development
“Today give all that you have, for what you keep inside, you lose forever.”
Cherie has been the controller with Andavo since 2002. She is more than your ordinary bean counter! She is responsible for the financial integrity of Andavo plus she ensures that the client budgets are balanced and reconciled to the last penny. In her spare time, she serves as the fire marshal and risk officer for the Andavo office site. Cherie occasionally acts as an onsite registration desk coordinator which gives her first-hand experience with our client’s and their valuable programs.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” — J.K. Rowling
Emily brings a passion for marketing, writing and communication to her role as Program Manager, focusing her skills on social media, registration, and attendee communications management. Starting as an intern with Andavo in 2010, Emily has been instrumental in the advancement of registration technology process and standard procedures, serving as the senior registration team leader for several 3000-participant conferences. Her drive for perfection is exhibited in her each of her specializations: room block management, contract compliance, signage and collateral design and management, transfer management, floor plan design and facilities oversight.
Program Manager/Registration Communications Specialist
“Not all those who wander are lost” — J.R.R. Tolkien
Ryan’s background includes international business and community relations and he brings a passion for people to his diverse role at Andavo. He supports executive operations, onsite logistics as well as marketing research and development. Ryan specializes in attendee communications, destination research, onsite registration, risk management and onsite security oversight.
Communications Strategist/Internal Operations Support
“If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn
Stephanie has worked with Andavo in both event planning and leisure travel for over ten years. Her expertise includes managing facilities, supplier negotiations, speaker and talent management and customized destination experiences. She is a skilled travel industry veteran with broad knowledge of domestic and international air travel and creative and customized itineraries. Stephanie’s programs include small and large incentives in both US and international markets. Her specializations include: superior attention to customer service, marketing collateral, website design, attendee management, food and beverage and budgeting.
Senior Program Manager
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Winnie the Pooh
Erin brings over 15 years industry experience to Andavo including event management, trade shows, and travel management. Working with Andavo since 2013. Erin serves on the registration technology team as well as the event logistics team. She is passionate about innovation and customer service. Her specializations include: international meetings, project management and contract negotiation. Erin’s collaborative style and high energy are recognized and appreciated by Andavo’s clients.
Senior Program Manager, Midwest
We are on a mission
To help companies transform their events by creating experiences that are emotional, social and real.
By building relationships that ensure loyalty.
By creating events that are investments which impact your bottom line.