KEVIN BIRKA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

KEVIN BIRKA

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

There is nothing Kevin can’t do. He is our in-house accountant, mechanic, carpenter, computer technician, and provider of corny dad jokes on the regular. Holly calls him the “camp counselor” of Occasions, because he’s able to solve any problem that comes his way, and we all turn to him for work and life advice. Plus, he’s the guy with the checks. Every day since he joined up in 2012, we are grateful to have Kevin oversee the whole business picture – office staff, service staff, and kitchen staff.

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NATE COUTURE

MARKETING MANAGER

Equal parts creative and hospitable with a touch of sarcasm, Nate has worked his way through various roles in the event industry, never failing to unleash his artistic side. After joining the Occasions team in 2016 as an Event Supervisor, he found his natural fit as Marketing Manager. With a degree in graphic design and a deep understanding of the catering world, he thrives while working in the fast-paced environment.  If he’s not at an event displaying a custom menu or geeking out on the computer, you’ll likely find him summitting a mountain, snapping photos along the way.

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NATE COUTURE MARKETING MANAGER
KAM DAGLI EVENT SERVICE MANAGER

KAM DAGLI

EVENT SERVICE MANAGER

Kam the man. This professional through and through, Kam has earned his reputation as one of the best service industry leaders Denver has to offer with his 15+ year career. Having worked as a waiter, bartender, and general manager at several Denver hot spots (including the Cherry Cricket), his extensive experience and multi-tasking skills are obvious at every event. If he’s not leading the team at some of our most complex galas, he can be found skiing, woodworking, reading, or wise cracking. To cut to the chase – Kam truly always knows what to do, and does it while making others smile along the way, too. Plus, he’s a certified sommelier… so that means even more smiles!

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JEREMY BRONSON

PRESIDENT/OWNER

After two decades working for elected officials and technology companies, Jeremy pursued his lifelong passion for food in 2008 — with a nudge from his wife to take the entrepreneurial plunge. A natural people person, Jeremy loves planning events, developing business partnerships, and managing a growing company. Jeremy remains active in the community, serving as board president for We Don’t Waste, chair of the Colorado Catering Association, and a frequent guest lecturer in business and hospitality courses. Any free time is spent with his wife and daughters cooking at home or exploring the Denver restaurant scene.

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JEREMY BRONSON PRESIDENT/OWNER
LYNN HUBERT EVENT DESIGNER

LYNN HUBERT

EVENT DESIGNER

Our Texas artist. Originally from Dallas, Lynn moved to Colorado in 2000 and has been redesigning it ever since. With her BFA in painting and a powerhouse eye for interior design, she looks at every event as an opportunity to bring that artistic flair and “wow” factor to her clients and their guests. Just give her a date and time for your event, and she’ll put her imagination to work for you with countless elegant touches. Lynn’s signature event design style has won her accolades from some of our biggest wedding, corporate and non-profit clients, not to mention her loyal following of social party hosts.

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DANA JONES

DIRECTOR OF SALES

A self-proclaimed event planning nerd, Dana knew she wanted to be in this business since middle school. It all started with a job in a Westin Hotel Starbucks, where she swiftly moved into hotel catering and sales. Dana joined Occasions Catering in 2011, having learned that her favorite part of the industry was seeing guests enjoy themselves at a party she put countless hours into planning. That is the thrill she chases day after day. In 2015, Dana earned the role of Sales Director at Occasions, where she continues to plan elaborate parties while overseeing the whole event design team.

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DANA JONES - DIRECTOR OF SALES
CHRIS MEIER EXECUTIVE CHEF

CHRIS MEIER

EXECUTIVE CHEF

The heart of the house and master of the kitchen, Chris knows how to keep calm in any situation. It’s no wonder why, having 25 years of restaurant and chef experience, alongside a culinary degree from the Art Institute of Colorado. His culinary education complements his double BA from CU Boulder. As executive chef at high volume Denver restaurants, he featured cuisine from all over the world and cooked alongside renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck. Chris also mentors developing chefs, imparting his love for using local foods and international flavors to create tantalizing menus.

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WALTER MICHEL

PASTRY CHEF

Born and raised in Glarus, Switzerland, Walter has been baking since the age of 15 and has never really slept since. Catch him early, because he’s usually completed a full day of baking around the time we break for lunch. We feel fortunate to have his talents in house, along with his sense of humor. Walter applies traditional Swiss methods to produce timeless, authentic desserts – while also creating contemporary, trending sweets. Oh, and be sure to ask about his breads. They’re nothing short of homemade, melt-in-your-mouth bliss… to say the least.

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WALTER MICHEL PASTRY CHEF

HEATHER NEWMAN

EVENT COORDINATOR

A true Colorado native – three generations to be exact, Heather is no stranger to the hustle of the catering world. Hard at work since the age of fifteen, Heather serendipitously found her way to Occasions and the rest is history! A self-proclaimed hippy, she can be found in her flip-flops at a concert, if she’s not planning an elegant wedding. As an added bonus: Heather studied photo journalism, so not only can she create a beautiful event, she can capture the moment with some stunning shots to prove it!

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LEANNE NICHOLS

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

The friendly face and voice of Occasions, Leanne handles our daily visitors and busy phones while also managing many accounting tasks. Leanne’s got your back when it’s time to refer you to one of our event designers or get you quick answers to your event questions. She is originally from Maine and decided it was time to trade the ocean for the mountains back in 2004, and we’re so glad she did. Outside Occasions, she and her husband are raising two young children.

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LEANNE NICHOLS HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER.
HOLLY PAGE SENIOR EVENT DESIGNER

HOLLY PAGE

SENIOR EVENT DESIGNER

A New Yorker through and through, Holly has the hustle and skill to produce many of our largest events, year after year. She spent many years working in the fast-paced restaurant industry and Manhattan event scene before settling as a newlywed in Colorado in 2011. She soon after joined the Occasions team, where she quickly became one of our go-to Event Designers, and was promoted to Senior Event Designer in 2016. She loves that each day at her job is different – just like every event – and clients rave about her ability to guide them to unique, successful occasions.

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SHEILA SACKETT

SOUS CHEF

Born and raised in New England, Sheila specializes in natural foods and fluidly leads her team with her upbeat energy. She has over 30 years of training and experience creating healthy dishes for guests with specific dietary needs, and she’s also an expert in client favorites like bacon, butter, and artisan cheese. A true professional who can’t imagine doing anything else, Sheila thrives off of the rush and magic that happens behind the scenes in the kitchen – it takes her back to her musical theater roots and gives her that adrenaline rush she loves. Come into Occasions for a tasting, and you’re likely to meet Sheila while you sample her delicious food.

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JANIVE SANTINI

EVENT SUPERVISOR

Janive loves the hospitality industry because “there is never a dull moment,” and that is exactly how we would describe her as well. Always quick to provide a witty response, Janive knows what it takes to put on our most extravagant and detailed events, providing smiles along the way. With her Master’s Degree in Hospitality Business Management, Janive has experience from every facet of the industry. She made her way to the Rocky Mountains after leaving her mark on Florida and New York. On her days off, you can find her learning to ski and traveling the world with her wife and fur babies.

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ERIC SPAULDING

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

In an unpredictable industry, it’s best to have a strong mind and steady hand on deck to solve problems quickly – Eric has both. He started working part time as service staff in 2008 while attending the University of Denver, and his “side gig” soon turned into a full-time career. Now Eric is one of our senior managers, overseeing all event staff and operations after earning an MBA from DU with emphasis in Business Management and Human Resources. Fun tidbit: he met his wife while working at Occasions – guess who catered the wedding?

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ERIC SPAULDING OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
VICTORIA SPIZZIRRI - EVENT DESIGNER

VICTORIA SPIZZIRRI

EVENT DESIGNER

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it” is one of Victoria’s favorite sayings, from Julia Child. Victoria found her passion in the service industry when she was 15 years old, working her way through culinary school with a degree in Food Service Management and Event and Meeting Management. A few months later, she joined the service staff at Occasions Catering and quickly earned promotions. Now an essential part of the sales team, Victoria plans killer events knowing every angle of the process. All while also being a die-hard Blackhawks fan… no easy task.

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ANDREA TENENBAUM

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The socialite and laugh factory’s most valuable team player – clients and coworkers all love Andrea’s fun take on anything life throws at her. A third generation “Denverite,” she loves everything about this city and helps plan its memorable events by speaking with clients and learning about their tastes. Being married to David and front-and-center in the industry for years, she is still always so excited to see events “in full swing,” knowing the ins and outs that went behind every detail.

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ANDREA TENENBAUM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
DAVID TENENBAUM OWNER

DAVID TENENBAUM

OWNER

David truly grew up with a front-row seat in catering watching his mom and dad, Sandy and Barry
Tenenbaum, run Occasions by Sandy for 38 years. Then in 2008 over a drink and a golf game, longtime friends Jeremy and David decided they’d be great business partners and bought the company, eventually changing the name to Occasions Catering. Coming from a strong background in public accounting, David handles a lot of the finances and business end of the company, while he also oversees his other venture – Rocky Mountain Spice Company. He loves Colorado, skiing, concerts, his two daughters, and his wife, Andrea… to name a few.

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KATIE QUINN

EVENT DESIGNER

When Katie’s in your corner, you know you have a partner who’s going to make you laugh the whole way toward making your event a huge success. Her celebrated humor complements a strong work ethic and attention to detail – the winning combination for this industry. Even though she’s relatively new to Occasions, Katie is no event rookie: she’s been in event planning for over a decade and has a network of fans to prove it. We’re lucky to have her as part of the Occasions family, as both a work colleague and as an expert on the local live music scene.

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