At Wine Country Party & Events we understand the challenges of organizing and executing successful events, from weddings and private parties to fund-raising galas and corporate banquets.
To us, “simply excellent” is more than a tagline; it’s how we do business. We value fairness, teamwork, integrity, and efficiency. We do what we say we will, we do it on time, we do it on budget, and we do it with style.
Over the years, we have developed a complete set of methods and resources designed to help you from start to finish, from behind the scenes to center stage. Locally owned and operated since 1976, our company has grown to include a showroom and warehouse in Sonoma and Mendocino, nearly 100 employees, and a fleet of delivery vehicles. We also work regularly with the finest caterers, resorts, venues, and event professionals in the North Bay.
Most important, our staff is not only knowledgeable and creative, but also completely dedicated to making sure you look your best, and that your guests have a great experience. Training, attention to detail, and an understanding of what you need from a rental company tell us when to lead, when to follow, and when to get out of the way.
Meet Our Team
You’ll like the people you meet at Wine Country Party & Events. We believe in teamwork, with one another and with our clients. While we come from a variety of business backgrounds, we all understand excellence and the value of a proven process. We each have a history of exceeding expectations and are committed to exceeding yours, too.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Paul Conway, Director of Strategic Accounts
An event planning and logistics expert, Paul Conway has more than 22 years experience in the industry, including the last 18 at Wine Country Party & Events. He has helped to build the company's reputation for excellence through planning auctions, festivals, weddings, fundraisers, and other events for corporate and individual clients. After receiving degrees in French and Spanish, he lived and worked in France, Spain, and Italy, and then returned to San Francisco, where he began his event career in the catering business. Today he lives in Sonoma Valley with his wife and three children, all avid Green Bay Packers fans.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Ana Stone, Director of Strategic Accounts
Ana Stone was born and raised in Leon, Nicaragua and moved to the United States when she was 15 years old. Ana began her event planning career at the age of 21 in the Bay Area and then brought her talents to the Napa/Sonoma Valleys. Ana joined Wine Country Party in November of 2013 with over 13 years experience in event planning. Her full comprehension of event planning, tenting, lighting, design, management, problem solving and exceptional customer service make her a valuable member of our team. Ana has worked at many of the wineries in Napa Valley including Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Treasury Wine Estate, Foley Family Vineyards, Schramsberg Vineyards,and Garguilo Vineyards. She enjoys working at Napa's top resorts such as the Napa Valley Reserve, Meadowood Napa Valley, The Meritage and Hotel Yountville Inn to name a few. Ana has had the pleasure of partnering with La Grande Fete, Cole Drake Events, Suzy Berberian Weddings, Laurie Arons Special Events, Kathy Higgins Wedding, David Aten Events, A Dream Wedding, and Esla Events who fall among the most sought after event planners in Northern CA. Ana's career has lead her to work with celebrity chef, Robert Irvine, singer Michael Buble, race car driver AJ Foyt and his wife, Casey Irsay-Foyt, vice president/owner of the Indianapolis, Colts football team. What drives Ana is knowing that she's helping achieve a vision, someone's dream, and through this process create and be part of everlasting memories which is what makes her love what she does. When not working, Ana resides in the Fairfield with her husband Casey and their three children Francisco, Marco, and Brisa.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Tanya Kaplan, Director of Strategic Accounts
Tanya Kaplan has over 20 years of catering experience throughout the Bay Area, developing trusted relationships with well-known, five-star restaurant groups, particularly in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. For the past seven years, she has focused on event planning and equipment rentals. While working at Brix in Napa, she acquired wine, viticulture and retail expertise. She likes spending free time with her children at swim meets and polo matches, and riding horseback.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Mary Noble, Director of Strategic Accounts
Mary Noble, brings over twenty years of event planning experience to WCPE. Recently Mary sold her successful San Diego Company, Classic Weddings and Events and decided to follow her dream of living in wine country.
Throughout the course of her 20-year career, Mary has managed hundreds of events dealing with all kinds of personalities from football players, to CEO’s to rock musicians. A staff motivator and trainer, Mary has a proven track record in creating one-of-a-kind memorable experiences. Mary is known for her upbeat attitude, innovative design and problem solving. Her attention to detail, dedication and impeccable service brought clients back year after year. She strives not only to meet clients’ expectations but to exceed them!
In her new role as Director of Strategic Accounts, Mary is looking forward to being a part of the vendor side of the industry, thus keeping her passion for events alive.
Mary has two sons, both in college, and lives in Sonoma with her dog Jewel.
Director of Sales
Libby Graves, Director of Sales
Libby Graves brings a strong background in customer service to Wine Country Party & Events, spending 13 years with Santa Rosa gift manufacturer and wholesaler Lasercraft, where she sold to clients such as Hallmark, Hewlett-Packard, Neiman Marcus, and other leading companies. Most recently, she worked in quality assurance at FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground. She is a graduate of Empire College and lives in Rohnert Park with her husband and two daughters. Her pastimes include boating and gardening.
Business Development Manager
Andrea Borchers, Business Development Manager
Within minutes of arriving in Napa Valley, Andrea knew where she was supposed to live….and work! She secured a job and moved from a farming region of Ohio to ‘The World Famous Napa Valley’ to further her career in the wine industry after graduating from Wittenberg University.
Her first stomping grounds were at the tasting rooms at Robert Mondavi, but she moved into management role at Franciscan Estates after just one season in the valley. Her passion for events and customer satisfaction soon took her to accept the role of Events Specialist for Constellation Brands, where she oversaw the events for five wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
After more than four years with Constellation Brands, Andrea decided to venture into the luxurious hotel market, where she managed the corporate meetings and events for a four diamond hotel in St. Helena. Her current position at Wine Country Party & Events combines all her experience from wineries, hotels, and event planning to ensure that your events continuously exceed your expectations!
Business Development Manager
Michelle Schenone, Business Development Manager
Michelle relocated to Sonoma County with her family after years in both Northern and Central California. She has dedicated herself for the last thirteen years to being a wife and mother. After spending time in Wine Country observing the beauty of the land and meeting such amazing people, she knew she wanted to be a part of it! Michelle searched out a new challenge and found her perfect match with Wine Country Party & Events. Although new to the industry she brings many years of planning and running events for several large non-profit organizations, mothers groups, and many sports teams! Her passion, outgoing personality and work ethic allow her to provide attention to detail and outstanding customer service.
When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling and cheering for her boys at sporting events. Recently, she has pick up Paddle Boarding and Cross Fit.
Becca Christian, Event Consultant
Before coming to WCPE, Rebecca spent several years in the retail and food service industries specializing in sales and management. She enjoys working with people and strives on always providing exceptional customer service. Rebecca attended Santa Rosa Junior College as well as Moorpark College in Southern California. She is currently enrolled in classes to complete her degree in Business. Rebecca returned to her Sonoma County roots where she met and fell in love with her husband, Paul. A recent newlywed, Rebecca feels right at home helping clients plan events after planning her own 2008 wedding. Rebecca and Paul are the parents of three active daughters who spend their time attending volleyball games, ballet recitals and enjoying Friday family movie night.
Julie Wojciechowski, Event Consultant
For over 8 years Julie has assisted the general public and event professionals alike with Wine Country Party and Events planning everything from large hotel weddings and gala events to intimate home parties. In previous positions, she has worked in hotel event planning and catering in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. Married 30 years and the mother of four children, she has lived in Sonoma for the past 26 years. Her other profession is teaching children throughout Sonoma schools and at the Parkpoint club as a dance instructor.
Allison Johnson, Event Consultant
A Napa native with the desire to obtain a career in the event planning industry ventured to San Diego to pursue a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University. After graduating I held multiple positions at a San Diego Resort specializing in customer service and catering sales. When relocating back to Napa, Allison joined the WCPE team for the opportunity to further my passion in the wine country event industry
Becky Connelly, Event Consultant
Becky has lived in Sonoma County for over 10 years and absolutely loves all that the area has to offer. She has been in the party rental business for nearly two years and truly enjoys working with people and helping them make their dream event a reality. Becky recently married at a local winery in 2012. Her hobbies include wine tasting, camping, visiting the ocean, and spending time with friends, family, and her Boston Terrier, Dottie.
Kim Bullock, Event Consultant
A native Southern girl, Kim Bullock is a California transplant from Kentucky. After attending the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Communications, she headed out to Hawaii to live the island lifestyle for a year. She came to Northern California for a visit in 2007, and fell in love with the culture and the scenery. Prior to working on the WCP&E team, Kim was an account manager for a large business solutions company in the North Bay, and a Hospitality Manager for a winery here in Northern California. She is very passionate about working with her clients to design and create the best events possible! Kim and her husband enjoying spending time with family and friends, and their dog Miller.
Melissa Medeiros, Event Consultant
Melissa Medeiros arrived at Wine Country Party and Events with strong administrative and customer service skills. Some of her prior experience in the event industry includes an internship with a local event planner, working at the 2012 US Open, and planning her own parties for friends and family.
After graduating from Santa Rosa Junior College, Melissa decided to pursue a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. While at SFSU, she had many valuable experiences with her classmates at SFSU taking part in several student-run events.
Melissa feels that one of the most rewarding aspects of working at WCPE is getting to meet so many wonderful people while helping them plan a broad spectrum of events. WCPE is the perfect place for Melissa to incorporate her passion for design, all things vintage, and her love for wine country.
Her interests include hiking, scrapbooking, crafting, attempting new recipes, traveling, organizing her own events, and maintaining a healthy obsession with Pinterest. Most of all, Melissa cherishes spending time with her better half -- and the better cook -- Chris, their friends, family, and their pampered pooch, Roxy.
Bonnie Zapp, Event Consultant
Before joining the Wine Country Party & Events team, Bonnie spent 7 years at Wine Valley Catering. She started out her event career as a part time server and quickly moved up to become their Production Manager. Bonnie’s on-site experience in overseeing events from wine tastings lunches to lavish weddings and everything in between, make her a valued asset to WCPE. Bonnie attended Solano Community College and Sacramento State University majoring in Business Management. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading and going to baseball games to root on the Oakland A’s.
Associate Event Consultant
Olivia Allen, Associate Event Consultant
Raised in Sonoma County, Olivia is not a stranger to events on a grand scale. She has been involved with the Sonoma equine scene for the last 8 years, and horse people know how to put on a good show. Assisting with equestrian events as taught her the importance of details and wearing many different hats. Upon joining the Wine Country and Events team almost two years ago, Olivia has quickly gained an understanding of a wide array of events and their particular needs from everything to invitations to lights-out. Her enthusiasm for hospitality, sense of design, and knowing the right questions to ask, serves her well in bringing your vision to life. Olivia currently attends the Santa Rosa Junior College, and looks forward to transferring to a 4 year university in the fall of 2014 to pursue a degree in accounting.
John Pipkin, CAD Designer
Born in Texas and raised mostly in Sonoma County, John attended Sonoma State University and graduated with a BA in Philosophy. After graduating, John completed coursework at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. John has worked as an operations manager at a local manufacturing plant and spent some time as a furniture repair technician. Johns background in design and operations allows him to bring a variety of special skills to his job as CAD Designer at Wine Country Party. John lives in Rohnert Park with his wife, and his hobbies include hiking, bicycling, disc golf, and reading sci-fi novels.
Leslie Bauer, Product Development
Originally headed for I. Magnin’s executive training program in San Francisco following her graduation from Stanford University, Leslie Bauer put her plans on hold to move with a girlfriend to Denver, Colorado to be closer to her love – skiing. Rather than landing in fashion, Leslie landed in tech and began her career in sales and sales management with Xerox Corporation, IBM, and MFS RealCom. The Bauer’s purchase of Wine Country Party & Events, and the move to Wine Country, has given Leslie the perfect opportunity to renew her passion for fashion and design – this time on the tabletop instead of the rack!
Director of Business Development
Michael Prichett, Director of Business Development
While studying for a degree in Civil Engineering, Michael spent his summers setting up tents for Montreal’s Formula One Grand Prix Race and cut his teeth with producing major events. After graduating, Michael found employment with a national structure company based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL working in operations and logistics. After learning the ropes, he was offered a job with HDO Production and relocated to the Bay Area. Having moved from operations to sales to management, Michael was involved in producing Northern California events such as the AT&T Pro Am, the Pebble Beach Concours and the Black and White Ball. Michael then found a great opportunity to move up to Wine Country and spent 6 years as the General Manager of a party rental company. In July of 2013, Michael joined Wine Country Party as Director of Business Development. He feels very excited about the energy in the company and the opportunity to provide high quality equipment with impeccable service to a fantastic client base. When not spending time with his party rental peers, he loves time spent with his wife Missy and their two children, Wolfgang and Magnolia.
Victor Angulo, Warehouse Manager
Victor has over 5 years of event experience. He has climbed through the ranks at Wine Country Party and Events. Victor was a lead driver and dispatcher before being promoted to Warehouse Manager. He has a keen eye for quality and is constantly checking the efficiencies and effectiveness of the warehouse staff to assure that proper turns on product and the quality is consistent. He is an excellent motivator and the staff loves him. He has a son that was born in the fall of 2011
Field Operations Manager
Gama Sanchez, Field Operations Manager
Gama has over 15 years of event experience. He has worked with various rental companies in the bay area and he has honed his skills in tenting, lighting, and project management. He has developed staff and currently oversees the field management of Wine Country Party and Events. He has project managed several events such as Copia Grand Opening, Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Aspen Jazz Festival, and Sonoma Jazz Festival. He has 2 wonderful daughters and he currently resides in Napa Valley.
Casey Stone, Operations Manager
Casey joined Wine Country Party as Operations Manager in late October of 2013. He brings with him over 20 years operations and logistics experience, with 12 of those years in the event rental industry. Casey started his event career as a driver and moved up to operations manager giving him hands on knowledge of event production. His background in fleet management, vendor relationships, employee development and safety programs will help strengthen WCP's plans for future growth. Casey is very excited to be working with a great team of event professionals. When he is not planning how to fulfill your orders, he spends time with his wife Ana and three kids Francisco, Marco, and Brisa.
Ron Nasuti, Inventory Assistant
Ron brings with him 25 years experience as a Director of Purchasing and Inventory in the distribution industry. Prior to joining Wine Country Party & Events, Ron was the Assistant Inventory Manager for a local party rental company. He has lived his entire life in Napa where he enjoys many activities and working with charities. Ron has also served on the Alumni Council at Justin-Siena High School for 10 years.
Mike Hromalik, Inventory Assistant
Michael brings a strong focus in customer relations, communication, project management, and organization to Wine Country Party and Events from his diverse background in the financial services industry in shareholder relations, as well as an extensive background in writing, coaching, and teaching. Michael has a BA in Communications from Fresno State University and a Teaching Credential from Dominican University of California. Most recently at Wine Country Party and Events he has launched a customer outreach program to help reduce client event costs related to missing and damaged rental items. Michael loves living in the heart of wine country with his wife and two sons, where he’s an avid sports enthusiast, photographer, and pursuer of The Grape!
Joanne Riella, Asset Manager
Joanne has over 16 years of event experience. She has worked with various rental companies in the bay area and she has honed her skills in inventory management. She worked previously with a catering company for 5 years. It was working in rental and catering that she has developed her love for hospitality and rentals.
Joanne manages all aspects of Inventory from sub rentals, purchasing, shipping, and overall production levels. Among her other duties she manages the Carpentry and Sewing shop. Joanne has 2 grown children and 5 grand children. She has lived in Napa for many years and enjoys long walks with her dogs.
Ellen Finley, Accountant
Ellen Finley has worked in the Accounting Department of Wine Country Party & Events for four years. She previously managed accounting functions for a computer firm. A Sonoma resident, she enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling with her husband in their motor home.
Loren Marple, General Manager
Born and raised in California’s Central Valley, Loren brings over 25 years of professional business management experience to Wine Country Party & Events, and over 13 years as a General Manager in the special event rental industry. Loren also worked in the Grocery/Retail Industry for 14 years in a variety of roles including Store Director/General Manager, Business Analyst/Project Manager, and Sales and Marketing Manager. He has extensive knowledge of the event rental process, including a expanded knowledge of tenting and other production services. His expertise highlights include team building, market expansion, safety, and client services. Loren earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Economics, with a Business Management and Marketing Concentration for California State University, Stanislaus. As a recent transplant to the Napa/Sonoma Valley, he is excited to learn more about the area and be a major part of the special event community.