The team at Milestone is proud of the overwhelming number of 5-star reviews that have been published by clients who have expressed how the Milestone approach and process made all of the difference in the success of their event.
Marshall Bauer brings to his role as President of Milestone Events Group a highly successful, 30-year career in sales and marketing. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Babson College and an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University, Marshall has a track record of successes at companies including General Dynamics Corporation, ROLM Corporation, MFS RealCom, and GE Capital Rescom.
After years of traveling as many as 40 weeks a year, Marshall and his wife Leslie decided to explore a lifestyle change that would enable him to be home more regularly. The goal was to bring his management skills, technology expertise and marketing sophistication to a new arena that ultimately was in in Northern California’s wine country.
Marshall purchased Wine Country Party & Events, established in 1976, in July of 2003. During the next decade Marshall helped build the business into the largest event rental business in the North Bay and in July of 2013, ten years to the day after it was purchased, the company was bought by a private equity group.
The concept for Milestone Events Group came out of the knowledge gleaned over the years from working within and for wineries as a member of their event services support network. Marshall believed there was an opportunity to help the wineries better support the events portion of their business and to provide a better level of service to clients wishing to host their events at a winery. Milestone Events Group was incorporated and by March 2014 our team began operation with its first winery client. Marshall lives in Healdsburg with his wife, Leslie and a large golden retriever. Their son lives in southern CA while attending UCLA. They enjoy skiing, shooting, golfing and hiking.
Creative Coordinator, Venue Design
Following graduation from Stanford University, Leslie spent her early career in technology sales and sales management before embarking, with her husband Marshall, on a career in the hospitality services industry in 2003. For over a decade Leslie enjoyed her role as co-owner and Design Director for the largest rental company in the North Bay. Her team was responsible for introducing a catalog of unique “Wine Country” specific looks and products that became the benchmark for excellence in this area.
Leslie’s role at Milestone utilizes her creative talents, as she draws on the knowledge she gained in her previous role designing company and client spaces and showrooms.
When a new venue becomes a part of the Milestone collection, a fresh set of design-focused eyes can make all of the difference to enhance the property both for wine club events as well as Milestone events. Leslie’s experience ensures the Milestone clients’ experience exceeds their expectations.
Vice President/General manager
Leslie Fravel was first exposed to the hospitality industry at a young age, working as a hostess on the weekends at her parent’s restaurant in Virginia. Leslie moved to the Santa Rosa area to attend college and began working at a local catering company, where she soon knew she had discovered her passion.
For the next twelve years, Leslie worked with a premier catering company in sales and event production overseeing 600 plus events ranging from intimate dinners, fundraisers, celebrity galas, to weddings.
To further her career in hospitality, Leslie joined a family-owned winery as the Director of Hospitality where she was brought on to develop their events program and food and wine experience. During her three years at the winery, Leslie developed one of the most successful and imitated events programs in the area.
In March 2013, Leslie was recruited to join the team at Milestone Events Group. Bringing motivation with experienced leadership, event production, and venue management to Milestone, Leslie thrives on the development of the diverse and dynamic properties in the Milestone portfolio and in our team.
In Leslie’s free time, you will find her on the sidelines cheering on her kids sport teams, hunting with her husband, and enjoying time (and wine!) with her family and friends.
Chris is a career entrepreneur with experience owning and participating in a variety of businesses. These companies have all focused on the delivery of high quality services in one form or another. Satisfied clients, positive reviews, new client referrals and seeing career growth in team members all bring him a sense of accomplishment. Chris has both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Florida.
He and his wife live in Florida, with their faithful dog companions, and spend their time golfing, boating and traveling.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Amanda began her event coordination career over 20 years ago when she was thrown into planning several weddings in one year for friends and family. The experience was surprisingly enjoyable, so she chose to enhance her Marketing & Interior Design backgrounds with a certification in Event Planning. She immediately started her own Wedding Coordination company and built a strong and steady brand in Wine Country. While coordinating at beautiful venues across the county, Amanda fell in love with the Milestone staff and the values instilled among our team and the associated properties. It seemed like a perfect fit to partner with the MEG team in early 2018.
When out of the office, Amanda spends endless time in the kitchen cooking, laughing, and entertaining with her three kids and great friends. As if managing a household isn’t enough, she also co-coaches the Varsity cheer team comprised of 40 athletes at Analy High School. If she can squeeze in a day out on the links once a week, she’s a happy girl.
Site Selection Specialist
Jessica has lived in Sonoma County since childhood and loves everything about living in wine country, including the nearby beaches, the dining options and of course the beautiful vineyards!
She entered into the wine industry in 2007 and worked for several years at Jackson Family Wines, overseeing the distribution of nearly 6 million cases a year worldwide. Jessica took a hiatus from working to have her two young children and is excited to now be on the events side of the industry working directly with clients and making their events a success.
In her free time Jessica enjoys spending time exploring nature with her kids, taking fitness classes or enjoying a glass of wine with friends.
Site Selection Specialist
Jennifer is a Sonoma County native who has been planning, organizing, and hosting events most of her adult life. So, it was a very natural progression into the Sales & Hospitality industry.
From managing boutiques and corporate showrooms, to owning her own businesses and eventually becoming a site manager for a very historical venue in Healdsburg. Jennifer has always enjoyed working with people. Her love for wine and entertaining is an added bonus as well!
When Jennifer is not assisting clients in finding their dream venues, you can typically find her on the road in her travel trailer, with her four children, Husband Jeremy, and their beloved fur babies. She’s an avid reader who also enjoys live music, trying new restaurants and aspires to learn the Banjo in her spare time.
Operations Coordinator Villa Chanticleer
Leilani has over 15 years of experience in the Hospitality and Service Industry, specializing in Catering and Special Events. Leilani was managing the retail sector of a multimillion-dollar company and realized she wanted to branch out on her own. That’s when she started her own very successful catering company traveling to many locations, from private residences to local Sonoma County wineries. Through that business, she was offered the position as Operations Manager of Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg, CA. Realizing weddings and events were her passion, she made Villa Chanticleer her priority and has built the brand over the years. She has been working with clients at Villa Chanticleer for over six years. In her free time, Leilani enjoys spending time with family and experiencing new things while enjoying great food
Site Host Manager
Stacey started planning events and choosing the perfect event sites while planning her Southern California High School’s Prom. After graduating from Vassar College, she moved on to the corporate world of large client meetings, software user’s meetings, trade shows and non-profit events.
She learned early that much of an event’s success depends upon the venue and the team who understands all its nuances to make it perfect. Her time as a client choosing event sites has been an asset in helping Milestone clients find the venue that’s the right fit for the occasion. All events are special and Stacey enjoys working with clients to make their vision come true.
Marie has been in a customer service-related business for the past 30 years. Her business experience includes working for an insurance company, owning a couple of businesses, one of which was a floral/gift shop, and she followed that up with 20 years as a Notary Public. With a background as diverse as this, Marie brings a special set of talents to the Milestone team (including complimentary Notary services for our clients if needed). As a believer in supporting her community, Marie has been involved in Jaycees and Kiwanis, including holding board positions and managing projects.
Marie grew up in a military family and traveled throughout the United States. She landed in Sonoma County in 2000 and is firmly rooted here now. She is married to an electrician and has a daughter who graduated from University of Arizona and was part of the Alpha Phi Sorority.
Fun Fact – Marie has always had a love of animals and a bit of a competitive spirit. In her youth she competed in Hunter Jumper Equestrian competitions and currently she competes with her Doberman in Obedience Trials. If you have questions about dogs or flowers she is happy to chat about her two favorite things.
CATERING LIAISON & EVENT COORDINATOR
Raised in the heart of wine country, Kristine started her hospitality career over 10 years ago. She worked throughout West County in the local’s favorite spots. Kristine spent numerous years learning about the food service industry, fine dining, catering, and bartending, working directly with clients, and managing teams.
After graduating from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Kristine continued her education but has since leaned on her industry experience and local knowledge to propel her into the event industry.
In her free time, you’ll find Kristine raising her 2 dogs, Sam & Diesel, and planning her own wedding! When she isn’t planning, she’s enjoying the outdoors, everything from floating down the Russian River to backpacking through the Grand Canyon. Kristine enjoys essential oils, thrifting, UFC, and anything that warrants a road trip. Her friends describe her as funny, dependable, honest, and easy-going.
Liliana discovered her passion in the event industry in early 2019, when she met a talented woman who inspired her to participate in events as Brand Ambassador. She started working at random events in San Francisco just so she can get her foot in the door but soon realized that she was more determined than ever to find a place where she was able to learn more. Liliana landed a job in a venue in Novato, CA where she started as a server and moved up rapidly as a Banquet Captain, Coordinator and Operations Manager. Liliana joins the Milestone Events group team with two years and a half of experience working in conferences, corporate parties, trade shows, birthday parties and weddings.
Liliana was born and raised in Sonoma County, CA. On her free time, she loves to go rollerblading, hiking, take spontaneous trips to South Lake Tahoe and catch up on the latest shows on Hulu.
Samantha was born and raised in Newark, CA. She discovered her passion for events while studying wine business at Sonoma State University. Samantha worked all 4 years planning large and small events for her sorority. She worked summer jobs as a banquet server and continued to develop a passion for events!
After graduation, she entered the wine industry in Sonoma County starting as a tasting room associate and later moving to manage a small winery. She has since moved into event sales and coordination. She has worked in many sectors of the event industry planning everything from wine tastings to birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, wine tasting, crafting, and catching up on the newest reality tv shows.
Paige was born and raised in the small Northern California town of Mt. Shasta. She graduated from CSU, Chico with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Her passion for working with clients began with her creative design projects in college, using her communication skills to work with people to help their creative visions and dreams come to life.
Paige has over six years of experience in the hospitality industry working her way up to management positions in front-of-house restaurant services. She discovered her desire to work in the event coordination industry through her experience as a program coordinator managing non-profit recreational events and program operations.
In her free time, Paige loves to travel, spend time with family, listen to podcasts, hit all the best sushi spots in town, and explore the outdoors.
Jules Howard grew up in Sebastopol back when it was Gravenstein Apple Country, picking apples every weekend morning during harvest. She attended Academy of Art, where she studied Advertising Design and Interior Design. Instead of Advertising,
she toe dipped into Corporate Event Planning, for one of the most successful SF Investment Banking Firms in the famous Trans America Building. Then off to Recruiting Event Planning for another big Top 10 company in SF in the Bank of America Building.
After getting married, she moved to Marin County and had her first child, then decided to become a stay-at-home mom to raise her two daughters, now 22 and 24. Living and working on a golf course in San Geronimo for 20 years, she was called a Hybrid in the Golf
Industry, working every detail of the business, Food & Beverage, Event Planning, Golf Tournaments, Corporate Events, and Fundraisers.
Her patience, listening and sense of humor is prodigious. Her 30 years in the Hospitality Industry and event planning has made her career seamless. Her hobbies are endless because she loves to keep busy. She’s a Seamstress, Woodworker,
Organic Gardener, Interior Designer, Event Designer as well as running, snowboarding, cycling, hiking & tennis…but her all-time favorite golf.
At the end of the day, she especially loves spending time exploring nature & laughing about life, with her two daughters and her tiny little Yorkie.
Jillian is a Sonoma County native who was raised on the importance of family and a love for adventure. Due to her dual life growing up in LA, Jillian has developed a true love for learning and exploration. Having graduated High School during the pandemic and being cooped up longer than she would have liked, she’s excited to work with clients making their events as memorable as ever! In between adventures, she spends her time with friends and family, practicing yoga, working, and honing her skills as an amateur photographer. Jillian is excited to start pursuing a career in yachting so working in the hospitality industry is a perfect fit. She’s also the daughter of another Milestone team member… Can you guess who?
Hi, my name is Abby, and I was born and raised in Sonoma County. I am currently studying Kinesiology at California State University San Marcos. I highly enjoy working in event planning and learning so many amazing skills from great mentors. In my free time I enjoy going on runs and hikes with my dog.
Lindsey was born and raised in Sonoma County. She found her passion early on, assisting at events while in high school. Carrying out the couple’s design is Lindsey favorite part of her work since she’s very creative and detail-oriented. She is now a student studying psychology at the University of San Diego and works seasonally. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys going to the beach and playing with her dog.
Brooke comes to Milestone with a love of weddings, mainly fostered by movies and glimpses of the local weddings. She continues her hospitality experience, having previously been a hostess at a local breakfast and lunch restaurant. As a Sonoma County native, having graduated from Cardinal Newman High School, she just completed her first year at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
She does philanthropic work during the school year including Walks to End Alzheimer’s and fundraising with Alzheimer’s Association. She is a proud Sigma Kappa Active Member under the Kappa Eta chapter at TCU.
In her free time, she enjoys driving to the beach in her Jeep, fondly named Phoebe after a character from Friends, and shopping at Trader Joe’s to create charcuterie boards with her friends.
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