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.
Director of Operations
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.
Venue Selection Manager
Amanda began her event coordination career over 15 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. If she can squeeze in a day out on the links once a week, she’s a happy girl.
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.
Samantha’s passion for weddings began after her sister became engaged, when she found herself carefully watching the wedding planner from the sidelines. It was then that she knew pursuing a career in events would suit her well.
Born and raised in Sonoma County, Samantha’s love and knowledge of the area are brought forward in her client’s events. She graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in Business Management and Hospitality and brings a sense of leadership and attention to detail to every event.
Samantha joins the Milestone team with a background in wine, event planning, and floral design.
When Samantha is not handling wedding details, she can be found channeling her creativity into Pin-worthy craft projects or strolling through the farmers market with her famil,
Mikaela was born and raised in the Bay Area. She studied Cognitive Science and minored in Communications at UC Davis but soon discovered her passion for event planning.
With over three years of event coordination and one year of management experience, she has planned weddings, styled shoots and elopements primarily in Yolo and Napa/Sonoma County. Having coordinated over 90 events, Mikaela uses her creativity and organizational skills to bring every couple’s vision to life.
Mikaela joins the Milestone team with a background in event planning, venue hospitality and floral design.
During her free time, she enjoys exploring menus at restaurants, catching up on the latest fashion trends or going on hikes with her German Shepard puppy Watson.