Background & Vision

Our story

For many years prior to starting Milestone Events Group, the founders were deeply involved in the North Bay and Wine Country events community.

Leslie and Marshall Bauer owned the areas’ largest event rental company for a decade, until it was purchased by a group of investors who have now grown it into the largest event rental company in California.  While they managed this business, providing services for up to 200 parties per week during the season, it became obvious that the primary sites where they worked struggled with the process of producing events.  This was often the case, as most of these locations were wineries, and the primary business of wineries is making and selling wine. Events in many cases were an afterthought, or if not that, were often characterized with high event personnel turnover and a production process that focused on the convenience of the site personnel, not the client.

Following the sale of the company, and a much-needed long vacation, Marshall and Leslie Bauer were discussing could there be a better way to simplify the event planning process, for both the venue and client, while enhancing the overall experience and success of the event for all parties involved? They started to explore this idea and met with many colleagues in the industry to collect thoughts, data, and opinions.

One of these colleagues was Leslie Fravel. At that time, Leslie was the Director of Hospitality at a local winery where she was building a successful events program that the Bauer’s rental company served.  Prior to that, Leslie Fravel and The Bauer’s had worked together for over a decade as vendor / supplier and customer when Leslie held a position in sales/event coordination with one of the largest caterers in the North Bay. After many meetings and discussions, the group decided to build a business where the event client would come first.  Clients would be offered options, value, and service at a higher level than they could get through the existing method of venue search, selection, and event production.

In March of 2014, Milestone started operations.  In the years since, the Milestone team has grown and helped hundreds and hundreds of clients to not only find a site for their event, but more importantly, find the right site.  This has meant that clients have been able to keep within their budgets, enjoy a much less stressful planning experience, and create an excellent experience for themselves and their guests.  

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.  The Milestone team looks forward to continuing to grow the network of venues in their portfolio and to host many more successful events in the future.

Why Milestone?

Milestone works exclusively with some of the most beautiful and sought-after venues Wine Country has to offer. We began with a mission to provide our clients the convenience of choice and to enhance and simplify their experience. We guide our clients through the process of selecting a venue from one of our partnered sites ensuring it closely matches the desired location, style and budget they envision.

By selecting one of our Milestone managed properties, you will experience a level of support throughout your planning process that is unique to Milestone.

Once a venue has been selected, our team of event experts assist you throughout the planning process and the production of your event. We create a seamless transition from beginning to end. Our team is dedicated to producing an event that exceeds your expectations.

We know your time is precious and with one call you will receive a personal consultation allowing you to explore all of our properties beginning from the convenience of your home.

From the venue site tours, to the on-site meetings with various suppliers, our team is there for you. Understanding the ins-and-outs of your rental order, the ideal layout of the various spaces, and even providing a day-of-timeline for your event are all part of the Milestone difference.

We are at your service to manage each step of the process, and at your side providing support on every important decision.

Our values

We win as a team

Everyone’s opinion is valued and we recognize that the best solutions come about through collaboration.

You can count on us to do it right

We own our client’s experience and, as such, we own the responsibility for making sure expectations are met throughout the process.

Bad news fast and first

Things happen, and the sooner we know means the sooner we can take measures to fix the problem. We pride ourselves on stepping forward, owning it, and being a part of the solution.

We seek innovative ways to consistently improve our client experiences

We embrace new ideas and change because they provide us an opportunity to be creative and to improve the client’s experience.

Leveling

We owe it to each other to provide honest feedback intended to help us improve at every chance. Little improvements create big differences if we all work consistently on the honest assessment of our performance.

Have Fun

If we enjoy working together in an environment that is focused and fun, our clients will too, and that is something they truly deserve.

our team

Marshall Bauer

President

Marshall Bauer

President
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Leslie Bauer

Creative Coordinator, Venue Design

Leslie Bauer

Creative Coordinator, Venue Design
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Leslie Fravel

Director of Operations

Leslie Fravel

Director of Operations
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Chris Henretta

CFO

Chris Henretta

CFO
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Amanda Vineyard

Venue Selection Manager

Amanda Vineyard

Venue Selection Manager
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Stacey Almy

Site Host Manager

Stacey Almy

Site Host Manager
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Marie Miller

Administrative Coordinator

Marie Miller

Administrative Coordinator
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Ann-Marie Curran

Site Host

Ann-Marie Curran

Site Host
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Dayna Iverson

Site Coordinator

Dayna Iverson

Site Coordinator
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Samantha Veader

Site Coordinator

Samantha Veader

Site Coordinator
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