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 in Wellesley, MA and an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, 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 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.
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.
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. In the summer months, you’ll find Leslie playing on the Mudhens, a local softball team, or on weekends, cheering on her kid’s sports teams. Date nights with her husband and spending time with her family are Leslie’s favorite pastimes.
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.
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 background 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 the 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.
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.
Rachel first dipped her toe in the world of hospitality while attending school to become a dental hygienist. After over 10 years of working in high-end restaurants, as well as catering multiple Sonoma winery events, she knew she wanted to explore doing more in this field. After planning her own wedding in 2016, Rachel was further enticed by the events industry and knew that she needed to make an adjustment in her career and dive deeper into this world. She transitioned her full-time job as a dental hygienist to join the Milestone team part-time. Rachel has lived in Sonoma County for 8 years and enjoys taking advantage of all that wine country has to offer. In her spare time, she loves to travel, eat great food and spend time with her hubby and dog, Naya.
Macenzie is a San Diego native who fell in love with all that is Wine Country when she arrived in Sonoma County in 2012. An alumna Sonoma State University, Macenzie joined the Milestone team in June of 2016. With her passion for learning and her love of tackling new challenges, Macenzie quickly fell in love with event management. She is full of energy on event days, especially during the processional, her favorite part of a wedding day. On the weekends, while not at an event, you will find her binging on a Netflix series (Grey’s Anatomy is always a winner), hanging out with her beau or planning her next adventure.
Dayna is a Sonoma County native. She attended the Santa Rosa Junior College and graduated from Sonoma State University in December 2015. After graduating, she returned to the Junior College to take hospitality and wine classes and discovered her love for the events and hospitality industry. With this new found passion, she got a job as the event coordinator at the local fairgrounds where she worked on many large public events and small private events. In her free time, Dayna loves going to Giants games, country concerts, and playing with her dogs.
As a Sonoma County native, Teina (pronounced like Dana with a “T”), grew up loving all things wine country and all it had to offer. Following her graduation from Sonoma State University, Teina decided to explore her appreciation of Sonoma County and began working in the wine industry. For the next several years, she worked in sales at a number of wineries and was exposed to a wide variety of winery events. Teina knew her love of the wine industry, coupled with her natural attention to detail, would serve her well on the event side. Milestone offered the perfect gateway into all things weddings and events. Teina enjoys hiking, spending time with family and friends, and exploring new wineries in her free time.
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 family.