KEVIN BIRKA CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

KEVIN BIRKA

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

There is nothing Kevin can’t do. He is our in-house accountant, mechanic, carpenter, computer technician, and provider of corny dad jokes on the regular. Holly calls him the “camp counselor” of Occasions, because he’s able to solve any problem that comes his way, and we all turn to him for work and life advice. Plus, he’s the guy with the checks. Every day since he joined up in 2012, we are grateful to have Kevin oversee the whole business picture – office staff, service staff, and kitchen staff.

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JEREMY BRONSON

PRESIDENT/OWNER

After two decades working for elected officials and technology companies, Jeremy pursued his lifelong passion for food in 2008 — with a nudge from his wife to take the entrepreneurial plunge. A natural people person, Jeremy loves planning events, developing business partnerships, and managing a growing team. Jeremy dedicates a big portion of his time to supporting our community, serving on nonprofit boards, volunteering for industry associations, and lecturing in business and hospitality courses. A father of two grown daughters, he cooks for friends and family and explores the Denver restaurant scene in his spare time.

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JEREMY BRONSON PRESIDENT/OWNER
CASSY CADWALLADER SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER

CASSY CADWALLADER

SUSTAINABLILTY MANAGER

Need to know whether that cup is compostable, recyclable, or trash? Cassy’s got your answer, and she keeps Occasions on track with our ambitious sustainability program. She’s also an accomplished Occasions event supervisor, balancing her studies in human geography and sustainability with her demanding catering job. Always eager to keep her busy life in balance, Cassy likes rock climbing, snowboarding and traveling the globe. And just to be sure her docket is full, she recently learned American Sign Language.

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KAM DAGLI GUEST EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR

KAM DAGLI

GUEST EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR

Kam the man. This professional through and through, Kam has earned his reputation as one of the best service industry leaders Denver has to offer with his 15+ year career. Having worked the ins and outs at several Denver hot spots, his extensive experience and multi-tasking skills are obvious at every event. If he’s not working out the logistics for our most events, he can be found skiing, woodworking, reading, or wise cracking. To cut to the chase – Kam truly always knows what to do, and does it while making others smile along the way, too. Plus, he’s a certified sommelier… so that means even more smiles!

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LYNN HUBERT

SENIOR EVENT DESIGNER

Our Texas artist. Originally from Dallas, Lynn moved to Colorado in 2000 and has been redesigning it ever since. With her BFA in painting and a powerhouse eye for interior design, she looks at every event as an opportunity to bring that artistic flair and “wow” factor to her clients and their guests. Just give her a date and time for your event, and she’ll put her imagination to work for you with countless elegant touches. Lynn’s signature event design style has won her accolades from some of our biggest wedding, corporate and non-profit clients, not to mention her loyal following of social party hosts.

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LYNN HUBERT SENIOR EVENT DESIGNER
WALTER MICHEL PASTRY CHEF

WALTER MICHEL

PASTRY CHEF

Born and raised in Glarus, Switzerland, Walter has been baking since the age of 15 and has never really slept since. Catch him early, because he’s usually completed a full day of baking around the time we break for lunch. We feel fortunate to have his talents in house, along with his sense of humor. Walter applies traditional Swiss methods to produce timeless, authentic desserts – while also creating contemporary, trending sweets. Oh, and be sure to ask about his breads. They’re nothing short of homemade, melt-in-your-mouth bliss… to say the least.

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LEANNE NICHOLS

OFFICE MANAGER

Leanne handles our human resources department, while also managing many accounting tasks. Leanne’s got your back when it’s time to refer you to one of our event designers or get you quick answers to your event questions. She is originally from Maine and decided it was time to trade the ocean for the mountains back in 2004, and we’re so glad she did. Outside Occasions, she and her husband are raising two young children.

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LEANNE NICHOLS OFFICE MANAGER.
ELRI NIEUWENHUIZEN SALES DIRECTOR

ELRI NIEWENHUIZEN

SALES DIRECTOR

“Elri” isn’t pronounced “energy,” but don’t tell [EL-ree] that. The South African native, Coloradan by way of Australia and New York City, is always honing her craft and leading our event design team by her excellent example. Elri spent a decade producing signature events in the unique Manhattan market before joining Occasions. She is a marathon runner and dedicated food adventurer with a penchant for craft coffee (perhaps the source of her boundless energy).

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HOLLY PAGE

SENIOR EVENT DESIGNER

A New Yorker through and through, Holly has the hustle and skill to produce many of our largest events, year after year. She spent many years working in the fast-paced restaurant industry and Manhattan event scene before settling as a newlywed in Colorado in 2011. She soon after joined the Occasions team, where she quickly became one of our go-to Event Designers, and was promoted to Senior Event Designer in 2016. She loves that each day at her job is different – just like every event – and clients rave about her ability to guide them to unique, successful occasions.

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HOLLY PAGE SENIOR EVENT DESIGNER
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KATIE QUINN

EVENT DESIGNER

When Katie’s in your corner, you know you have a partner who’s going to make you laugh the whole way toward making your event a huge success. Her celebrated humor complements a strong work ethic and attention to detail – the winning combination for this industry. Even though she’s relatively new to Occasions, Katie is no event rookie: she’s been in event planning for over a decade and has a network of fans to prove it. We’re lucky to have her as part of the Occasions family, as both a work colleague and as an expert on the local live music scene.

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SHEILA SACKETT

EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF

Born and raised in New England, Sheila specializes in natural foods and fluidly leads her team with her upbeat energy. She has over 30 years of training and experience creating healthy dishes for guests with specific dietary needs, and she’s also an expert in client favorites like bacon, butter, and artisan cheese. A true professional who can’t imagine doing anything else, Sheila thrives off of the rush and magic that happens behind the scenes in the kitchen – it takes her back to her musical theater roots and gives her that adrenaline rush she loves. Come into Occasions for a tasting, and you’re likely to meet Sheila while you sample her delicious food.

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SHEILA SACKETT EXECUTIVE SALES DIRECTOR
ANDREA TENENBAUM BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

ANDREA TENENBAUM

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The socialite and laugh factory’s most valuable team player – clients and coworkers all love Andrea’s fun take on anything life throws at her. A third generation “Denverite,” she loves everything about this city and helps plan its memorable events by speaking with clients and learning about their tastes. Being married to David and front-and-center in the industry for years, she is still always so excited to see events “in full swing,” knowing the ins and outs that went behind every detail.

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DAVID TENENBAUM

OWNER

David truly grew up with a front-row seat in catering watching his mom and dad, Sandy and Barry
Tenenbaum, run Occasions by Sandy for 38 years. Then in 2008 over a drink and a golf game, longtime friends Jeremy and David decided they’d be great business partners and bought the company, eventually changing the name to Occasions Catering. Coming from a strong background in public accounting, David handles a lot of the finances and business end of the company, while he also oversees his other venture – Rocky Mountain Spice Company. He loves Colorado, skiing, concerts, his two daughters, and his wife, Andrea… to name a few.

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DAVID TENENBAUM OWNER

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