Meet the Team

Staying Connected

With our team's combined experience in off-premise catering, décor, site production development, sales and marketing, training, large scale multi-day operations, and concessions, we bring the full value of our diverse knowledge to your event. With this experience and our track record of success, you can be assured that your event will be executed to the highest caliber.

Cade Nagy, Owner, Executive Chef

With the addition of key roles over the past few years, Cade is now the driving force behind our creative goals and concepts with our menus and food. Along the way, he photographs all of our work, spends our money and drives his wife crazy as much as possible. Although Cade wears the pants here... (Ingrid tells him which ones to wear) He just creates!

 

He couldn't live without: his camera, kids, or a fly rod.

 

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Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, Owner / CEO

As the co-owner and CEO, Ingrid oversees general operations. She feels very lucky to run the company with her husband/executive chef/business partner, Cade, Ingrid takes the reins with her fiscal minded approach.

 

She couldn't live without: her two wonderful kids, her creative hubby, vacation time with the family, yoga, wine and Cade's pecan smoked salmon with forest mushroom cream sauce, one of CBD's signature dishes!

 

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Syd Sexton, General Manager

Syd is the coach and manager of the team.  As a veteran of The Ritz-Carlton Company, Syd’s experience in managing guest and employee engagement is at the highest level.  She describes her position as a “pinch-me role” in that she brings her many years in the industry full circle as the General Manager of this amazing company.

 

She couldn't live without: her kids, Tim, Alex, Amanda and almost here, baby Sexton, amazing friends, running the reservoir, and crazy dog, Gypsy.

 

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Brandi Pressgrove Lipe, CMP, Director of Sales & Marketing

As the Director of Sales & Marketing, Brandi tackles a broad range of needs throughout the day including creative proposal writing; managing high-end client events; planning the marketing calendar; and herding cats. Brandi’s favorite days in the office are spent brainstorming new food ideas with Chef Cade.

 

She couldn't live without: close tie between bourbon and her animals – Beau, Frank and Henry.

 

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Jeff Fickling, Senior Event Designer

With over 16 years in the hospitality industry, Jeff brings a huge amount of experience, creativity, and enthusiasm to every event he designs and executes. From the smallest casual picnic for 20 people, to a corporate gala for 2000, Jeff has the knowledge and desire to make every event be the best it can be.

 

He couldn't live without: his wife or his jeep.

 

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Brittany Dosdall, Senior Event Designer

As a Senior Event Designer, Brittany combines her genuine passion for people with her love for the culinary arts by designing unique event experiences! She feels rewarded each day as she engages with her clients and together, they design experiences that create a reason for people to get together and create new memories! Her fantastic attention to detail and oodles of creativity are what make her events exciting, successful and one-of-a-kind!

 

She could not live without:  chocolate.

 

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Danielle Hassell, Event Designer

As an Event Designer, Danielle loves to tap into the clients’ vision, to create and deliver the highest quality event- it's her passion! From intimate showers to large corporate events, she does everything possible to ensure that events are nothing less than extraordinary.

 

She couldn't live without: laughter.

 

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Raegan Brown, Event Designer

Raegan recognizes the little details that make up the big picture. She enjoys working hand-in-hand with her clients to understand their vision, and then she brings it to life with flawless execution!

 

She couldn't live without: list making, wine, hot sauce, travel, and of course friends & family.

 

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Ching-yuan Hu, Event Designer

After a successful 10 years of sales in Iowa, Ching followed her passion of all things food to Denver in 2010. As an Event Designer, she knows that the details can transform an event into a memorable experience. Ching's work philosophy? "I don't care if the call comes at 6am, noon or midnight. If my clients are working, so am I."

 

She couldn't live without: the love of her wonderful rescue fur-babies, Sammy the Turtle, her forever optimistic girlfriend, food and music!

 

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Kelsey Pavao, Event Services Manager

Kelsey’s passions for planning, food, and creating memories come together at Catering By Design to give her clients the attention that their event deserves. When it comes to coordinating and executing a fantastic event, she believes that no detail is too small. With a knack for logistics and an unhealthy obsession with timelines, Kelsey’s goal is to fulfill every client’s vision and create an event that guests will never forget!

 

She couldn't live without: family & friends, her dog Charlie, dessert, and Gouda cheese.

 

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Jon Sederberg, Event Services Manager

Jon started his career as an Event Manager with Catering by Design three years ago and was promoted to an Event Services Manager due to his hard work, excellent client relations, and exceptional attention to detail. His previous onsite experience allows him to be one step ahead of the game as well as the ablility to give the client and their guests the best experience possible.

 

He couldn't live without: animals, family & friends.

 

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Cara St. John, CWP, Event Designer

With a true passion for the hospitality industry and a successful eight year sales career at different venues around the country, Cara decided she wanted a new challenge and joined the Four Five One Events team. With a keen attention to detail and the commitment to create events that all guests will enjoy, she thrives on establishing long-lasting relationships with her clients. She feels very lucky to have landed in a career that fits her personality perfectly and strives to create memorable and personable experiences each and every day. 

 

She couldn't live without: family, friends, her fur-babies Henry & Tommy and Iowa Hawkeye football!

 

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Dan Smith, Creative Director

As the creative director of both By Design Event Décor and Catering by Design, Dan's passion is to create beautiful event environments, especially when he gets to bring together custom menus and amazing buffet presentations with the expanding assortment of furnishings and unique décor pieces. He loves his career because every event is a unique, evolving thing to be touched, tasted...really experienced by all of the senses!

 

He couldn't live without: laughter.

 

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Ashley Haas Youngswick, Creative Design Specialist

Ashley joined the By Design Event Décor team in February of 2015. Ashley was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has spent much of the past 15 years in the Denver area. A degree in Visual Presentation from FIDM, San Francisco was the culmination of a lifetime of creating and designing. This, coupled with an artistic family history explains her obsession with improving and reinventing the aesthetic.

Before leaving San Francisco in 2011, Ashley, as the director of Artistic Development for Blueprint Studios, inaugurated their floral and décor departments, designing and executing some of the cities largest and most prestigious events. Ashley joined the By Design Event Décor team as an Event Designer in February of 2015.

 

She couldn't live without: her puppy Opal

 

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Angela Callos, Chef De Cuisine

In a nutshell, Angela is responsible for all food that comes out of the kitchen.  Working closely with Executive Chef Cade, she ensures standards are being met in all aspects of the kitchen as well as promoting Catering By Design's culture, mission, and philosophy among her team.  Angela manages food purchasing, goods purchasing, daily production schedules, and all execution that takes place in the kitchen. Angela also plays an important role when assisting the sales team with menu planning and pricing.

 

She couldn't live without: OUTDOOR ADVENTURES!!

 

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Scott Wallace, Sous Chef

Scott’s background includes working as a Corporate Sous Chef, as well as an On-site Event Chef with Catering by Design. While his culinary background is extensive and touches all aspects of hospitality, the world of catering keeps calling his name. The creativity and energy-inspiring events paired with his passion for teaching makes CBD the perfect fit!

 

He couldn't live without: Family (especially his grandkids), football, and creating good food.

 

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Sam Woodfill, Sous Chef

As a Sous Chef, Sam oversees our day-to-day kitchen production to ensure the highest of standards for food quality are met, while also maintaining consistency and creativity at every turn. His background includes a variety of hospitality roles throughout the years including brewing coffee as a Barista at Starbucks; flipping shrimp into his pocket at Benihana; and sautéing the finest cuisine on Catalina Island. These experiences, combined with his passion for learning and experimenting, drive Sam to push Catering by Design and our cuisine to the next level.

 

He couldn't live without: even though we are in Broncos’ Country, Sam cannot live without his New England Patriots, family, friends and of course, cold beer!

 

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Katie Kiss, Sous Chef / Hive Garden Bistro

Katie came to us with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and began her career at Four Five One Events as an Event Chef in 2008. Now, as the Sous Chef at the Hive located at the Denver Botanic Gardens, she strives daily to nurture a professional work environment whilst providing a consistently excellent product. Katie relishes the challenges this demanding occupation entails.

 

She couldn't live without: her daughter, Klara, sleep, and green smoothies

 

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Kristi Duce, Senior Visual Designer

As the Senior Visual Designer for Catering by Design, Kristi is responsible for communicating the value of this amazing brand to clients and potential customers through many creative avenues. She is also involved-in and in-charge of coordinating anything print and interactive. Being the artitistic and inspired person she is, Kristi feels right at home at this unique company!

 

She couldn't live without: her daughter Madelyn, inspiration, or music.

 

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Andrea Kissler, Director of Finance and Human Resources

As the office manager at Catering by Design, Andrea's job encompasses many different aspects of the company - accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. Andrea also keeps our network running smoothly and all of our office equipment in check!

 

She couldn't live without: DVR - "double the amount of shows in the same amount of time and no commercials - I could never go back to the old way" - Andrea

 

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Meredeth Humphreys, Services Manager

Meredeth's first memories of the hospitality industry were peeking over the rim of her play pen in the corner booth of the restaurant owned by her parents. Having been literally raised in a front-of-the-house environment, her passion is the success of every event and the people that make it happen.  As Catering Services Manager, Meredeth oversees the hiring, training, and quality control of all event staff, and ensures that our clients' high standards of service are met at all times.

 

She couldn't live without: her Jeep, her husband to fix her Jeep, and her fur babies.

 

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Jocelyn Bowyer, Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Jocelyn comes to Catering by Design with a degree in Hospitality and Event Management, as well as 8 years experience in an administrative role. This combination makes her the perfect person to organize, schedule and manage our on-site team of 300+. As the Human Resources Administrative Assistant for all of Four Five One Events, which includes Catering by Design, Jocelyn handles the many layers of coordination necessary to ensure each of our events is staffed and flawlessly executed!

 

She couldn't live without: her little man, Mak!

 

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Whitney Hamm, Human Resources Generalist

Whitney has a love for customer service and being a go-to for staff; whether that is offering guidance regarding workplace issues or providing opportunities for professional development. From part time jobs to her professional career she has always worked in some sort of events/service industry.  Her first job in Human Resources was for a catering company which ignited her passion for the business and human resources side of the industry.  Wanting to develop her career further she achieved her MSc in Business and Human Resources.  Now as the Human Resources Generalist, Whitney organizes personnel information, makes sure we maintain federal and state compliance, conducts safety and orientation trainings, manages benefits administration and runs payroll. 

 

She couldn't live without: movies, her dogs, running, friends and family.

 

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Gunnar Hencmann, Director of Operations

Gunnar oversees operations for all 4 divisions of 451 Management Group, LLC. With a staff of 10 people, Gunnar coordinates equipment, vehicles, décor and floral needs for events. Gunnar also keeps the roof over our heads and our event equipment in peak condition. Our operation crews are the behind the scene guys that make sure every detail is thought of from fishing line to candles hanging in trees. All of this equals to equipping our on-site event staff with the tools needed to produce successful events without hassle.

 

He couldn't live without: the internet.

 

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Jeff Davenport, Assistant Manager / Denver Botanic Gardens

Throughout his time with Catering by Design, Jeff has enjoyed a number of roles supporting the company. Past positions include Server, Bar Manager, Event Manager and even the "Muscles Serving Mussels" for one of our signature events. His time as the Assistant Manager on the famed Ski Train to Winter Park prepared him for his current role as the Assistant Manager of Concessions at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where he has thrived for the last six years. Jeff is a jack of all trades and enjoys supporting Catering by Design in any unique and death-defying way possible including our recent adventures on the road in Las Vegas, Atlanta and South Carolina.

 

He couldn't live without: his tackle box and snagging hooks.

 

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Nicole Esther, Assistant Manager / Denver Botanic Gardens

Nicole began her journey with Catering by Design in August of 2009 when she applied for a part time job inside our café located at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Immediately, she fell in love with the company and its standards for ensuring quality service to all clients. Today, her days are still spent inside one of Denver's finest, and most beautiful, landmarks where she serves as the Assistant Manager for both the Offshoots Café and Hive Garden Bistro, both operated by Catering by Design. 

 

She couldn't live without: a piping hot latte, Netflix and a really good book.

 

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Zach Bennetts, Inventory Warehouse Manager

As Inventory Warehouse Manager, Zach masterminds the processes for cleaning, maintaining, transporting, counting and storing all of the equipment, rentals and décor in our very full 32,000 sq ft building. He manages a crew dedicated to checking every element sent to an event prior to it being loaded on the truck, as well as processing the post-event product, which does not always return in the same condition. With a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s degree in Organization Leadership, Zach uses his skillset to ensure every element of the event is as amazing as Chef’s cuisine, including the less-visible back of the house equipment essential to event success.

 

He couldn't live without: pets, family, and his wife

 

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Emily Ray, Director of First Impressions

Emily is often the first point of contact for our new and returning clients. With over a decade of hospitality experience under her belt, she has a knack for anticipating the needs of others before they arise and a passion for great food and comradery. She is an integral part of the office machine, assisting in a variety of daily tasks and always delivering the results with a smile.

 

She couldn't live without: quality time with her husband, lip balm, nice wine, and weekly phone calls to her family in Texas.

 

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Alex Denton, Event Coordinator

Alex has always had a passion for event planning and thrives on creating memorable events for clients. Her dedication, attention to detail, as well as passion for people and events led her to Four Five One as an on-site Event Manager. Alex continues to grow with our team as an Event Coordinator where she can continue to foster her love for event planning. 

 

She couldn't live without: her dog Indigo, family & friends, traveling, and outdoor adventures

 

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Meet the Team

Cade Nagy, Owner, Executive Chef

With the addition of key roles over the past few years, Cade is now the driving force behind our creative goals and concepts with our menus and food. Along the way, he photographs all of our work, spends our money and drives his wife crazy as much as possible. Although Cade wears the pants here... (Ingrid tells him which ones to wear) He just creates!

 

He couldn't live without: his camera, kids, or a fly rod.

 

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Ingrid Nagy, CSEP, Owner / CEO

As the co-owner and CEO, Ingrid oversees general operations. She feels very lucky to run the company with her husband/executive chef/business partner, Cade, Ingrid takes the reins with her fiscal minded approach.

 

She couldn't live without: her two wonderful kids, her creative hubby, vacation time with the family, yoga, wine and Cade's pecan smoked salmon with forest mushroom cream sauce, one of CBD's signature dishes!

 

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Syd Sexton, General Manager

Syd is the coach and manager of the team.  As a veteran of The Ritz-Carlton Company, Syd’s experience in managing guest and employee engagement is at the highest level.  She describes her position as a “pinch-me role” in that she brings her many years in the industry full circle as the General Manager of this amazing company.

 

She couldn't live without: her kids, Tim, Alex, Amanda and almost here, baby Sexton, amazing friends, running the reservoir, and crazy dog, Gypsy.

 

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Brandi Pressgrove Lipe, CMP, Director of Sales & Marketing

As the Director of Sales & Marketing, Brandi tackles a broad range of needs throughout the day including creative proposal writing; managing high-end client events; planning the marketing calendar; and herding cats. Brandi’s favorite days in the office are spent brainstorming new food ideas with Chef Cade.

 

She couldn't live without: close tie between bourbon and her animals – Beau, Frank and Henry.

 

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Jeff Fickling, Senior Event Designer

With over 16 years in the hospitality industry, Jeff brings a huge amount of experience, creativity, and enthusiasm to every event he designs and executes. From the smallest casual picnic for 20 people, to a corporate gala for 2000, Jeff has the knowledge and desire to make every event be the best it can be.

 

He couldn't live without: his wife or his jeep.

 

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Brittany Dosdall, Senior Event Designer

As a Senior Event Designer, Brittany combines her genuine passion for people with her love for the culinary arts by designing unique event experiences! She feels rewarded each day as she engages with her clients and together, they design experiences that create a reason for people to get together and create new memories! Her fantastic attention to detail and oodles of creativity are what make her events exciting, successful and one-of-a-kind!

 

She could not live without:  chocolate.

 

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Danielle Hassell, Event Designer

As an Event Designer, Danielle loves to tap into the clients’ vision, to create and deliver the highest quality event- it's her passion! From intimate showers to large corporate events, she does everything possible to ensure that events are nothing less than extraordinary.

 

She couldn't live without: laughter.

 

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Raegan Brown, Event Designer

Raegan recognizes the little details that make up the big picture. She enjoys working hand-in-hand with her clients to understand their vision, and then she brings it to life with flawless execution!

 

She couldn't live without: list making, wine, hot sauce, travel, and of course friends & family.

 

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Ching-yuan Hu, Event Designer

After a successful 10 years of sales in Iowa, Ching followed her passion of all things food to Denver in 2010. As an Event Designer, she knows that the details can transform an event into a memorable experience. Ching's work philosophy? "I don't care if the call comes at 6am, noon or midnight. If my clients are working, so am I."

 

She couldn't live without: the love of her wonderful rescue fur-babies, Sammy the Turtle, her forever optimistic girlfriend, food and music!

 

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Kelsey Pavao, Event Services Manager

Kelsey’s passions for planning, food, and creating memories come together at Catering By Design to give her clients the attention that their event deserves. When it comes to coordinating and executing a fantastic event, she believes that no detail is too small. With a knack for logistics and an unhealthy obsession with timelines, Kelsey’s goal is to fulfill every client’s vision and create an event that guests will never forget!

 

She couldn't live without: family & friends, her dog Charlie, dessert, and Gouda cheese.

 

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Jon Sederberg, Event Services Manager

Jon started his career as an Event Manager with Catering by Design three years ago and was promoted to an Event Services Manager due to his hard work, excellent client relations, and exceptional attention to detail. His previous onsite experience allows him to be one step ahead of the game as well as the ablility to give the client and their guests the best experience possible.

 

He couldn't live without: animals, family & friends.

 

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Cara St. John, CWP, Event Designer

With a true passion for the hospitality industry and a successful eight year sales career at different venues around the country, Cara decided she wanted a new challenge and joined the Four Five One Events team. With a keen attention to detail and the commitment to create events that all guests will enjoy, she thrives on establishing long-lasting relationships with her clients. She feels very lucky to have landed in a career that fits her personality perfectly and strives to create memorable and personable experiences each and every day. 

 

She couldn't live without: family, friends, her fur-babies Henry & Tommy and Iowa Hawkeye football!

 

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Dan Smith, Creative Director

As the creative director of both By Design Event Décor and Catering by Design, Dan's passion is to create beautiful event environments, especially when he gets to bring together custom menus and amazing buffet presentations with the expanding assortment of furnishings and unique décor pieces. He loves his career because every event is a unique, evolving thing to be touched, tasted...really experienced by all of the senses!

 

He couldn't live without: laughter.

 

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Ashley Haas Youngswick, Creative Design Specialist

Ashley joined the By Design Event Décor team in February of 2015. Ashley was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has spent much of the past 15 years in the Denver area. A degree in Visual Presentation from FIDM, San Francisco was the culmination of a lifetime of creating and designing. This, coupled with an artistic family history explains her obsession with improving and reinventing the aesthetic.

Before leaving San Francisco in 2011, Ashley, as the director of Artistic Development for Blueprint Studios, inaugurated their floral and décor departments, designing and executing some of the cities largest and most prestigious events. Ashley joined the By Design Event Décor team as an Event Designer in February of 2015.

 

She couldn't live without: her puppy Opal

 

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Angela Callos, Chef De Cuisine

In a nutshell, Angela is responsible for all food that comes out of the kitchen.  Working closely with Executive Chef Cade, she ensures standards are being met in all aspects of the kitchen as well as promoting Catering By Design's culture, mission, and philosophy among her team.  Angela manages food purchasing, goods purchasing, daily production schedules, and all execution that takes place in the kitchen. Angela also plays an important role when assisting the sales team with menu planning and pricing.

 

She couldn't live without: OUTDOOR ADVENTURES!!

 

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Scott Wallace, Sous Chef

Scott’s background includes working as a Corporate Sous Chef, as well as an On-site Event Chef with Catering by Design. While his culinary background is extensive and touches all aspects of hospitality, the world of catering keeps calling his name. The creativity and energy-inspiring events paired with his passion for teaching makes CBD the perfect fit!

 

He couldn't live without: Family (especially his grandkids), football, and creating good food.

 

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Sam Woodfill, Sous Chef

As a Sous Chef, Sam oversees our day-to-day kitchen production to ensure the highest of standards for food quality are met, while also maintaining consistency and creativity at every turn. His background includes a variety of hospitality roles throughout the years including brewing coffee as a Barista at Starbucks; flipping shrimp into his pocket at Benihana; and sautéing the finest cuisine on Catalina Island. These experiences, combined with his passion for learning and experimenting, drive Sam to push Catering by Design and our cuisine to the next level.

 

He couldn't live without: even though we are in Broncos’ Country, Sam cannot live without his New England Patriots, family, friends and of course, cold beer!

 

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Katie Kiss, Sous Chef / Hive Garden Bistro

Katie came to us with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and began her career at Four Five One Events as an Event Chef in 2008. Now, as the Sous Chef at the Hive located at the Denver Botanic Gardens, she strives daily to nurture a professional work environment whilst providing a consistently excellent product. Katie relishes the challenges this demanding occupation entails.

 

She couldn't live without: her daughter, Klara, sleep, and green smoothies

 

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Kristi Duce, Senior Visual Designer

As the Senior Visual Designer for Catering by Design, Kristi is responsible for communicating the value of this amazing brand to clients and potential customers through many creative avenues. She is also involved-in and in-charge of coordinating anything print and interactive. Being the artitistic and inspired person she is, Kristi feels right at home at this unique company!

 

She couldn't live without: her daughter Madelyn, inspiration, or music.

 

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Andrea Kissler, Director of Finance and Human Resources

As the office manager at Catering by Design, Andrea's job encompasses many different aspects of the company - accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll. Andrea also keeps our network running smoothly and all of our office equipment in check!

 

She couldn't live without: DVR - "double the amount of shows in the same amount of time and no commercials - I could never go back to the old way" - Andrea

 

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Meredeth Humphreys, Services Manager

Meredeth's first memories of the hospitality industry were peeking over the rim of her play pen in the corner booth of the restaurant owned by her parents. Having been literally raised in a front-of-the-house environment, her passion is the success of every event and the people that make it happen.  As Catering Services Manager, Meredeth oversees the hiring, training, and quality control of all event staff, and ensures that our clients' high standards of service are met at all times.

 

She couldn't live without: her Jeep, her husband to fix her Jeep, and her fur babies.

 

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Jocelyn Bowyer, Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Jocelyn comes to Catering by Design with a degree in Hospitality and Event Management, as well as 8 years experience in an administrative role. This combination makes her the perfect person to organize, schedule and manage our on-site team of 300+. As the Human Resources Administrative Assistant for all of Four Five One Events, which includes Catering by Design, Jocelyn handles the many layers of coordination necessary to ensure each of our events is staffed and flawlessly executed!

 

She couldn't live without: her little man, Mak!

 

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Whitney Hamm, Human Resources Generalist

Whitney has a love for customer service and being a go-to for staff; whether that is offering guidance regarding workplace issues or providing opportunities for professional development. From part time jobs to her professional career she has always worked in some sort of events/service industry.  Her first job in Human Resources was for a catering company which ignited her passion for the business and human resources side of the industry.  Wanting to develop her career further she achieved her MSc in Business and Human Resources.  Now as the Human Resources Generalist, Whitney organizes personnel information, makes sure we maintain federal and state compliance, conducts safety and orientation trainings, manages benefits administration and runs payroll. 

 

She couldn't live without: movies, her dogs, running, friends and family.

 

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Gunnar Hencmann, Director of Operations

Gunnar oversees operations for all 4 divisions of 451 Management Group, LLC. With a staff of 10 people, Gunnar coordinates equipment, vehicles, décor and floral needs for events. Gunnar also keeps the roof over our heads and our event equipment in peak condition. Our operation crews are the behind the scene guys that make sure every detail is thought of from fishing line to candles hanging in trees. All of this equals to equipping our on-site event staff with the tools needed to produce successful events without hassle.

 

He couldn't live without: the internet.

 

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Jeff Davenport, Assistant Manager / Denver Botanic Gardens

Throughout his time with Catering by Design, Jeff has enjoyed a number of roles supporting the company. Past positions include Server, Bar Manager, Event Manager and even the "Muscles Serving Mussels" for one of our signature events. His time as the Assistant Manager on the famed Ski Train to Winter Park prepared him for his current role as the Assistant Manager of Concessions at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where he has thrived for the last six years. Jeff is a jack of all trades and enjoys supporting Catering by Design in any unique and death-defying way possible including our recent adventures on the road in Las Vegas, Atlanta and South Carolina.

 

He couldn't live without: his tackle box and snagging hooks.

 

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Nicole Esther, Assistant Manager / Denver Botanic Gardens

Nicole began her journey with Catering by Design in August of 2009 when she applied for a part time job inside our café located at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Immediately, she fell in love with the company and its standards for ensuring quality service to all clients. Today, her days are still spent inside one of Denver's finest, and most beautiful, landmarks where she serves as the Assistant Manager for both the Offshoots Café and Hive Garden Bistro, both operated by Catering by Design. 

 

She couldn't live without: a piping hot latte, Netflix and a really good book.

 

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Zach Bennetts, Inventory Warehouse Manager

As Inventory Warehouse Manager, Zach masterminds the processes for cleaning, maintaining, transporting, counting and storing all of the equipment, rentals and décor in our very full 32,000 sq ft building. He manages a crew dedicated to checking every element sent to an event prior to it being loaded on the truck, as well as processing the post-event product, which does not always return in the same condition. With a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s degree in Organization Leadership, Zach uses his skillset to ensure every element of the event is as amazing as Chef’s cuisine, including the less-visible back of the house equipment essential to event success.

 

He couldn't live without: pets, family, and his wife

 

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Emily Ray, Director of First Impressions

Emily is often the first point of contact for our new and returning clients. With over a decade of hospitality experience under her belt, she has a knack for anticipating the needs of others before they arise and a passion for great food and comradery. She is an integral part of the office machine, assisting in a variety of daily tasks and always delivering the results with a smile.

 

She couldn't live without: quality time with her husband, lip balm, nice wine, and weekly phone calls to her family in Texas.

 

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Alex Denton, Event Coordinator

Alex has always had a passion for event planning and thrives on creating memorable events for clients. Her dedication, attention to detail, as well as passion for people and events led her to Four Five One as an on-site Event Manager. Alex continues to grow with our team as an Event Coordinator where she can continue to foster her love for event planning. 

 

She couldn't live without: her dog Indigo, family & friends, traveling, and outdoor adventures

 

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