MEET THE TEAM

Janet Holliday, DMCP

President & CEO
Janet Holliday, DMCP

President & CEO

Creative Spark. Eternal Optimist. Dynamo of Energy.

Over the last three decades, there are very few of San Antonio’s most prestigious projects and events that haven’t been touched by the expert hand of Janet Holliday. As President & CEO, Janet is a highly sought-after expert in events and marketing, not only in Texas but throughout the country. The depth and breadth of company services combined with the style, organizational skills, positive work ethic, and radical customer dedication are the foundation of the company culture, Janet has built that has long positioned the CE Group as the leader in their industry. She has played a leading role in many of San Antonio’s most celebrated hallmarks and continues to deliver impactful experiences and stellar results to every client. Janet stays healthy with Pilates, good home cooking, and lots of sleep. Married for 38 years, she enjoys long walks with her dogs, reading, traveling, and coloring outside the lines.

Krista Garcia

Managing Director
Krista Garcia

Managing Director

Street Closer. Aspiring Crossfit Queen. Procession Leader.

Ever since her first job as a birthday party hostess, Krista has loved the energy and reward of planning and executing events. As a Managing Director and leader of the Events team, Krista possesses a wealth of knowledge when it comes to strategic guidance and equally specializes in high-impact experiences such asgroundbreakings, grand openings, culinary experiences, festivals, and galas – the more moving parts, the better. Krista began her tenure with the company in 2009 as a Venue Management intern, and is adept at being a resource, clearing red tape, venue consulting, problem solving, and celebrating every step of the process. A fourth-generation graduate of Baylor University, Krista loves all things city development and placemaking, mind-bending documentaries, and spending time with her husband, Pete, three stepsons, and their two dogs.

Shane Kyle

Managing Director
Shane Kyle

Managing Director

Husband and Father. Exceptional Listener. Weekend Drummer.

Shane has been an artist his entire life. As a Managing Director and leader of the CE Group’s Creative team, he translates the love of shape, space, and color into award-winning brand identities for a variety of clients and events. He works in the initial research phase, building a consistent visual platform that has true meaning and resonance, and adeptly transforms ideas into clean, bold designs. From the development of logos and event brands to the production of signage and collateral, all visual elements contain the thread of the client's message woven throughout. His graphic design expertise and immense creativity allow the CE Group to go beyond what is expected. When not in the office, Shane enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Lesley Travis

Event Director
Lesley Travis

Event Director

Next-Level Event Producer. Random Gift-Giver. No-Fail Cheesecake Chef.

Lesley specializes in envisioning and sourcing the collateral, décor, and production elements that make events truly memorable, and executing them to perfection. Efficient, outgoing, and always quick to volunteer, Lesley is a star when it comes to marrying logistics and creativity. Lesley’s Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship from Baylor University and resourcefulness in project management make her a successful communicator, capable of understanding and catering to specific client objectives. Some of her clients have included Visit San Antonio, Women in the World, Rackspace, Witte Museum, as well as numerous projects for H-E-B. A country girl at heart, she enjoys exploring her home state of Texas camping with her husband, and entertaining friends and family.

Viviana Durand

Event Director
Viviana Durand

Event Director

Reina of Multicultural Events. Vendor Whisperer. Nutrition Nerd.

Along with strong marketing and branding, Viviana believes that flawless event planning and execution is the foundation for communicating a client’s mission. Originally from Mexico and fluent in Spanish, Viviana brings added value for bilingual clients and vendors to ensure cultural understanding and trust. With almost 10 years of experience at CE Group, Viviana merges her passion for creating unforgettable events and experiences with her attention to detail to execute successful projects. Away from work, she loves running, reading, CrossFit, and spending time with her family and two adorable pups.

Rebecca Eschete

Senior Project Manager
Rebecca Eschete

Senior Project Manager

Organization Enthusiast.  Revitalization Champion. Animal Lover.

With a Bachelor’s degree in both Public Relations and Social Interaction, and a Master’s degree in Interactive Media and Design, Rebecca brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and charisma into the projects she manages. She loves working on events as if they were a puzzle, crafting and working on each piece to fit perfectly together. Clients respond to her positivity and commitment. When she is not at work, Rebecca enjoys hiking, listening to music, spending time with family, loving on her dogs, and chasing her toddlers, Beau and Olivia.

Nicole White

Event Manager
Nicole White

Event Manager

Organization Queen. Cooking Wizard. Nature Lover.

Nicole discovered her passion for working in the events industry while studying Communications at Texas State University. She has excelled in this industry by showcasing her ability to adapt in a fast-paced environment. By combining her communication and organizational skills, Nicole supports the CE Group with responsibilities including event production, database management, and all things logistics. She enjoys being in the thick of everything, from initial planning to last minute details, and you can always find her on the front lines problem solving and getting her hands dirty. When she is not juggling office and onsite tasks, you can find her trying on one of her 90 pairs of shoes or obsessively cleaning her house.

Danielle Henning

Event Manager
Danielle Henning

Event Manager

Team mediator. Small town girl. Cookie Connoisseur.

Growing up Danielle always knew that she wanted to work in the hospitality industry. Setting out to pursue her mission and putting her Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management degree from the University of Tennessee to the test, she has gained a heart for service and a brain for organization and logistics. Always looking to learn new tricks of the trade, she carries all experiences gained with her. She grew up in a small, midwestern town and as a former rollercoaster operator, she is a pro at controlled chaos.

Jennie Wojtczak

Event Manager
Jennie Wojtczak

Event Manager

Foster Pup Fanatic. Friend Gatherer. Cold Weather Superfan.

Jennie is a detail-oriented project manager and multi-tasking expert with over a decade of experience in the events industry. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty University, nonprofit clients quickly launched her into the event world as she began her career. From 5ks, galas and golf tournaments to music festivals, graduations, and community events, she excels in vendor coordination, budget management, onsite execution, and managing event components for multiple events simultaneously. With a deep passion for people, love for a good celebration, and a desire to help make the world a better place, Jennie wears the multitude of event hats with a calm, can do attitude. When away from the office you can find her trying new Pinterest recipes, walking them off with her pup Ralph and planning her next travel adventure with friends.

Elise Hougesen

Event Coordinator
Elise Hougesen

Event Coordinator

Midwest Homegrown. Passionate Planner. Labrador Lover.

Elise was born and raised in Indianapolis, a city thriving with hospitality, and from which developed and instilled a passion for excellent customer service and delivering quality results. Elise began assisting her mother planning events and pursued her Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies with a focus in Event Management as well as a minor in Communications from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). From there her desire grew into seeking a career of helping others create memorable celebrations. An attentive listener, Elise can absorb a client’s vision, style, and goals to project manage and plan to create deliverable moments and events. Since moving to Texas, Elise, her husband, and labrador retriever, Beau, can be found hiking trails and camping at Canyon Lake.

Desiree Hughes, DMCP, CTA

Event Senior Manager
Desiree Hughes, DMCP, CTA

Event Senior Manager

Team mediator. Small town girl. Cookie Connoisseur.

Desiree is a goal-driven, detail oriented professional with a proven track record of working in high-pressure environments, taking on new projects and completing them with success. She has a strong work ethic with demonstrated ability to take initiative in both the DMC and events world. In 2019, she received her DMCP (Destination Management Company Professional) Accreditation. Desiree excels in finding and suggesting the best fit for your program, and prides herself in creating a “one stop shop” experience for her clients. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University in Criminology. In her free time, Desiree enjoys going to concerts, listening to true crime podcasts, reading pretty much anything, and trying new restaurants.

Angela Perez

Event Manager
Angela Perez

Event Manager

List maker. Star gazer. Lover of all things chocolate. 

Angela’s natural love of organization and planning makes the fast-paced events world her perfect match. She has several years of experience planning large community events for the City of San Antonio and the U.S. Air Force. Angela received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, remains a lover of learning, and her detail-oriented mindset and passion for spreadsheets makes her a valuable member of the company’s event team. In her free time, Angela enjoys exploring, reading, and soaking up every precious moment with her two young boys and husband.

Christyn Baer

Senior Project Manager
Christyn Baer

Senior Project Manager

Former NCAA Track Star. Peanut Butter Chocolate Blue Bell Fan. Outdoor Aficionado.

Christyn has been managing events, primarily sport-focused, for the CE Group for over a decade. A former college athlete and coach with a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin, her passion and depth of knowledge has made her a leader in many CE projects. Obsessed with logistics and always looking for new ways to improve efficiency and productivity, Christyn loves to save time and money and minimize complications for both clients and her team. Outside the office, she skillfully runs a household comprised of a husband, three small humans, a yellow lab, some chickens, some goldfish, and a tadpole.

Dempsey Warren

Event Senior Manager
Dempsey Warren

Event Senior Manager

Captain of Hauling and Schleping. Get-to-Know-You Guru. Non-Stop Dinner Party Hostess.

Dempsey’s mission in life is to help others feel celebrated and important, and that extends to her clients and their audiences. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports, Event, and Tourism Management and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio while serving as captain of both the NCAA volleyball and basketball teams. Those leadership roles gave her the interpersonal communication and organizational skills that she applies to all her projects. She has a special place in her heart for nonprofits and organizations with philanthropic missions. Although her collegiate athletic days are over, she still loves staying active through cycling and other group exercise classes so that she can keep up with her growing family.

Pam Martinez

Director, DMC
Pam Martinez

Director, DMC

Fan of the Fanny Pack. Die-Hard Selena Fan. Aspiring Super Mom.

Pam holds an amazing track record of excelling in the world of Destination Management. Her years of experience DMC Account Manager gives her a solid foundation to continue creating memorable experiences for her clients. In her time at CE, she is known for overdelivering in projects, and continues to bring in a steady flow of new business. It is not unusual for Pam to be working on details for several multi-day, multi-faceted programs at any given time, and she also finds the time to remain active in the DMC Network. Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Mass Communications from Texas State University, she loves working behind the scenes and strengthening her relationships with clients and supplier partners alike. Pam’s ability to work well under pressure and problem solve serve her well when putting the pieces of client programs together. Pam’s hands-on approach to her work not only strengthens her relationships with clients, vendors, and peers, but also gives her the advantage of getting a first-hand perspective of what works well and what doesn’t. She is always open to learning new things and loves sharing her knowledge to those around her. Outside of work, Pam enjoys attending concerts and spending time with her toddler, husband, and fur baby.

Julie Treviño, DMCP, CTA

Senior Manager, DMC
Julie Treviño, DMCP, CTA

Senior Manager, DMC

People Lover, Problem Solver, Lover of Antiques.

Julie started her career in hospitality as a corporate travel agent in 1983. Shortly thereafter, she was given the opportunity to learn from the ground up all aspects of the destination management business. She has relished working in the industry exclusively for over twenty years. Julie has had the Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) accreditation for over ten years, is past President of the San Antonio chapter of the DMC Roundtable and was an advisory board member of the Alamo Area Hospitality Association for two terms. Julie is a Wisconsin native and loves to shop for vintage kitchen treasures and attending live music concerts in old Texas dance halls. She has been married for 36 years and has one son, a proud Texas Aggie!

Megan McAngus, CTA

Senior Manager, DMC
Megan McAngus, CTA

Senior Manager, DMC

Pilates Goddess. Fanatical Team Player. Voracious Learner.

Prior to joining the CE Group team, Megan worked in corporate finance and ran an equestrian business. Although her professional background is in accounting and banking, she has planned many events and travel experiences for nonprofits and craved more of the creativity and camaraderie she was missing as an entrepreneur. She brings extensive experience both outside and inside the events industry, and her role allows her to produce creative events in a cost-effective manner while keeping the client’s bottom line in plain sight. Megan loves to take ownership, solve problems, and rise to challenges. When not supporting the team at CE Group, Megan can be found sipping wine in Napa, hiking in Colorado, or teaching at a local Pilates studio.

Brittny Campbell

Senior Manager, DMC
Brittny Campbell

Senior Manager, DMC

Site Map Superstar. Idea Hamster. Abstract Artist.

 Brittny has close to two decades of experience in the live events industry and specializes in conceptualizing, designing, and producing one-of-a-kind experiences. She loves integrating technology and production into events and is a huge fan of the “element of surprise”. Brittny prides herself on her ability to understand a client’s needs with little direction and always strives to take an idea to the next level. She is an innovator who is solutions-focused and maximizes performance and profitability in each project she is a part of. In her free time, you will likely find her painting, at the dog park with her Doberman, or ideating on her next big event concept.

Celeste Garcia

Communication Senior Account Manager
Celeste Garcia

Communication Senior Account Manager

Energy enthusiast, Food Network Superfan, Lover of Supporting Local Businesses

Celeste is a native San Antonian who embodies the energy and diversity of the city and is passionate about sharing it with those around her – no matter how many miles away she may be. After graduating from Trinity University with degrees in both Sociology and Spanish, her educational endeavors and curiosity took her to New York City to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University. Knowing that her true passion was to make an impact on the city of San Antonio, she has since moved back and continues to thrive both as an individual and a professional in her current role as a part of the Communication team. Outside of work, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, attending sporting events, listening to live music, and always exploring what’s next.

Brianna Perez

Marketing Coordinator
Brianna Perez

Marketing Coordinator

Content Aficionado. Eternal Optimist. Sushiholic.

With a knack for all things content and social media, Brianna found her lane to run in while pursuing a degree in Marketing at the University of Texas at San Antonio and then began working as a social media manager. She thrives when given an opportunity to pair her passion for keeping up with the latest platforms and trends with her desire to connect the digital dots between brands and their target audience. Brianna approaches each project she is given with a fine-tuned balance of creative energy and calculated strategy, and firmly believes that growth is a concept that should apply to all facets of life, including a brand’s online presence. Outside of the office, Brianna loves to plan spontaneous adventures such as mid-week evening picnics, dinner parties with friends, or weekend getaways.

Marcela Pena

Graphic Designer
Marcela Pena

Graphic Designer

Crafty Creative.  Aspiring Photographer.  Connoisseur of Luxury Paper.

As part of the CE Group’s Creative team, Marcela provides her clients with a fresh, modern approach that tells the visual story of their brand. Her work includes developing brand designs, creating invitation and program layouts, and overseeing creative strategy for the CE Group’s and Goods Collective’s websites and the company’s social media channels. Marcela is happiest working closely with her team and clients to create seamless design solutions. She is currently the Vice President of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) Board of Directors and loves keeping up with the latest design trends. Originally from the Mexico, Marcela especially enjoys projects with multicultural elements.

Margie Benson

Office Manager
Margie Benson

Office Manager

Early Riser. Reality and True Crime TV Superfan. Passionate Advocate. 

Margie comes to The CE Group with 30 years of office administrative experience. She is known in the office as "Mamma Margie" and describes her role as “practically a counseling position.” To her, the CE team are her clients, and she strives to handle all requests with maturity, patience, and perspective. She epitomizes the CE logo of juggling many balls, including office procurement, scheduling meetings, IT liaison, and, with her encyclopedic knowledge of the warehouse inventory, she ensures every event has a complete customized box of supplies. In her spare time, she loves taking long walks, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and following politics. Margie is, unsurprisingly, always the last to leave the party.

Grecia Garza, CPA

Controller
Grecia Garza, CPA

Controller

Wizard of Spreadsheets. Semi-pro Loteria Player. Diehard Spurs Fan.

With the CE Group since 2016, Grecia handles everything from budgeting to forecasting, payroll to receivables. In addition to her Master’s degree in Accounting from Texas A&M San Antonio, she has achieved her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certification. A team player to the core, she is happy to be pulled away from her spreadsheets to help with events. Grecia feels her motto, “if you aren’t growing, you’re in slow-motion liquidation,” applies to both her professional and personal life. In her free time, Grecia spends time with her family and friends, runs and boxes to offset her serious Vietnamese Pho addiction, and lavishes attention on her needy Sphynx cats, Luby and Gumby, and her Shih-Tzu, Moo-Moo. In a family of extremely serious Loteria players, she is known as El Parajo, the bird.

Kimberly Perales

Accountant/Office Coordinator
Kimberly Perales

Accountant/Office Coordinator

Queen of All Dances. Avid Manga Reader. Girl for All Seasons.

When it comes to numbers and organization, Kimberly stands out among the crowd. With her lively personality and motivated work ethic, she excels in all things around the CE Group office. She is a first-generation graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is studying for her CPA certification. Around the office, you can find her glued to her screen producing highly accurate financials, reviewing expenses, and providing administrative support. Kimberly brings confidence and a wave of creativity to the team all while keeping all things on track. She is a star on the dance floor with expertise in a wide variety of moves. She also enjoys binge-watching shows, discovering new recipes, and gaming with her friends.