There seems to be a synergy between special event professionals and a background in the entertainment industry.
Owner and Asheville native, Kai worked as an actor in NY and LA for many years before returning to Asheville in 2011. When he returned to Asheville, he was impressed by how Western North Carolina had grown. Asheville has become a destination, not only for weddings, but for conferences, festivals, fundraising galas, etc. Finding few jobs offering a living wage, he decided to start an event staffing company to fill that void. Tapping into his years of experience in restaurants, bars, catering, and events, Blue Ridge Event Staffing was born in May of 2012. It has grown from a small family operation, to an office of four employees and a large, ever-growing roster of food and beverage professionals.
Monty, Carie, and Stefanie
Monty, takes care of our Happy Couples. He has also worked in film restoration, special effects coordinating, and as a Visual Effects Producer.
Our Operations Manager, Carie, graduated with a degree in technical theater. She was a stage manager for many live productions before lending her attention to detail to the day-to-day operations of the BRES office.
Our Logistics Coordinator, Stefanie, worked as a contractor on our roster for many years before joining the office. She lent her talent to events as a bartender, waiter, and captain at many venues across WNC. This made her a perfect fit for the position. She already possessed an intimate knowledge of the intricacies involved in creating successful events and of how BRES works with it’s staff.
The Staffing Crew
Blue Ridge Event Staffing would not be what it is without our talented staff who work at your events. We have some staffers that have been working with us for years. We have some who just spend a summer before moving on to other towns or talents. Besides being talented food and beverage professionals our staff boasts a diverse range of occupations and hobbies. Our staff have day jobs as varied as: accountants, actors, aerial artists, authors, bakers, bankers, banquet managers, caterers, craft brewers, carpenters, dancers, event managers, entrepreneurs, front desk associates, grocers, homemakers, hotel managers, interior designers, jugglers, legal assistants, massage therapists, painters, pastor, performers, personal chefs, photographers, publishers, realtors, sales associates, social workers, social media mavens, students, teachers, venue managers, wedding planners, and yoga and zumba instructors.