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Like you, we’re adventurers. Our eyes are wide open to the world and we revel in the experiences that leave us changed in some way.

 
 
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Alison Laesser-Keck

Event Producer and Creative Director

Alison has been producing events, both big and small, for fourteen fabulous years. Armed with a degree in counseling, ten years in hospitality, and another twelve years planning weddings, she's a quintessential "people person" and a true left brain/right brain split. In 2008, she branched out on her own to follow a dream - and the rest, as they say, is history. Alison is a fourth generation Californian, with strong Pacific Northwest and Midwest roots, and she enjoys yoga, a full-bodied red wine, health and wellness podcasts, traveling, and celebrating whenever possible.

Favorite travel spot: anywhere new

 
 
 
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Bryan Keck

Director of Events

Bryan has been in the five star hospitality world since 1997, working for a James Beard award-winning restaurateur in Seattle prior to joining forces with Alison in 2010. As the head of operations, he oversees the endless amount of logistics involved in global event production, although he's most passionate about the relationships we build with our clients and their families. Bryan is a proud Midwest native whose entire career has involved taking care of people. He loves hockey, the beach, the gym, Negronis, and working with his wife (his wife wrote this).

favorite travel spot: matera, italy

 
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Arielle Clinthorne

Assistant/Production Coordinator

Our queen behind-the-scenes, Arielle "Ari" joined us in 2016 and it's impossible to imagine life without her. With a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Ari is a notorious perfectionist and lover of problem-solving and creative thinking. Prior to working with us, she coordinated kayaking experiences for thousands of people, a position she held for eleven years. She enjoys traveling, entertaining, pouring over fashion and interior design publications and blogs, and spending time on their ranch with her love, Joe. Her working knowledge of the Italian language is, how shall we put it, helpful.

favorite travel spot: marrakech, morocco

 
 
 
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Our story is, at its core, a love story.

We met in a bar - more specifically, working in a bar. Bryan was set to move to SF, Alison to Chicago. The night before he left, as his car was being packed, he told Alison how he felt about her. He told her he wouldn’t leave but she, never one to prevent a great adventure, told him he should go and that she had a feeling they would find themselves together one day. A long-distance relationship ensued; the first real date on a road trip from SF to Chicago moving Bryan to Alison to be together. We fell in love and bonded over a shared passion for hospitality, food, and travel. That was fifteen years ago this July.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Since then, we've been fortunate to be able to call Portland, Seattle, Ann Arbor, and glorious SoCal our home. We joined forces as business partners nine years ago, and when we aren't working (and even when we are), you can find us hopping a plane en route to the next great destination on our bucket list. Twenty-two countries down, the rest of the world to go. Our union, both personally and professionally, has been our greatest adventure.

 
 

P.S. Many thanks to BELATHÉE and JENNY QUICKSALL for OUR TRAVEL PHOTOS.