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Meet the Team

We can’t wait to work with you

24 Carrots is proud to have the most talented and hardest working team in Southern California. While we all have unique skills and come from different backgrounds, there is one thing we share: A genuine passion for helping people make unforgettable memories together. You’ll love how we treat you like family and make you feel right at home!


NORM BENNETT

Chief Executive Officer

NORM BENNETT

Chief Executive Officer -

This Swiss born, American raised chef-owner traveled all over Europe and the United States working in some of the finest hotels and restaurants after earning his credentials from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. In 2004, Norm channeled his passion for culinary excellence into 24 Carrots catering and events, where his elevated standards made the perfect foundation for success. His background is heavily infused into event menus, where fresh ingredients and memorable cuisine is top priority, and many of his secret recipes are long standing client favorites. Norm is known to be a strong believer in excellent wine, deep sea fishing with his crew, and football season. When he’s not testing out the newest fad dessert or adding to his 180 gallon salt water fish tank, Norm loves spending time with his three grandsons, who he and his wife Sherri refer to as their little soccer team.

Favorite food? I like love it all!

Quote:

We must always remain our biggest competitor.


LAURA FABIAN

Chief Operating Officer

LAURA FABIAN

Chief Operating Officer -

For the past 10 years, Laura has had the opportunity to create and execute an extensive list of events that range from small intimate gatherings, to large public grand openings and unveilings. This hands on experience, combined with a keen eye for detail and a perfectionist’s palette, has helped her guide the 24 Carrots team to success year after year. Earning a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Chapman University, Laura is affectionately referred to as the glue of 24 Carrots – the perfect balance of creativity and purpose. Laura and her husband Dave had the company’s first “baby carrots,” with her sons Hudson and Grayson being a favorite topic of conversation in the office. Often teased for being the most particular eater at 24 Carrots, Laura has a soft spot for butterscotch, Hangar 24 beer, and vanilla-vanilla Sprinkles cupcakes.

Favorite food? Pizza and Ice Cream

Quote:

Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful!


Dave Fabian

Chief Financial Officer

Dave Fabian

Chief Financial Officer -

Dave’s extensive experience in finance and accounting stems from the launch of several successful businesses over the last fifteen years. A graduate of Pepperdine University, he loves the daily challenges and team atmosphere at 24 Carrots that fosters a true family atmosphere. His nose for numbers allows him to work alongside Norm and Laura to effectively guide key business decisions and raise accountability across all departments. Dave never passes on sampling desserts in the office and loves to spend time with his family on days off. His perfect day probably involves the beach, a beer, and a good book.

Favorite food? Filet Mignon and a bold cabernet


JIMMY OLANG

Corporate Chef

JIMMY OLANG

Corporate Chef -

Jimmy's love for cooking was established early on, as he grew up playing "sous chef" to his mother and grandmother during the holiday season. His curiosity was sparked by the Persian food he was around as a child, and this interest turned into a true passion for the kitchen. After graduating with honors from Le Cordon Bleu, Jimmy had his first real taste of chef life, and he knew immediately that it was for him. Jimmy has worked for many prestigious culinary groups, and cooked for the Dave Matthews Band, Paul Okenfold, John Mayer, and Danny DeVito to name a few, but his most invigorating cooking experience was working at Hawkeye Ranch in Wyoming as a personal chef. Jimmy's high standards for excellent cuisine translate seamlessly to the 24 Carrots kitchen, and the best way we know how to thank him is with fresh sashimi!

Favorite food? Sushi and head to tail pig.

Quote:

It's the small things in life.


Nicholas Weber

Executive Chef

Nicholas Weber

Executive Chef -

Favorite food? Bean and cheese burrito

Quote:

If I'm not back in five minutes.....just wait longer!


Jonas Spaugh

Director of Operations

Jonas Spaugh

Director of Operations -

Originally from North Carolina, Jonas has an invaluable work ethic and an infectious positive attitude. As he oversees the daily operations of the production side of 24 Carrots, he is always one step ahead of the team. This enthusiastic Duke fan motivates his team by empowering them to do well, and is always working right alongside them, leading by example. Every salad fork and every packed truck that goes out to events is meticulously cared for due to his diligence and thoughtful precision. Jonas enjoys the company of his faithful dog, Bosco, and though he passes on most desserts in the office, he can never turn down a pie (a la mode of course).

Favorite food? Southern BBQ pulled pork

Quote:

Live life at a Southern pace.


ELISE LUNA

Director of Sales

ELISE LUNA

Director of Sales -

During her many years of professional experience in the event industry, Elise has cultivated her passion for creating events into a fine-tuned expertise and breadth of knowledge that is invaluable to her clients. She began her career in Event Marketing at Nordstrom, managing all aspects of the planning and execution for countless events. Now at 24 Carrots Special Events, Elise has applied her knowledge of planning large-scale, high-end events to creating unforgettable event experiences and providing flawless execution of every event she manages, small and large. Elise is known for her colorful nail art, her love for pumpkin flavored anything, and you may recognize her from her appearances on the Real Housewives of Orange County as Vicki’s 24 carrots Event Designer.

Favorite food? Pumpkin everything

Quote:

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible!


LYNN WAGONER

Director of Venues

LYNN WAGONER

Director of Venues -

Lynn’s passion for parties was lit long ago when she first discovered the joy in executing a well-planned event. It may have just been her high school Homecoming, but it spawned a lifelong love affair. Lynn graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a double major in Psychology and Art and promptly joined Victoria King Public Relations, traveling the world representing luxury hotels and resorts. Her love for planning pulled her away from island hopping 8 years ago and she began her career in the events industry. Lynn joined the 24 Carrots team 6 years ago as an Event Designer, transitioning to Director of Venues 3 years ago as 24 Carrots’ portfolio grew. When Lynn is not busy procuring new venue relationships or finding the perfect venue for our clients, you can find her on adventures with her husband, Kris and daughter Elle. They love to spending time outdoors – be it camping or a Sunday morning champagne brunch. She is also slightly obsessed with her pup, Archimedes Ulysses Wagoner – Archie for short!

Favorite food? Pickles!

Quote:

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.


Arpi Matevosyan

Creative Director

Arpi Matevosyan

Creative Director -

Arpi is the driving force behind the creative processes that go on here at 24 Carrots. She is a Southern California native and UCLA Grad (sorry USC fans) and was the Art & Style Manager for a widely known catering and restaurant group. Arpi strongly feels that you should always add your touch, and truly believes that it is all about the presentation. When she isn’t obsessing over benches (yes, you read that correctly), buttons, polka dots, or bright colors and patterns, Arpi can be found at the happiest place on earth. Most people would think we are referring to Disneyland, but for Arpi, the happiest place on earth is the flower mart.

Favorite food? Carbs, carbs, carbs!

Quote:

Life’s too short to skip dessert.


Carizza Rose Villa

Director of Marketing + PR

Carizza Rose Villa

Director of Marketing + PR -

As a former client, Carizza was a fan of 24 Carrots long before joining the team. After working for a wedding and event planning company, she found her sweet spot at 24 Carrots. Carizza oversees the overall image of the company, and is proud to represent 24 Carrots at industry functions, social events, and fundraisers. She’s rarely spotted without a flower headband or bow in her hair, and is known for her unashamed love of brunch and Star Wars.

Favorite food? Brunch!

Quote:

Food is my love language.


Taryn Albright

Director of Human Resources

Taryn Albright

Director of Human Resources -

When you find out that Taryn is originally from Monterey, you’re not surprised to find out that some of her favorite things include reading, hiking in Big Sur, and moonstones. Though a free spirit at heart, Taryn is known at the office for her commitment to ensuring that all events are appropriately matched with the best staff. Managing over 200 servers and 400 employees is not an easy feat, but she doesn’t let that faze her team approach and open door policy.

Favorite food? Anything with cheese.

Quote:

If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right!


Melissa Chapman

Director of Staff Development

Melissa Chapman

Director of Staff Development -

Melissa is our stickler for all things service. With a history of 19 years in the hospitality industry, Melissa is continually perfecting our service standards and developing our staff the 24 Carrots “way.” No event is too challenging for her, and she leads by example for our staff, with a positive attitude and proactive approach. Melissa is originally from Massachusetts, and therefore, a die-hard New England Patriots fan. She’s also been unanimously voted the best story teller in the office, so good laughs are guaranteed when Melissa is around!

Favorite food? Ketchup or anything I can put ketchup on!

Quote:

You’re never fully dressed without a smile.


Marlin Salazar

Chef de Cuisine

Marlin Salazar

Chef de Cuisine -

Favorite food? Tacos

Quote:

Life is a great big big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can.


Margeaux Aragon

Executive Pastry Chef

Margeaux Aragon

Executive Pastry Chef -

Favorite food? Hot Cheetos

Quote:

Get busy living or get busy dying


Johnny Schoeberl

Executive Sous Chef

Johnny Schoeberl

Executive Sous Chef -

Favorite food? Tito's Tacos

Quote:

It is what it is, deal with it and move on


Lauren Bahler

Pastry Sous Chef

Lauren Bahler

Pastry Sous Chef -

Favorite food? Artichokes

Quote:

Be the reason someone smiles today.


Andrew Carrillo

Sous Chef

Andrew Carrillo

Sous Chef -

Favorite food? Mexican Food

Quote:

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard


Darla Loflin

Culinary Training Assistant

Darla Loflin

Culinary Training Assistant -

Favorite food? All stuffed Pastas, and Chips & Salsa

Quote:

If you have to ask if something is simply 'Good Enough' then it's not


Scott Luebcke

Purchasing Manager

Scott Luebcke

Purchasing Manager -


Kimberlyn Richardson

Senior Venue + Event Manager

The Yost Theater

Kimberlyn Richardson

Senior Venue + Event Manager -

Quote:

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.


Nicole Gagnon

Senior Venue + Event Manager

The Colony House

Nicole Gagnon

Senior Venue + Event Manager -

Favorite food? Poutine

Quote:

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world - Tolkien


Shelby Honeycutt

Venue + Event Manager

Huntington Bay Club

Shelby Honeycutt

Venue + Event Manager -

Favorite food? Cheese.

Quote:

Be happy, and a reason will come along.


Melissa Keller

Venue + Event Manager

Franciscan Gardens

Melissa Keller

Venue + Event Manager -

Favorite food? Smoothies

Quote:

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire


Sarah Lawson

Venue + Event Manager

Ole Hanson Beach Club

Sarah Lawson

Venue + Event Manager -

Favorite food? There is no better feeling than biting into a perfectly-cooked hamburger that’s loaded with delicious fresh ingredients!

Quote:

Good eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures.


Kara Felten

Venue + Event Manager

Rancho Las Lomas

Kara Felten

Venue + Event Manager -

Favorite food? Ice Cream

Quote:

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.


Michele Maney Davis

Senior Catering + Event Specialist

Michele Maney Davis

Senior Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Lobster, lobster, and lobster!!

Quote:

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you are doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.


Amanda Bartel

Catering + Event Specialist

Amanda Bartel

Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Tied between artichokes and filet mignon

Quote:

People who love to eat are always the best people.


Maggie McDowell

Catering + Event Specialist

Maggie McDowell

Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Sushi


Sarah Nye

Catering + Event Specialist

Sarah Nye

Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Meatballs and sauce

Quote:

Take care of all of your memories. You cannot relive them.- Bob Dylan


Hannah Penprase

Catering + Event Specialist

Hannah Penprase

Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Fruit & cheesecake

Quote:

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything


Chelsea Cook

Catering + Event Specialist

Chelsea Cook

Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Coffee, tacos, and sweets.

Quote:

Life’s too short to drink bad coffee.


Shane Fitzgerald

Catering + Event Producer

Shane Fitzgerald

Catering + Event Producer -

Favorite food? Wine and cheese (goat cheese in particular)

Quote:

You have to laugh — especially at yourself.


Marielle Sanders

Venue + Event Producer

Marielle Sanders

Venue + Event Producer -

Favorite food? Poke and Ice Cream!

Quote:

The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling


Madison Torres

Venue + Event Producer

Madison Torres

Venue + Event Producer -

Favorite food? Buffalo Wings

Quote:

To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone & a funny bone


Kiara Paul

Venue + Event Producer

Ole Hanson Beach Club

Kiara Paul

Venue + Event Producer -

Favorite food? Enchiladas

Quote:

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.


Stephanie Ryan

Venue + Event Producer

Huntington Bay Club

Stephanie Ryan

Venue + Event Producer -

Favorite food? Mexican and Acai Bowls

Quote:

Don't be eye candy, Be Soul Food


Katie Boddy

Venue + Event Producer

Franciscan Gardens

Katie Boddy

Venue + Event Producer -

Favorite food? Avocado Toast

Quote:

Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. - Julia Child


Kayleigh Meech

Venue + Event Assistant

Franciscan Gardens

Kayleigh Meech

Venue + Event Assistant -


Erandi Morales Foster

Catering + Event Assistant

Erandi Morales Foster

Catering + Event Assistant -

Favorite food? Mom’s chicken soup

Quote:

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.


Monica Wilkinson

Catering + Event Assistant

Monica Wilkinson

Catering + Event Assistant -

Favorite food? Tacos and Maragritas

Quote:

Mind your own buiscuits and life will be gravy


Alyse Russell

Catering + Event Assistant

Alyse Russell

Catering + Event Assistant -

Favorite food? Tuna Melts

Quote:

If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane. - Robert Frost


Jessica Strydom

Creative Marketing Assistant

Jessica Strydom

Creative Marketing Assistant -

Favorite food? Pasta

Quote:

Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow - Vincent van Gogh


Lyndsey Heidrich

Human Resources Assistant

Lyndsey Heidrich

Human Resources Assistant -

Favorite food? Anything with Avocado

Quote:

Stay positive; stay hungry


Laurie Alvarado

Staffing Manager

Laurie Alvarado

Staffing Manager -

Favorite food? Ribs

Quote:

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.


Lynn Ferguson

Accounting

Lynn Ferguson

Accounting -

Favorite food? Greek and my Bee's Honey

Quote:

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.- John Muir


Heather Lozano

Accounting

Heather Lozano

Accounting -

Favorite food? my mom's homemade tacos

Quote:

I can't settle for just anything, my daughters are watching me


Amber Weber

Office Manager

Amber Weber

Office Manager -

Favorite food? Cheese + Champagne

Quote:

But I always say, one's company, two's a crowd, and three's a party -Andy Warhol


Trina VanVianen

Receptionist + Administrative Assistant

Trina VanVianen

Receptionist + Administrative Assistant -

Favorite food? Sushi & Mexican Food

Quote:

Never regret a day in your life: good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons, and best days give memories


John Chambers

Supervisor

Set Crew Division

John Chambers

Supervisor -

Favorite food? BBQ meat

Quote:

It always feels impossible until it's done


Jeff Drobik

Supervisor

Operations Division

Jeff Drobik

Supervisor -

Favorite food? Manicotti

Quote:

It’s like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory. -Bruce Lee


Chris Wells

Supervisor

Operations Division

Chris Wells

Supervisor -

Favorite food? Pizza

Quote:

Smooth seas don’t make skilled sailors


Rigo Vega

Supervisor

Delivery Division

Rigo Vega

Supervisor -

Favorite food? Pretzels, Sushi and Tacos

Quote:

If you are going to do something do it well


London Walker

Supervisor

Linen Division

London Walker

Supervisor -

Favorite food? Coffee, vodka and pizza

Quote:

Stay weird.


Daniel Pabigian

Bar Manager

Daniel Pabigian

Bar Manager -

Favorite food? Shish kabob

Quote:

We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are. - Bill Waterson


Nicole Crawford

Operations Assistant

Delivery Division

Nicole Crawford

Operations Assistant -

Favorite food? Wine, coffee and chocolate

Quote:

Inside every person you know, there's a person you don't know.


Keith Edwards

Production Manager

Keith Edwards

Production Manager -

Favorite food? Sushi

Quote:

Morality is the judgement to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price.