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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

Founder

NORM BENNETT

Founder -

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 Executive Officer

LAURA FABIAN

Chief Executive 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


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 Business Development

LYNN WAGONER

Director of Business Development -

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 and she began her career in the events industry in 2006. Lynn joined the 24 Carrots team in 2009 as an Event Designer, transitioning to Director of Venues and now our Director of Business Development. When Lynn is not busy procuring new relationships, you can find her on adventures with her husband, Kris, and kids Elle and Bodhi. They love to spend 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.


Carizza Rose Villa

Director of Marketing + Creative

Carizza Rose Villa

Director of Marketing + Creative -

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.


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.


Darla Loflin

Kitchen Administrator

Darla Loflin

Kitchen Administrator -

Favorite food? All stuffed Pastas, and Chips & Salsa

Quote:

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


Kimberlyn Richardson

Senior Catering + Event Manager

Kimberlyn Richardson

Senior Catering + Event Manager -

Quote:

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.


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.


Nicole Gagnon

Director of Special Events

[AV] Irvine

Nicole Gagnon

Director of Special Events -

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


Chelsea Cook

Venue + Event Manager

The Colony House

Chelsea Cook

Venue + Event Manager -

Favorite food? Coffee, tacos, and sweets.

Quote:

Life’s too short to drink bad coffee.


Sarah Nye

Venue Manager

Rancho Las Lomas

Sarah Nye

Venue Manager -

Favorite food? Meatballs and sauce

Quote:

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


Shane Fitzgerald

Venue + Event Manager

The Yost and The 1912

Shane Fitzgerald

Venue + Event Manager -

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

Quote:

You have to laugh — especially at yourself.


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.


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


Heather Brebner

Catering + Event Specialist

Heather Brebner

Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Thai Panang Curry.. Extra Spicy!

Quote:

Never let anyone treat you like a yellow starburst.. you are a pink starburst!


Arielle Ortega

Catering + Event Specialist

Arielle Ortega

Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Mediterranean + Mexican + Sour candy

Quote:

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance. - Oprah


Elizabeth LaMothe

Catering + Event Specialist

Elizabeth LaMothe

Catering + Event Specialist -

Favorite food? Potatoes in any style

Quote:

Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway. -Eleanor Roosevelt


Kayleigh Meech

Catering + Event Producer

Kayleigh Meech

Catering + Event Producer -

Favorite food? Sushi and Ice Cream

Quote:

All you need is love. But a little dessert now and then doesn’t hurt!


Beth Schallert

Venue Producer

Rancho Las Lomas

Beth Schallert

Venue Producer -

Favorite food? Burgers

Quote:

If at first you don't succeed, order pizza.


Lyndsey Heidrich

Human Resources Assistant

Lyndsey Heidrich

Human Resources Assistant -

Favorite food? Anything with Avocado

Quote:

Stay positive; stay hungry


Alyssa Hayes

Staffing Manager

Alyssa Hayes

Staffing Manager -

Favorite food? Bacon

Quote:

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn. - Benjamin Franklin


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


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

Manager

Set Crew Division

John Chambers

Manager -

Favorite food? BBQ meat

Quote:

It always feels impossible until it's done


London Walker

Manager

Linen Division

London Walker

Manager -

Favorite food? Coffee, vodka and pizza

Quote:

Stay weird.


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.


Andres Manzo

Sales Consultant

Crafted

Andres Manzo

Sales Consultant -

Favorite food? Tequila

Quote:

If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.