Donna Minner, President, CMP
A native of Orlando, Donna has worked in the hospitality industry since 1984, beginning as a meeting planner in the real estate market. In 1985 she joined an Orlando based evolving transportation & convention services company. During her 10-year employment, Donna had the opportunity to cultivate technique and learn firsthand how a destination service company grows and changes with client needs. In 1991, she was promoted to GM and was responsible for the overall revenue quota and budget for the Orlando office. In 1992 as a Vice President of the company, with offices in Orlando, Naples and Miami, she gained understanding of behind the scenes logistics, and the ever changing “DMC School of Experience”.
In 1994 Eventures Unlimited was born, and today, this gives her a tremendous advantage directing and setting goals for the company. Her problem solving skills and commitment to the Destination Management profession, combined with the relationships and partnerships she has developed over the past 20 years with clients and suppliers nationwide provides a solid foundation for Eventures. Donna enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, and time with her wonderful family.
Bob Minner, Vice President, CFO
How in the heck do you supplant an engineer into this world of Event and Destination Management? That’s precisely what we did back in March of 1994.
“When I looked in-depth into what makes a program successful, I found a few interesting things. First, the best and most creative events are only a framework until the actual event occurs. The real challenge is to translate those ideas into a plan and execute that plan. That’s where my background allowed me to contribute. I also found that it wasn’t that much different than manufacturing a product. My background and training dictated that it’s not difficult to produce a one-off product given an unlimited budget and it only has to work once. A real product has to be Repeatable, Reliable and Cost Effective. That’s what process and controls bring to the party.”, says Bob Minner.
We have been able to implement those process and quality controls and they have been extremely successful. This gives our clients an opportunity to see that process and understanding of how everything is going to flow. We provide that process to our clients and it removes any uncertainty as they see it happen. Our best and most avid proponents are repeat clients.
Having the controls in place and working company-wide allows Bob to occasionally enjoy his passions for Back-Country Flats fishing and golf. He also enjoys his classic car, motorcycle, home brewing his own beer, and scouring antique shops.
David joined Eventures fulltime after graduating in 2003 with degrees in Business & Audio Production. David brings a wealth of knowledge and capabilities that are unique to the industry. His uniqueness spans from a long history in transportation management, experience in live show production, and crew supervisor for Rainforest Café at Downtown Disney which specializes in high volume food and beverage service. Not only is David a great problem solver, he can also generate complex floor plans using our AutoCAD software. His experiences have helped David secure his own accounts with complex, multiple DMC services in destinations all across the United States. Through traveling, he has been able to experience ranges of different markets and gain valuable knowledge which he applies to Eventures daily, helping the company operate more effectively. When he is not traveling, David enjoys spending time with his wife Erin, two children Cayden & Ashton, and dog Bogey. David is an avid golfer and truly enjoys playing courses all across the United States!
Howard Ragazzo joined Eventures in June of 1997. He grew up in Argentina and came to the US right after college. With his extensive background in transportation management and having been the general manager of a large bus line company earlier in his career, Howard brings valuable experience to the company. He is personable, multi-lingual (Spanish and Portuguese), loves a challenge and interacts very well with clients (not only by meeting, but exceeding their expectations). He enjoys basketball, working out, soccer, and is a life time Miami Dolphins fan.
Cheryl Drury brings over 25 years of experience in public accounting to Eventures Unlimited Inc. Starting a career in accounting, she learned the discipline and attention to detail necessary for bookkeeping and accounting records which “account for” every financial transactions. Cheryl has a broad experience in various industries and in the field of human resources. In 1988, she attended and graduated Seminole State College. Her responsibilities and authority includes: operating of finance and accounting, human resources, payroll and purchasing. The most important part of her life is spending time with family, friends and Golden Retriever (Chaz). Cheryl enjoys the Florida Keys for the water and fishing but also the Great Smoky Mountains in the fall for the majestic views, beautiful colors, and weather.
Lynsey joined Eventures Unlimited after graduating with a degree in Event Management from the University of Central Florida in May of 2014. Her vast knowledge of the Orlando area and aptitude for customer service are strong assets to the Eventures team. Not only is she a pleasure to work with, but Lynsey is proactive, reliable and efficient; all qualities that give her the ability to provide our clients with the service they deserve. When Lynsey is not working, you’ll find her spending time with her fiancé, family and playful French bulldog, Dexter. She also likes to get creative in the kitchen, pursue Orlando’s unique shopping districts and rollerblade around Lake Baldwin.
Bobbi Lynn Castiglione
Bobbi Lynn joined the Eventures team in November 2014 with a degree in Hospitality Management from UCF, and nearly 10 years with Hyatt Hotels. During her time with Hyatt she experienced many roles, and has lived/worked from coast to coast. Including PBX Operator, Front Desk Agent, Night Audit, Guest Services, Room Service, Sales Corporate Management training and finally Group Sales. She’s worked with Hyatt Regency OIA, Grand Hyatt San Diego, Hyatt Regency Baltimore, and Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.
Bobbi Lynn currently resides in Connecticut with her Husband, Erik. She is very excited to work with not only her existing clients in the Northeast, but growing and nourishing new client relationships through the US. In her “Down Time” Bobbi Lynn enjoys time in the kitchen creating and developing her own recipes and developing ideas on how you can bring event décor into your home. She also spends time at CrossFit Relentless, a gym she co-owns with her Husband. Bobbi Lynn is also CF- Level 1 and USAW-Level 1 Certified Trainer.
From a luggage loader to operating programs nationwide, Jesse learned the event management business from the ground up. In June of 2016, he became an Event and Sales Operations Manager. His well-rounded knowledge for the business enables him to be ready for any situation. Quick thinking and problem solving skills are what led to Jesse’s success with Eventures. As a former sales representative for a tourist publication in Orlando/Kissimmee, Jesse learned about everything Orlando has to offer. When he’s not at work, you can find him in the recording studio creating music or riding his bike around International Drive. Jesse also enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family, and his two adorable kittens.
After living in Chicago for over 7 years, Kelly made her way down to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. Shortly after graduating with a degree in Event Management, Kelly joined the Eventures team in June of 2016. Her previous position with the Orlando Magic as a Premium Guest Service Representative helped develop her valued rapport with our clients. In addition to her client relations, Kelly is extremely focused and organized. Her persistence and attention to detail are key assets to the Eventures team. In her free time, Kelly enjoys hanging with friends and family, relaxing at the beach, and going for runs in the beautiful Sunshine State.