Peak Events is an award winning event planning and production company in Northern Arizona that focuses on the planning, coordination, and production of premier events. Peak Events was started out of a passion, drive and enthusiasm for the events we create. Owned by mother/daughter team, Debbi and Jennifer Grogan, our goal is to offer each client an experience that is unforgettable, unique and flawless. We work hard, laugh often, and invest all energy into the creation of unforgettable events. We want our clients to enjoy the creation, implementation and execution of their event, so we approach every event consultation as an opportunity to make future friends – so get to know us, after all, you probably will never forget us, or the events we produce.
Debbi Grogan, a fifth generation Arizonan, started Peak Events in 2001 after spending most of her career in the nonprofit world. Realizing that life is too short not to have fun every day, Debbi transferred her extensive fundraising and event planning skills into Peak Events, finding the perfect outlet for her creative and outgoing personality. Debbi spent the first years of the business focusing on social events, and in 2008 expanded the business to include her love of festivals which has resulted in the Flagstaff Oktoberfest, Rock the House and the Flagstaff Blues and Brews. Debbi is always thinking of another festival to bring to Northern Arizona, so stay tuned. Debbi is active in the Flagstaff community as well as serving on the NAU Alumni Board, and when not working on events, can be found in her garden, on the golf course, or at Lake Powell which she fondly nicknamed her happy place. You can contact Debbi here or by phone at 928-606-5601.
Jennifer grew up in Flagstaff and has been involved with Peak Events since its inception. While attending NAU, Jennifer and her sorority sisters were hired for events and from day one, she knew this was something she wanted to do. After graduating from NAU in Public Relations and Advertising, Jennifer helped with the marketing of the business, while gaining experience as a marketing manager for both an online company and a local engineering firm. In 2009, Jennifer joined Peak Events as a partner and started producing Rock the House and the Flagstaff Oktoberfest. In 2010, Jennifer found an excellent fit to her organizational skills when Peak Events began producing conferences. Jennifer has a unique ability to keep committees and groups organized and on schedule which has proven invaluable when working on conferences. 2013 Peak Events began producing the successful Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival. In 2014 Jennifer helped produce the Mountain Country Music Festival. Jennifer is actively involved with the Flagstaff Community, as a board member of Goodwill of Northern Arizona and on the Parks and Recreation Commission.When Jennifer isn’t busy planning events, she enjoys snow skiing, spending time with her Boxer, Duke and also spending time at Lake Powell. You can contact Jennifer here or by phone at 928-606-7600.
Krista is a full time student at NAU, she is majoring in Hotel Restaurant Management. Krista has an interest in planning mostly weddings but is open to planning all types of events. In her downtime she enjoys hiking with her dogs, shopping and trying new restaurants around flagstaff. Krista is looking forward to gaining experience in the event planning field and working and learning from the Peak Events team.
Hi! My name is Emalynn Johnson and I am a senior at Northern Arizona University. I am a Hotel and Restaurant Management major with an emphasis in Event Planning, and a minor in Business. After college, I hope to become an event planner, and I would like to specialize in concert planning, benefit planning, or weddings. Although, if the opportunity arose I would absolutely love to plan events with Disney, as I have worked for the company before (and adored it). I am so excited to have the opportunity to be working with all of the wonderful ladies here at Peak Events, and I can’t wait for the endless learning opportunities this internship will bring me.
My name is MacKenzie King and I was born in Henderson, Nevada, but raised in Mesa, Arizona! I am currently a senior studying Business Marketing with minors in Spanish and Anthropology. After graduating, I hope to make my way close to a beach in California. I joined Peak Events to learn about event planning and what it takes to successfully create a fun, entertaining event –I began in April, 2017 and I have already learned a tremendous amount and I’m excited to learn so much more. My interests include anything with sugar, my sweet French bulldog Piper, and the outdoors!
Rebecca "Becca" Klein
Hi, my name is Rebecca Klein and I am excited to start my work with Peak Events. I am a sophomore at Northern Arizona University and I am currently studying Hotel and Restaurant Management. I plan on getting a Minor in Marketing and a Certificate in Event Planning in order to be able to pursue my dream of becoming an event planner. I started discovering my passion for event planning while working on events during my senior year of High School. I am so excited for what’s to come while being a part of this team and to absorb all I can about this industry!
Hi, my name is Jasmine Landavazo! I am a hotel and restaurant management major with a minor in business. I am 19 years old and a freshman at Northern Arizona University. I have experience in event planning and can’t wait to see what I learn from Peak Events. I love event planning, therefore I hope to receive a certificate in it. I love traveling, trying new food, and spending time with my adorable dog, Austin.
Elizabeth "Libby" Litten
My name is Libby Litten, born and raised in Ventura, California! I am currently a freshman studying Hotel and Restaurant Management, with a certificate in Event Planning. Hoping to steer more into just event planning in the future. Starting at Peak Events seem like the best way to learn and find out what it really takes to put on a great event. I am beginning in January of 2018 and can’t wait to start and learn more!
Hello! My name is Melina Theriault, I am 21 years old, and I am currently a senior at Northern Arizona University and will be graduating this Spring semester of 2018. I will have obtained my BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management and will also have received a certificate in Event Planning Management. I am originally from Flagstaff Arizona which makes me want even more to step out of my small town bubble and work on as many events as possible in or out of state. My goal for my future career is to eventually move away from Flagstaff and work possibly in the music industry helping to organize concerts or festivals! My options remain quite open though as I am willing to try out anything new. Peak Events has been a great experience for me and I am learning from the company every day.
Hello! My name is Kira Tucker and I’m a freshman at NAU. I plan on getting my degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management with an Event Management Certificate. I am also double majoring in French with a minor in Business. I have always wanted to be an event planner, and hopefully one day own my business. I am currently Special Events Chair for Alpha Delta Pi at NAU. I love singing, playing tennis, and writing stories for my blog.
Hi, my name is Shelby Vega! I am an International Hospitality Management major with a minor in Tourism and Leisure Planning and I am currently in my sophomore year at NAU. Two things that I’ve always felt most passionate about have been helping people and traveling, which led me to the hospitality industry. After realizing the importance of event planning and the ability it has, to bring people together, I knew it was the segment of the hospitality industry that I wanted to work in. I’m excited to learn everything I can about event planning, from Peak Events, and I can’t wait to get started!
Past Interns - "Where Are They Now?"
- I worked for Peak Events during the 2015-2016 academic year.
- Currently Elizabeth is in her last semester of grad school at University of San Diego, getting her masters in Higher Education Leadership.
- ”Peak Events helped me develop skills to use in my future career which will be Student Affairs. Although my whole job isn’t event planning technically, I now get to help my students at the college I work at plan their own events and I feel confident that I’m steering them in the right direction because of everything that I learned through interning at Peak Events”
- Worked for Peak Events from the beginning of my sophomore year (September 2015) to the end of my Junior Year (June 2017).
- Emily is currently finishing up her senior year and getting ready to graduate in May! She is also working for NAU Summer Camps & Conferences as a Conference Planning Supervisor, and will be staying here in Flagstaff after graduation to work here for a few years!
- ”Peak Events was a really unique internship and gave me the chance to experience many different types of events. With 2 Oktoberfest’s, 2 Blues & Brews, 2 Star Parties, a wedding, and even some corporate parties and a fundraiser, I got to really get a grasp of different events and what I want to pursue for my career. I learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of, as well as what I need to work on. Peak Events definitely made me stronger and gave me an amazing introduction into the world of events!”
- Worked 2017-2018, not quite a full year.
- Kyrstin is currently a restaurant manager at one of the highest volume Old Spaghetti Factory locations, San Diego. No social life at the moment due to a rigorous training program.
- ”Peak Events gave me the first opportunity in a work environment to experience being delegated to complete projects and complete them with positive results all on my own. It also gave me the opportunity to oversee and lead/instruct a team to perform specific duties. These were such valuable tools going into a management role where I will have to execute projects on my own as well as lead a team of people to work together towards success on a busy evening.”
- Worked for the summer for 2015
- Meredith is currently working full time at University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls as the Aquatics and Certifications Coordinator. She is also pursuing her Masters degree in Public Health. In her “free” time she’s enjoying training for a half marathon and another relay running race. Meredith enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and taking advantage of times where she can sit and read a book for leisure.
- ”Peak Events had some big benefits for me that helped me progress personally and in my field. Personally, it helped my self confidence, to make a situation, and act on that situation. I had that confidence that I didn’t need all the direction provided to me and going with what I felt was the right approach or decision. It helped me professionally because this helps a tremendous amount with my current position. I do not have another assistant with me to bounce off ideas or how to go about tasks. I need to make those decisions and be pleased with it. Marketing and communication skills also translate to my job right now as well. I run two programs and in order for those programs to be effective I need to advertise to the right audience and communicate well.”
- Worked the summer of 2015.
- Jordan is about to graduate with her English literature degree in spring and will be teaching in 2019!
- “Peak events helped me with my leadership and organizational skills that are absolutely essential for teachers to have.”
- Worked from January-December of 2017
- Currently Ashley is working in Orlando, FL participating in the Disney college program.
- Working at the Magic Kingdom at a restaurant as a hostess
- ”I am looking to find my way into events at Disney and working at Peak Events has given me different skills and experience to help prepare me to put together events for a company like Disney.”
- Worked from 2014-2015
- Brooke is currently living in Austin TX as the operations manager for a hotel ran by Interstate Hotels & Resorts
- ”Peak events helped me to get to where I am now by giving me a chance to work in events when I had very little events knowledge or experience, they took a chance on me. They taught me a lot about sponsorship and the hard work that goes in to the type of productions that they put on. One day I hope to get back into the events side of hospitality because of Peak Events!”
- Worked with Peak Events from January 2017 – January 2018
- Lauren is a senior, and the student body president at NAU (why she had to stop interning)
- ”Peak events helped me to develop event planning skills, organizational tactics, some of the best mentors in Flagstaff, and great memories planning the events and staffing them. Such an amazing experience”
- 2010-still currently involved but not as an intern
- Communications and administration for a church in Mesa,AZ.
- “Helped beef up my resume and show that I can handle coordination with great detail!”
- I think spring 2013
- I am a National Team Sales Manager at Trunk Club in Dallas.
- Peak Events taught me the value of good management and going after what you want.
- Worked for Peak Events in 2017
- Currently working full time at Tucson Federal Credit Union and also finishing her communications degree with a minor in psychology at the UofA Online. Also, recently started a lifestyle/beauty blog and Jackie is working on making that profitable!
- ”Peak events helped me get here by helping me better understand how a business works and really learning how to pay attention to details. I never knew how much work really goes into making a business run or even running an event like Blues and Brews. I’ve become a lot more appreciative of how small businesses get going as well from working for peak events even as trying to make my own online blog work and earn me money”
- Worked for Peak Events for about 2 years
- Brianna is not currently working, but is a stay at home mom
- ”Peak Events helped me just in my daily life. On how to be organized when just planning something simple from a dinner party to a birthday party, always be prepared!”
- I worked for Peak Events for about 10 months during my senior year!
- Currently Mackenzie is an Event and Sales Coordinator at a entertainment facility in Mesa. She mainly work on booking team building programs/smaller events for corporate groups, ASU teams & clubs, large church youth groups and other organizations. Also participated in the planning process of larger scale events such as high school Grad Nights, Sweet 16 birthday parties, corporate holiday parties, etc. Additionally Mackenzie is in charge of the companies entire social media presence so daily she is working on coming up with new content and posting/keeping our social media accounts active and updated!
- ”Peak Events definitely helped me gain the experience I needed to land the position I am in today. I was exposed to so many different elements of planning both large and small scale events from the brainstorming phase all the way to the actual event. Working on Oktoberfest was an awesome experience and taught me a lot about running huge festival style events, which sadly I’m not currently doing but would love to again at some point. But the biggest thing Peak Events helped me learn was that no matter what when working with a team communication is KEY!!!”
- Worked for Peak Events for roughly 2 years
- Meghann currently works as an Event Management Voyager for the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. It is essentially a Manager-in-Training program for recent graduates. She trained for a few months in each supervisory/managerial role in the Banquet and Event Management departments at this property.
- ”Peak Events was my first introduction into the Event Planning world. While it was mainly social events, it allowed me to familiarize myself with the concept of creating and maintaining relationships with vendors, sponsors, and internal and external clientele. I got the unique perspective of a family-owned business built from the ground up that was highly regarded within the community. Having this experience gave me opportunities that led to the amazing job I have now.”
Haley Van Dyke
- Worked from May 2012-October 2014
- Haley is currently an account manager and on-site coordinator for The Color Run. She love bringing on fun brands and sponsors to our events. Haley enjoys the fast pace environment of events and creating memorable experiences for participants.
- ”Peak Events lined me up for success in events by allowing me to experience first hand working with sponsors and local business which allowed me to gain connections in the community. They believed in me and encouraged me in the events world and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”
- Started August 2014 and will still show up from time to time for events!
- Lindsey is currently working as Field Marketing Specialist for Peter Piper Pizza.
- “Peak Events gave me a solid start! They helped me find my passion for community events and festivals. I had been working for the YMCA for a bit as their event coordinator but if it wasn’t for Jen and Deb I wouldn’t have got my feet wet with Municipal. Because of them building me up my professor selected me to be the coordinator for the PRM class where we plan a St. Patrick’s Day Parade… Where my current boss saw my potential and said I need to apply for this Field Marketing Job with Peter Piper Pizza.
- I really can’t thank Peak enough for all the opportunities they have given me. They have truly helped me grow as a planner, a leader, and as a Community Liaison.”
- Worked for Peak Events for one year
- Currently, Megan is a Event Coordinator at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
She deals with a wide variety of clientele- from the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau to companies such as Amgen and For the Troops. Megan is also a wedding coordinator for her church (Moorpark Presbyterian Church), there wasn’t a lot to work with in this position so she is working on developing a contract and some marketing material.
- ”Peak Events helped me get to where I am now in so many ways. By working for Peak Events I learned so much about event planning and management. I learned what goes in to hosting large scale events and how to facilitate those events. I learned how stressful events can be and how to control that stress, especially when I’m tired. What I got most out working for Peak Events which I never expected was confidence. I grew in my confidence of knowledge and experience and now can be confident in decisions I make and how things should be managed. I am so grateful for this company and my experience with Peak Events.”
- I am working as a design assistant for Herron Interior Design and Heath’s Paint Center. Really involved in my community church and serving as a CARES team member with Apartment life at the Bella properties here in Flagstaff, AZ.
- Peak Events helped me get a real good understanding on how to communicate and organize tasks more effectively . This helps me greatly, especially in my field with having to communicate with many vendors, manufactures, workrooms and most importantly our clients. Learning to network and how to schedule things for our clients projects.