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About Circa

Personally committed to your event success

As just one of The RK Group of companies, a leader in culinary and hospitality services, Circa DMC gives you a spectrum of collective event resources for effective, efficient and fully coordinated destination management programs.

You and your event attendees will benefit from access to our multiple relationships nationwide as well as our own successful affiliate companies, including: Illusions Rentals & Designs; Rosemary's Catering; Flair Floral; RK Design Studio; and related meeting services providers.

With more opportunities for more choices from transportation and logistics to activities and off-site events in any type of setting, Circa DMC has your event covered from opening day to a sensational finale.

Our Team

Lauren Abbl, DMCP, CMP, CIS, CTA
General Manager
480.949.9440

Lauren, a lifelong Arizona resident, is the energetic and talented anchor of our Arizona team. With almost 25 years in the hospitality business and 20 of those focused solely in destination management, she brings a wealth of knowledge of the unique needs of corporate, incentive and association clients. With a strong emphasis on customer service, she has serviced clients on-site in destinations across the country. In her spare time she is an amateur cake decorator and loves spending time with her family.

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Lauren Cooper, CTA 
General Manager
210.224.0926

Lauren, a native of San Antonio, Texas, has been an event planning professional for over 14 years, producing events for countless Fortune 500 companies. With an immense knowledge and understanding of the processes and procedures, she works with her team to create successful events, organize transportation, ensure sales are being generated and keeps everything moving from day to day. Lauren is passionate about making memories and will photograph each and every moment as to capture and save them for years to come.

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Kerin Croft
Jr. Account Executive/Admin
210.403.0528

Jr. Account Executive and Administrative Assistant, Kerin Croft, is a native Texan who began her hospitality career in 1992 within the hotel sales and catering industry.  In 2009, Kerin decided to expand her talents within other areas of hospitality including tourism and destination management.  Joining Circa DMC in 2014, Kerin has ambitiously expanded her knowledge of event planning and destination management skills.  When she is off-the-clock, Kerin enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and three kids.

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Bruce Edwards, CPG, CTA
Transportation Lead Coordinator
210.224.0926

Originally from Missouri, Bruce has called San Antonio home since 1987. Bruce has planned and orchestrated events for many clients throughout the years. He maintains very strong relationships with our vendors and works directly with them to contract what you need. He manages manifests, coordinates the transportation details and is the face of everything in between. His ability and knowledge of the planning process is always reflected in the success of each and every program. He has an eye for every detail and is always on point with the logistical side of the program. Bruce enjoys weekend motorcycle rides and spending time with his three granddaughters.

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Liz Fernandez
Jr. Account Executive/Admin
210.224.0926

Liz Fernandez,a native Cuban and the newest member to our team, has been in the service industry for over ten years. She is highly focused and results-oriented in supporting complex, deadline-driven operations. She provides outstanding customer service and is very detail oriented. She supports our downtown sales executives and will take on anything asked of her without hesitation. She works in partnership with clients to create lasting experiences and guarantee peace of mind using her expertise and solutions-oriented approach. Liz loves DIY projects and spending time with her family.

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Daniel Gifford
Operations Manager
210.224.0926

Daniel Gifford, Operations Manager, who has been with The RK Group for 6 years, works as a liaison between the JW Marriott Resort and Circa/The RK Group to help direct the facilitation of many event aspects, including site visits and decor presentations. He ensures a positive working relationship for all events at the Resort. Daniel's role provides a sense of comfort for the client, as a single point of contact to ensure a flawless execution of their event, that our company is known for. Daniel enjoys challenging himself. He enjoys exercise and learning new Olympic lifts and pushing his body as far as it can go.

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Dale Hahne, DMCP, CIS
Director of Business Development
480.949.9440

Dale is a seasoned executive offering an impressive 25-year background in business development, sales and operations for the corporate event and destination management industries. His extensive experience in event management, destination expertise and incentive/group travel background, gives Dale the knowledge and understanding to provide mentorship, creative solutions and quality customer service. Dale enjoys hiking and outdoor activities with family and friends. He accomplished a life-long dream and summited Mount Kilimanjaro with 15 friends.

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Desiree Hughes, CTA
Program Operations Coordinator
210.224.0926

Desiree has been in the hospitality and customer service industry for over ten years and with the Circa DMC team for over 4 years and counting! Having worked in many facets of the industry including a private FBO, she is afforded the unique knowledge of airports and executive and private transportation. Desiree works side by side with Bruce, also managing manifests, assisting with event and program preparation, planning and execution. In addition to Operations, she handles all of the payroll, event billing and accounting reconciliation functions for all Circa events. With a strong background in finance and accounting, she demonstrates an exceptional level of knowledge with analytical thinking skills. She is a multi-tasker and extremely driven in equal measure by both quality and efficiency. In her free time, she, her husband and two little boys are always on the hunt for the world's best cheeseburger.

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John Wheeler
Dir of Event Production and Design
210.491.5863

John brings to the Circa DMC team a unique spectrum of skills, perspective and global contacts in event facilitation, drawing upon his extensive experience in spectacular productions that showcase celebrity talent, stunning environment design and one-of-a-kind themed settings. His national renown is built on out-of-this-world decor and layout as well as 'interactive concepts', where fixed structures and fantastic elements are combined with movement and real-time action in productions such as his trademark variations on 'flash mobs'. John is still an avid dancer, a talent his family fortunately encouraged from his earliests years in order to direct his high-energy spirit to creative pursuits!

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Rosa Garza
Director of Sales
210.224.0926

Rosa Garza brings nearly 20 years of sales and event experience to her role as Director of Sales at Circa DMC.  Prior to joining The RK Group, Garza served as Sr. Sales Manager at Embassy Suites in San Marcos for eight years, following five years with the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk, and three years with the Omni San Antonio hotel. In these venues Garza successfully led efforts focused on the Texas State and National Association markets, as well as with the corporate and education markets. Prior to her work for the San Antonio hospitality industry, Garza worked for nearly eight years in Corpus Christi for the Omni and Marriott hotels directing group sales.  Garza holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, and an elementary education certificate from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

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