Neal is a seasoned event and volunteer management professional with 17 years experience and over 120 large-scale events produced. Neal enjoys designing and producing creative, efficient and budget-conscious operation plans that build successful, memorable and sustainable events. Neal’s professional goals are to create fun and productive partnerships, focusing on the client relationship and mission in his approach to business.
Owner Brad Nelson has a passion for events and the experiences they create. With over 15 years of event work, he has an eye for the details, the small stuff that few see, but are important to a memorable event.
Erin comes to event management from a background in outdoor education. Erin managed staff and ran programs for OMSI’s outdoor school and summer camp programs for 10 years; working with students and teachers, hiring and training staff, and planning programs. She also spent 2 summers at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show as the deck manager.
Tonya is one of the rare Portlanders that was born and raised the area. She has a deep appreciation for the region and the outdoor activities that are so abundant here. Tonya brings over 13 years of various types of event experience to the team. She lives and breathes athletic events—having worked on cycling and running events since 2012, and as an avid participant in triathlons, running, and cycling events of all distances.
Dream Event to Work On: Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona
Suggested Fun Reading: The Onion
Sean believes in a world where people can come together as a community of self expression in fun, creative, and free street theater. A native of the Pacific North West, Sean has been involved in interactive street art events here in Portland for nearly ten years. As board president of Stumptown events, Sean has experience organizing tours, backpacking trips, and costume-themed dance parties.
Dream Event to Work On: Burning Man
Recommended Website: https://www.stumptownevents.org/
Dylan spent the last 20 years as a Front of House engineer and Tour Manager, working with over 60 bands including M.I.A, Ratatat, Modest Mouse, and Bright Eyes. In 2005 Dylan started The Norman Music Festival, a non-profit music festival with over 50,000 attendees in his home town of Norman, Oklahoma. He once managed a couple of bands and swears never again.
Suggested Fun Reading: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Serena Dressel is passionate about supporting community-oriented events through relationship building. Serena graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Indigenous Nation Studies, with her studies focusing on cultural and human geography, and community development. Serena was born in Lincoln City, Oregon and has spent all of her life in Oregon. Serena previously coordinated volunteers for Portland State University’s Student Sustainability Center Volunteer Program.