People

Meet the team members of Axiom Event Productions


Neal Armstrong

Owner

About

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.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

Dream Event to Work On: The WEEKLY Sunday Parkways event series

Suggested Fun Reading: Radio Lab Blogland

Brad Nelson

Owner

About

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.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

Dream Event to Work On: The World Cup

Suggested Fun Reading: FastCoExist

Erin Roden

Production Manager

About

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.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

Dream Events to Work On: The Met Gala
Suggested Fun Reading: Dickens. All of it.

Tonya Oyala

Event Manager

About

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.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

  • Her abnormally large and fluffy cat, Finn
  • Green practices/sustainability
  • Volunteer work in youth athletics

Dream Event to Work On: Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona

Suggested Fun Reading: The Onion

Sean Baston

Event Production Manager

About

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.

Interests:

  • Mountaineering
  • Scuba Diving
  • Hiking, Backpacking, and people that know the difference

Dream Event to Work On: Burning Man

Recommended Website: https://www.stumptownevents.org/

Dylan Mackey

Production Manager

About

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.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

  • Digital

Suggested Fun Reading: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Serena Dressel

Community Engagement Manager

About

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.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

  • GPSEN (Board member) and Sustainability
  • Sense of Place (Research)
  • Hiking with her Goldendoodle
  • Traveling
Dream Events to Work On: An ecotourism experience abroad
Suggested Fun Reading: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen