People

Meet the team members of Axiom Event Productions


Brad Nelson

Owner

About

Owner Brad Nelson has a passion for events and the experiences they create. With over 10 years of event work, he has an eye for the details, the small stuff that few see, but are important to a memorable event. Before founding Axiom, he worked for the Portland Jazz Festival, Bridge Pedal and Good Sport Promotion.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

Dream Event to Work On: The World Cup

Suggested Fun Reading: FastCoExist

Neal Armstrong

Owner

About

Neal is a seasoned event and volunteer management professional with 12 years experience and over 120 large-scale events produced. In that time, he has managed more than 15,000 volunteers and served more than 900,000 participants and spectators.

With a deep understanding of event planning and management, 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 and sustain fun and productive partnerships with non-profit, for-profit and public-sector clients. Focusing on the client relationship and mission are paramount 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

Phil Barber

Event Manager

About

Phil has organized events, volunteers and communities for 16+ years. A native of Washington, DC, he studied and practiced political science, conflict resolution and community organizing around the world before making Portland, OR his home in 2006. Since then, Phil has focused on local politics, bicycle activism, disaster management and event production.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

Dream Event to Work On: The Summer Olympics

Suggested Fun Listening: 99% Invisible

Ricky Chewning

Production Manager

About

Splitting his festival and event experience between Fort Worth and Portland, Ricky moved to PDX full time in 2011. He brings over 20 years of experience and specializing in operations and logistics.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

Dream Events to Work On:Todos Santos Music Festival

Suggested Fun Listening: Instructables

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.

Ashley Lance

Production Assistant

About

Ashley is a east coast native with a west coast heart. She studied Hospitality Management and Marketing in da Yoop aka Northern Michigan University. She has six years of event experience, ranging from managing a food cart to managing Filmed by Bike, with her favorite being a race series called Alleycross. You can find her on her bike racing cyclocross for the BeerMongers, riding long distances, filling her passport with new stamps, or napping on the couch with her two kittens, Dave and Dee.

Fun Facts

Other Interests:

  • She loves all things PNW, from bikepacking to yoga to cooking seasonally.
  • Good Coffee + Donuts (Coco’s are the current favorite).
  • Superhero Movies (X-men are her favorite).
Dream Events to Work On: Would be to lead a group of women on a bike tour across the US.
Suggested Fun Listening: The Moth

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