Meet Your Event Partners

Sales + Marketing

Mara Craft
Mara Craft
Director of Sales and Marketing

Mara is a voracious reader. She reads or listens to 6-8 of them a month.

Ashley Auman, CEM
Ashley Auman, CEM
National Sales Manager

Ashley's favorite season is fall because of the cooler weather, football, and pumpkin spice lattes.

Kate Jansen
Kate Jansen
National Sales Manager

Kate's passionate about running and has competed in several marathons.

Lauren Miller
Lauren Miller
Sales Manager

Lauren's bucket list includes diving with sharks in South Africa.

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Tiffany Powell
Sales Manager

Humor is a big part of Tiffany's life. Laughter helps with her optimism and a good dose of it every day keeps her going. 

Mary Deifer
Mary Deifer
Marketing Manager

Mary has a five-star island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and an ever-growing collection of headbands.

Dekedrik Fields
Dekedrik Fields
Marketing Coordinator

Dekedrik has over 200,000 minutes of listening time on Spotify. Usher and Rihanna are among his top artists.

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Kathryn Shorr Johnson
Visual Identity Designer

Kathryn is an avid sneaker collector and has spoken on the Sneakercon panel in 3 states.

Events

Hannah Fuller
Hannah Fuller
Events Manager

Hannah (pronounced "HOHN-ah") is an active needle point crafter and studied classical ballet for fourteen years.

Zenik Hite
Zenik Hite
Events Manager

Zenik (pronounced "ZEN-ihk") can be often be found reading, even at the gas pump.

Liana Ramos-Izquierdo
Liana Ramos-Izquierdo
Events Manager

Liana has seen 20 Broadway productions (and counting) and has performed on stage at Carnegie Hall, Disney, and Universal.

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Lori Shumpert
Event Manager

Lori brings a plethora of event experience with her to RCC, including/to include working as the Front of House Manager at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway for Cirque de Soleil’s musical Paramour.

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Christian Gagnon
Event Coordinator

Christian is a huge movie buff who counts Godzilla (1954) and Princess Mononoke among his favorites.

Centerplate

Jamie Jenkins
Jamie Jenkins
General Manager
Brad Clinton
Brad Clinton
Catering Operations Manager

Brad is a big sports fan. When he was in school, he played on six sports teams a year. 

Samantha Amodio
Samantha Amodio
Catering Sales Manager

Samantha is a certified NC Notary/eNotary and is currently working toward certifications in project management.

Leadership

Kerry Painter
Kerry Painter, CFE/CEM/CMP
RCPAC Director/General Manager

Kerry loves to travel internationally each year. Most recently, she visited Thailand, Singapore, Australia, and Korea.

Rodney Faulk
Rodney Faulk
Assistant General Manager

Rodney loves to hit the links whenever he can and loves the variety that NC golf courses have to offer.

Facilities

Brian Clark
Brian Clark
Director of Operations

Brian's biggest golf accomplishment? A hole-in-one at The Cradle at Pinehurst.

John Hughes
John Hughes
Maintenance and Operations Superintendent

John's favorite month is October. Why? Great fishing, good weather, and his wedding anniversary.

Nici Morgan
Nici Morgan
Maintenance and Operations Superintendent

You've never had better brownies than the ones Nici makes! Her sweets are a staff favorite.

Information Technology/Networking

Andrew Crane
Andrew Crane
Systems Administrator

Andrew lived in Japan for five years after high school while stationed on the USS John McCain and USS Kitty Hawk. He loved the bowls of ramen and seeing the Japanese countryside.

Mike Dreese
Mike Dreese
A/V Technician

Mike and his wife traveled together for ten years for work. They chose to settle down in Raleigh for the weather and have called it home for the past fourteen years.

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Trevor Jordan
Network and Systems Support Specialist

Trevor loves attending concerts and other live events. His first concert was Rod Stewart!

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Alex Bryant
Technology Analyst

Alex performed with a color guard for almost 5 years in high school and college.

Finance

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Laura Knott
Director of Finance

Laura loves to dig for treasures at estate sales. There is a story behind each and every tchotchke and piece of furniture in her home.

Paul Ballance
Paul Ballance
Fiscal Analyst

Paul created a giant scrabble board in college and knows all 107 acceptable 2-letter words.