Brandis Protenic is our newest addition to Team AOO Events. Born in Newport Beach, and raised in the west Texas town of El Paso, Brandis returned to Southern California to pursue a culinary career. When she quickly realized her love of food and beauty regimen didn’t quite translate to 4:00 AM bakery wake-up calls she took her passion to a new direction in special events where she found a home for the last 15 years. An even split of left-brain and right-brain Brandis brings both creative and keen logistics planning to her events. Having worked in hotel conference services and program development in the DMC sector Brandis brings well rounded knowledge corporate and social events paired with superior customer service as the Director of Business Development for AOO Events.
Brandis recently answered our signature ten questions, which gives us a wealth of insight into her fun, creative personality.
How did you get started in the special events industry?
As a young girl I always dreamed of being a chef. When I realized 4AM bakery calls and hot kitchens didn’t work with my daily make-up routine, I transitioned into front of house working my way through restaurants and hotels and thus my passion for customer service erupted. Special events gives my part creative and part type-A control-freak personality the perfect balance.
What is your favorite sports team in LA?
Dodgers, Bruins and Lakers in that order.
Favorite museum in LA?
The Getty museum will always be a favorite but the new Broad museum downtown is a close second.
Rooftop pool or indoor pool?
Rooftop pool how else can I work on my tan and take in the City of Angels.
What is your favorite brunch spot in LA?
Cecconi’s Brunch in West Hollywood. The porchetta ham benedict hits the spot after a long weekend.
Favorite cocktail trend of all time?
A fan of all things vodka I’m obsessed with Moscow mules plus the copper mug is a great accessory to any outfit.
What is your favorite annual event in LA?
Awards Season in spring.
What destination would you recommend for a nearby staycation?
I love the desert heat so a quick skip over to Palm Springs is perfection to me. I love renting an AirBNB house with pool so my friends and I can relax poolside all day. Then at night head into town for dinner and walk the Thursday night farmers market for local art work.
What is your favorite venue in LA?
I love the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Tudor architecture, amazing city views, sprawling gardens and a storied history of mystery and scandal.
If you could work on any special event in the world, which one would it be and why?
Carnival in Brazil. Who could say no to a week long party filled with over the top costumes, music and celebrations.