Team of Experts

We recognize that for you to be successful, you need support

At Hyatt, we know that fully supported planners make for a seamless event experience. That’s why we provide extensive support for whatever kind of event you’re planning.

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Jennifer Warnstedt

Director of Events & Event Services

Jennifer “Jen,” is a seasoned Sales and Event leader with a passion and focus on relationship development, innovative planning, quality events, collaboration and growing team goals and revenue.


Team of Experts

Kristin C. - Events

Kristin Carter

Kristen is the newest Events team member, but not new to Events.  Her experience with the wedding and local event market help round out our team.  On days off, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.


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Louis Vivas

Senior Event Planning Manager

Louis has an extensive hospitality background. He started his career with Hyatt, left to work for Marriott, and is recently back with the Hyatt family. When he is not at the hotel, you can find him golfing, traveling or cooking.


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Luis Lara

Event Planning Manager

Born in Los Angeles, and raised in Scottsdale Arizona, Luis studied Hospitality and has worked in 5 Hyatt properties all over the country and in various departments. He enjoys live music, running, and spontaneous road trips.  


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Erin Hutchinson

Advanced Event Planning Administrator

Erin has worked for Hyatt for over 16 years and counting.  Originally from Honolulu, she has lived in the Phoenix area for 20+ years.  She enjoys spending time with her family and trips to the beach.


Chef Jesse

Jesse McDannell

Executive Chef

Chef Jesse has an impressive 18-year Hyatt career, working in cities across the country from Atlanta to San Francisco. He is passionate about food and incorporating local into our cuisine.  Originally from New York, he and his wife enjoy traveling, playing golf and trying new restaurants.  


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Josh Valenzuela

Director of Event Services

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Cassie Holmes

Banquet Captain

Cassie has been with the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale for 27 years.  She began her career while attending Arizona State University for secondary education and has remained ever since. When Cassie is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening and reading. 


Shauna M. - Banquets

Shauna McKallor

Banquet Captain

Shauna has been with the Hyatt for 34 years. She began at the Hyatt while attending ASU and received her degree in Communications.  When she's not working and juggling mom duties, Shauna enjoys skiing, playing tennis and the outdoor activities Arizona has to offer!



We’ve established a partnership with these vendors that have a proven track record of working with our hotel and customers to deliver successful events. We’ve done the research and put them to the test, so you don’t have to!

Bespoke Arizona DMC


Bespoke Arizona DMC, believes in curating custom-tailored, world-class Arizona experiences that exceed expectations for clients and guests alike. A one-stop resource for all your Arizona destination needs.

Contact: Monique Rife

Tel: 480-212-6342

Email: monique@bespokedmc.com

The Destination Manager


The Destination Manager is your trusted go-to for any + all Arizona destination planning needs. Locally based + seasoned with Southwest knowledge, we open the doors to unveil authentic Arizona experiences that delight the senses + invigorate the mind.

Tel: 480-481-3471

Email: nicole@thedestinationmanager.com

Blue Media


BlueMedia is the premiere decor, fabrication and technology execution company for venues and experiential activations. We bring your vision to life flawlessly.

Contact: RJ Orr

Tel: 480-227-4653

Email: RJ.Orr@bluemedia.com

LOBO Fitness


Contact: Vince Ruiz

Tel: 323-377-0243

Email: vince.ruiz@hyatt.com