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Meet the Event Garde Team

Our clients think of us as a strategic partner who doesn’t just work for them—but works with them, as an extension of their team.

Aaron Wolowiec

Chief Executive Officer

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Location: Dallas, TX (Central Time Zone)

Credentials:

Aaron’s obsession with learning traces back to preschool, where a knitted purple people eater taught him important life lessons (like cleaning up after yourself). All these years later, Aaron’s honed his craft and now designs engaging, multisensory learning experiences for association learners, resulting in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, the forging of new relationships, and the application of new ideas and perspectives in the workplace. A serial learner and entrepreneur himself (with an alphabet soup of letters trailing his name), Aaron is nationally recognized for his professional development work with boards, learners, staff and volunteers. Having launched four successful brands – Event Garde (coincidentally reprising his early fascination with purple), Healthy by Association, Review My Speaker and FACILIT8me – Aaron’s equal parts practitioner and theorist. While the hours are long, Aaron ensures there is no shortage of fun amidst the Slack notifications, email pings and video chats – from the personal connections he shares with each client, partner and colleague to the precious moments of free time spent stalking the latest episodes of his favorite true crime podcasts.

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Kara Nacarato

Director, Development & Special Initiatives

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​Location: Livonia, MI (Eastern Time Zone)


Credentials:

Kara has a passion for helping organizations identify creative ways to work with corporate partners and individual donors. With more than 15 years of non-profit and association leadership experience, Kara has refined skills in working with board members, corporate partners, and individual donor audiences. Kara’s unique consultative approach to selling helps her uncover her clients’ needs and identify custom solutions to reach their goals. She has a diverse background in marketing, sales, sponsorship management, and fund development along with a knack for relationship building. Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Detroit Mercy with an emphasis in Public Relations, Marketing and Organizational Development. She has received specialized training in facilitation skills and in sponsorship development/management from IEG – a known leader in partnership strategy, development and fulfillment. In her free time Kara and her husband Steve keep busy with their three daughters Emily, Jenna and Avery. When they get a break from car pools and sports activities they enjoy spending time relaxing at the pool or the lake with friends and family during the few warm months in Michigan.

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Kate Pojeta

Kate Pojeta

Director, Meetings & Technology

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Location: Detroit Area, MI (Eastern Time Zone)

Credentials:

Kate has almost 20 years of association experience combined with extensive technology work. She prides herself on being able to help clients find more efficient and effective ways to manage their meetings, information, data and communications. In addition to overseeing client events and technology needs, her background in leadership and experiential learning carry over to support our facilitation team. When she’s not working, you'll find her running, reading, or enjoying time with her husband and their four kids.

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Krista Rowe

Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Location: Lansing, MI (Eastern Time Zone)


Credentials:

Krista has extensive experience in facilitating, training and providing technical assistance to local, state and national non-profit, government and private sector organizations in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is known for taking great care and patience with participants when assisting organizations in establishing a baseline of understanding, developing methods for systems change and establishing practical skills for equitable practice. Krista is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Advocacy and Governance with a concentration in Political Science. Krista is passionate about connecting with family and friends, laughing - a lot, and Lake Michigan.

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Tim Berghuis

Tim Berghuis

Manager, Finance

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Location: Grand Rapids, MI (Eastern Time Zone)


Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Calvin College
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Grand Valley State University
  • QuickBooks ProAdvisor

Tim’s accounting career spans 35 years and includes employment at large and small non-profits in his home town of Grand Rapids. He earned his undergrad business administration and accounting degrees at Calvin College in the 1980s and completed his graduate studies at Grand Valley State University where he earned his Masters in Business Administration in 2007. In 2014 Tim left his job to become his own boss at Tim Berghuis, Accountant LLC and has had no regrets whatsoever! He enjoys traveling with his spouse, Jill, and in 2020 celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with the support of their two daughters and four grandchildren.

Affiliations

  • QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor
  • Registered Tax Return Preparer

Learn

I preach best practices when it comes to QuickBooks and accounting work, so it’s important to me to stay informed on the latest in regulations and technology. I’ve always been interested in researching my clients’ questions and I am drawn (Go Math Club!) to the numbers side of business operations.

Network

I enjoy leveraging both Facebook and LinkedIn to network.

Transfer

With QuickBooks tutoring, I show people how to accomplish the tasks necessary to run their operations. So my ability to support client transfer is usually face-to-face and one-on-one. I move from the general (e.g., always balance your business checkbook because that is the key task to running a business) to the specific (e.g., here are the 10 steps from start to finish on how you should balance your checkbook).

Hobbies

  • Morning walks with my wife, Jill
  • Golf with anyone who scores in the 60s for a round of nine holes
  • Cycling

Hometown

Born in Grand Rapids and raised in South Windsor, Connecticut. Returned to the nest to attend college and never left.

Family

  • Wife, Jill
  • Daughters: Jessi and Juli
  • Grandchildren: Jon, Ella and James

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Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill

Manager, Social Communications

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Location: Lansing, MI (Eastern Time Zone)


Credentials:

Jenny manages Event Garde’s social media presence by regularly posting to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. She also serves as the Manager of Membership and Administration for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE). When not supporting Event Garde clients, Jenny spoils her dogs, Lillie and Linus.


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