Our Team

 

Clarke Allen

Founder and Chief Experience Officer

At the age of 14, Clarke dreamed of having his own business in his hometown of Charlotte. He had no idea that his company would become one of the most sought after event design and production companies in the Southeast. After graduating from Appalachian State University in 1987, Clarke began his career in the hospitality industry In Dallas, Texas.

Clarke was recognized early for his ability to sell an entire experience instead of merely a hotel room. Knowing little about starting a business, his strong passion and grit led him to founding a series of businesses over the last 21 years. In 2000 Clarke decided to co-locate his two companies, Charlotte Arrangements and Creatrix and decided to develop an old warehouse in the NoDa neighborhood. In 2005 after purchasing an additional 3 acres he designed and build CenterStage@NoDa. In 2013, Clarke pulled all his companies together under the flagship Clarke Allen®, an award winning, multi-million dollar company producing over 250 programs each year. His impressive reputation has attracted clients such as the Carolina Panthers, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Samaritan’s Feet International, Preston Bailey, David Tutera, Will Ferrell, the Steve Smith Family Foundation, the late Dr. Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey.

When Clarke is not planning jaw-dropping events and unparalleled experiences, you can find him at home cooking up a gourmet meal, checking out the local breweries in Charlotte, working out, or finding his Zen in yoga class.  As always, the driving force and source of inspiration behind all he does are his two sons, Carson and Cooper.

clarkedallen@clarkeallen.com

Clarke Allen - Team Leader

Alex Quill

Head Event Designer and Coordinator

Born and raised in a suburb of Syracuse, NY, this northerner by birth, southerner by choice now claims the South as her home!

Alex moved to the South to attend Coastal Carolina University in 2009 where, when she was not in class, you could find her around campus with pom poms in hand. In addition to being captain of the Chanticleers Competitive cheerleading team, Alex worked at a local salon & spa, while also gaining valuable work experience interning at GiGi Noelle Events in Myrtle Beach, SC. Alex graduated from Coastal in 2013 with a degree in Business Management, specializing in Entrepreneurial Leadership.

As the Head Event Coordinator at Clarke Allen, she has spent the last few years planning amazing experiences and unforgettable events.  When she is not planning corporate and social events for Clarke Allen, you can find Alex hanging out with her adorable golden retriever Jake, indulging in the captivating lives of Meredith Grey, Olivia Pope and all of the TGIT crew, and we can’t forget Sundays, when you can find Alex cheering on her team, The Green Bay Packers, with a tall Bloody Mary in hand.

alex@clarkeallen.com

Alex Quill - Team Leader

Shannon Hogben

Event Coordinator and CenterStage Manager

Small town girl with big time ambition! Shannon grew up in the High Desert – Mojave California. With an urge to travel and discover the world, she decided to pursue a career in the aviation industry at the young age of twenty.  She held various positions over her fourteen-year career, including recruiting and training. Shannon was handpicked by upper management to serve on the safety committee, and she volunteered as the event coordinator for the Association of Flight Attendants.

While she loved the friendly skies, she was ready to conquer her next passion and stow her bag for good! Having one mission in mind, “I want to work for the best to excel in this exciting new endeavor into the industry of events”.  She approached the Clarke Allen team with a party on a platter, and at that moment she won the hearts of the whole team!  She said bye-bye to the friendly skies, but you’ll never see Shannon without 2” heels and the perfect up-do.  She loves camping and hiking, and has plans to visit every National Park with her husband, Al.  While she loves the Carolinas, she can’t seem to stay away from her family on the west coast. Guess that travel gene is hard to shake!

shannon@clarkeallen.com

Shannon Hogben

Robin Bouchez

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Having spent a number of years teaching high school kids about the American Revolution and how to write a decent term paper, Robin decided to give it all up for the glam and glitter of the event world and joined the Clarke Allen Family in 2012. Robin now serves as our marketing communications coordinator, writing much of the content for our social media, websites and marketing materials. Robin also, works closely with Clarke on his teaching, speaking and writing programs and projects.  Robin is the Molly Pitcher of the family her motherly affection warms the office and the hearts of the whole team and she true a patriot of the Clarke Allen brand.

RB@clarkeallen.com

Robin Bouchez

Sonja Pasko

Director of Sales

As Director of Sales, Sonja Pasko is responsible for directing sales activities and assisting in the financial success and customer satisfaction at Clarke Allen. Her many years of experience in project management and client support at a Fortune 500 corporation helped her gain excellent communication skills, strong planning and organizational skills, and attention to detail. Her professional experience across a broad range of businesses has been invaluable to her in this role. She has a passion for the event industry and enjoys working with clients to develop their vision into a successful event.

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Sonja moved to Charlotte in 2010 after visiting the area and falling in love with the beauty of the Carolinas. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, giving back to the local community through volunteerism and spending time with her family and friends.

sonja@clarkeallen.com

Joe Brickey

Tour Guide and Onsite Transportation Coordinator

Joe grew up moving every few years and that sparked her interest in history. She moved to Charlotte in 1985 with her husband and two sons. She has served on various national, state and local boards for history and genealogy. Locally Joe has been on the board for the Mecklenburg Historical Association, the Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society and Charlotte Trolley, Inc.  Family research is her passion and she has traveled throughout the US to attend conferences. In her endeavors she has also been fortunate to be able to research all over the US and the British Isles.

She began working for Clarke in 1995 and has enjoyed giving tours, working shuttles, registrations, meet and greets, and whatever else that has come along. Joe is also very camera shy, only way to catch a glimpse of Mrs. Joe Brickey is to book a tour!

Email Shannon to book Joe! shannon@clarkeallen.com

Lucy Butler

Onsite Transportation Coordinator

This North Carolina native is a proud mother of 3 beautiful daughters Lisa, Laura and Lyn, grandmother of five and let’s not forget her two fur babies, Lily and Pete.  Lucy started a career with Clarke Allen Events in the early 90’s and you’ll find her greeting passengers in the baggage claim area, escorting guests on a “Flight and Pint Tour”, checking attendees in at a registration desk and waiting tables for a wedding at Pilot Mountain, she’s a jack of all trades!

She spends a lot of time with the Carolina Panthers working events, phones, security (affectionately dubbed as “the human arrow”) as well as their guest relations booth on game day. Her genuine smile and outgoing personality in addition to having nearly 40 years’ experience in the hospitality industry makes her a true asset to the team!

Email Shannon to book Lucy! shannon@clarkeallen.com

Lucy Butler

Chelsea Reynolds

Social Media and Website Manager

Born and raised in Colorado, Chelsea chose to attend the University of South Carolina for college to get away from the cold weather. She has recently completed a degree in Tourism, but decided that one degree just wasn’t enough – so she is now pursuing a degree in Integrated Information Technology.

While starting her event planning internship at Clarke Allen Events, Chelsea’s role quickly became a crash course for her upcoming IIT classes, when she took over our website and social media. (Her grades are thanking us both!) In Chelsea’s eyes, she has the best of both worlds – she gets to use her passion (preparing for extravagant events) and her skills (managing our social media and website content).

Chelsea loves coordinating events both big and small, as well as cheering on the Gamecocks at Williams Brice Stadium, in her little black sundress and boots. She also enjoys skiing, yoga and traveling – fun fact: she’s travelled to more than 13 different countries!

chelsea@clarkeallen.com

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