As WFF’s Executive Director, Denise is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation – promoting its mission to cultivate the wine & food community, and ensuring high program value for its members and stakeholders. Denise has 20+ years’ experience in events/hospitality, team management, business development, marketing, philanthropy, and day-to-day business operations.
Denise is from New York, and began her career in journalism and public relations. She moved to Austin in 2002 and launched her own event production company focusing on social events including weddings and non-profit galas. Several years later, she strategically merged the company with its chief competitor and grew that business into one of the most revered corporate event production and Destination Management Companies in Central Texas. She successfully sold the company in 2018, and then took on the role of Director of Sales & Marketing for Marquee Event Group, where she expanded her responsibilities in event sales, marketing and team leadership.
Denise has also proudly served on the Board of Directors for Texas 4000 for Cancer since 2015 – including three years on the Executive Committee and one term as Board Chair, and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier Austin.
Denise lives in Central Austin with her husband, teenage son, and two dogs, and loves the Yankees, hot sunny weather, and a big, bold Zinfandel!