Dr. Ansary is the President and CEO of Your Great Event, a position he has held since 2016. He brings to his position nearly 20 years of senior management background, including extensive international experience. Hanson has been or is the Chairman, President or Director of several national and/or international associations and organizations, including the International Society of Group Travel Professionals (ISGTP). He is a biographee in most Who’s Who publications including Who’s Who in America.
Ellen has been producing not-for-profit, fundraising events for more than twenty years. She loves the relationships she builds with her clients – most of whom return year-after-year. From budget development, site selection, creation of solicitation packages, theme conception, invitation design, and more, Ellen enjoys all aspects of production. Her expertise includes galas, golf tournaments, walk-runs, community festivals, and food tasting events. Originally from New Jersey, she has a degree from Montclair University. She is an avid reader, loves the beach, and spends as much time with her granddaughter as she can.
Claudia wears dual hats: She is our marketing/social media guru and our creative director, but she also oversees our daily operations as our General Manager. She holds a master’s degree in marketing and communication and has been in the hospitality industry for over 7 years. After spending some time at the Stock Exchange in London, she decided it was time to find a more creative job. She loves the diversity and the breadth of the hospitality industry. In her free time, Claudia loves to spend every spare minute basking in the California sun. She enjoys the beach accompanied by her small dog that also doubles as the office mascot.
With many years of event planning and production under his belt, Ali has been active with many non-profit organizations, cultural institutions and other causes. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Ali has helped many humanitarian organizations either as a volunteer or as an event producer. With a passion for supporting many worthy causes, Ali brings to his job as a production manager at YGE, advanced technical skill sets coupled with a passion for our clients’ causes. Prior to joining YGE, Ali was a freelance photographer, actor and TV producer—skills that makes him a perfect addition to the YGE team.
Andie has over 20 years of event experience, with an extensive background in entertainment. Upon earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing, she spent the early part of her career working in the banking and oil industry producing successful national marketing campaigns. Her journey into event production started with the Walt Disney Company where she spent 18 years developing her passion for producing one-of-a-kind marketing programs and events. The Los Angeles native began her adventure with Your Great Event in 2015 where she quickly found her love for non-profit industry. Andie lives with her husband and their two energetic miniature dachshunds and a twenty-six pound cat.
Anna has over eight years of experience in the people business. With a master's in psychology and business administration, she started her career in human resources and corporate event planning within the hospitality industry. Her journey with Your Great Event began in 2016 where she enjoys the fast-pace, creativity as well as diligence in her every day work to the fullest. Born and raised in Munich, Germany, Anna is passionate about traveling and discovering new countries, cultures and cuisines. Her move to LA is a dream come true and she spends her free time exploring the venues, restaurants and unique things to do in this city that seems to have it all. Anna doesn’t like to sit still for too long which is why she recently changed her desk chair for a balance ball.