meet the team
Lauren Grech | CEO
Lauren is the CEO and Co-Founder of LLG Events and recently named as Corporate and Incentive Travel's Most Influential Woman of 2019. As the heart and soul behind LLG, she is the business strategist, event management expert, entrepreneur and negotiator for all our clients. Lauren's vivacious personality allows her to handle all client interfacing with ease. Her ability to command an audience allows for exceptional event management, and her knowledge of the industry are the main reasons clients hire LLG. As CEO, Lauren is constantly propelling the company forward with innovative initiatives that differentiate LLG and make us an expert resource in event management. Most recently she has solidified partnerships with the Four Seasons and Abu Dhabi Tourism Board worth over $1M in corporate sponsored travel for 2019.
Paul Grech | COO
Paul is the Co-Founder, COO and the technology backbone of LLG Events. As a Data Engineer, Paul has integrated and created a cloud-based platform to streamline the planning process, managing events from any location, consolidating all event information to one place, and handling multiple currencies. He perfectly combines his technological experience with his interpersonal skills to successfully manage staff, ensure regulatory compliance and implement company efficiencies. This lethal combination of knowledge and skill set, with the creation of the planning portal, has caused him to be recognized by NYU’s Event Management program where Paul and the other partners will be educating and curriculum building in 2019.
Teal Nicholson | Creative Director
Teal is the trend setting, vibrant, brand & marketing expert and Creative Director of LLG Events. Teal is creatively analytical and understands how to elevate and carefully construct a brand’s image. In 2018 Teal changed the narrative so that LLG was no longer a boutique husband and wife duo, but rather an international luxury event management firm serving NYC and the world. This rebrand resulted in the team being invited to the exclusive Destination Wedding Planners Congress, where only 30 planners are asked to join from the Americas and a total of 150 are invited worldwide. More notably, Teal’s event designs were recognized by Martha Stewart as one of the top Party Trends of 2018.
Carly Long | International PR & Media
Carly is the International PR and Media Director running all public relations, social media and marketing for the LLG brand. As Director she strategizes new PR tactics that has secured over $300,000 in corporate sponsorships for our international partners and our pro-bono weddings. She reinforces our status as leaders in our industry specializing in making a positive social impact. So much so, that we’ve been nominated for Forbes 30 under 30 as Social Entrepreneurs, featured on Good Morning America, Upworthy, Ashton Kutcher’s Aplus, Fox News Network, and over 30 other unique global publications!
Daryl Valdivia - Lead Coordinator
Daryl is the Lead Coordinator with over 10 years of hospitality and event management experience. He is responsible for orchestrating and executing weddings and social events all over the world. As one of our venue experts, he knows the best places to host an event with a thorough understanding of venue operations, from front of house check in to back of house deliverables.
Bianca Francois | Assistant Coordinator
Bianca Francois is an event enthusiast with a background in Production Management and a passion for hospitality. New York-born and New Jersey raised, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Sports, Entertainment & Event Management from Johnson & Wales University's Hospitality College. She excels in overseeing logistical aspects of events while paying the utmost attention to detail and ensuring efficient execution. Having worked as an Event Producer at Creative Edge Parties, Bianca was able to produce over 200 luxury catering events in the span of 15 months. She is committed to providing each and every client with a joyous and unique event experience.
Lauren Donadio | PR & Marketing
Lauren is a senior at the Fashion Institute of Technology pursuing a degree in Advertising & Marketing Communications with a minor in Psychology. In addition to her academic achievements of being in the Presidential Scholars Program and earning a place on the Dean's List every semester since starting at FIT, Lauren participates in a number of extracurricular activities ranging from community service to student-run fashion shows. She has held internships in both New York City and London relating to the fields of beauty, home, lifestyle, and childrenswear. Lauren is very excited to join the LLG team and bring her talents to the best in luxury events!