Annette Naif, CEO, Naif Productions
Since 1986 Annette Naif has been designing and producing custom events. Helping clients create their unique signature style that translates into a memorable experience has been Annette’s passion from the beginning. Annette spent a number of years in the early part of her career producing events for Sebastian International followed by 15 years in the motion picture industry where she helped coordinate numerous productions for film and episodic television programs. The drive to provide a distinctive role for superior personalized service in the event planning industry inspired Annette to launch her own event design company.
Pulling together her years in motion picture, television production and corporate event development, Annette has seen how hitting just the right creative “note” can spark conversation, build relationships and create brand loyalty beyond measure. The key is to deliver a flawless, distinctive and superior personalized experience. In 2010, Naif Productions was founded to meet the growing needs of clients, as demand for Annette’s services pushed beyond the social realm and into the corporate world.
Annette’s upbeat energy and bold passion for her work is her legendary trademark recognized by many of her clients throughout her career such as Sebastian International, Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Lakeshore Entertainment, Loeb & Loeb, Tamares Real Estate, MetLife, the National Speakers Association, and many others.
Julia Criscione, Logistics Coordinator
Julia has a wealth of experience producing a variety of events, both for local and nationally recognized organizations. With her well-orchestrated processes mastered throughout the years, she is always calm and composed while thinking two steps ahead while carrying out a successful implementation of any event. Known for her vigorous work ethic and dedication to achieve goals, exceed expectations and deliver high quality service 110% of the time, Julia tackles challenges small and large with a friendly disposition, optimism and impactful solutions. She maintains a big picture philosophy with a focus on the objectives and critical eye on details. By combining creative and analytical thinking her innovative ideas are constantly brewing, bringing new energy and powerful elements to every event the team plans.
Kristi Torregrossa, Logistics Coordinator
Kristi helps keep the office, the team, and clients working together smoothly. She is currently working on logistics for 30 corporate events in 15 countries. She handles everything from writing contracts, booking travel, researching everything, shopping, filing, soothing clients, to working events…And that can all be in one day! She honed her administrative skills while working for her family’s multi-million dollar business since childhood and continues to bring success to Naif Productions.
Kristi lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, three daughters, and dogs.
Kevin Kowalczyk, Marketing & On-site Event Manager
Kevin’s decade of event experience began in the concert industry: ticket sales, security, marketing, publicity, promotions and talent booking. He spent five years at Skyline Talent & Events as their Vice President booking hundreds of entertainers at corporate and private events. He also assisted in the production of events such as the Stanley Cup Celebration, multiple outdoor concert series, corporate parties and press events.
During four years as the Director of Event Services at Richter Scale Productions, Kevin worked on every aspect of event production & management: marketing, logistics, event coordination, sales and internal operations. He had the honor of working & organizing many high profile events during the 2008 Democratic Convention including the after party for Barack Obama at Mile High Stadium. He also was project manager for a large corporate conference that won a Special Event Gala Award.
Currently, Kevin plans a variety of events for a diverse group of clients as well as operates a marketing consulting firm that specializes in social media and online promotion for small businesses. He served as President of the Denver ILEA (International Live Event Association) chapter from 2010 – 2011. Kevin lives in Oakland with his husband Chad and spoiled rotten dogs.
Victoria DeSilvio, CWD, On-site Event Manager
Victoria DeSilvio, CWD, President of Engaging Events & Weddings, is a multi-award-winning event professional not only for her creativity and attention to detail but her uncanny ability to create events that surpass client goals and are as unique as the clients themselves. Using her background in the fashion, media, marketing and hospitality industries, she’s the go-to event producer for local, national and international celebrities, society mavens and corporations. She’s worked with numerous high-profile luminaries such as Dolly Parton, the Arab Prince of Emirates, Paris Hilton, Grace Ormonde (“Wedding Style Magazine”), Brad Paisley, Dr. Travis Stork and Prince Lorenzo Borghese (both from ABC’s “The Bachelor”), Nicole Richie, Trisha Yearwood, as well as, creating events for TLC, E! Entertainment, the Drumpf Organization, The Grand Old Opry, the CMA Awards after-parties, HBO, QVC, the Miss America organization, Fortune 500 companies and more. She’s the Immediate Past President of the South Florida/Caribbean Chapter of ILEA, instrumental in establishing the South Florida chapter of “Wish upon a Wedding” and was honored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as well as numerous charitable works for her industry and her community.