Meet Our Staff

Rob Evans, General Manager

Welcome and thank you for considering the award winning Holiday Inn and Fort Wayne Event Center. We strive to exceed your expectations through our exceptional service, high standards of cleanliness, and the up most respect and hospitality for all of our guests. We believe your special event deserves the absolute best from our staff and it is our promise that you will receive nothing less than excellence. 

The Fort Wayne Event Center is great because of its versatility. It is the perfect space for any event from a corporate business meeting to an extravagant wedding. This 3,600 square foot space is fully equipped with state of the art audio visual equipment, chairs and tables with linens and skirting, moveable separation walls, and many more amenities to customize your event, your way. No matter what you and your group are looking for, The Fort Wayne Event Center will accommodate all of your needs and make sure your event is as special as you imagined it.

 

Our Mission Statement:

"Service is about real people serving real people. It is about being ready and anticipating guest's needs. Our service is about going the extra mile and working with all departments to fearlessly collaborate. It is about understanding the higher purpose of going above and beyond for a guest and being brilliant at the basics."

 

General Manager

Meet our General Manager and Vice President of Operations, Rob Evans. For more than 25 years, Rob has held senior positions in both the food service and accommodation sectors in the U.S. and Canada. He is also the only person to serve in both the G7 and G8 Summit for the world leaders in Toronto (2013) and Bavarian Alps (2015). Rob’s extensive career also encompasses seven years with the Atlanta-based hotel ownership and management company Logian, ten years experience in the accommodation industry in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as serving two terms as President of the Nova Scotia Restaurant and Food Services Association. All of the Fort Wayne Event Center's staff has been personally trained by Mr. Evans is proper serving etiquette, customer advocacy, and all signatures that make our event center one of the top in the industry. 

 

Senior Sales Team 

Andrea Hill - Director of Sales

"I will be the trusted advisor for your corporate event. Your company's meetings are very important to us. The relationships we build with our clients help make their events event more perfect!" 

 

Chris Ford- Catering Sales Manager

"I pride myself in being detailed, timely, and accessible to you when you need me. Planning a large event can be stressful but I'm here to make it just a little easier. With three years of event planning experience and a great staff behind me I guarantee it will always be your event, your way."

Courtney Pippin- Group Sales Manager

"I will do my best to get you and your team the lowest group rate possible with the room accommodations you need. We can arrange team meals, meeting space, equipment storage, and anything in between. Let me make sure your team is well rested and ready for game day!"

 

Food & Beverage Staff

All the events booked at the Fort Wayne Event Center will be serviced by our top notch food and beverage staff to make your day as carefree as possible. Our manager, Jeremy Vakerics, has been in the food and beverage industry for nearly 18 years and excels at training his staff in being brilliant at the basics and mastering the art of hospitality."

 

Here's what some of our past guests have to say;

”I want to thank you and your staff for a great event for us.  I want to send a special thank you to Jeremy.  He was right there the entire process.  Starting the night before.  He also took it upon himself to donate the remaining samples to the food bank and local church.  We just left the items and he did the rest.  It was his idea and implementation.  I am very impressed with his professionalism and efficiency. Looking forward to doing business with you in the future.” - Feb. 19, 2016

"Hey, first and foremost we want to thank you and your team for all that you did for us last week. We had a fabulous event and you and your team were a huge part of that success." - Oct. 12, 2015

"Again, it was my pleasure to work along with you. Jeremy and staff were awesome. My granddaughter and her friends were just thrilled; it was great for a 13 year old. We will always have these memories. We love your hotel and ballroom space and will be back." - Feb. 22, 2016 

 

“Thank you very much for assisting us in all successful meetings!  The staff was great and friendly.  Jeremy was a huge help to us as well!” - March 9, 2016