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WE MAKE HOSPITALITY F&B AND EVENTS FEEL EASY!

WE DO EVERYTHING WITH OUR CORE VALUES OF SPEED, RESULTS, AND HAVING FUN!

These intrinsic characteristics influence everything we do. We love our work, and our clients reap the benefits.

OUR TEAM’S
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Our team means the world to us! They’re the reason for our success and the reason why we love creating spectacular events each and every day. The hospitality industry has a reputation for being hard – and it’s well deserved because spending hours on your feet serving drinks, or taking responsibility for every detail of a once-in-a-lifetime event isn’t easy. Happily for us, when we all work together we find the fun and it all feels worthwhile!

We’re characterized by our deep desire to help clients. We recognize that most of our customers only throw a few big events in their life, and it’s up to us to make it feel easy! We’re here to translate the industry jargon and love to explain capacity vs headcounts and covers. For other clients, they need a fuss-free option for monthly meetings or industry events. That’s where we shine. When people choose Wedgewood Events, they get continual access to professionals who care about making events feel flawless for the organizer and attendees.

Our venue teams are made up of strong, smart individuals with core skills. We’re on the same page and we work together across disciplines, venues, and regions to create the very best event experiences.

You can get to know our team and our family of vendors by reading the spotlight articles on our blog. We’ve shared a brief bio for our leadership team below so you can get a feel for the type of attitude and skills we embrace at Wedgwood Weddings and Events. If you’re interested in joining our awesome team – head over to our careers page to see our current vacancies and training programs.

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JOHN ZARUKA

FOUNDER

John and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1974, and have two children, Bill and Stacy.

John began his hospitality experience at a Long Island beach concession owned by his parents. He fell in love with the industry and pursued this passion at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. John started his career in the hotel business in 1973 and within 10 years became a Regional Director, responsible for 1,700 rooms. Soon after, he became the Vice President of Operations for a Southern California hotel management company.

In the summer of 1986, John and Linda purchased the lease of the Wedgewood Restaurant and Buenaventura Golf Course Pub & Grille in Ventura. They immediately converted the failing restaurant to exclusive banquet use. Z-Golf Food & Beverage Services was a natural progression: an operations and consulting practice exclusively for the food and beverage departments of golf courses, banquet facilities, clubs, and resorts was a new concept. From the original 'Wedgewood Restaurant', the brand has grown to forty-three locations in six states hosting 8,000 events per year and 750,000 guests.

Since February 2020, John has made more time for golfing. His hospitality obsession continues to shine at all our venues in the form of exceptional standards and remarkable attention to detail.

BILL ZARUKA

CEO

As a teenager, Bill was recruited to work every position at the family’s Bar & Grille. While pursuing a degree in Hotel Administration at Cornell, Bill displayed his leadership skills as President of his fraternity and Captain of the lightweight football team. He graduated in 1998 and then joined the food services division of Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA. As a multi-unit manager, he created budgets, wrote operating standards, implemented training programs, and led the adoption of several point-of-sale systems.

In 2001, Bill rejoined the family business and helped it expand to the East Coast. He leads a dynamic management team and supervises all restaurant operations. Under his leadership, sales now approach $50,000,000 with average profit percentages and customer service ratings far exceeding industry averages.

Bill lives in Southern California with his wife, Jenn, and their four children.

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DAN BYLUND

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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KEVIN LYONS

VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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JEFF TUCCI

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

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JULIA HENNING

VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES

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KATE PAULLEY

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

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ANGELA SIRIOS

DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE & CULTURE

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TROY STEVENS

DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES & CAPITAL PROJECTS

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ROMAN COTA

CULINARY LEADER

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JEROME CANSINO

REGIONAL MANAGER

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DAN PENNINGTON

REGIONAL MANAGER

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ANNA WORTHINGTON MINGS

REGIONAL MANAGER

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CHELSEA TAYLOR

REGIONAL MANAGER

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CLINT DOW

ONBOARDING TEAM

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ROXANNE MENZIES

ONBOARDING TEAM

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CHARISSE EDWARDS

CALL CENTER MANAGER

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KALI LEMOS

REGIONAL MANAGER

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RACHEL KOSIN

REGIONAL MANAGER

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JORDYN VOEGELE

REGIONAL MANAGER

LEARN MORE

We would love to chat if you are a venue owner or have an interest in a venue operation and would like to join our group of busy and beautiful properties. 

If you'd like to join a fun, friendly, and dedicated team of hospitality professionals, we want to hear from you! Check out our current vacancies and training programs. 

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NATALIA PARYS

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NICOLE SULLIVAN

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SAM GAUTHIER

MEET OUR VENDORS

Our vendors are critical to our success and we view them as family for good reason! Each of our vendors is hand-selected. We think they offer great value, exceptional service, and a feel-good working style. They make any wedding and event idea shine. From DJs to photographers, signmakers, cake makers, florists, officiants, MCs, drapers, photo booth operators... we have relationships with experts in every area of event operations.

Click here for interviews with more of our team and our trusted vendors.

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