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TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

The Alpine Events team is made up of experienced professionals who are passionate about providing you with the best event possible. We work in events because we love the industry, and nothing puts a bigger smile on our faces than helping you. Keep scrolling to meet our team members and learn why we’re your go-to event rental company!

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CAREY BISONET

President

Carey Bisonet is the President and Owner of Alpine Events, which he acquired in 2016. After graduating from GVSU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Carey spent the next eight years running business units and performing M&A transactions for a private firm with divisions throughout the US. In 2016, Carey returned to Grand Rapids full time and purchased Alpine Rent All & Sales. After three years of significant growth, the company was split into two separate entities; Alpine Events and Alpine Rent All. In late 2019, Alpine Events purchased The Rental Company in Holland, MI, making Alpine Events the largest Event Rental service in West Michigan.

Carey served on the board of directors for Safe Haven Ministries from 2009-2012, and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the American Rental Association – Michigan Chapter.

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Jeffrey Martin

Director of Operations

Jeff hails from Grand Rapids and recently relocated home after retiring from the United States Air Force after 20 years of dedicated service. Jeff served as a Logistics Manager for the Air Force and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Master’s in Business Administration.

As a side-gig musician over the years, Jeff has played many festivals, weddings and events and was always passionate about helping people celebrate. Because of this fascination with the event industry, he was beyond excited at the opportunity to join the Alpine Events team to help grow the business, groom company leaders, standardize processes and HAVE FUN—all in the pursuit of providing the absolute best client experience!

Jeff is a lover of music and the outdoors. In his free time he enjoys riding bikes, snowboarding, playing music with his friends, camping with his family and always searching for good people, nice experiences!

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PATRICK ANDRESS

Director of Sales

Patrick grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and graduated from Lake Superior State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also obtained an associates degree in Hospitality Management from Sault College of Applied Arts in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. Patrick went into the hospitality industry after his first job working at The Ramada Inn & Convention Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

After graduation, Patrick had a check list of businesses he wanted to manage. He started with Best Western Dockside in Mackinaw City, LaSenorita in Traverse City, Red Lobster in Holland, Grand Haven Golf Club in Grand Haven, Muskegon Yacht Club in Muskegon, MI, and Redi Rental of Muskegon/Grand Haven. After working eight years in the event rental business, he knew it was something he wanted to do long term. When the opportunity came up to work with Alpine Events, a growing company, he happily joined the team.

Now he’s doing what he does best, which is organizing. Patrick lives in Norton Shores with his partner and two dogs. He loves his family and friends, his clients, co-workers, and the event rental business. Patrick works hard to make every event successful and to ensure that his clients are happy.

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Andrew MacAvoy

Warehouse Manager

Meet Andrew! Andrew has grown with The Rental Company since its inception over 15 years ago and now serves as the Field Operations Manager for our team at Alpine Events.

He works daily with our operations team fulfilling sales orders, assisting with inventory quality and ensuring our warehouse is well maintained.

Andrew enjoys spending time with his family and going up north to his cabin when he is away from work.

Andrew is most looking forward to utilizing all of our new warehouse space and putting our new equipment to use.

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Nathan Sprick

Staff AccountANT

Nate will be going on his 7th season with the company. At Alpine Events he works as the Finance Assistant and is also a an essential team member in the field, he is a lead on main event setups and works with the operations teams to fulfill client orders daily.

Outside of working at Alpine Events Nate enjoys staying active both mentally and physically, spending his time reading or running.

Nate is looking forward to seeing the growth of the company and his continued personal growth through his position.

 

 

 

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Jackie Harbison

Dish/Linen Supervisor

Meet Jackie, Aka “Boss Lady”! Jackie is the Linen and Dish Supervisor at Alpine Events, She has been on the team now for four years and took over the role as supervisor in 2018. Jackie is the master at fulfilling orders while keeping our linen and dish inventory organized and accounted for. She takes pride in making sure our inventory is immaculate for each and every event.

Outside of work she enjoys remodeling her house, gardening, and spending time with her four amazing children and two grandchildren.

Jackie is looking forward to seeing Alpine Events grow and streamlining processes at our new warehouse.

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Victoria Raterink

Senior Sales Associate

Torri grew up in Whitehall, MI and attended Michigan State University (Go Green!) where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Food Industry Management. It was while working on campus at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center that Torri fell in love with the Hospitality industry.

Torri started her career as the Event Coordinator at Spring Lake Country Club. She planned and executed numerous events including weddings, corporate fundraisers, golf outings, baby and bridal showers, graduation parties, memorial services, and so much more. After getting married in 2018, Torri relocated to Zeeland, MI and joined the team at Tulip Time Festival, Inc. as an Event Manager. While at Tulip Time, Torri was responsible for coordinating some of the festival’s largest events including their historic parades and Artisan Market.

Torri is thrilled to be joining in on the rental side of event planning! She is excited to have the opportunity to be creative and work with her clients to see a concept go from an idea to a tangible event. Torri is looking forward to watching Alpine Events expand onto the Lakeshore and working with her clients in the Holland area!

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Eryn Gregory

Senior Sales Associate

Eryn joined Alpine Events in May 2021 and brings extensive knowledge of the wedding and events industry with her.

She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meeting and Event Planning. After graduating from GVSU, Eryn worked for 5 years as the Event Coordinator at Spring Lake Country Club planning and coordinating hundreds of events including weddings, non-profit fundraisers, golf outings, member events, and so many more. Eryn prides herself on being extremely detail-oriented and driven to make client’s visions for their event a reality.

Eryn lives in Spring Lake and enjoys all that living on the lakeshore has to offer! When she’s not working, she enjoys boating, golfing, spending time with family + friends, and spoiling her beloved Chocolate Lab, Bogey.

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Rachael Burnosky

Senior Sales Associate

Rachael grew up in the Detroit area and moved to Grand Rapids in 2014. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors in Health Communications and fell in love with the West Michigan area.

Rachael went into the non-profit sector after graduating and served as the Director of Community Engagement with Susan G. Komen Michigan. Her commitment to serving her community is evident by always having an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help others!

When the opportunity came up to join Alpine Events, she was thrilled. Her background in event coordination and determined attitude to get every detail right will successfully capture her clients’ needs to produce a memorable experience.

In her free time, she prefers the outdoors of Michigan, camping, snowshoeing, off-roading, and rock hunting. When not enjoying the outdoor air, she has a passion for cooking and finding the best pasty in Michigan!

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Emily Kruithof

Sales Associate

Emily Kruithof is the newest addition to our sales team. She joined in July of 2020 during the stir of the pandemic when Alpine Events was quickly growing and adjusting to what 2020 brought with it. Emily grew up in Holland, Michigan, enjoying summer activities out on the boat with her family and on the beach. She attended Grand Rapids Community College during her junior and senior year of high school, obtaining dual enrollment credits. Following graduation, she attended Cornerstone University, where she studied strategic communication, and finished her studies at Colorado Christian University in the fall of 2020 with her Associate of Arts in Communication.

 

With Emily’s attention to detail and love for weddings, she was eager to start her career in the event industry. At Alpine Events, Emily walks with her clients through the initial stages of the planning process up until the long awaited event, capturing each client’s vision along the way. Emily has enjoyed getting to know and work with the venues in the West Michigan area and is excited to continue exploring the many opportunities that the event industry has to offer.
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