Meet the Team

Addie Graham-Kramer

President | Event Designer 

After having planned events for the last 14 years in both the corporate world and non-profit sector, Addie launched her own business, The Event Company, in October 2013. She has held senior leadership roles in marketing and public relations as well as event planning and fund development for the country's oldest and largest voluntary health organization. 

Addie is passionate about encouraging others to be empowered, embrace change, follow their dreams and make it happen. When she's not planning parties and dreaming of tablescapes, Addie enjoys baking, kickboxing and writing as well as spending time with her husband, Drew, and two little superheroes, William and Calvin. Email Addie at addie@theeventcompanysd.com

Kimberly Henderson

Senior Event Designer

During the past twenty years, Kimberly has gained experience that is as deep as it is diverse. Her career has spanned from social work, to operating a daycare center, and these positions demanded flawless organization, attention to detail, and a passion for helping people. These attributes, along with her creativity, outgoing personality, and lifelong flair for entertaining, parlayed into the ownership of her own event planning business. Finding success on her own, and after several successful partnerships with The Event Company, Kimberly and Addie joined forces and merged businesses in April 2016.

When Kimberly isn’t creating or planning your next extraordinary experience, she’s found spending time with her family. Kimberly and her husband, Mark, have three children, Alyssa, Reagan, and Holt. In her spare time she enjoys time in her kitchen, taking part in her kids’ many activities, and watching documentaries. Email Kimberly at kimberly@theeventcompanysd.com.

Sara Wallenberg

Event Designer

As a recent graduate of Augustana University, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, Sara has had the pleasure of working with not only the HyVee/Sanford Legends for Kids event, but also JazzFest before coming to The Event Company. Over the last year of being an Event Designer on our team, Sara has had the opportunity to help plan events like Dancing with the Sioux Falls Stars, amazing weddings, private dinners, out-of-state holiday parties as well as Maxwell's Million Dollar Dreams festival. Email Sara at sara@theeventcompanysd.com.

Samantha Bucknell

Event Stylist

Samantha has over six years of experience in the event and marketing industry. She brings creativity, enthusiasm and leadership to The Event Company team. She has assisted with events ranging from 25 to 15,000+ attendees and uses her eye for detail and high energy to ensure our events leave a lasting impression. Samantha also is a Media Coordinator for Lawrence & Schiller. She enjoys trips to the lake, community meet-ups, and spending time with friends and family. Email Samantha at hello@theeventcompanysd.com.

Kandice Utley

Graphic Designer + Event Stylist

Majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies and minoring in Interior Design, Kandice received her Bachelors degree from South Dakota State University in 2014. She then proceeded to pursue her love for design and events by taking an internship at Icon Event Hall + Lounge in Sioux Falls, where she had the privilege of meeting Addie from The Event Company. Since that meeting, Kandice has loved working with The Event Company on numerous aspects of event planning.

Outside of event design, her time is dedicated to her outgoing son Jack along with her very supportive husband John and playing sand volleyball during the summer. Email Kandice at hello@theeventcompanysd.com

Ally Vogel

Graphic Designer

Ally's background includes design and management in the publishing industry, marketing communications for ad agencies, as well as project management for Fortune 500 Corporate America. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1996 with a Mass Communications major and a Business minor, and spent several years in Minneapolis before returning home to South Dakota . Twelve years ago with the birth of her first child, Ally started her own branding and design business, consulting and freelancing for various clients.

When Ally is not in meetings or on a tight project deadline, she enjoys antiquing, home DIY projects, traveling and chasing around with her greatest loves, Ella and Max. Email Ally at ally@allysart.com.