McNamara Event Staff: Contact Us

A favorite venue of Minneapolis meeting and event planners, the McNamara Alumni Center averages nearly 900 meetings and events annually within the 10-room conference center. Our talented team of marketing, sales and event operation staff will take good care of you. All team members are employees of Cushman Wakefield NorthMarq, the management company of the McNamara Alumni Center.

Amy Leyden

Amy Leyden

Director of Marketing & Sales

612.625.8876

aleyden@umn.edu
Amy is the first employee of the McNamara Alumni Center event team, hired to build the event business from scratch. Her favorite holiday is Halloween and you can always count on Amy wearing a costume and wig.

StrengthsFinder profile: Activator, Focus, Maximizer, Strategic, Command

Nick Peter

Nick Peter

Event Manager

612.625.6876

nickp@umn.edu
Nick brings great experience and technical know-how to his position overseeing day-to-day operations. He enjoys sharing his musical talents as a volunteer.

StrengthsFinder profile: Futuristic, Ideation, Communication, Woo, Individualization

Sari Brouwer

Sari Brouwer

Sales Manager

612.625.4584

sarib@umn.edu
Sari leads the sales team in answering the numerous booking inquiries and RFPs we receive each day. Her previous positions provide her with great knowledge of the Twin Cities wedding market. Sari speaks Japanese and in college was track captain. This latter skill comes in handy here at our busy event center!

StrengthsFinder profile: Discipline, Responsibility, Developer, Empathy, Harmony

Alaina Battaglia

Alaina Battaglia

Event Services Coordinator

612.624.7823

alainab@umn.edu
Alaina graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth. After graduating, she moved to the Twin Cities and began working in the wedding and event industry. Traveling, shopping, and trying new restaurants are a few of her favorite activities outside of work.

StrengthsFinder profile: Harmony, Positivity, Includer, Relator, Arranger

 

Alexandra Vekich

Event Coordinator

612.624.9005

alexv@umn.edu
A native of Minnesota, Alex most recently worked in New York City on large-scale events for a marketing firm. She is fluent in Spanish and was a Division 1 track and field athlete at DePaul University. Our busy event schedule should keep Alex darting here and there!

StrengthsFinder profile: Positivity, Woo, Communication, Competition, Achiever

 

Rebekah Nelson

Event Coordinator

612.624.6323

bekahn@umn.edu
Bekah is a recent graduate from the University of St. Thomas where she was the student manager of the conference & event services department. She has held event planning internships with Best Buy and the Wedding Guys.

StrengthsFinder profile: Woo, Empathy, Communication, Individualization, Significance

Liz Anderson

Liz Anderson

Sales Coordinator

612.626.7690

lizander@umn.edu
Liz is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota and holds a BA in Journalism. As an alumna, Liz is very familiar with campus life, which helps sell our venue when answering sales leads from both University groups and other organizations. She enjoys outdoor music concerts and traveling.

StrengthsFinder profile: Woo, Empathy, Inclusiveness, Achiever, Adaptability

Sara O.

Sara O.

Student Event Staff

Sara is a member of the Class of 2017 here at the University of Minnesota majoring in Supply Chain and Operations with a minor in Management Information Systems. Sara has planned and executed events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Minneapolis and plans to apply this knowledge when helping staff our evening and weekend events.

Janessa P.

Janessa P.

Student Event Staff

Janessa is a member of the Class of 2017 here at the University of Minnesota majoring in Journalism with a minor in Animal Science and Spanish. Janessa worked for Housing and Residential Life while a student, and loves a campus atmosphere. Janessa helps us staff our evening and weekend events.

Becca C

Becca C.

Student Event Staff

Becca is a member of the Class of 2017 here at the University of Minnesota. Her major is International Affairs, with minors in Management and French. During the summer of 2016, Becca was a Protocol Intern for the United States Mission to the United Nations where she helped plan, manage, and execute events at a number of venues throughout New York.

To reserve a meeting room within the McNamara Alumni Center or request a tour, please contact the Event Management Office

Office: Suite 100
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Available for evening and Saturday tours by appointment
Phone: 612.624.9831
Fax: 612.625.5400
Email: macevent@umn.edu

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McNamara Wins Grand Prize
2010 The Knot Advie Awards

Selected from 400 entries in this inaugural nationwide competition rewarding design excellence in the wedding industry