MEET THE TEAM
Linda Young’s experience comes from more than 10 years working in the gift service and manufacturing industries. She expanded her talents into the event production industry in 2007, when she partnered with her husband Burton Young and good friend Andrea Shelly. Since the inception of the business, it has serviced high profile and nonprofit clients by understanding their goals and vision. Linda’s overall mission for Elite OC Productions is to treat every client like a partner and exceed the expectations of all participants from the beginning to the final stages of every event.
Samantha Duncan joined Elite OC Productions in late 2014 after graduating from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Creative Media. Before joining the team, Samantha worked as a Set Production Assistant for EYE productions in Honolulu, HI. Her resourcefulness and ability to collaborate with ease helps Elite OC Productions to create a Production that exceeds any client’s expectation. Additionally, Duncan specializes in Silent Auction display, set-up, and process. Her ability to assist clients with creative fundraising concepts to ensure they remain on track towards a successful fundraising event is truly impeccable.
Senior Events Project Coordinator
Julia Bagnal started with Elite OC Productions in 2018. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Communications and a Minor in Travel & Tourism from Clemson University. While at Clemson, she held event planning positions with her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and with a philanthropic coalition, Tigers 4 Tigers. Before joining Elite OC Productions, Julia served as an Events Concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Julia has always taken the necessary steps to fulfilling her passion of event planning.
Office Assistant and Assistant Project Coordinator
Kameron Filardo joined the team in 2019, after working in the retail industry as a store manager. Her managing experience taught her skills in coaching employees, customer service, work ethic, organization, and teamwork. She is no stranger to the event planning industry, as she previously helped the team with both private and fundraising events. Kameron's work ethic and ability to work well with people helps to ensure that Elite OC Productions never fails to amaze their clients.
Events Production Manager/Creative Director
Courtney LaPeter joined the Elite OC Productions team in 2012 after graduating from Arizona State University, where she majored in Tourism Development and Management and received a certificate in Special Events Management. LaPeter’s work in planning and executing some of Scottsdale’s most exclusive events has made her uniquely creative skills invaluable to Elite OC Productions. Her eye for detail and continuously coming up with new innovative designs truly makes each event Elite OC Productions organizes as one for the memory books.
Senior Graphic Designer
Kari Filardo joined the team in 2015 after studying fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and has an extensive background in art and design. With her background in design and fashion, her knowledge and skills are essential to Elite OC Productions for bringing our creative ideas to life for our clients. Kari continuously sets the tone for our events by creating custom branding, designing invitations, logos, sponsorship packets, videos, websites and much more. Implementing our clients’ needs and vision with her creative designs continuously ties the entire event together to create an unforgettably beautiful event.
Assistant Creative Events Coordinator
Brooklyn Bryan joined the Elite OC Productions team in 2018 after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she majored in Visual Communications. With her background in design and fashion, her eye for detail continuously brings innovative designs and ideas to life for our clients. Brooklyn prides herself to make every event a monumental date to remember. She creates a unique, signature event for each client that will truly reflect your style and personality. Brooklyn believes that a seamless event is not a luxury event, but it’s something that everyone deserves!
Michael Strout’s event experience comes from extensive,
high-profile service in the entertainment industry producing press junkets, film and television media events, and publicity material. His production background has provided him unique insight into the event industry, spanning from audio/visual to creative set design. Mike prides himself on treating every project like it is the biggest event of the year, no matter the budget or size. His ability to problem solve and flexibility to meet the client’s needs helps to make each event an exceptional Elite OC experience
Event Assistant Associate
Brooke Schaefer joined the team in 2021 after graduating from the University of Arizona. During college, Brooke expanded her professional organizing skills in Los Angeles, which she has applied to her role in event planning. Brooke studied abroad in London and interned at a new Marriott property where she was exposed to venue contracting and event logistics. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Brooke moved to Orange County to advance her knowledge in event productions. Brooke is eager to learn and grow with the team see our clients vision come to life!