“Every event tells a story…
What will yours say?”


Kristin Banta


Kristin is the creative visionary behind Kristin Banta Events’ acclaimed experiential and transportive design work, an inspired team leader, and consummate collaborator, who always wins the trust and respect of colleagues and clients.  The maestro of executing ambitious—and often unconventional—concepts through the realities of production, her work reflects a bold, can-do attitude, where bringing a client’s vision to life is not only possible but paramount. Kristin is a leading authority in today’s world of luxury event planning, consulting with individuals and corporations on client service, experience, and conceptual design. She is also a contributing writer to numerous lifestyle publications, and a sought-after keynote speaker and expert panelist.

Kristin credits a background across multiple disciplines as key to her creativity, production savvy, and innate flexibility. After graduating from Pepperdine University, she worked in publishing, catering, interior and set design, film production, and eventually music marketing—as a graduate of UCLA’s Music Business Program, before launching Kristin Banta Events. Her enthusiasm and ease in front of the camera has also made her a television favorite.  She appeared as weekly wedding expert for Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family; host of the Style Network’s Keep The Party Moving; featured designer on the Mark Burnett/DreamWorks series for TNT—Wedding Day; host and designer for Syfy’s My Big Fat Geek Wedding; guest judge on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars; guest on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen; and in her own Bravo special—The Ringleader—which re-aired for an encore presentation as The Wedding Party

Travis McBurney KBE

Travis McBurney


Travis is responsible for new business and market development as well as the overall day to day operations for KBE. He has a proven track record in excellence of execution in the event industry, planning and producing unique and unforgettable events in the California and Washington markets for over the past decade. With his attention to detail, partnering approach and relatable personality he is beloved by clients and vendors alike. Travis graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Marketing and Management which led to a career in project management, program management and leadership in the technology sector. His entrepreneurial spirt led to the start of his first company in 2006. A visionary strategist and event planner, Travis led True Colors Events, Seattle’s premier and award winning wedding and event company, including expansion into the Southern California market in 2014. Additionally he co-founded and produced Urban Unveiled and UNION Showcase, the leading luxury wedding showcases in the Seattle market.

Brooke Cowgill


As Production Manager for KBE, Brooke is responsible for implementing the creative, technical and logistical elements of each event, including venue assessment, lighting, sound, staging, vendor agreements, staff management, and the development of timelines and budgets.  A gifted event producer and ultimate multi-tasker, she contributes strong project management skills and an objective to make each KBE fête a unique work of art. Brooke received a BS in Political Science and International Relations from UCLA, and has amassed over four years experience as an event coordinator with Presidential Catering/Command Performance Group at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as well as a stint at Beverly Hills fashion agency Michelle Marie PR. KBE clients are immediately drawn to her calm demeanor and irreverent sense of humor.

Laura Cardo


Laura is an expert events producer and the day-to-day liaison between KBE and clients. With five-star communication skills and a self-proclaimed motto to “always be in the solution,” she is often several steps ahead of clients’ needs during the planning process. Laura brings a degree in Business Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, seven years as Promotional Planner for publisher J.J. Keller & Associates, two years as a Freelancer for both PR and Social Media, and a penchant she shares with KBE for telling stories on a grand scale—honed through her 15-year tenure as a dance studio manager and choreographer. Laura has always been the quintessential team player; as captain of her team at the 2006 and 2009 World Baton Twirling Championships, she earned silver and gold medals. She brings this same love of teamwork and passion for precision to KBE’s portfolio of luxury events.