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Impact Team

Meet the faces of Impact

Impact Destinations & Events mission is; we thrive on developing meaningful partnerships with our clients. We find this business most rewarding when we are creating the success of companies AND the people we serve.  We want to make you, a success in the eyes of your stakeholders and attendees. This is not just a business… it is about passion for creating something special that has not been done before.

Mission Statement

Dan Houdek

Founder & President

Daniel Houdek is the President & Owner of Impact Events with 21 years of DMC experience, and over 35 years in the hospitality industry. His experience includes all sides of the business, including over 15 years delivering on the exceptionally high standards of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. His knowledge, exclusive arrangements and contacts offer many options that other destination experts don’t know or can’t offer - the result of years of research and an unceasing desire to create unforgettable experiences.

Salina Lohacharoen

VP of Operations

Salina was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree

in Hospitality and Tourism Management. She has been at Impact Events for seven years. Her expertise in creative thinking and multitasking has made her successful in every role she has been given. As VP of Operations, Salina is responsible for being the main contact throughout the operation phase.

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Tess Taylor

Senior Account Manager

Tess was born and raised in The Bay Area. She graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing Management. Tess’s Event Management career spans from in-house corporate events to wedding management for a Napa Valley resort. Her experience in various events makes her a unique addition to the Impact Team. As the Senior Account Manager, Tess bridges the gap between sales and operations ensuring successful events which exceed our clients’ expectations.

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Alexis Johnson

Sales and Program Coordinator

Alexis is the newest team member at Impact Events. She graduated from Sonoma State with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and recently spent 4 years abroad, teaching in Thailand. As a Sales & Program Coordinator, Alexis works close with our clients to develop customized proposals. Her quick thinking and attention to detail has made her a wonderful addition to this team.

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Tim Ranuio

Senior Account Manager

​Tim has been in the Meeting, Incentive, and Corporate travel planning business for over two decades. He has lived in Napa for 20+ years and specializes in unique Wine Country experiences from team building events to discovering hidden gems in both Napa and Sonoma Counties. Tim provides one-of-a-kind insight on everything in wine country. 

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Alexis Van Meeteren

Senior Account Manager

Alexis was born and raised in Palm Springs. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. With a career now spanning over a decade in the travel industry and event production, Alexis has found her passion in organizing events and activities that allow people to dive deeper into their connection with themselves, the land, and the local community.

Jill Milne

 Jill arrives with over 25 years of experience in Marketing, Fundraising and Events, including positions at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. As a volunteer, she has contributed hundreds of hours to Tahoe-area non-profits, including serving on the board of The Shane McConkey Foundation. 

Donna Lovett

Donna is our Half Moon Bay local coordinator, who is looking forward to planning more programs. Donna has lived in Half Moon Bay for many years, and is very knowledgeable about the best in the area. She is very helpful when walking clients through site-visits, and makes the experience exciting and memorable. 

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