OUR Team

meet our

Talented Florida Event Decor

At Florida Event Decor, we have assembled the best team in the business! Our event designers are not “just” designers — they are artists, full of creativity and ideas, and ready to turn your ideas into an amazing event that your guests will love.

Valorie Karter

Valorie is the owner of Florida Event Décor from Atlantic Beach, Florida. She spent ten years as an elementary school teacher, honing her skills in planning, organizing and implementing instructional programs. Valorie has a knack at building strong and long-lasting relationships with FED employees and clients. The value that best exemplifies Valorie is fun; she sees every challenge as an opportunity and approaches is it with energy and enthusiasm.

Eric Karter

Eric is the owner of Florida Event Décor from Southern California. After ten years in the financial world as a Chartered Financial Analyst, Eric achieved his childhood dream of owning his own business. Looking back on over thirteen years in the event industry, it’s rewarding to think about all of the ways he has grown creatively and professionally. Eric prides himself on working in the business and on the business. Whether it’s introducing a customer initiative program or completing a Google Sketchup rendering; Eric has a hand in every aspect of the business. As the author of the FED values, he sees teamwork as the value he illustrates most; working together is the key to success.

Lauren Russell

Lauren is the Creative Manager from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a Rosen School of Hospitality graduate and with over five years at FED, Lauren is the creative guru and queen of details. Lauren loves the challenge of creating a winning proposal; and managing all of the details for a flawless execution. For Lauren, getting to know all of the clients is the best part of the job. It’s no surprise that she demonstrates the FED value acceptance; she works with a variety of people in many different capacities while maintaining mutual respect.

Jenya Zhyvitski

Jenya is a Production Manager from Belarus. He has worked in the event industry for over twelve years. Jenya is a jack of all trades, with experience varying from the most complicated set ups to building custom scenery. He knows the inventory down to the nuts and bolts of each item. For these reasons, he manages a team of event specialists and trains new members with precision. Jenya stands for the FED value commitment; he makes sure every detail is completed and ensures the overall goals are achieved.

Leo Putelli

Leo is a Production Manager from Argentina. He has worked in the event industry for over fifteen years. Whether it’s installing custom carpet, working on mechanical technicalities, or managing the team of event specialists; Leo keeps the ball rolling. He also personifies the FED value fun; he is always able to make the team laugh and keep a good attitude. For Leo, seeing the clients’ reaction to each event is his treasure.

Shelbey Hanson

Shelbey is the Marketing and Event Coordinator from Rockledge, Florida. Shelbey brings her creativity to every photo, social media post, and proposal at FED. She represents the FED value innovation by constantly introducing new ideas and methods. Shelbey loves being a part of a team that creates meaningful experiences.

Jeff Jordan

Jeff is a Scenic Builder from Orlando, Florida. With over twenty years of experience, Jeff has “scene” it all from theme parks to theatre and has landed in the special event world to inspire guests through his creative talents. Skilled in carpentry, carving and painting, Jeff enjoys coming to work to find solutions to the creative vision of all of our clients. He embodies the FED value integrity; focusing on doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do!

Patrick O'Brien

Patrick is an Event Specialist from Arlington, Texas. He is a true Southern gentleman who always uses “ma’am” and “sir”. He’s also known for staying cool and calm in any situation. Patrick embraces the FED value of integrity; he put doing the right thing above all else. His favorite part of the job is traveling to different locations.

Diego Esguerra

Diego is an Event Specialist from Columbia. He is skilled in carpet, carpentry, and large hard sets to name a few. The best part of the job for him is event production. He prides himself on seeing the process executed flawlessly. Diego incorporates the FED value teamwork; he enjoys sharing ideas and experiences while working together.
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