Meet the Team

 

Christophe Cevasco

President

Manager (in both catering and on-site operations) in premium restaurant venues for over 25 years. After retiring as managing partner for Eddie V’s Pacific operations out of La Jolla , he created Private Label Consulting. Epic Venues retained his consulting company, and in sharing the vision of Epic Venues, he agreed to accept the President position to install the best of F&B operations for all Epic Venues.

Clay Bandy

Drummer

Clay Bandy is one of the bay area’s finest drummers, known for his natural feel and solid groove. Clay started out as the drummer for Jubilee Christian Center’s youth band, and he soon moved on to becoming one of the main drummers for their televised worship service. At age 18, Clay was called upon to tour around the world with worship leader, Dr. Ron Kenoly. This experience helped groom him into becoming a music entrepreneur.  Shortly after touring Clay began networking and gigging with several local musicians. During that season he caught the attention of his now mentor and friend, Ron E. Beck (former drummer for Tower of Power). This connection led to him becoming Ron E. Beck’s drummer for his soul Cry band and current band Ron E. Beck Soul Revue. Clay considered this an honor and achievement in becoming a drummer’s drummer. He has also toured with R&B/Blues diva E.C. Scott and has shared the stage with many other great artist and bands such as; Lenny Williams, Lakeside, The Whispers, Raheem Devaughn, Angie Stone, Tony Lindsey (of Santana) and Chaka Khan just to a name a few. Clay continues to expand his musical journey playing with local groups and performing drum and dj events with some of the bay area’s most seasoned dj’s. Clay also offers private drum lesson to students of all ages. His approach to teaching starts with developing a natural feel and a solid groove. His Intro to Drums course has proven to be a fun and insightful option to those that have expressed a passion and will to learn. 

 

 

Jennifer Davis

Private Event Director

Jennifer started her event planning career in 2009 as an intern at the Corinthian Grand Ballroom. She graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Hospitality, Tourism & Event Management & became the Private Event Director at the Corinthian Grand Ballroom in 2010.

 

Laura Buell

Executive Assistant / Event Coordinator

Laura is a San Diego native that relocated to San Jose in the beginning of 2018 to join the Epic Venues Team.  She spent the last 7 years in the hospitality industry working as a Sales Assistant and Administrative Assistant. Prior to that she managed a Dental Practice with a staff of 50 and was responsible for all matters related to Human Resources, Payroll, Scheduling, Account Payable as well as Marketing and Promotions.  In addition to this role she spent 5 year with Pacific University Dental School as the Assistant Director of Admissions.  She was responsible for the recruitment and mentoring of students as well as interview selection and acceptance.  She is now looking forward to a long career with the Epic Venues Team.

 

Roberto Herrera

For more than 18 years, Roberto Herrera, a la Carte Supervisor at the Silicon Valley Capital Club, has been a key player in providing Warm Welcomes when Members and Guests arrive at the Club. He started at the Club as a Dishwasher and steadily worked his way to his current position and, along the way, developed a strong knowledge of wines, service skills and the ability to train his staff. Two years ago, Roberto was awarded a SuperSTAR award for his ability to manage the Founders’ Room in a first­class manner. This year Roberto earned the additional responsibility of supervising both the upscale dining room and the more casual lounge and terrace. Once again, he has demonstrated great leadership as the service levels have turned around and improved. Roberto joined with us in October 2017.

 

Vanessa Burchell

Event Sales Manager

Dedicated Event Manager with 15+ years experience in the hospitality industry and a passion for event planning, coordination and design. She has planned and executed weddings, corporate events and has experience with nonprofit event coordination. She is a detail-oriented professional who continues to grow with her passion, creativity and inspiration. Vanessa’s bubbly personality and professional demeanor help her clients relax as she creates one-of-a-kind parties of their dreams. In her free time, Vanessa loves spending time with her two children and watching all her favorite Bay Area sports teams.

 

Javier Garcia

Service Director

Javier has  29 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry.  His career in Hospitality started in May of 1989 with the Silicon Valley Capital Club as a Food Expeditor.  He then was promoted to Banquet Supervisor and further advanced to Service Director in 2003.  His career with The Corinthian Grand Ballroom began on September 1st, 2009.  His extensive experience in Food and Beverage Operations, and Guest Services, ensures every event he oversees is a great success.  Javier is also Bilingual in English and Spanish. 

 

Temo Corona

Project Manager & Design

Temo Corona is a project manager and designer who has been part of the company since 2009. Coming from a construction background he has helped complete many projects ranging from major renovations at The Grand Ballroom to the construction and completion of the Glasshouse in San Jose. Before joining the company Temo ran his own construction company for 4 years and became an architectural drafter during a 2 year time off. Temo leads with a big diversity of background trades ranging from building, architectural drafting and audio/video design. Temo now focuses on keeping all buildings in working order as well as renovating and modernizing them as well. Project managing is his key factor while hands on designing every piece of the project. 

 

Shelley Nell

Event Sales Manager

Shelley, a Bay Area native, brings 25 years of customer service & management experience to The GlassHouse. While working weekends as part of the service staff for a local catering company, she developed her passion for event planning. Shelley has extensive experience in all aspects of the industry and prides herself on providing exceptional customer service. When she isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her three children, hiking, going to the beach and watching her sons play competitive basketball. 

 

Marlene Sanchez

Marlene, a Southern California native, originally moved to the Bay Area to attend San Jose State University. As a Communications major the Events Industry has proven to be a perfect career path for her. Marlene is bilingual in both English and Spanish and her experience in the operations department has made the transition into sales easy. She loves working with her clients and has received raving reviews from both past and current clients. She definitely is very personable and enjoys the work she does. She has coordinated all types of events ranging from weddings to corporate.

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