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PAM HOWATT

President, Pam Howatt established the Las Vegas based, DiVine Events after 20 years of hands-on event planning experience. Formally, DiVine Event Productions, Howatt and her team re-focused their mission to meet the needs and trends of today’s corporate and private clientele.

Howatt’s event management enterprise began in 2005 when she acquired You Name it Events and then Inventive Incentives in 2007, eventually merging the two operations into Divine Event Productions in 2008. The company has evolved into what is now known as DiVine Events, a full service catering and event planning company, specializing in private celebrations, corporate events and company picnics, producing over 600 events a year.

Striving to exceed client expectations, Howatt has built a solid reputation on providing personalized service, a well trained professional staff, exceptional décor and the highest quality cuisine.

Prior to establishing her own business, Howatt was an executive in the Gaming industry. During her 17-year career with gaming manufacturer IGT, Pam was responsible for planning meetings, trade shows, and customer events all over the world. Event planning is her passion. Pam’s family is an integral part of the companies and are involved in all day to day creative planning and execution.

Pam received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada in Reno. She immediately started her career at Harrah’s as the Accounting and Operations Manager for Bill Harrah’s personal and privately held businesses.

Her career at IGT began in 1981. Her assignments ranged from Financial Analyst, Director of Route and Casino Operations, Operations Manager-Video Lottery Division, Sales Operations and Event Planning Manager and finally, Director of Marketing Services.

Upon leaving IGT in 1996, Pam moved to Rapid City, SD but remained in the gaming industry by joining Sodak Gaming as the Director of International Operations Administration and then in 1998 returned to Las Vegas to work at Mikohn Gaming as Director of Marketing and General Manager Tables Games Division. In 2000 she joined Bally Technologies as Vice President Proprietary Games until 2005 when she purchased the catering company.

Pam has received awards from Special Event in 1996, 1996 Distinguished Lottery Professional, and was named one of 10 Great Women in Gaming in 2005. She was Marketing Chairperson for GAMMA in 2000 and Vice Chairman for the American Heart Association in 1998. She received the NACE Philanthropic Member of the Year award in 2008, was nominated for the Woman’s Chamber of Commerce 2008 Athena Award and inducted in the Woman’s Hall of Fame in July 2009.

Pam has generously helped many different organizations providing food, decor and in kind donations. Organizations assisting children are her favorite, and she generously supports Clark County Special Needs Adoption and Foster Parent programs as well as Street Teens, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tuberous Sclerosis Yearly Walkathon, Three Square, various Scholarship programs, Assistance League of Las Vegas, Miracle Flights for Kids, HRC and Mom’s In Business Network, to name a few.

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Steve Piamchuntar

Chef Steve Piamchuntar literally grew up in the kitchen of his family’s Thai restaurant in Southern California which has been in operation for over 28 years. Chef Steve’s culinary style derives from his experience in Thai cuisine, as well as, his years of training in Fine Dining.

In 1999 Chef Steve was an instrumental part of the culinary team which opened the Bellagio Resort and Casino. He then was sought out to open Tenaya Creek Restaurant & Brewery in 2001 where in 2002 he assumed the position of Executive Chef.

Steve then went on to broaden his skill set in fine dining at The Stirling Club at Turnberry under the supervision of Celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer and Palmer Management Group. During his tenure at the Stirling Club, Chef Steve had the opportunity to utilize his talents creating and executing custom menus for many high profile clients. Simultaneously he opened and managed his catering company, Cravings Catering, from 2005-2009.

In May of 2012 Chef Steve and his wife, Lorie, opened their restaurant, Nosh & Swig, where they received many accolades and exceptional reviews.

In December 2014 Chef Steve accepted the position of Executive Chef for Divine Café and Divine Events.
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Ray Hurtado

Ray is an innovator when it comes to business development. He has worked for over 20 years with some of Las Vegas' largest corporations.

He is always looking for new opportunities and building strong relationships. In 1997 Ray left a successful career in Los Angeles with GTE and United publishers. He set out to further his career in advertising and marketing. Invited by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority he began to help drive and develop the iconic Las Vegas Magazine as Vice President of Sales. Soon he was sought out by the Las Vegas Review Journal to create and launch what would be their $5,000,000 direct mail division.

Many know Ray from his days in the golf industry as Publisher of Vegas Golfer Magazine and the Executive Director of The Nevada Golf Course Owners Association. His creative marketing flair and love of cooking, fine dining and finding that next great hole in the wall has made this latest career move to Director of Sales for Divine Events a natural fit.

Ray loves the outdoors, traveling and visiting national parks around the country. A favorite past time is watching Diners Dives and Drive-ins with his son and experimenting with new recipes. His passion for food has led him to be friends with many restauranteurs in Las Vegas, the food Mecca of the World.

Ray believes every door opened and conversation made can lead to a great catered event.

 

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Lorie Piamchuntar

Lorie has been in the Food & Beverage Management Industry for 15 years, from owning her own small local catering company in 2005-2009 then owning a cutting edge small plates restaurant from 2012-2014.

Lorie is a true lover of food and during downtime enjoys reading and keeping up with the newest culinary trends. Her front of the house management crossed with her OCD organization equals great skills for operations.

She has directed and produced over 500 events ranging in size from VIP intimate proposal dinners to plated breakfasts in the middle of the desert to the capacity of 1500+. Her passion for excellent customer service and perfection speaks volumes.

Lorie strives to produce a great team to ensure the best event possible, whether it be corporate or social.
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Sean Leibovici

Sean Leibovici got his start with Divine Events in December of 2004 - as quite possibly the world's worst Santa Claus. He has been drawn to catering and event planning ever since.

Having worked his way up from event staff, to catering manager, to “other duties as assigned”, he has finally found his niche as director of facilities and logistics. Sean is happiest when planning and coordinating some of the most complex and logistically challenging events - whether it be a plated dinner for 300 on a mountaintop, a company picnic for 5,000, or taking on two dozen events in a weekend, he is always up for the challenge.

Sean is one of the best at finding creative solutions for our customers ever changing requests with a mix of a never say no point of view and the desire to pull off the seemingly impossible. From start to finish, producing a completely seamless experience for our clientele is his top priority.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Sean is an avid ice hockey fan and can’t wait until he can cheer on Vegas's own Golden Knights! Until then, you can find him at his Henderson home barbecuing with his wife Cassie, friends, family, and dog Cooper.

 

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Barbara Mahoney

Barbara Mahoney is the Office Manager with Divine Events. Her responsibilities encompass many aspects of our business including HR, Payroll, AP/AR, and customer service. Before joining the Divine Events team in 2012, Barbara had similar responsibilities with Studio Instrument Rentals and Mahoney's Entertainment. Barbara has a remarkable ability to multitask and prioritize work. 

In her spare time, Barbara enjoys reading, spending time with her family and volunteering at school functions.  
Cindy

Cindy Yang

Cindy joins the Divine Events team with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, concentration in Meetings & Events and a background in wedding planning.

Graduated from UNLV, Cindy was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She started her event planning experience in the chapter by organizing the second annual “Strike Out Breast Cancer” softball tournament for the national organization’s philanthropy. 

Cindy has had experience planning week long corporate events in Downtown Las Vegas to large wedding parties of 250+. Her passion lies in the wedding industry and she loves all things pastel.

Cindy loves creating different set-ups and one of her favorite things to see in her events are the current wedding trends correlated with her creation.

Cindy is an active member of WIPA and she can’t wait to grow with Divine to see what’s next!

 

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John Landeroz

John comes to us from Chicago, where he was born and raised.

At a young age his passion for the arts lead him to continue his studies at Indiana University where he studied business and dance along with adding multiple performances to his portfolio.

Upon graduating he was given the opportunity to perform on cruise ships and left dry land for the high seas, where he got to travel and experience the world with Cunard Lines Ltd. John returned to dry land and settled in Las Vegas and expanded his knowledge of the hospitality and retail industry, while continuing to perform and choreograph.

Having spent several years in the night life and restaurant industry and as a manager for Starbucks Coffee Co., he returned to Chicago to work as a School and Theater Rental Coordinator and Director of Social Media and Web Content for the Ruth Page Center of Arts, a nonprofit pre-professional dance school that is very close to his heart, having trained there at a young age.

John recently moved back to Las Vegas from Chicago to continue expanding his knowledge and experience in hospitality and catering industry.
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Kat Maraj

Originally from the UK she spent a lot of her career traveling extensively around the world as an entertainer. Her background in Classical Ballet and multiple styles of dance lead her to work for Radisson, Cunard and Seabourn Cruise lines where she performed in many productions.

When Kat wasn’t performing she was channeling her creative passions and creating multiple event, dinners and theme nights. Upon leaving the high seas, she found herself performing in many shown on the Las Vegas Strip, expanding her knowledge of special events and the hospitality industry.

Over the past 10 years her creativity and passion to produce wonderful events and strive for impeccable customer service has allowed her to work at multiple venues and with both national and international clients expanding her knowledge and experience.

Kat loves nothing more than to work closely with a client and help bring their vision to life.

 

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Lawrence “Pop” Landaburu

“Pop” has worked with Divine from the day we bought the business. He is always cheerful, always on the run to the next task and his presence is the light of all of our days. He fixes EVERYTHING that gets broken, saves us tons of money,and builds everything that we can imagine or find a photo of to recreate. The Divine sign in our café is just one of his masterpieces.

Pop is Pam’s amazing Dad, a retired Master Carpenter, a lifelong member of the Carpenter’s Union, and World War 2 Navy Veteran . He celebrated his 91st birthday with us last August. He is an incredible addition to our team.
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