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Applause Catering + Events Team

Stephanie A. McIntyre

Sales + Event Designer

Stephanie has twenty-eight years experience in the restaurant, catering and customer service industries, sixteen of those in event design and sales. She has designed and executed complete events for two to twelve hundred guests, including corporate holiday parties, milestone events, wedding receptions, benefits for non-profit organizations, food service for major sporting events, and elaborate theme parties. Stephanie has an interdisciplinary degree in communication (Bachelor of Arts) from Aquinas College. Her event planning skills have given her the opportunity to participate in a volunteer capacity for many community events. She was the co-race director for two years and a volunteer committee member for three years for Pietro’s “Run Fasta Eat Pasta” 5K. Stephanie’s vision and impeccable attention to detail have earned the acclaim of many respected institutions in West Michigan.

Tyler Haaksma

Sales + Event Designer

A Grand Rapids native, Tyler brings a unique background to the Applause Catering Sales team. Tyler has been a part of the Applause Team for thirteen years, rising through the ranks and becoming well-versed in all catering operations. Tyler previously was the Operations Manager. For the last eight years he directed supervisors, servers and culinary staff, working side by side with our Sales and Event Designers to ensure the success of multiple events at various locations. Tyler's pleasant personality and demeanor allow him to connect with clients easily and his project management and logistical abilities allow him to help clients thoroughly plan out their events to ensure that no detail is missed. Tyler's expertise is large corporate events but his scope of experience makes him an expert at Weddings, Meetings, Barbeques, Graduations, Tailgates, Political Dinners, In-home Celebrations, Golf Outings and more. When he is not at Applause Catering + Events, you can find Tyler spending time on the golf course.

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