Our Team

Our Values

  1. We love what we do, we work hard, play hard.

  2. We create WOW Factors

  3. We are grateful and positive

  4. We stand for excellence

  5. We problem-solve and take action

  6. We use open and real communication

  7. We care and serve

  8. We have each other’s back

  9. We do the right thing

  10. We honor our word


Why choose us?

At Olaya Events & Company, we know that you want to be a confident and celebrated host/hostess. In order to do that, you need to have an extraordinary event. The problem is you do not know where to start and your time is limited, which makes you feel overwhelmed and asking yourself, “Can I do this?” We believe you deserve to enjoy your event and shouldn’t have to worry about all of the details. We understand that planning an event can be overwhelming and time consuming, which is why for the last decade, we have been helping people like you create extraordinary events their guests rave about! Contact us now and start planning with our team today!

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Abigail Olaya
Founder + CEO

By age 35, Abigail Olaya, CEO of Olaya Events &Company, had built a $1 million wedding venue with her husband, while being a mom to three active triplets! Over the last decade, she’s established award winning venues and a catering company, drawing on her previous  experiences as a civil engineer/program manager and leading a $70M IT project portfolio. Abigail is the recipient of the 2017 “40 under 40 Leader Award” in Phoenix, AZ.

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Edward Olaya
Founder + CEO

In 2009 at age 27, Edward left his position as a research engineer working on micofluidic devices for the Applied Nanobioscience Center and went all in to create the first venue in our collection - Venue at the Grove.  Armed with a $15,000 loan from Edward’s mom, a strong worth ethic, and commitment to providing an exceptional event
experience, Edward and Abigail have been able to build a multi-million dollar company portfolio under what is now called Olaya Events and Company, a parent company consisting of Venue
at the Grove, Ensemble Catering, and Audubon Event Center and plans to continue to build other venues and ventures in the wedding and event industry.   


Kelsey Emery
Director of Sales & Events

Kelsey's path to the events world was a unique one. She started her career in mining after earning her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Kelsey worked in the mining industry for five years, working her way up in the ranks to a Sr. Supervisor of Operations, where she led a team of over sixty people. After learning about the unique culture of Olaya Events & Company and having a
desire to help grow a small company, Kelsey changed careers and never looked back. Kelsey is a true servant leader who encourages her team to reach their full potential and excel beyond, and loves being able to help clients feel like a celebrity at their own event.


Leigh Hendrickson
Sales Manager

Leigh helps to build relationships and expand our businesses to different markets.  She is funny, helpful, smart and strategic.  Our corporate partners love her because she used to be a corporate planner and can provide with ideas and resources they didn't even know they needed.  Our wedding clients find her ability to match their visions with our packages very helpful.  Our catering clients love that she is also a foodie and helps them create the perfect menu for their premier events.


Gianna Leal
Event Manager

Gianna is from Southern California originally. She came to Arizona to study at Grand Canyon University and graduated with her degree in Business Management. While in school, she developed a love to help people and make a difference. This drew her into the world of event management, starting out in Downtown Phoenix working for Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects as their Venue Concierge. With a dream to grow her skills and talents, she jumped at the opportunity to work with the Olaya Events &Company Team. She brings a fun, energetic and personable addition to the team and is passionate about creating extraordinary experiences for clients!


Emily Oaida
Accounting Assistant 

Emily leads our accounting department and oversees the processing of client payments, event invoicing, vendor payments, and company payroll. She is a trustworthy and honest person who completes tasks with excellence. Emily has a B.S. in Accounting from Arizona State University. She has been part of the team since 2015.

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Vince Arroyo
Sr. Catering Captain

Vince Arroyo has been with the company from nearly the beginning and has helped pave the way to create extraordinary experiences. He learned from a young age that he had a passion for bringing memories to life with an eye for detail and creativity. He has brought to life hundreds of incredible weddings with poise, creativity, and a
leveled head. He truly loves what he does and wants each guest or client to have a day they will never forget.