About Us



Red Frog Food & Beverage combines over 45 years of experience in large-scale food and beverage service with an innovative and award-winning event production company. Our team formed when the DJ’s National Food Service team joined the Red Frog Events Family with the shared goal of raising the bar on large-scale event and festival food and beverage. Over the years, we’ve been part of the NFL Experience and the Olympics, and are proud to have served food to those helping at Ground Zero after 9/11. Our history dates back to our founders inventing the Dumbo Ear, now the popular Elephant Ear.

Our friendly management team has worked side-by-side for more than 20 years, and has a versatile background in successfully executing events from 10,000 to upwards of 300,000 attendees.

Our Mission

Red Frog Events is an event production company and pioneer of the Experiential Entertainment Industry, recognized for its award-winning company culture. Since 2007, the company has developed innovative brands including the Warrior Dash obstacle race series, Firefly Music Festival, and Chicago Beer Classic. Red Frog also provides event services ranging from food and beverage to its ticketing platform, EventSprout.

We are event planners, and we understand the unique challenges that Event Organizers face when planning an event. Beyond helping you sell tickets, we can offer consulting services because we’ve been there – and we’re happy to help.

Our Culture and Values

While all of our employees come from different backgrounds, we have a few things in common: we’re kind-hearted, team players to the core. We value the ability to lead, innovate, and laugh when thrown into new situations every day. Red Froggers focus on creating remarkable work, word-class events, and lasting friendships with a team of hard-working people that have a common goal in mind.

Our Commitment

In 2010, Red Frog Events formed a partnership with St. Jude to raise funds through our first event, Great Urban Race. As Red Frog has grown, so has our relationship with St. Jude. In 2013, we committed to fundraising $25 million toward the opening of the St. Jude Red Frog Events Proton Therapy Center. To date, Red Frog has raised over $13.5 million toward the center, which opened officially on December 14, 2015.

Proton therapy is the most advanced form of radiation technology available to patients because it allows doctors to precisely target cancerous cells with high doses of radiation while sparing nearby healthy cells and vital organs located beyond the tumor. Proton therapy offers a great benefit for children with brain tumors and other cancers treated with radiation therapy, as it reduces harm to the child’s developing body and lessens the risk of secondary tumors later in life.

Our Team


Alexa Denhof
Commander of Cash
Sr. Financial Analyst
Alex Yount
Foreman of Festivities
Sponsorship Sr. Manager
Amanda Hogue
Specialist of Spirit
Project Manager
Bryan Sechrist
Constructor of Chaos
Director of Site Operations
Caitlyn Kahan
Superstar of Style
Director of Vendor Relations
Christiane Pheil
Tackler of Talent
Talent & Experience
Courtney Deimel
Guru of Good Times
Sr. Director of People
Courtney Sutliff
Promoter of Passion
Sr. Staffing Coordinator
Derek Holland
Juggler of Justice
VP & Legal Counsel
Emily Fries
Beast of Feast
Operations Sr. Coordinator
Emily Littlejohn
Headmaster of Heart
Resource Management
Gretchen Lent
Duchess of Details
Supply Management Director
Jacob Denault
Chairman of Chow
Head Chef of F&B Operations
Joe Reynolds
Astronaut
Founder, Co-CEO of Red Frog Events
Jonathan Dye
Viceroy of Vittles
Corporate Chef
Jonathan Wayland
Broker of Bands
Talent Booker
Josh Mohr
Marshal of Multisport
Site Operations Sr. Specialist
Kayla Walsh
Trailblazer of Treats
Senior Operations Coordinator
Kelly North
Master of Magic
Site Operations Specialist
Kristy Corcoran
Captain of Currency
VP of Finance
Lauren King
Broadcaster of Buzz
Public Relations Director
Megan Gaseor
Caesar of Opportunities
Event Experience Manager
Megan Marshall
Tar Tar for Now
Event Experience Director
Michael Coco
Admiral of Adrenaline
Site Operations Director
Robert Chaisson
Captain of Culinary
Head Chef of Catering
Russ Podowski
Duke of Distribution
Warehouse Director
Ryan Jones
Zoo Keeper
Director of Food and Beverage
Ryan Kunkel
Master of Monkey Business
Co-CEO of Red Frog Events
Sarah McGrath
Queen of Quirkiness
Customer Experience Director
Scott Howard
Promoter of Possibilities
VP of Sales and Marketing
Shad Severance
Guru of Grub
Vice President
Sheila Rinehart
Master of the Menu
Sr. Executive Director
Stephanie Mezzano
Engineer of Excitement
Chief Operations Officer
Steph Schwartz
Conjurer of Calmness
Purchasing & Inventory Sr. Coordinator
Suzi Berkich
Cardinal of Collaboration
Sr. Executive Director
Terry McMahon
MacGyver of Mayhem
Art Director