David Solomon – President/CEO
David Solomon’s leadership in developing cutting-edge food and beverage programs and services is the core of DLS Events’ success. With a career spanning the decades, his love of music and live entertainment has led DLS Events on its successful and ever-growing path.
Rebecca Wickens – Director of National Operations and Development
Born, bred and educated in the Midwest, Rebecca Wickens is an industry pro. Her parallel careers in hospitality, music business and music performance led her to Los Angeles via Chicago, where she eventually joined forces with David and DLS Events. Rebecca’s extensive knowledge of venue, restaurant and special event operations brings a unique level of excellence to the DLS team.
Kristie Ralph – Director of Corporate Operations
Born, raised and educated in New England, Kristie Ralph is a recent transplant to Los Angeles and to DLS Events. She brings her background in executive operations and development in growth organizations, along with a strong history in the nightlife and music industry. Kristie is an expert in business growth and corporate management, and leads our team in the core infrastructure.
Elinor Goren – Director of Festivals and Special Events
Elinor Goren’s vast experience travelled around the world before landing her at DLS Events. Born and raised in Israel, she spent years working world-class bars in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Elinor cut her live music teeth at the famous House of Blues Sunset in West Hollywood, where she worked the music hall and the prestigious Foundation Room. Her leadership and industry knowledge stood out when she walked in for a job at DLS’ first venue – the Wiltern Theatre. Elinor grabbed the reigns that first day, and the rest is history.
Bill Zoldan – National Director of Catering
Bill Zoldan is a native Angelino who began his hospitality career at the famed Westwood Marquis Hotel & Gardens in the food & beverage department. He opened the Raleigh Studios Café in 1981 where he established his first catering company providing crew meals for commercial productions. In 1992 he was tapped to run Parties Plus, one of Southern California’s leading event companies, and quickly gained ownership. Over his three decade career, Bill has established an award winning track record of excellence and innovation in catering and event production.
Max Bonilla – National Executive Chef
Max Bonilla is the creative force and culinary mastermind behind DLS catering. Combining true creativity and a collaborative philosophy, Chef Max has established a reputation for excellence. His abilities to execute the most demanding events are known throughout the business. Born and raised in El Salvador, Max came to Los Angeles and mentored in the kitchens at L.A. Celebrations and Parties Plus.
Chris Tamplin – Regional Food and Beverage Manager, Central Area
Chris Tamplin started out with a tandem career in the nightclub and music booking industries, which eventually led him to his current home of Raleigh, North Carolina. He built a name for himself in the southeast region when he founded the Local Band, Local Beer music series before he opened his very own music venue in Durham, North Carolina. Chris’ contributions to live music and cocktail culture have been recognized with awards from Buzzfeed Magazine, The Indy Arts Award and Indy Weekly. In addition to being credited with the official cocktail of North Carolina, Chris followed his culinary dream by developing an award winning hot sauce in his spare time. His well-rounded expertise makes Chris an invaluable member of the DLS executive team.
Kasey Brennan – Regional Manager, Eastern Region
Kasey Brennan hails from Brooklyn, but she started her career in the South. As a corporate trainer for a major U.S. bar and restaurant chain, she has been responsible for the upstart of hundreds of careers nationwide. Her love of music led her to the world-famous Tabernacle in Atlanta, where she acted as Food and Beverage GM and Regional Corporate Trainer before being recruited by DLS Events in 2016. Kasey brings structure and passion to the management teams at DLS Events!
Ada Dacosta – Finance Manager
Ada Dacosta discovered her dual passions for high-level financials and physical fitness during her tenure in the United States Air Force. She realized her love of food and beverages long before then, as a child in her native country of Guatemala – this combination made Ada’s career path an easy choice. After proudly serving her country for four years, Ada brought her intelligence and energy to Universal Studios. She worked her way up the “food” chain through every restaurant position, from cashier to GM to Accounting Manager. DLS hit the jackpot with Ada; as our senior financial associate, Ada runs a tight ship!