Sandra Di Domizio
I started Green Fox Events in May 2008. My experience includes 7 years in the luxury active travel industry: designing and managing private active group vacations in some of the most beautiful places in the world; 3 years of corporate event production and marketing for a wonderful biotech company in the San Francisco Bay Area; 4 years in the public sector as the Special Events Manager for the incredible Town of Mammoth Lakes. I have a Master in Business Administration from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Arts from University of British Columbia.
A bit about me:
I grew up in Toronto, Canada, daughter to two of the hardest-working Italians I know. After my undergrad at the University of British Columbia, I moved to the US. I have American, Canadian, and Italian citizenships and have lived/worked/played extensively in those countries. I speak English, French, Italian, (some) Spanish, and Canadian. In addition to working full time at Green Fox Events, I’m the proud mom of three kids and wife to a very patient man.
How I give back:
I serve on the board of the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce (President), and volunteer with the Mammoth Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.
Which is your favorite GFE event that you worked on and why?
All our clients and events inspire me, but the ones I appreciate the most are the ones that test our abilities and allow us to grow.
I moved to Mammoth Lakes after graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration and an emphasis in Special Event Management.
I have been involved in the planning and execution of a variety of different events including: weddings, corporate events, private/public events, festivals, sporting events, and numerous wine events. I feel blessed to work in an industry where I get to help clients plan their special events around the beauty that exists in the Eastern Sierra. I am very creative, detail oriented, and passionate about what I do.
A bit about me:
I consider myself fortunate to have been born and raised on the beautiful Central Coast of California, however after spending several summers and winters vacationing in the Eastern Sierra I knew I wanted to spend more time here.
When I am not working, the Eastern Sierra affords me the opportunity to ski, hike, rock climb, fly fish, and enjoy the beauty of this amazing place!
What is your favorite quote?
Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life!
What is your favorite wedding food or drink?
I LOVE eating snacks, so I am all about doing a fun, creative late night snack at a wedding. Whether it’s a delicious taco bar, a popcorn station, donut bar, soft pretzel station with dipping sauces, s’mores station, you name it. I just think that it is so much fun!
I also LOVE creating beautiful displays for lemonade stations, beer bars, hot cocoa stands, etc.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing all of our hard work come to fruition on the day of an event and to see smiles on our clients’ faces.
My resume includes nearly 20 years of event and project management, with a good mix of private, corporate and non-profit organizations. Prior to coming to Green Fox Events in 2012, I spent several years doing project management for a non-profit organization, event management for an event management company and almost 12 years in Mammoth Mountain’s marketing department managing events, promotions and sponsorships. I have managed events ranging from large, televised events including the NORBA Mountain Bike National Championships, and the USSA Snowboarding Grand Prix to smaller (yet just as fun) festivities such as trail clean up days and, yes, even a “Ski in the Millennium” party back in 2000! I have a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific.
A Bit About Me:
I moved to Mammoth in the winter of 1992 with the intention of spending one season here – but fell in love with the Eastern Sierra and eventually made Mammoth Lakes my permanent home. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my 2 kids, husband and chocolate lab.
How I give back:
I also am a firm believer in giving back to our community and volunteer with many great organizations including Mammoth Club Volleyball, Girl Scouts and Little League.
Describe one of your most memorable GFE experiences:
Wow – there are so many. One that sticks out in my mind happened during a corporate retreat we coordinated for a large group. Among other things, we arranged all the activities for the group – and my role at the moment was to check in on the folks that were snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and (snow) tubing. I remember the look of sheer pleasure (and maybe a bit of fear) on the faces of the grown adults as they came down the snow tubing hill. These were folks that opted to not ski/snowboard and with several, I think it was their first time seeing snow. That was a great moment.
What are you known for (by colleagues)?
- I think I am known for being the taskmaster.
- I just love checklists!
Prior to relocating to Mammoth with my family, I was the Catering and Special Events Manager as well as the Conference and Housing Coordinator for American Jewish University. In this capacity I was responsible for conference and service dining teams plus event and meal management for two separate university campuses. I have a B.A. in Natural Science from American Jewish University.
A Bit About Me:
I recently moved to Mammoth Lakes with my husband who is employed by the U.S. Forest Service. We have two young boys and I am thrilled to raise them in this small town. With the exception of my time in Los Angeles, I have always been a part of smaller communities – whether that is the town I grew up in or the university I graduated from. While I can certainly navigate life in the big city, I am excited to be living in the Eastern Sierra.
What is your favorite quote? What might someone be surprised to know about you?
When I was 9 years old, I showed pigs. If you have never done it, taking pigs for a walk isn’t easy. Before every show my dad always told me, “always finish on a high note.” My dad’s advice has stuck with me and I have tried to incorporate that in all aspects of my life, including my professional career. At the conclusion of every event, I am always looking for the clients’ smiles. Once I see that smile, I know I did my job and we finished on a high note.
What is your favorite element of events?
I love being able to take someone’s idea or concept and turn it into reality. Whether it is a corporate fundraiser, a wedding or a first birthday party, I enjoy every bit of the process striving to make our clients happy.
How would you describe your job?
Planner, manager, coordinator, server, bartender, seamstress, counselor, designer, flower arranger and even GPS when needed!
I moved to June Lake in 2011 to become the Facilities Manager for the Double Eagle Resort and Spa and am currently the Maintenance Manager for the Sierra Nevada Resort and Spa. I started “moonlighting” with Green Fox Events in 2013. I have a B.S. in Computer Science and was in the software industry for 30 years. In 2000, I sold my software company and bought a construction company in Lake Arrowhead, which I owned and operated for 10 years.
Where can we find you when you are not working?
Gone fishing! (With my dog, Bear.)
Describe your 15 minutes of fame:
I created the first private satellite computer network in the country and was written up in all of the computer trade journals.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I used to train exotic animals for the movies.
What inspires you at work?