The Team


Emmanuelle is the founder, CEO and lead coordinator at the Escandar Group. She loves taking your ideas, adding a little spice, and turning them into reality. Emmanuelle has been doing a wide range of events for years, pretty much dating back to her high school years as a backstage coordinator for her school's productions. She also received her MBA from Loyola University Chicago recently and her BA from Seattle University some time ago. Along with her experience and business background, she understands that timing, first impressions, branding, coordination and vendor relationships are critical. Even, when other responsibilities took Emmanuelle away from the events scene, she always found her way back. Now she wants to share her skills, knack with design and creativity with you!

Coordinating, event planning, business marketing, business management, social media management, client and company relations, design, presentations, home organization & decor


Abby started her career as the Coordinator for Marketing and Community Engagement at the Morton Grove Public Library after earning her Masters in Library and Information Science degree at Dominican University,. Shortly after she moved to academia and is Loyola University Chicago's librarian for the schools of business and communication. She regularly works with staff, faculty, and students in a research consultant-type role. Currently, she is earning her MBA at Loyola University Chicago with a concentration in Marketing and a certificate in Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence. Her areas of interest include non-profit/for-profit marketing, strategic uses of information, and knowledge generation.

Web Design, non-profit marketing, marketing, graphic design, presentation preparation, business research, knowledge management

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Ashley is a Certified Wedding Planner through the internationally esteemed Bridal Society and has been planning events for the past ten years. Ashley received her Master’s Degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration with a focus in Special Events from Western Illinois University in 2009. Ashley has done everything from backyard BBQs to uber-chic soirees. Ashley happily offers destination wedding services but is based out of Sweet-Home Chicago. Ashley prides herself on providing the highest standards and only works with the best vendors in the industry. She looks forward to working with you to turn your event dreams into reality.

Event design & planning, vendor relations, budget and RSVP management
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Jennifer's passion and belief for design is that everyone can have a well-designed space no matter what factors they are working with. It's important that the spaces she design evoke happiness and motivate inner well-being in us all; because these are the places we spend most of our time either living or working. From commercial to residential, one should keep in mind form and function. It's important to Jennifer that she meets the specific needs of each client because every person works and lives differently. Seeing a smile on clients' faces at the end of her design projects is her end goal. 

Interior design, home and office organization, design

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Laura Cirrintano is a multi-discipline designer in both Commercial/Residential Interiors and Graphics. She graduated from Harrington College of Design with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts in Interior Design in 2007. She broadened her skills set by pursing an internship in 3d Modeling and Rendering which furthered her career and specialties. She worked for 5 years at an Architectural and Engineering Firm, M+W Group in Chicago for technology based clients as a lead designer, among many other responsibilities. Her most notable accomplishment at M+W Group included 9 months in upstate new York providing construction administration services for a project site including 7 buildings and over 1 million square feet of building space. She lead company-wide training on graphic software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and 3d Studio Max. As the Interior Design Focus Group Facilitator she lead a group of designers in providing initiatives for improvements to production, client presentations and standardizing documents. Her vast experience at M+W Group lead her to a world renowned design company, Gensler where she specialized in projects for Corporate headquarters of well established companies for the last two years.

Graphic design, interior design, brand design & development

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Michael Alcantara is a graphic designer and illustrator. For the last year, he's been a Visual Designer at Aptimus (University of Phoenix) and previously designed for the Puget Sound Business Journal. He considers all of his design work to be a subset of relationship-building/ For a life-giving relationship to thrive, he believes that you need to recognize all parties involved. For this reason, affirmation is always his goal; in everyday interactions and in his design work. In his free time, he enjoys building portmanteau, boogying, competing in recreational soccer, playing bass and drinking a cold IPA.

Graphic design, logo design, illustration, social media, marketing, brand development, event planning


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Patrick has an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago with focuses in Entrepreneurship and International Business, as well as Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio. His professional background most recently includes working as a marketing associate at Chicago management consulting firm, Fort Dearborn Partners, Inc. Prior, he held a marketing internship at CBS Television in Cincinnati. He also served as a marketing consultant at an 1871 member company, His business strategy expertise stems from his MBA experience, creating business and strategy plans for existing and potential start ups and small businesses. His love for writing led him to become a writing consultant at Miami University for three years, writing political blogs during the 2012 presidential campaign for The Cincinnati Enquirer, and as a Senior Staff Writer for Miami University's student newspaper. His greatest passion is traveling, as he has been to over twenty countries in the past five years, and plans to visit twenty more within the next ten years.

Marketing, business strategy, writing consulting, corporate event planning & execution


After developing an interest in Graphic Design in high school, Ryan decided to pursue the field professionally after graduation. Noticing a dramatic shift from print to web design and digital technologies, he began to study web development. Ever since, he has practiced everything from basic HTML and CSS to jQuery libraries like Bootstrap, and CSS variations such as SASS and LESS. Applying these technologies to the current trends in UI/UX designs has kept Ryan at the forefront of the field. Outside of the web, Ryan spends his time skiing, biking, playing pool and in coffee shops.

Responsive web design, HTML5, mobile web design, WordPress development


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Talia Escandar brings her five years of web agency experience (and passion for all things digital) to assist the Escandar Group clients with everything from website strategy, to online advertising, and social media. She helps clients build their businesses online, by developing a stronger brand presence, improving customer relationships, and reaching new customers through online marketing strategies and best practices. She has worked with businesses of all sizes - including start-ups, franchises, and small and enterprise-level businesses - in industries like medical, legal, real estate, eCommerce, tourism, and non-profit. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Marketing, and continues to self-educate in the internet marketing space. 

Digital and web marketing strategist, search engine optimization (SEO)


Interested in joining the team? There's a number of diverse opportunities for students and professionals alike. Tell us a little bit about you and set an appointment with us: