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ABOUT

About

With over 20 years of experience in the events industry,

owner Lani Ballonoff’s business philosophy is simple:

 

Provide creative designs, great customer service, attention to detail, and utmost professionalism.

 

Lani infuses his extensive background in theatre and the arts to bring flair to weddings, social and corporate events, gatherings of all types. Along with his team of dedicated event directors, technicians, and specialists, Lani and all the experts at SPARK Creative Events have one goal—creating your perfect event.

Get Inspired. Find Your SPARK.

WHO WE SERVE

Brides & Grooms

LGBTQIA Weddings

Wedding & Event Planners 

Caterers & Rental Companies

Private Parties & Celebrations

Corporate Events

Nonprofit Groups

Venues

WHERE

Santa Barbara

Montecito

Goleta

Santa Ynez

San Luis Obispo

Ojai

Ventura

Team

TEAM SPARK

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Lani Ballonoff

President & Chief Designer

A California native, Lani’s passion for art and technology led him to the theatre to design lighting, sound, and sets. After spending ten years working in the theatre and completing his business degree at UCSB, Lani founded what has grown to be SPARK Creative Group in 2006. The company combined his fascination with creating illuminated worlds and his considerable technological know-how. Lani prides himself on excellent customer service paired with unique custom realization of each client’s vision. He leads an exceptional and ever-growing team that is raising the bar for event production throughout the central and south coast. When not managing events, you can find Lani working in the garden or in the kitchen with his wife, daughter Annabelle and son Zac, or restoring vintage cars.

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Alexander Jillson

Operations & Event Director

Alex is a Redlands native with family ties to Santa Barbara.  He loves exploring the central coast's natural beauty and as an avid cyclist, can be found on 100 mile rides or quick trips to the local breweries. Alex is a people person which led him to a degree in psychology. He can walk you through each step of planning your perfect event, from design to execution.

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Stephanie Nguyen

Event Director

Stephanie is a San Jose native who now resides in sunny Southern California. Her master craft is the art of turning everyday objects into one of a kind masterpieces. With her background in visual merchandising and marketing, she brings a unique twist to the event industry. Outside of the office, you can find her catching fly balls at the softball fields!  

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Janina Mason

Event Director

Janina is a Santa Barbara native who has been active in the local performing arts and events community for most of her life. Formerly a dancer and a theater kid, she combined what she loves most about the theater + her love of celebrating life events and turned them into an exciting career! She studied Hospitality and Event Management at the University of Nevada Las Vegas; with an emphasis on luxury and entertainment events including: music, film, and food festivals. Janina's hobbies include: quad roller skating, bartending and craft cocktail mixology, stand up comedy, and analyzing films for deeper meanings. 

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Skip Stecker

Rentals Manager

Bio coming soon.

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Kate Ferrian

Office Manager

Kate has spent the last twenty years in Santa Barbara applying her business degree to office management and support for local profit and non-profit organizations. In her personal time, she satisfies her love of theater by attending concerts and stage productions. She also enjoys pottery and giving back to the community by volunteering at events.

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Sarah Flores

Warehouse Manager

Bio coming soon.

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Nathan Gibbings

Production Lead

Bio coming soon.

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Kate Kurlas

Executive Assistant

Kate Kurlas has over 13 years working in the entertainment and event production industry. Her career in leadership roles includes Director of Operations, and Director of Sales and Marketing for The Granada Theatre, Vice President of the Santa Barbara Symphony, executive consultant for start-up companies from the Tech Sector, and Grammy-award nominated artists. An award-winning director, Kate was recognized by Pacific Coast Business Times “40 Under 40 Top Business Professionals” in 2015.  Past President of Santa Barbara Beautiful, Kate continues to dedicate her free time to giving back to the Santa Barbara community through volunteer work, as well as spending time with her family and perfecting her "famous" focaccia recipe.

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Jessica Ballonoff

Administration

Jessica has an extensive background in performing arts production. As a producer for numerous theater companies in Santa Barbara, Jessica brought her administrative and creative skills together to make each event spectacular. She is delighted to bring her unique perspective to the SPARK team to ensure everything runs smoothly. 

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