Debra Hansen, President, Publisher and Marketing
Debra has been intricately involved in the wedding industry starting over 45 years ago. Her family owned a bridal shop in Vero Beach, FL when she was a teen where she worked for several years. With just a few years deviation in careers like insurance sales, insurance investigator and ball room dance teacher, she then settled in Vegas in 1980. There she opened a wedding specialty flower shop in Las Vegas for 12 years while at the same time her husband, John ran a DJ company for 20 years. This background has made it possible for her to understand the needs of her vendors. Since 1991, she has produced Las Vegas' largest (in vendor size and bride attendance) bridal show. She has also been publishing Vegas' oldest wedding publication since 1990 having seen it grow and change with the times from its original name of Spectacular Wedding Planner to today's new look, size and name "Spectacular Bride".
As CEO of the company, Debra handles all the show promotion, marketing, fashion show production, social networking and supervises the rest of the Bridal Spectacular team. She is often available on Facebook to chat with you about your business needs or send her an e-mail!
Debra has been a member of Bridal Show Producer's International as a charter member in 1996 and served on its board in all positions for 14 years. Her life long goal has been to service the wedding community by bringing the brides and the services they need together while doing business with honesty and integrity. She is also the mother of two grown children who work with her in the business and has been married for over 34 years to her husband, John Hansen.
Laura Hansen: Sales Manager, Art Director, and Fashion Show Production
Laura graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a Bachelors Degree in Education as an Art Teacher. However, having grown up in the business and being part of our fashion shows as a model since she was 3, (it's in her blood) she has decided to work in the family business. She was also just recently married and in the ideal position to give you feedback on what brides want and are looking for from wedding vendors. Laura, is now Vice President of the company, our Sales and Marketing manager as well as Art Director for Spectacular Bride and she would love to come meet and talk to you and show you how we can help you reach more brides
Ty Hansen: Web Development, Show Production and Spectacular Bride Distribution Manager
Ty graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Web Development from University of Advanced Technology. He has grown up in the bridal show business, working at every show since he was 5 years old. He is an integral part of the administration of the front of show at every event. He developed our website with all of it's unique features including the live floor plan. He is also part of our marketing team and attends social events so he has the opportunity to network with and understand the needs of our customers.
Nancy Koelbel, Customer Service and Account Exec.
Nancy joins us from the sunny state of Florida. She is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a B.A. in advertising. Nancy also has extensive experience in bridal modeling, and is a former model agent. Her background in advertising allows her to bring a fresh approach to serving our customers in their marketing needs. Nancy excels in customer service, and thrives on building quality lasting relationships with her clients. We are very excited to have her join our Bridal Spectacular team.
Jule Kuenzi, Event Manager
Julie has brought to our team a wealth of experience as a previous owner of her own event planning company in Southern California. She will be working closely with Debra and Laura in organizing and planning the Las Vegas Wedding Network events and our bridal shows. Julie excels in on-site event coordination, vendor relations and PR. You will love Julie's infectious personality as soon as you meet her or talk to her on the phone.
Photo Credits: Photo of Debra Hansen by Candace Ann. Photos of Ty & Laura Hansen by Orange Soda Photography.