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EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT


CHARLIE FELDBAUM | CHAIRMAN | info@apresparty.com

Charlie was born and raised in Philadelphia, graduated from LaSalle University there and became a stockbroker for two years before moving to the Midwest and spending 13 years in the residential real estate business. He moved to Minneapolis over 34 years ago to fulfill a desire to own his own company. He founded Après in 1987. He brings an eye for detail, a desire for perfection and has the leadership to have brought Après to the forefront of excellence in upscale rentals and events. Après is a family-owned, family run business and prides itself in having many employees who are related to each other. In 1995, my son Michael started working summers in high school and college, and when he graduated, he joined the sales team as an assistant and advanced into sales over the years. He became President in 2017, after great success in helping build Après sales. He has continued to move Après into the 21st century with his knowledge, expertise, and people skills. He is an invaluable asset to me as well as the entire Après organization. The Après family of dedicated and long-standing employees are the reason for our continued success, especially during the past 2+ years throughout this pandemic. They have helped us navigate our company through times we never thought we have to face, and we are now coming out the other side a stronger and more resilient company.

We thank all our loyal customers…Après is where we are today because of the community that has supported us over the past 34 years.

MICHAEL FELDBAUM | PRESIDENT | mfeldbaum@apresparty.com

Michael was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved to Minnesota at the age of six, when his father, Charlie Feldbaum, started Après. At age 15, he began working at Après and continued as a Sales and Marketing Assistant while attending Augsburg College in Minneapolis. After graduating, Michael became a full-time salesperson and earned the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2010. In 2017, Michael was promoted to President, where he continues to innovate and grow Après.

Michael can often be found on-site or driving an 18-wheeler, side-by-side with the Après team, building all sizes of events. His years of experience in multiple roles within the company give him a complete understanding of Après' product line and daily operations.

Michael lives in Minneapolis with his wife Maggie and their two young sons. When he isn’t busy trying to keep? up with his boys, his hobbies include biking, skiing and being outdoors. He has a passion for photography and has shot many of the pictures we use on our website and marketing materials!

DIRECTORS


CRAIG OLIVER | DIRECTOR of OPERATIONS | coliver@apresparty.com

Craig was born in Michigan and moved to beautiful Northern Wisconsin when he was 7. Craig is proud to be a (the) resident Cheesehead at Après! After graduating from UW La Crosse with a business degree, Craig went straight into food service management. From there, it was 10 years in the crazy world of catering. His relationships in catering led him to AARCEE Party and Tent rental where he stayed for 21 years. After “retiring," and working part-time at FedEx, Craig got restless and explored getting back into the party rental business. Charlie and Mike were brave enough to give him a shot and the rest is yet to be written.

Craig has been happily married for 39 years and has two grown daughters. Craig also became the proud grandparent of Harper Anderson in January of 2022. Craig loves live music, riding his motorcycle, downhill skiing, playing golf and an occasional scuba dive.

JIM BACH | DIRECTOR of TENTING | jbach@apresparty.com

Jim was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota. He graduated from Normandale Community College and wanted to go into Law Enforcement, but ended up in the party rental business {go figure!}. Jim has been a integral part of the Après team and just celebrated his 32nd anniversary in 2021! In that time, he has worn many different hats - from a delivery driver to crew chief, from warehouse manager and to now Director of Tent Operations. He has been in the sales end of the business for the past 28 years. He loves the challenges of the event business, from the smallest of events to the large-scale functions that can attract thousands of people. From deadlines that give you all the time in the world to complete, to the short challenging timeline that keeps him up at night wondering what he got himself into! Working in the event industry gives Jim a lot of satisfaction. He loves working with a wide variety of clients and meeting new people. Executing events and seeing the rewarding accomplishments we can do at Après is the most satisfying. "When" Jim is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

KELLY TARMAN | DIRECTOR of FINANCE & ACCOUNTING | ktarman@apresparty.com

Kelly was born and raised in Hopkins, Minnesota. Shortly after graduation, Kelly moved to Chaska and met her husband, Alan. Both are active within their community and within their church family, as well as having four two legged children and five-four legged children that keep them very busy. Kelly came to Après back in August of 2008 and after almost four years in an assistant capacity, she became the Director of Finance.

Kelly loves all things to do with travel and her favorite way to travel the world is a cruise ship. During her free time, she enjoys a round of golf, reading a great novel, strolls outside when Minnesota graces us with warm weather, and all types of movies and music. Her goal within the next 15 years will be to retire in Florida, home of 3 of her favorite cruise ports.

KIMBERLY GEISLER | DIRECTOR of PRODUCT MANAGEMENT | kgeisler@apresparty.com

Locally grown, Kimi graduated from Colorado State University with a major in Restaurant and Resort Management and a minor in Business. She has previously worked as a full-time nanny, retail merchandiser, customer service specialist, golf event manager, bartender & server. Now a dedicated Après employee of over 15 years, Kimi has worked in several different departments within the company. She started in the draping department, moved into the design department, and then transitioned into a sales assistant. She began to take on more company-wide projects and juggle many different roles. In 2017, she became Director of Product Management – she purchases current and new rental items, as well as oversees and analyzes our entire inventory. While running the website, attempting to keep company-wide organization and efficiency, she helped transition Après over to new rental software, Alert, in 2018, and continues to learn and teach her coworkers. She dabbles in IT, designs Après apparel, coordinates employee appreciation events, helps to keep the showroom looking beautiful, creates graphics for our trucks, and designs advertising and marketing material. She loves her job and never has a shortage of things to do – and she is still learning how to say no! When she isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, and loves being a multitasking mom of Finnegan (6), Sullivan (4) and Bellamy (2). She also loves entertaining family and friends, traveling, organizing, wine, home remodeling and trying new restaurants.

EVENT SPECIALISTS


ANDRÈA BACH | SENIOR EVENT SPECIALIST | abach@apresparty.com

Born and raised in Bloomington, Andréa has been working at Après for over 27 years. After going to college to get a Nursing degree, Andréa quickly found out nursing was not for her. She started out as a receptionist at Après and worked her way up the ranks to become an enthusiastic Event Specialist. The event world excites her, especially knowing that each event is unique in its own way. She believes that each event deserves her full attention no matter how big or small the event. Andréa doesn’t like the word “no…” her coworkers always say, “If there’s a Drea, there’s a way!”

When she is not planning events she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Favorite Motto: Laughter is the best medicine!

KATIEE WANDMACHER | SENIOR EVENT SPECIALIST | kwandmacher@apresparty.com

Born and raised in St. Paul, Katiee honed her skills in the catering and event industry on the East Coast. After returning home to Minnesota, she landed at Après where she has been working since 2005. Her 20+ years of experience in the event industry includes work that has been recognized with the prestigious Star and ICON Awards. Katiee is a dynamic Senior Event Specialist with a keen sense of style, creativity and unparalleled customer service which is reflected in all her work whether it be an event for 15 or 1,500 people.

When not at Après, Katiee enjoys working out, cooking, reading, skiing, golfing and good times with family and friends.

BECKY MASSOP | EVENT SPECIALIST | bmassop@apresparty.com

Born in Austin, Minnesota, she moved to Minneapolis after graduating from Mankato State University in 1992. Becky started working in events at the Mall of America after graduation and has now worked in the event industry for over 30 years. After spending nine years at Après as a Sales Assistant to both Jenny and Michael, she then became an Event Specialist in 2015. Most importantly, however, she serves as Lunch Coordinator for her fellow coworkers. Whether it be running around to Chipotle, Potbelly, and Byerly's, or making sure there's always some sort of dessert—chocolate, specifically—around.

Becky resides in New Hope with her husband Brad and has three wonderful children that keep her very busy with lots of activities, love, and laughter.

EVENT SPECIALISTS


EMILY PETER | SALES ASSISTANT to KATIEE & BECKY, DESIGN ASSISTANT | epeter@apresparty.com

A Rochester native, Emily moved to the cities over 10 years ago for college and graduated with a degree in music business. She quickly joined the events industry, after learning managing bands and brides was not too different. Starting with first coordinating weddings, then catering events, and now on the décor side of events. When at Après Emily is a sales assistant to Katiee and Becky, manages Après’ social media (give us a follow!), stays up to date on all things Alert (our rental software), co-manages the showroom, assists with new inventory research, and jumps in wherever she is needed. When Emily is not at work, she enjoys decorating her home, spending time with her partner Phillip, and catching up on reality TV. She looks forward to helping you with your events!

KARLA VITEZ | SALES ASSISTANT to ANDRÈA & JIM | kvitez@apresparty.com

Karla was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota. She has worked at Après for the past 20+ years as Sales Assistant to Jim and Andrea. It takes all of her blood, sweat and tears to keep Jim in line, while Andrea makes a great friend and is a joy to work for!

Karla resides in Burnsville with her husband and three darling children. In her spare time, she loves reading, crafting, spending weekends at their cabin, and playing taxi driver for the kids' sporting events.

ACCOUNTING & ADMINISTRATION


JENNY OLAFSON | ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR | jolafson@apresparty.com

Jenny was born and raised here in Minnesota. She has been with Après just shy of six years. Jenny has been married almost 26 years and has three amazing kids. They enjoy their annual family fishing trip to Lake Winnie—especially when the girls team wins the yearly fishing challenge. She is planning to go on more cruises to beautiful and warm destinations. In her free time she enjoys reading, golfing (at least attempting to) and spending time with family and friends.