The Summit Team

Greg Welburn

Greg Welburn

Founder, President

My first experience in the food industry was in 1973 when I worked for Carl’s Jr. flipping hamburgers and I worked my way up to Assistant Manager but wasn’t sure that was my path so I tried Banking and the high end jewelry industry over several years but always found my way back into the restaurant industry in some capacity. Then one day while managing a restaurant in Newport Beach I was approached by the local Yacht Club to cater their annual event and from that day on I knew event catering was my vocation calling. Now here we are 30 years later with 26 years as one of two captains steering the Summit Event Catering Ship and still loving my job. I will say with confidence that it’s all about our employees. Without them we are truly nothing. We owe our success to them. I have a wonderful, loving and supportive wife, Linda, without her none of this would be possible including obviously my awesome 3 grown boys, Adam, Zach and Travis who are the apple of my eye. They are all doing well and I am grateful for that. I am looking forward for another several years serving our communities in and around Southern California God willing.
Duane Dotts

Duane Dotts

Duane has worked in the Food and Beverage Industry in Southern California since 1978. He has held positions in Management, Operations and Special Events with some of the areas finest upscale establishments throughout his career. He joined the partnership at Summit Event Productions in April of 1995 and has been an integral part of the growth and success we have recognized in the past decade. As you will notice from the company photo, he enjoys his time off in the outdoors, traveling in pursuit of his passion of fly fishing.
Pam Aki

Pam Aki

Event Executive

In April 2004 Event Executive Pam Aki joined the Summit Events family. Pam came to Summit Events with over 20 years experience in restaurant and private club catering management. Pam has worked planning every detail for events corporate and private. Pam’s passion is working with brides assisting them with all the details for their special day. Summit Events is blessed to have Pam as part of the team.
Tyler Huff

Tyler Huff

Event Catering Director

In May of 2000 Tyler joined the Summit Team as a part-time server and event supervisor. In one short year Tyler moved into the Director of Catering Sales position. Tyler has worked with some of the finest restaurants and catering organizations in Orange County and we feel fortunate he has chosen to be a member of our team.
Veronica Medrano

Veronica Medrano

Event Producer

Veronica Medrano joined the Summit Event family April 2010. Veronica brings with her years of experience in the event industry. Her knowledge of customer service, sales, marketing, design and wedding event coordinating enables her to use her talents to take a client’s ideas and execute them from start to finish. Veronica’s fresh ideas in contemporary and modern food will wow any client. Her energy and passion for great customer service bring joy to any client planning an event. Most recently, Veronica caught the eye of Award Winning Event Planner, David Tutera, star of the “My Fair Wedding” television show. In 2011, Veronica worked side by side with the “My Fair Wedding” team, in not one, but two shows for this popular production. Summit Events is proud to have Veronica as part of the team.
Jonathan Vu

Jonathan Vu

Supervisor

15+ yrs.
500+ Events Supervised

Armando Canales

Armando Canales

Lead Event Chef

Armando has been employed with Summit for over 20 years. He has held many roles including Sous chef and Assistant Warehouse Manager. He has, and continues to be, a huge part of the Summit Family and our success. Over the years we have learned a great deal about this amazing person.

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Armando is truly a Jack of all Trades and Master of many! He is currently our Lead Chef and Trainer in the kitchen for all of our off site events, teaching our new cooks and chefs. He is also co-manager in our warehouse and that is just the beginning! Many of you know the impact Armando has had on the success of our company. What most may not know, is the impact he has had behind scenes…..it is impossible to communicate in this piece the gratitude and appreciation we have for this man. He is an excellent chef with the highest standards of quality and presentation, continuing to rise to every new challenge placed in his path. In every aspect of his work, he sets the standard for excellence in this company and holds all others to that benchmark. Here is a sample list of what Armando does for us. Welder, Construction work, Concrete Specialist, Electrician, Plumber, Auto Mechanic besides being an accomplished Chef. He rebuilds our BBQ Grills, constructs and repairs everything and anything imaginable at Summit. The list just goes on and on, and is much too long to mention here. This is what Armando does, but this is who he is. Truly a person of integrity. A man of his word and heart the size of a city. He loves to serve not only on our company events, but also volunteers at our many charity events in the community. He is an amazing father and person. Duane and Greg have often commented to each another how we wish we could clone Armando. Nobody goes the extra mile like Armando. He is respected and admired by all who know and work with him and none more than the Ownership at Summit and deservedly so. When asked what he would tell new employees, Armando says, “Working for Summit feels like family and provides many opportunities for those that work hard”. He emphasizes to the incoming cooks to focus your attention on top quality food and make the most beautiful presentation possible every time…people eat with their eyes first. We asked Armando to share a little of his wisdom on what he has learned over the years and he remarks that “Anyone can reach their dreams with hard work and perseverance”. When we asked what he would like others to know about himself, he said, “The last 20 years has been the best of his life and he couldn’t see himself working anywhere else.” Words cannot truly express how we feel about Armando. Speaking for all of us at Summit, we are truly humbled and grateful for Armando, a once in a lifetime employee and friend.
Manuel Soria

Manuel Soria

Kitchen Manager

12+ yrs.
7000+ Events

Jose Montes

Jose Montes

Kitchen Assistant Manager

7+ yrs.
4000+ Events

Sal Jimenez

Sal Jimenez

Warehouse Manager

20+ yrs.
Luis Serrano

Luis Serrano

Creative, Marketing & Graphic Design