THE PAVILION STAFF
DIRECTOR OF WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Always with an artistic flair, David brings attention to detail, a positive energy, and fresh innovative ideas to every event. The greatest strength, among many, he contributes to the Dream team is bringing a creative vision and design to life. He can develop a theme with innovative ideas and build it into event decor and entertainment that will impress clients and guests. He really enjoys events where the client trusts in the artistic approach to an idea, so the events are dripping with decor, detail and creativity which always makes the process that much more enriching.
With a background in costume design, for high school dance teams and color guards. David has always had an eye for fun and exciting new ideas, to stand out among the crowd. His experience with The Pavilion started as just a bartender, and he knew that this was the place for him.
With David on your team, you will have someone that will do his best and never give up. His words to live by are “Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you are knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” — Hillary Clinton
WEDDING COORDINATOR & DÉCOR SPECIALIST
Leanne is passionate about and committed to helping people. She is a connector who loves to bring people together. In and out of her professional life, she is always finding herself in the middle of planning fun and memorable events for the people around her. That’s why professional event planning is right up her alley. She has leveraged her experience working with different kind of events, starting with her kids elaborate birthday parties with that growing into large church events, prop building and finally weddings. She specializes in personalizing diverse events for each client and handling stressful event situations with grace. Her signature is creative and tasteful designs with incredible attention to detail and structured + logistical event flow.
Clients who choose to work with Leanne appreciate her candor, caring personality, and sincerity. She is proud to be friends with previous clients. Leanne takes greatest satisfaction in seeing everyone happy and is always grateful for the opportunity to make this happen.
Leanne loves DIY projects. In her free time, you can find her at a local thrift store looking for her next treasure, or loving on her Black Lab, Ray while sharing her favorite Godiva Cheesecake. After her daughter got married here, she knew that she had found her family & new home. With Leanne on your side, there is no doubt that your wedding will be full of detail, and you will feel like you are with family!
WEDDING COORDINATOR & DÉCOR SPECIALIST
Celebrating 6 years at Mixon, Brandy Harlan, brings over 16 years of wedding, event, and marketing experience to the department. A northern girl who grew up on a tobacco farm, she feels right at home around all the groves. Brandy has three very energetic boys, the oldest Ashton and Sean who is “the middle” and the bonus kiddo, Ethan. She’s married to a husband who makes her laugh, for over 12years. After planning a friend’s wedding in 2004, Brandy caught the wedding planning love bug herself and began her planning company on Anna Maria in 2005, planning many beach and destination weddings. Still today, word of mouth has followed her to Mixon where she gets to be a part of the planning process of the couple’s special day.
Brandy’s degrees in Fashion Design & Marketing, & Business Marketing, paired with God’s gift of ideas, makes her position at Mixon “a dream recipe for the perfect place to fulfill my creative bucket as well as be of service to couples.” “I feel like I’ve done so many things on this journey God has blessed me with, from working at an amusement park at 16 to running my own fashion shows, and traveling, it’s a great feeling to be welcomed in like family to the Mixon company”. Brandy’s favorite part of wedding day is fluffing the brides train as she takes her stroll towards her groom and seeing the look on his face as their eyes meet. “It’s just so dreamy, and emotional and raw. Truly different and amazing every time”. On her “off” time, Brandy can be found reading a good book, at a local coffee shop, socializing with everyone, because she has never met a stranger. Her favorite life quote which she lives by every day, is from Shakespeare “To thine own self be true”.
WEDDING COORDINATOR & DÉCOR SPECIALIST
Jen as we call her, is a rarity in the area, because she is born and raised in Bradenton Florida, not far from Mixon to be exact. Jen who is married and has 4 children, comes to Mixon having over 16 years of wedding experience, but was born with an eye for décor and design.
Jen’s background in graphic design and production management makes her super helpful when it comes to visualizing and making it work logistically. Her favorite wedding “trend” is décor done all the way. She loves helping brides bring their décor to the next level, even inexpensively, but carrying it all the way through the entire event in a way that is not over done.
At Mixon, we call her the Bow Whisperer, because her bows are ALWAYS perfect and uniform! As a hopeless romantic Jen’s favorite movie is “The Notebook”, and quote “Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.” When you visit on a weekend you can catch Jen coordinating, creating, and decorating with a big smile!
Lindsay Fisher was born in Valparaiso, Indiana in October 1983 and moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1984. She attended Julie Rohr Academy in her early years, where she discovered her artistic abilities as well as an unwavering love and passion for music and all other performing arts. In 2001, Lindsay’s class became the very first to graduate from Lakewood Ranch High School…and it was there where Lindsay became a proud member of the LRHS Silver Stars Dance Team and played violin for the school’s Orchestra.
Lindsay attended the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications in 2006. Lindsay’s professional career began and kept her in Tampa, Florida. She worked as a Legal Assistant for six years and then joined the Insurance industry at MetLife. While there, she created and designed a new mascot to represent the company, which was then later utilized, advertised, and displayed.
In 2013, Lindsay returned to Sarasota, where she currently she holds a full-time position at FCCI Insurance Group and continues to work part-time at the Mixon Grove doing wedding tours, as well as assisting and/or bartending at various weddings and events. Despite her professional background, Lindsay’s true passions have always been geared much more towards the artistic and creative, with a true love for event and party planning, decorating, and staging. Her love for this began at a young age with the celebration of each holiday and expanded even more after she realized favorite holiday would forever be Halloween!
Unsure as to how she could get into the industry with little to no experience, Lindsay had a great idea while watching TV one day and seeing an advertisement for an upcoming local bridal show. Lindsay attended that bridal show, handed out her resume and spoke to every booth in the show about possible job positions. Long story short, Mixon’s was the only facility to offer her one. As such, Lindsay has remained loyal here at Mixon’s part-time – due to her gratitude for them taking a chance on her way back when. Lindsay currently lives in North Port, Florida with her boyfriend, Tom, and their two cats, Rocket and Beau.
HOSPITALITY OFFICE ASSISTANT