FORM, FUNCTION, & FAMILY
Olio is proud to be led by a dynamic mother-daughter duo with decades of event planning and business experience.
Sarah had been running her event planning company for several years when she recognized a significant gap in the market; clients were looking for a non-traditional event venue flexible enough to accommodate all kinds of functions and professionally operated and equipped with modern amenities. Sarah recruited Ellen to join her in this new venture as a partner, and they began a three-year journey of searching for the right commercial real estate investment, securing all of the necessary permits and loans, and building out the space of their dreams.
The result is Olio: a modern, industrial event venue.
Meet the team that makes it possible...
Becca is an avid traveler (you have to be when your brother and his family live in Australia!) and an even more avid iced coffee drinker.
Venue Operations Manager
Although she hails originally from Maryland, Becca has spent half her life living and working all around the state of Massachusetts, starting as a Brandeis undergrad in Waltham and now on the beautiful North Shore. Her work as a professional union Stage Manager covers over a decade of plays and musicals, from Watertown's New Repertory Theatre's sold-out production of the timeless classic Fiddler on the Roof to world premiere rock musicals like Cambodian Rock Band at Lowell's Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Becca is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents professional Stage Managers and Actors in the United States. She is thrilled to bring her years of production and organizing experience to Olio.
Sarah is proud to serve as a founding board member of the Andrew Graham Semper Fi Fund, overseeing the event planning for their annual fundraiser, the Boston River Run, since its start in 2013. Each year, the Boston River Run raises over $25,000 and hosts more than 500 participants.
Sarah, a Boston native, has been planning events of all sizes for more than 15 years. She is the owner and founder of Without A Hitch, a premier New England event planning company focusing on day-of coordination. Since starting the company in 2013, Sarah has worked with more than 500 brides, grooms, celebrants, and their families.
Her background in planning events started in the nonprofit industry in 2004, when she was responsible for coordinating the annual Shake it for Shelter fundraising event at COMPASS for Kids. Later, at national nonprofit Cradles to Crayons, Sarah oversaw all of the organization's signature events, including the 700-person annual Backpack-a-thon and the largest annual fundraiser, the "Un-Gala". Sarah also worked at Facing History and Ourselves, where she planned the annual 900-person benefit dinner and advised their ten company offices on event strategy and execution. Sarah has recently joined the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors to further support the local community.
Ellen is thrilled to be working closely with Sarah at this very special event venue. Their combined backgrounds and experience are a perfect match for those looking for a unique place to hold an event.
Ellen spent over 20 years in product development in the tech industry contributing to all phases of strategic planning and implementation. After leaving the business world, Ellen used her organizational and budgeting skills to get involved in her hometown of Lexington's town government. She served her precinct as a Town Meeting member as well as being a member of the town's Appropriation Committee. She also served on the Lexington Center Committee which focuses on commercial diversity, social and cultural activity, enhanced aesthetics, improved traffic flow, and increased parking in Lexington Center.
Most recently Ellen owned and operated a small retail shop in historic downtown Lexington, a shop that offered beads and materials for jewelry making, repairs, lessons and hosted events such as birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and bridal showers.