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Alicia Maenza, President

Alicia brings more than 20 years of catering and hospitality experience to Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering. A graduate of the University of New Orleans with a degree in Business Administration, Alicia’s insight and business savvy comes from her past roles in sales, concierge relations and management for notable New Orleans brands like Freeman Decorating, The Lafayette Hotel and Royal Sonesta Hotel. Her catering experience includes five years as Exhibitor Catering Sales Manager for Aramark and twelve years of experience as Director of Catering for Mr. Mudbug, Inc. and King Creole Sales. She takes great pride in delivering events of exceptional quality, with a special emphasis on customer service and customization.

Vincent Maenza, Jr., Chief Operating Officer

Vincent is a hardworking, dedicated New Orleanian who studied Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism at both the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of New Orleans. His knowledge gained was essential to his success in the specialized industry of catering and events; his skillset spans finance, marketing and management. Before joining Mr. Mudbug & 12 Seasons Catering Vincent owned and operated a number of taverns around the city, including The Edge Bar & Grill, The Edge Sports Bar & Daiquiri’s, On the Rocks Lounge and TJ Quill’s. Dedication and passion for food quality are two of the many qualities Vincent acquired throughout his years in the hospitality industry.

Aaron Shaffer, Director of Sales & Marketing

Aaron is a true client services professional. A native of New Orleans and a graduate of the University of Houston with a B.S. in Marketing and Business Management, he has cultivated more than 21 years of customer relations and business development. Aaron spent ten years as the owner of a multi-unit apparel store specializing in high end sportswear for the family. He also served as the Director of Sales for a large, high-volume caterer, where he had the pleasure of planning several of the most high-end events in the city. Aaron brings seven years of menu development, event management and operational experience to the team and his background in the hotel industry has provided him with the necessary training and understanding required to go above and beyond for his clients and colleagues.

Clinton Peralta, MMC Food Services Director of Operations

Clinton brings over 25 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry to the Twelve Seasons Team. Formerly a regional manager for Buffalo Wild Wings, Clinton has spent his career working from the ground up, in renowned New Orleans restaurants such as Arnaud’s. His hard working attitude and attention to detail is a true asset to the operations side of the company. When not leading his staff, Clinton is spending time with his family or cheering his Saints to victory.

Kristin Sparks, Whitehall Event Sales Manager

Kristin, our catering business development manager, brings a sense of personalization to every event she is a part of. Born and raised in New Orleans, Kristin has always enjoyed local cuisine and entertaining. During her studies at the University of New Orleans in the Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management Program, she catered to clients at the luxurious 4 Diamond Windsor Court Hotel Polo Club Lounge.  After graduation, she perfected her sales skills in the medical field before returning to her first passion-hospitality.  She is the mother to three children and when not spending time with her family she enjoys reading and cooking.

Meghan Callahan, Internal Catering Operations Manager

Meghan, the Internal Catering Operations Manager, brings her many talents to the Twelve Seasons Catering Team acting as a liaison between our Sales and Operations Teams. Another graduate of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Program from the University of New Orleans, Meghan has perfected her diverse skill sets first as Bar Manager of the Edge Bar and Grill in Metairie and then as the Senior Banquet Manger at the New Orleans Convention Center.  Always a vital asset to the team, Meghan’s experience and attention to detail helps to define and perfect each event. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and friends.

Colleen McElhannon, Catering Sales Manager

Rachael Oden, Senior Operations Manager