team vangard

We are innovative and highly experienced event production professionals

Vangard Events is a team of incredibly talented and innovative professionals dedicated to achieving our clients’ event production and planning goals. From creative direction, custom fabrication, enchanting entertainment and extraordinary event design, we are resourceful and conscientious, and we take great pride in creating authentic event experiences.

With nearly 20 years of experience, Vangard Events is an award winning leader in the event production industry for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


Special Event Planners


Corporate Event Producers


Brand Ambassadors




Custom Fabricators


Industry Leaders

Julie Hale, Vangard Events Founder

Julie Hale

Creative Director

Julie is the visionary leader behind the talented Vangard Events production team. From humble beginnings in the event planning industry, Julie worked every imaginable angle until she herself was able to amass a collection of custom fabric treatments, fabulous floral designs and a curated collection of fantastical props and accessories. Known for her style, wit and ninja like business skills, Julie wasn’t afraid to hop on a hi-lift and make it happen. After many years of freelance event design, Julie founded Vangard Events in early 2001. Executing deft skills not only from her creative right brain, Julie has taken on the business needs of the company and has transformed Vangard into an event planning firm that easily handles events that range to 40,000 attendees.

Inspired by culture, world travel and a deep love of art and music, Julie is insatiably curious about the world outside her door. When clients are looking for inspiration, Julie is happy to offer more than a few examples of color, texture and theme to create the perfect event. Inspired and serious about good event design, Julie has created a group of hard working, talented individuals that make up the Vangard Events team.

All that, and she enjoys a good laugh, too!

Steven Anderson, Vangard Events

Steven Anderson

Senior Designer

From an early age, Steven displayed a passion for design.  Living down the nickname ‘Martha Stewart’ by his older brothers wasn’t easy, but Steven honed his talent as he picked up every conceivable type of construction project, tool or design software program he could find.  From those early beginnings, Steven pursued interior design, earning a degree from Clover Park Technical College. While a student, Steven began picking up on-call jobs with Vangard, and was introduced to the event world. That intersection of design/build changed Steven’s view and he began a deep dive into the industry.  Picking up skills in VectorWorks, Sketchup and CNC machining, Steven began designing, building and leading teams of artists and crafts people, successfully creating some of the biggest, most elaborate events in the Pacific Northwest. Along the way, Steven has become an incredible event production manager, producer and leader. As Senior Designer, Steven leads the Vangard Events production team with his creative, expansive, technical and varied talents.

And when he isn’t in the office, you will find him… outside. Still playing, in the woods hiking, or maybe in the shop, always inspired and creating.

Kate Donahue, Vangard Events

Kate Donahue

Event Manager

Event Manager, Kate Donahue, is possibly best known for her ability to maintain her calm demeanor while in the eye of the storm. With years of experience managing large-scale events, she thrives on teamwork and problem solving. Disciplined in multi tasking, Kate takes event management to a new level. Whether coordinating the training of more than 100 on-call temporary staff, hand holding A-list artists or brainstorming a pop culture tie in to an event’s theme, Kate handles each situation with ease.

Kate views the world through a multifaceted lens of design and culture inspiring her to earn a degree in Art History and Anthropology from the University of Washington. It took her by surprise when she realized the event industry could utilize all her seemingly niche passions, such as diving deep into researching an event theme or discovering new local entertainment. She’s a pop culture sponge and knows an exorbitant amount of animal facts (due to working at the zoo for many summers), so if given the chance you’ll definitely want her on your trivia team. Kidding aside, Kate is the person you want managing your event.  Always prepared, dedicated and smart, Kate is the event manager we all wish to be.