We believe in: Being kind and respectful | An unwavering attention to detail | Working hard and having fun | Contributing to our community | Encouraging life balance for all of our team
What we do: Create great experiences!
Jeff Terry , Partner - Ever since the first time he bussed a table at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in Tucker, Georgia when he was 16 years old, Peachtree Tents & Events partner Jeff Terry knew that the hospitality and event industry was his calling. That assuredness got him through a degree in Hospitality Management from Georgia State University. He then learned all sides of the business working with such notable companies as Proof of the Pudding, Event Design Group and Fifth Group Restaurants. He was one of the founding partners of Peachtree Tents & Events in 2006 and has continued to spearhead the company’s success. Walking the walk of the company’s beliefs including Community Involvement and Balance, Jeff is on the Advisory Board for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and is a board member for Leadership Ministries, Inc. It’s difficult to imagine him with free time, but when he has it, he spends it traveling anywhere from the Rocky Mountains to Quebec City, biking, golfing or enjoying time with his wife Rachael and daughters Madeline, Mary Frances and Tori Grace. By the way, Jeff is a huge fan of the LSU Tigers!
Blake Wiederstein, General Manager - Blake Wiederstein considers partying his long time career. Born in a small town in Kansas, he must have been glad to move to Atlanta at age 11 so that he could get started. He didn’t have to wait long – the first time he helped set up an event, the excitement of being behind the scenes hit him hard, and Blake knew he had found his place in the world. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BBA with a minor in Marketing. Before coming to Peachtree Tents & Events, he managed a specialty linen rental company and worked in the restaurant business. Not surprisingly, he likes having a good time at work almost as much as he likes traveling to adventurous places such as Brazil, where he met his wife.
James Nesmith, Director of Partying - It all started when James Hildreth Nesmith was a high school student and felt the need to plan ski trips for groups comprised of his 20 closest friends, or sometimes more. Along with his love of partying and party planning, James has found that he has a special place in his heart for hunting. He’s also keen on traveling to new places to learn about history. He finds his family history pretty cool too – like the fact that his grandfather invented a type of barbed wire and that his middle name can be traced to a family that arrived in America in 1615. His favorite thing about working at Peachtree Tents & Events is the amount of community involvement the company displays. James is obviously a very well-rounded individual. His wife of 28 years Susan and his children Hil and Marysa think so too.
Derek Smith, Warehouse Manager - Derek Smith is a real family guy; in fact, his grandmother had 18 children. Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Derek always enjoyed working with his hands and building things. Not surprisingly, his first job was at Party Reflections rental company in 1987. There he developed so many ideas about hosting events that even after he earned a degree in computer operations, he found his way back to the event business. While he enjoys traveling to far away places like Japan, Derek loves coming home to Peachtree Tents & Events for the family atmosphere the company creates.
Adrianne Barkell, Executive Assistant - Adrianne Barkell was born at Piedmont hospital and is a fifth generation Atlantan. Her grandmother was an Irby, the family that founded Buckhead, and Adrianne plans to stick close to her roots. Her roots also include the hospitality industry. Indeed, one of her earliest memories is being with her grandfather at his downtown Atlanta restaurant. After attending the University of Georgia, Adrianne has worked in hotel operations, event sales, event planning, restaurant management and for a CVB. In her spare time, Adrianne stays true to her Atlanta heart and enjoys Braves baseball and UGA football. And if there is no game to watch, she’ll participate in bugging her husband to run errands or get frozen yogurt with her instead.
Tricia Dreyer, Sales Associate - Middle child Tricia Dreyer feels fortunate to have grown up in Atlanta during the groovy 1960s and 1970s. She graduated from Northside High School, then spent some time at University of Georgia before entering the hospitality industry. Getting into the event rental business 13 years ago was a natural transition, and she’s thrilled to do that at Peachtree Tents & Events where she enjoys the enthusiasm and professionalism put into every event. Tricia has two sons, and in her off time, she likes combining good food, great friends and awesome music. Actually, sometimes she gets to do that at work too.
Brandon Brantley, Sales Associate - It’s hard to believe, but no girls have been born in Brandon Bentley’s family for the past 57 years. That might have something to do with why he left home and struck out on his own at the age of 15. Since then, he has logged in 25 successful years in the event rental business. Brandon is married and has two – you guessed it – sons that he spends all of his time with when he’s not whooping it up in Las Vegas. He says he loves his Peachtree Tents & Events family – at least there are girls here!
Amanda Kirk, Receptionist - You won’t find Amanda Kirk on a roller coaster – she hasn’t ridden one since 1987. But this NYC-born, Atlanta-raised gal finds plenty of fun in turning an entertaining vision into a reality, especially when she’s doing it for Peachtree Tents & Events clients. A graduate of Woodward Academy, Amanda studied history at Presbyterian College and worked for a few years at Beachview Tents Rentals in Jacksonville, Florida. While her grandmother claims the family is related to Dwight Eisenhower, Amanda prefers to focus on less lofty things like her love of ice cream cake and, of course, spending time with family and friends, just not at Six Flags.
Jessica Baer , Sales Associate - Former Florida State University Cheerleader Jessica Baer discovered her love for party planning early in college when she became involved with creating events for her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. That was all she needed to convince her to switch her major from math education to special event planning. A native Atlantan who grew up in Woodstock, she returned to the area and went right to work in the industry with A Legendary Event before coming to Peachtree Tents & Events where she basks in the supportive, understanding environment. When not hard at work helping clients plan the event of their dreams, Jessica might be found basking in the sun instead, perhaps in the Caribbean or more often practicing water sports at Lake Lanier.
Ginnie Temple, Sales Associate – Ginnie Temple is a coastal girl at heart who grew up in Brunswick, Georgia before moving to Atlanta to earn a BBA in hospitality from Georgia State University. It was during her college years that she realized her future lay in the events business when she recognized herself as the social outing ringleader. She stayed true to her path and worked for catering and event planning companies before making the perfect career move to Peachtree Tents & Events. Although Ginnie enjoys running, spin class and outdoor activities, her favorite hobby is networking and meeting new people. She has obviously found the right profession!
Molly Babbit , Sales Assistant- Atlanta gal Molly Babbit has a twin sister who is her polar opposite, but her closest ally. A kind-spirited person, Molly has always loved helping her friends plan perfect weddings. At Peachtree Tents & Events, she has been able to take that passion and use it to help clients take ideas from concept to reality. Working with them to craft their events is the most rewarding part of her job. A graduate of Kennesaw State University, she earned a BS in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and completed KSU’s Event & Meeting Planning Certificate Program. Molly’s dedication to putting together events for friends and clients is indisputable, but soon it will be Molly’s turn to be the one hosting the perfect event. She’s engaged to be married!
Rob Egerton, Logistics Manager- Jersey native and Operations Manager Rob Egerton loves to give back. As a Shriner and member in a Masonic organization as well as a motorcycle club, Rob has plenty of opportunities to do just that. He’s been in the event industry for 14 years, and with Peachtree Tents & Events, he has been pleased to watch the company grow and be part of that success. But his favorite thing about working in events is the smiles that he sees on clients’ faces when their events come together so perfectly. While he considers the Peachtree Tents & Events staff like family, he still enjoys heading home to New Jersey to visit his real family whenever possible.