Who We Are
Mardie Caldwell, Founder and Owner of The Foothills Events Center
Mardie has been a successful and inspiring entrepreneur since 1981. The Foothills Event Center was created out of Mardie’s desire to enrich the community and provide a place to come together for celebrating, learning, sharing, and enjoying our rich Gold Country heritage. Rooted in her love of Nevada County, Mardie’s strong vision and desire to serve the community yielded the opportunity to revitalize the former Weaver property into a gathering place that we all can enjoy.
Her innovation and commitment to environmental responsibility contribute positively to our community and surroundings. With The Foothills Events Center, Mardie is creating the best experience for our clients and their guests, creating memories for generations.
Mardie is a true visionary, having founded a number of successful businesses over the course of her career. She also serves as President of the Lifetime Adoption Foundation, a 510(c)(3) charity. She was awarded “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” in 2014 by the Small Business Administration.
Megan Swinney, Foothills Event Center Manager
Megan works with clients and ensures the events that they are planning come out fabulous! She shares, “I love giving tours to clients at The Foothills as well as the Rough & Ready Vineyards. I enjoy working with people and seeing all the pieces of an event come together. People’s creativity is just marvelous!”
Ariel Benavente, Event Coordinator
Ariel helps to coordinate all aspects of the Foothills Event Center’s professional meetings, parties, concerts, fundraisers and events. She assists in planning the scope of an event, including time, program, refreshments, and cost. Ariel also observes our event activities as they happen, to ensure the client and event attendees are satisfied.
Gordon Gust, Venue Maintenance Assistant
Gordon assists in maintaining our beautiful Foothills venue, both inside and out. His job involves setting up for special events with a strong focus on the client’s needs and style. He ensures that our venue space is successfully transformed to suit each client’s individual desires. Gordon is always ready to offer you a hand and a smile.
Cory Pavan, AV Coordinator
Cory helps our clients identify their specific audio/visual needs and creates a plan that accommodates them. He is also available to be an onsite A/V technician and coordinator during events if necessary, which can be very valuable when arrangements include live streaming.
From simple systems that require just a microphone and speakers, to more complex set-ups, Cory, along with our entire staff, can help create the custom plan you need!