Iain has been working in the audio-visual/event planning industry since 1990, applying his craft in a variety of roles with excellent companies. Starting with San Diego Stage & Lighting, Iain developed an interest in lighting and project management. He moved on to Meeting Services Inc. and for two decades worked in multiple roles that gave him insight into all aspects of creating successful events. Iain joined Mosaic as a Senior Production Manager in 2015. Iain is well versed in High End Systems, Martin, Vari-Light, Color Kinetics, Avo, and Coemar lighting instruments and consoles and is skilled in rigging. He has masters’ training in Vector Works and is highly accomplished at creating CAD designs for productions. Iain is always seeking to grow professionally and he stays abreast of current technology and products in lighting, audio and video industries, providing clients with access to the most cutting edge options in design and technology. Iain has employed strong project management skills in designing, planning, monitoring, and controlling large and small projects and events. Iain’s no-nonsense approach to managing events has made him successful at handling people and resources in every situation. His ability to work through any challenge is often commented on by clients.
James joined Mosaic in February of 2006, bringing with him extensive experience and boundless energy. James worked his way up from Meeting Planner, to Senior Program Manager, to Director of Operations, to Vice President and now serves as the company’s CEO. James and colleague Taline Tabakian now hold the reigns and have taken over both the management and ownership of the company. Just prior to James’ arrival at Mosaic, he returned home from living and working in Asia. Prior to his time abroad, he worked as a Project Leader in the Meeting Services Division of the Insyght Interactive Group where he planned and managed domestic and international pharmaceutical conferences for the industry’s major corporations. Immediately following his graduation from Loyola Marymount University in 1998, he worked for the department of University Relations, helping manage the recruitment, solicitation, and stewardship of the University’s Board of Regents. In addition to these responsibilities, he also planned and coordinated the meetings and events of the Board. James volunteered extensively while living in Los Angeles and was honored by former President Bill Clinton for his work with race relations and community building. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and cites travelling as his greatest pleasure; however, his partner argues that his greatest pleasure is making and completing to-do lists.
Jennifer joined the Mosaic team in December of 2014, after contracting with Mosaic on various events. Jennifer brings an extensive event planning background, endless energy and an infectious laugh. Prior to joining Mosaic, Jennifer spent 8 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, working as the Director of Meetings and Special Events at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (Downtown). She was also part of the opening team for The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, as a consultant in Meetings and Special Events. Jennifer also worked in various roles within the M&SE discipline at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay and The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. Immediately following her graduation from Emory University in 1999, Jennifer gained invaluable experience in international sports planning by joining the Goodwill Games in their Operations Department. This experience helped launch her professional event planning career. During this time she also managed a company that planned and executed wellness events for corporations throughout Atlanta. Jennifer notes that her most memorable event was President Bill Clinton’s book signing tour stop in Atlanta, for which she helped plan. When not immersed in event planning, Jennifer enjoys family adventures with her husband Shaun and son Jack. Their passion for travel, an active, outdoor lifestyle and Jack’s memorable playfulness keep life full of love, excitement and laughter!
Jennifer joined Mosaic in June 2015, having previously achieved success in both non-profit and corporate organizations related to medicine and health care. Her original passion was for the stage, working behind the scenes at various Chicago area theaters, including the Goodman. In 2000, she joined the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and her love for project management was born. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she accepted a position with BSC Management, a meeting and event company focusing on the management of professional surgical associations. There she managed annual conferences, workshops and various programs for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) as well as many others. She also served as the Executive Director to the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG) from 2006 to 2012. Prior to her arrival at Mosaic, Jennifer managed trade shows and physician events for the GI Solutions division at Medtronic (formerly Covidien). Jennifer is an unabashed Anglophile and can often be found across the pond when not in San Francisco.
Jim Brennan joined Mosaic in September, 2016 after wandering in off the street and showing off some slick Excel skills. Jim brings over 20 years of finance and accounting experience, ranging from a ten-year stint at PricewaterhouseCoopers, to several years in the advertising sector and finally, surfing the chaotic waves of the SF start-up industry. Tempted by the prospect of stability, he defected under the cover of night, in a rowboat without oars, uphill both ways, to the greener grass of Mosaic where he handles all of the corporate accounting and financial planning in preparation for our inevitable billion-dollar IPO. As a rehabilitated New Yorker, he marvels at the prospect of skiing and wine country in the same weekend, and the ability to watch NFL football at 10 in the morning! When he’s not counting beans, he’s counting the days until his wife will let him show the entire Star Wars anthology to his son and daughter.
Michelle is a seasoned meeting planner with more than 30 years of experience. She is responsible for all aspects of meeting coordination for Mosaic clients. From site selection to financial reconciliation, Michelle’s expertise and attention to detail are truly invaluable. Prior to first joining Mosaic in 1996, Michelle worked as both an independent and in-house planner for Meetings Plus, the International Council of Shopping Centers, OPTS Events, and Informix, as well as owning her own small planning firm. Michelle is the mother of two grown daughters and is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Public Relations.
Pamela Hawkins joined Mosaic Event Management as a meeting coordinator in September 2000. Prior to joining the firm, she was the assistant controller at the King George Hotel in San Francisco. At the King George Hotel, Pamela was responsible for accounting and cash control functions, human resource issues and providing administrative support to senior management at the hotel. She also maintained employee files, administered the benefit program and coordinated payroll. Pamela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of La Salle, Philippines.
Rob Kellett joined Mosaic in July of 2009 as Senior Accountant after proving himself invaluable as a contractor. Prior to coming to Mosaic, Rob worked for PG&E, IBM, and a San Francisco CPA firm. Rob has served on the boards of several local non-profits. Besides his accounting degree, Rob holds a degree in Film Production and often plans his vacations around film festivals. He is also renowned for his 30-second “Sound of Music” performance.
Taline joined the Mosaic team in 2011. She quickly advanced from Program Manager to Senior Program Manager, where she managed numerous client programs across the globe. Soon after, Taline advanced as Director of Operations managing Mosaic’s planning team. In 2019, Taline became co-owner of Mosaic assuming the role of Chief Operations Officer. Taline has successfully planned inaugural conferences for clients and assisted in the growth of the programs year over year. She loves to explore the creative side of planning and seeing her ideas come to fruition. Prior to joining Mosaic, Taline worked at some of the largest advertising agencies, including, TBWA\Chiat\Day and OMD. During her tenure in the advertising industry, Taline worked with diverse clients including Nissan, Infiniti, Apple Computer, Inc., Energizer, and Taco Bell, to name a few. Taline leveraged her advertising knowledge into managing thinkLA, the largest advertising association on the West Coast. Besides Mosaic, Taline’s other passion in life is traveling the world and makes it a priority to visit at least one new destination each year.
Sarah joined the Mosaic team in July of 2021. An extrovert at heart, Sarah has built her career in event planning over the past 10 years, from managing international incentive trips, organizing large annual conferences to wedding coordination. Sarah brings a positive outlook, infectious enthusiasm, and an unmatched attention to detail with her to work every day. Sarah enjoys meticulously planned or spontaneous travel, any reason to celebrate with friends, true crime podcasts and soaking up some sun with a good book. An SF Bay Area native, Sarah lives in Oakland with her husband and miniature pincher mix, Gigi.