About › Team Bios
At Pacific Party Canopies, we are a team of professionals dedicated to our mission:
providing superior service in a work environment that promotes personal growth for each member of our team.
- Greg Greenfield, Owner and President
Greg started PPC in August 1987 with two 20'x40' traditional-style tents.
For several years, he built the business while holding a full-time job at the family equipment rental store.
More than 25 years later, Greg enjoys working with his multi-talented and hard-working employees, who number 30+ in the peak season.
He is excited by innovations in party rental equipment, like the company's Engineered Structure Tents.
Greg is an active member of the Burlington Kiwanis and participates in many of their community events.
Since he was a teen, he has enjoyed building car after car, then tractors of all colors.
His latest joy is being a grandpa to three boys when he is not traveling or building.
Hard telling what is next!
- Laura Stewart, Manager and Event Expert
Laura joined the PPC team in 1995 as their first permanent, kinda-full-time employee.
She works closely with owner Greg Greenfield to manage the business side of things.
Laura is also part of the customer service team and loves working on local events year after year as well as sharing her experience with young brides and their families.
A recent empty-nester, Laura is enjoying her new-found freedom gardening, cooking, hanging out with friends and cruising around the country in her little convertible.
Of her time with PPC, Laura says, "I love my job as much today as I did the day I started; I can't imagine ever working anywhere else."
- Stacie Stogner, Event Expert
Certified Event Rental Professional
Stacie joined the company in 2005, soon after leaving her hometown of Bixby, Oklahoma.
She moved to this area when her husband was hired by the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
She does sales work and light bookkeeping at PPC and is first in line to answer the phones.
Stacie loves watching football (Go Cowboys!), shopping and spending time with friends and family.
She advises customers to plan ahead, especially for those summer weddings. She's here to answer your call!
- Matt Richter, Operations Manager
Matt started as a crew member at PPC in 2000. From there, he worked his way up to crew lead and now manager.
He's in charge of scheduling and planning jobs and leads field crews in installations and takedowns.
He is married to his beautiful wife, Anna. He enjoys softball and traveling to warm places.
His advice for customers: "Your yard can seem bigger than it actually is. It's a good idea to have us come and do a site survey."
Matt is the best sledge hammer swinger at PPC.
- Jimmy Mai, Crew Lead and load list guy
Jimmy joined the team in 2004.
He loads and unloads the trucks, makes load lists for daily jobs and sets up tents.
Jimmy plays poker, softball, basketball, croquet and fantasy football.
He suggests that if you're going to mow your lawn, you do it two or three days before the canopy is installed.
That way there won't be little blades of grass on the underside of your clean white tent.
- Jamie Schleis, Crew Lead and tent expert
Jamie installs and maintains tents and the rest of the rental equipment.
He has more than 23 years of experience in tent rentals.
His favorite activities are watching movies, gardening, home improvement, electrical work, sewing and computers.
Jamie likes the feeling of accomplishment he gets when he overcomes a difficult situation and finds a solution to make it work.
As his father, Jim Schleis, used to say, "The difficult we can do. The impossible just takes longer."
- Rich Eppley, Crew Lead and special projects manager
Rich is our "jack of all trades," an able tent installer as well as our go-to guy for building, equipment, vehicle, and computer maintenance.
Rich grew up in Enola, Pennsylvania, but has since settled here in the Northwest with his son.
Rich enjoys TV, movies, bowling, building PCs and cars.
A highlight of Rich's time at PPC was setting up a job at Boeing in Seattle for the Chinese prime minister's visit.
- J. J. Doyle, Crew Lead and website maintenance
J. J. started at PPC in 2006.
He worked summers during college and was hired full-time in 2010. He grew up here in Burlington and lives with his Redbone Coonhound, Molly.
He enjoys NCAA basketball, the NFL, and woodworking and DIY projects.
The coolest job hes done involved riding a barge to Blakely Island and being flown back in a four-seat plane.
J. J. reminds customers that traditional and Epic style tents require 6-8' on each side for the stakes and guylines that secure these canopies to the ground.
- Dave Levy, Crew Lead
Dave worked for PPC for a summer in the early 2000s and liked it so much he came back.
His former job title was "Gofor," as in "Go for this, go for that." He moved up to a "Corrections Specialist" and is now a Crew Lead.
He does warehouse and field work everything but office work. Dave grew up in Concrete and has traveled most of the country, plus Canada and Korea.
He enjoys snowboarding, tubing, playing video games of all kinds and playing Frisbee.
- Eddie Molish, Crew Lead and safety manager
Born overjoyed in California in the year 1984, followed shortly by his discharge into the great wet Northwest in 1991.
Some stuff happened; a dog and a few life lessons. Fast forward to July 2007, Eddie had to find work. Sure he had hobbies...
waterfowl hunting, the great outdoors, home brewing, frisbee golf, and singing in the rain, but none of them paid off his ridiculously large debt to the specialty hat store...Lids.
So in July 2007, Eddie parades into Pacific Party Canopies, conducts a stellar interview and receives a job as a crew member.
Shortly after he becomes a crew lead, then a safety manager, and is now just referred to as "The Man."
He dreams of one day owning a self-sustaining brewery. Eddie loves keeping people out of the rain or the sweltering sun.
Feel free to ask him any questions you may have when you catch him in the field.
- Aaron Watts, Crew Lead
Aaron started working at PPC in 2011.
He started as a summer hire crew member and worked his way up to Crew Lead.
Aaron likes going to the gym, playing basketball and heavy metal music.
He is our tallest employee, making him a sidewall installation specialist.
- Austin Kaech, Crew Lead
Austin joined the PPC team in 2013.
He also started as a crew member and has worked his way up to Crew Lead.
Some of Austin's likes include: hunting, fishing, hanging out with friends, country music and Ford trucks.
Austin's most memorable job was setting up three 20' x 40' frame tents on the Navy base in Silverdale.
Returning Summer Field Crew
Each summer, we add about 10 to 15 team members for the busy season. Here is one of our loyal summer crew members.
- Gregg "Grizz" Grzeskowiak, Crew Lead
Grizz has worked at PPC on and off since 2000.
Currently he works as a security officer at Mount Vernon High School, his alma mater, during the school year and rejoins us at PPC during the summer.
Grizz also has worked as Britney Spears' bodyguard.
He likes to play softball and hang out at Draft Pics Sports Bar in Mount Vernon.
- Chris McNulty, Warehouse Manager
Chris started as a lead at PPC in 1999.
He now does a bit of everything, including tent cleaning, metal fabrication and lead field work.
Chris grew up in Sequim and has traveled overseas in the military; he is an Iraqi Freedom veteran.
His interests are cars, fighting, cars, cycling, cars ... and cars.
You should know he's a Scorpio who loves '70s Japanese cars.
Chris once caught sight of a nude photo shoot while setting up tents on the Lake Union docks for Boats Afloat Show.
He believes French window sidewall and perimeter lights are a must for every wedding.
- Melody Jackson, Dish and Linen Lead
Mel loves to spend time with her grandkids, use computers and read.
Her favorite product is the new cotton candy machine.
She encourages customers to use candle holders to keep wax from dripping on the linens.
More wisdom from Mel:
• Plan ahead: reserve dishes and linens two weeks to one month in advance.
• Hot items (pans, sterno cup, etc.) will burn linens if set directly on them.
• Be prepared when picking up a lot of dishes or big items such as tables or inflatables; you will need a truck.
• When ordering glassware, take into account how many children will be attending. We have old fashioned glasses that may work better for kids than wine glasses.
• Most dishes and glassware come in 20" x 20" crates that take a lot of space.
- Salvador Morales, Equipment Maintenence Lead
A yellow truck brought Salvador to PPC in 2007.
He cleans and paints chairs, flooring and other equipment.
He enjoys biking, bowling, music and reading.
The most fun Salvador has had at PPC has been working with Rich Eppley.