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Robert Underwood

Robert Underwood

General Manager

Favorite Artist/Band: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Food: "Anything prepared with love by other people."
Favorite Color: Green

Rob joined Wings Event Center in 2011 after serving as the Food and Beverage Director at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. After growing up in Traverse city, he attended the Culinary Institute of America, where he learned to make a mean Philly cheesesteak. He now has six children, and resides in Kalamazoo with his wife. He has a mad obsession with Dave Matthews Band, and if you don't believe it, ask him about his tattoo. Rob's favorite part of working at Wings is "bringing back quality entertainment to Kalamazoo."
 
Emilie Vanderlaan

Emilie Vanderlaan

Special Event Manager

Favorite Artist/Band: Lumineers
Favorite Food: Soup
Favorite Color: Green

Emilie has been with Wings Event Center since her debut as an intern in 2014. Before graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in hospitality, Emilie worked as an intern at Disney World and Mission Point Resort. She has been synchronized skating since age three, and still occasionally throws on skates just to prove she's still got it. Her favorite part about Wings is the "uniqueness of both the job and the acts that come through the building."
 
Kaitlin Feddema

Kaitlin Feddema

Marketing Associate

Favorite Artist/Band: Ellie Goulding
Favorite Food: Chipotle
Favorite Color: Blue

Kaitlin began as a marketing associate with Wings in December of 2015. She attended Trinity Christian College, where she studied Communications and Graphic Design before moving to her now home in Kalamazoo. Kaitlin has four siblings and an undying love for all things canine. She hopes to own a ranch with seven dogs. But in the mean time, she loves "the exciting atmosphere of working in live entertainment, and building relationships with Southwest Michigan media."
 
Karen Winkle

Karen Winkle

Facilities/Operations

Favorite Artist/Band: Black Keys
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Color: Blue

Karen started working at Wings Event Center in 2011 after living in several Michigan locations, as well as Stuttgart, Germany. She originally attended culinary school and worked as a pastry chef for 17 years. Currently, she serves as the director of facilities at Wings, which means she keeps the ceiling from falling on us during concerts (and lots of other miscellaneous jobs). Her favorite part of her job is the "variety of things I get to do and the interactions I get to have with people."
 
Josh Reames

Josh Reames

Food & Beverage

Favorite Artist/Band: Offspring & 90's Alternative
Favorite Food: Mexican - because of Tacos.
Favorite Color: Green

Josh has been with Wings Event Center since August of 2016. Before his appearance at Wings, he directed food and beverage activity at sister property, Wings West. Josh has a pet Alaskan Malamute (who he loves very much, just ask the bumper sticker on his vehicle), and plans to grow his little family in March of 2017 after marrying his fiancée. His favorite part about working at Wings is "The rush of a busy event day, and hearing/seeing all the local chatter about how fun that event was and how glad they were we had it at Wings."
 
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