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Maria Covell | CEO

Maria's passion for events began at age 10, when she organized a charity carnival in her backyard, and that passion grew into a 30 year career rooted in the principle of serving others. Honesty, integrity, and unparalleled organizational skills coupled with the warmth and friendliness of a true "people" person are the hallmarks of Maria's success. Maria is equally as passionate about family.  When not planning events for others, you'll find her spending time with her four children, husband (pictured on right) and two dogs.


Tori Hamed | Vice President, Sales

Tori started her journey in event planning and hospitality while studying in college and has never looked back! Throughout the past 8 years, Tori has held various roles working on fundraising galas and events, non-profit meeting planning, and venue management, all preparing her for her role at Capital City Events. Her favorite things outside of the office include traveling abroad, dining out at some of DC's hidden neighborhood gems, working out so she can continue to dine out, and spending time outside, preferably at the beach!

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Missy Carr | Event Manager

Missy is passionate about creating exceptional events. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Business management, she immediately packed her bags to follow her dreams, driving 3,000 miles from Washington, DC to San Diego to enroll in culinary school. With over 30 years of culinary experience, from the heat of the restaurant kitchens to owing caterer and food trucks, Missy is our food & beverage guru. Her management and care to create the exceptional experience for clients, vendors and partners make her a true professional. A native Washingtonian, Missy brings a wealth of knowledge and local relationships that come together to create incredible events. You will also find Missy and her husband crisscrossing the Eastern seaboard visiting their three children in college.

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Tim Covell | President

Bringing over 25 years of experience leading organizations in effective revenue growth and market positions, Tim joined Capital City Events in 2003. He is responsible for all sales and marketing activities for the company and can be found passionately promoting our destination management industry and has served multiple leadership roles for the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI).


Christina Miller | Vice President, Event Management

An Ohio native, Christina moved to Washington, D.C. in 2008 and set her sights on pursuing a career in event management. Christina has spent the past 11 years taking in all the city has to offer and immersing herself in the hospitality industry. Working with various local DMC's and one of the area’s leading transportation providers has given her a keen eye when it comes to logistics. When she's not creating events that intrigue and excite clients, she loves getting out to enjoy all that the Virginia countryside has to offer with her husband, little boy and dog Snuggles!


Hayley Egart | Sales Manager

A Washington, D.C. area native, Hayley's passion for hospitality ignited as she worked as a waiter and bartender throughout her undergraduate years at the University of Maryland. With experience ranging from iconic pubs in Georgetown to the hushed hall of the Four Seasons Hotel, Hayley is a true 'people person' whose engaging personality and desire to exceed expectations anticipates and delivers a level of service worthy of five stars. When not building relationships, Hayley can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her boyfriend.


Cheri Salasznyk | General Manager

Cheri brings more than 20 years of corporate event, wedding, and catering experiences to the team. Having spent more than a decade at Capital City Events, Cheri is the backbone of the team and has the knowledge, history, and experience to provide clients with the Capital City Events experience every time! As the General Manager, Cheri's acute attention to detail and organizational skills help keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. Outside of the office, you can find her spending time with her husband and two children and enjoying time by the ocean.


Bridie Burke | Event Manager

Born & raised in Washington, Bridie loves being in the heart of DC making events comes to life. After four years at East Carolina University as a member of the Division I swim team, Bridie headed back to her hometown to pursue a career in events. She loves both the technical aspect required for organizing and envisioning the perfect event as well as the social aspect of being onsite with clients and vendors to celebrate the execution of a job well done! Prior to Capital City Events, she gained industry knowledge planning events of all sizes for Georgetown University Law Center. Outside of work, Bridie loves planning trips to Disney and abroad, crafting for her Etsy shop and trying her hand at photography.


Corey Peel | Event Manager

A Washington, D.C. area native, Corey used her time at the University of Maryland honing her organizational and events skills as a student Operations Manager of facilities for the university's athletic department. From game day attendance of 50,000 to VIP visits from the Dalai Lama and then First Lady Michelle Obama, managing a crowd comes easy for Corey. Her marketing background and flare for design make for happy clients reaping the reward of her creativity. Corey and her husband can be found enjoying golf, tennis and culinary delights at one of Washington D.C.’s many great restaurants.

Join Our Team!

We love to meet creative, enthusiastic, and productive people who’d like to be part of our team. To learn more about career opportunities at Capital City Events, please e-mail your resumé to and don’t forget to tell us a little bit about yourself!

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