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Our People

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Our People

Planterra’s events are run by our team of planners, coordinators and designers. Event planning and design services are included with the rental of the Conservatory. Our event planning process is customized for each of our clients and our team is here to make it your planning and hosting experience an exceptional one.

 

 

 

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David DiVincenzo
Event Director

David has been directing events for Planterra clients since 2010. He designs each event – from menu, décor, floral and every detail in between - to make our clients’ visions come to life. He has 10 years of professional experience in arts fundraising, programming and event planning and worked at Page MacGill Gallery, The Noguchi Museum and one of Estee Lauder’s family foundations in New York. David is a graduate of both Albion College and Brooklyn College and attended the Atelier Léo Marchutz in Aix-en-Provence, France. David’s interests include wine, art and useless pop culture knowledge.

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Anne Galligan
Event Contract Manager & Events Blog Editor

Anne focuses on the planning details and budgets to make our clients’ visions a reality. She has a background in marketing and administration and uses her experience to make your planning process organized and efficient. She also manages our blog, keeping tabs on current trends in the event design industry. Anne is a graduate of the University of Michigan and enjoys tennis, cooking and creating unique pieces for her line of boutique pottery housewares.

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Megan Rawlins
Event Operations Manager

Megan focuses on the coordination and flawless execution of the event day, working closely with catering and our clients’ vendors. Megan and her staff are on-site during each rehearsal and event. She oversees every detail, beginning with the set-up the day of the event until the last guest leaves at the end of the evening. She has been with Planterra since early 2014 and brings more than five years of event experience working at Palace Sports and Entertainment, the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids and Chartwells Higher Education at Oakland University. Megan is a graduate of Oakland University and loves to spend her time with her family.

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Tiffany Zendejas
Ceremony Coordinator

Tiffany has been coordinating the wedding ceremonies at Planterra for three years. While planning her own nuptials, Tiffany realized that she had a love for all things wedding and decided to open up her own gift shop selling fine wedding stationery. After 15 years, Tiffany wanted a more hands-on role in the wedding day of her brides and became a wedding coordinator. Her attention to detail and organization with a positive attitude makes her an invaluable part of our team as your Ceremony Coordinator or as your full-day coordinator. When Tiffany isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family. She also loves to travel with her family.

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William Cotcher
Floral and Display Director

Bill has been the Floral and Display Director at Planterra since 2005. He and his team are responsible for designing and creating the floral and décor for all of our events. This includes stunning bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, garlands and entry displays. Anything a bride can imagine, Bill can bring to life in flowers. Bill is a native of Rochester Hills and a graduate of Michigan State University  Previously, Bill worked for 20 years in Boston for the Baugh Haus Collaborative and Harding Botanicals. He enjoys gardening, home renovations, cooking and spoiling his nieces and nephews.

Kirsten Kapchonik
Event Operations Manager

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Niko Santos
Event Specialist, Continental Catering

Niko oversees all operations, planning and execution by our Service and Culinary Team. She has been with Continental Catering for almost six years and four of those years she has been assigned specifically at Planterra. Niko and her team are dedicated to making both your meal and your service exceptional. As a former science major, health and fitness are a huge part of Niko’s life and she loves new adventures, shopping, cats and coffee.

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Faith Maciejewski
Floral Coordinator

Faith started her career here at Planterra fourteen years ago in our Planterra’s Interiorscape Division and still manages Planterra’s Corporate Christmas Design accounts. For our Floral and Display Team, Faith works closely with our flower growers and floral wholesalers to bring the freshest and most beautiful floral and greens to our clients. Her knowledge of flowers is immense and the arrangements she creates are beautiful. Faith enjoys crafting and baking.

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Shane Pliska
President

Shane oversees the company’s three divisions of corporate plantscaping, floral and display production and events services. Shane is active with community non-profits and serves on the board of the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. Shane has an educational background in film production and design and is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston. Shane enjoys cooking and is passionate about sustainable food systems, authentic world cuisines and wine; he also is an enthusiast of modernism, adventure travel and fishing.

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Zachary Pliska
Horticulture Manager

Zach is responsible for the botanicals inside the Conservatory, purchasing plants and setting proprietary quality standards on plant health and aesthetics. Having grown-up in Planterra’s greenhouses, chlorophyll runs through his veins. Zach is a graduate of the University of Michigan and is also a professional musician. He regularly performs at Detroit venues and his music is also licensed for TV and films, such as Showtime’s original series Homeland.

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Larry M. Pliska
Founder & Owner

Larry founded Planterra in 1973 as an exotic plant distribution and interior landscape company. Born and raised in the city of Detroit, Larry has devoted his life to growing a nature-centric organization catering to the metropolitan Detroit region. Considered an industry pioneer, he has led some of the largest interior landscapes installations in the region, such as Detroit’s Renaissance Center and Somerset Collection in Troy. Larry is a world traveler, percussionist, wine enthusiast and environmentalist. He is also an avid outdoorsman spending his summers sailing on Lake Michigan and winters scuba diving and horseback riding in exotic locales.

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Carol Pliska
Owner

Carol sets the standards for the company’s styles and designs each season. Carol travels and attends horticulture, interior design and hospitality trending events throughout the year. She has served on numerous committees for non-profit and community organizations. She performed with the Detroit Ballet Society from when she was a child until she was 33 years old. Carol enjoys gardening, international travel, antiquing and is a collector of Art Nouveau decorative arts.

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