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In 1985, Warner Neal left Athens, GA with his diploma and no idea what he would do for the rest of his life.  Back in Columbus, GA, most of his friends were putting on a suit and tie every day but that did not appeal to him.  Then a friend told him about an opportunity to work at the 1985 Buick Open, a PGA TOUR tournament being held at Green Island Country Club.  Shortly after he started, he was given the title of “General Factotum”, which means – one who does all.  When the tournament ended, Warner was offered a full-time job with Executive Sports, the event management company that ran the tournament.  That’s where the story begins…

Meet the Team…

The Outdoor Events staff brings many, many combined years of event management experience to every event.  Our goal is to take control of all the event details, so our customers can spend time entertaining their guests.  We are committed to the highest levels of service, to ensure that every event we manage will be a unique and memorable one.


Warner Neal

Warner took that job and his career in the sports marketing industry began. Over 17 years, his career grew to where his duties included overseeing a staff of 80+ employees and managing PGA TOUR, LPGA, and Champions Tour events throughout the world.

Charlton Norris

Charlton has over 26 years in the sports marketing industry. His talents include managing, organizing and producing professional and amateur golf tournaments, corporate outings and hunting and fishing adventures around the world.

Lisa Neal

Lisa has over 15 years experience in the event planning industry. Her specialties include working with large corporate and charity events, as well as trade shows and sporting events. With her Finance degree, Lisa lends her knack for business to all her events paying special attention to strong customer communication, event budgeting and finances. Her […]
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Christian Johnson

After the purchase of the rental business, Outdoor Events had a need for someone with rental AND events management experience.  We had worked closely with Christian when he was the Convention Services Manager at Callaway Gardens, and felt that he would be a perfect fit! Christian joined Outdoor Events in October of 2013.  His experience […]

Theresa Garcia Robertson

Since 2009, Theresa has been working events and managing political campaigns across the region and state. After working with Warner and the team at Outdoor Events on a couple of events in a volunteer capacity, Theresa was thrilled with the opportunity to join the Outdoor Events team and continue her passion for event planning and […]

Carol Northrup

Carol has worked in the event industry for over 17 years, and her contact info is probably on many smart phones in the Columbus area. Carol truly enjoys what she does. Her many years of experience in the event planning industry and her numerous relationships with clients and customers make her “The Event Queen” among […]

Pam Edwards

Pam has over 19 years of experience in the event planning/hospitality industry, having assisted with over 300 weddings in the West Georgia/East Alabama area. She strives to build customer relationships in order to retain the trust, friendship, and business of each valued client.

Tommy Christmas

Tommy Christmas joined our team in January 2015.  As our Logistics Director, he keeps track of all of the rental jobs and makes sure everything is done in a timely manner.  He keeps everyone busy making sure all of our inventory is clean, organized and ready to be rented.  His barbecuing skills are also a […]
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Carroll Pound

Carroll joined us in the Summer of 2014 to help with Steeplechase and we loved her so much we brought her on full time after that!

Mitchi Wade

Mitchi joined the Outdoor Events team in November of 2017.  Her experience serving on a number of philanthropic committees including being the 2017 Race Director for the Steeplechase at Callaway made her a great fit for helping with the many fundraising events we help manage!

John Todd Lee

An avid tennis player, John Todd joined us in the Fall of 2017 and assists with event sales and rentals.