Deborah G Walston
event planner, wedding planner
Making Life's Milestones Memorable
Hello, my name is Deborah Walston, a native Texan, born and raised in Palestine. Life’s journey has taken me to Austin for over 20 years, Chicago for 7 + years and Western New York to our ranch. My husband Jack and I relocated to Texas to begin our business, Bella Sera Ranch, with my sister, Rebecca and husband Keith. Our venue features a Historic Style Chapel, Grand Hall and Open Air Pavilion.
I bring Passion, Process and Creativity to your special day. I will plan with you and provide customized wedding planning, a timeline that ensures you enjoy your day and I will oversee all details of your special event.
09/2007 – 06/2009 PersonaliztionMall.com – Woodridge Illinois
Chief Operating Officer – 08/2008 – 06/2009
Promoted to the COO position to work in conjunction with the President/CEO and the Executive Vice President/Owner to lead and manage the $40 million manufacturing facility.
Human Resource Director – 9/2007 – 08/2008
11/05 – 08/08 Dartmoor Homes – Timber Trails Schaumburg, IL
Sr. Sales Manager 02/07 – 08/2007
Managed Timber Trails Sales staff, managed the contract process with all supporting documentation, paperwork, files, models, etc. in addition to having a presence on the sales floor.
Sales Manager – 11/05 – 02/07 Semi-Custom Homes
08/04 – 10/05 Pasquinelli Homes Willowbrook, IL
•2004 2 - Million Dollar Plaques – Sales Achievement
10/02 – 7/04 D.R. Horton/Milburn Homes Austin, TX
• President’s Club – 2003
• #2 in Community Volume Sales - Q1/ 2003
11/99 – 09/02 Transformations by Design, Inc. Austin, TX
Founder & President
Communication & Image Consultant
At Transformations by Design, the focus was on the human dynamics of communication and image in the workplace as well as socially. The goal is to empower individuals and corporations to achieve higher levels of personal and professional success, by maximizing their impact, projecting credibility, exuding personal power and inspiring trust.
• Conduct corporate workshops dealing with workplace professionalism, presentation skills and etiquette protocol
• Executive and Team Image Development
• Demeanor Assessment & Coaching
• Personal fashion personality and body-type assessment
• Wardrobe, hair, and makeup consultations
• Certified by Sherry Maysonave of Empowerment Enterprises 11/199
12/97 – 11/2002 Computer Sciences Corporation Austin, TX
Director of Program Development and Certifications
Financial Services University – 08/98 – 11/2002
Program Director for Accelerated Consulting Technology Training (ACTT)
Manage all activities related to the ACTT program (16 week employee re-skilling program) As well as the daily operations of the Career Development Program technical training. (22-week program)
Lead Product Instructor and Program Developer - 12/97 – 08/98
Designed & delivered classroom instruction for proprietary software for all divisional employees and clients. Designed, developed and updated curriculum for company proprietary software.
12/91 – 12/97 Railroad Commission of Texas Austin, Texas
Information Center Manager 11/94 – 12/97
Managed a team of computer support staff for a 900-employee agency. Also provided computer support for three elected Commissioners and their staff.
12/91 - 11/94 - Training Specialist
Developed and implemented a software and network training program for approximately 900 Commission employees
12/88-01/91 Board of Pardons and Paroles Austin, TX
Systems Support Specialist III
Developed and conducted training of staff in Agency purchased software. Hardware and software troubleshooting
Day of Coordinator
Direction of Rehearsal
Wedding Day Delivery Coordination of Ventors
Emergency Kit to Address Any Issues that May Arise
In Person Planning Meetings
Vendor Recommendations, Coordination and Confirmation
Oversee Event Site Setup and Teardown
My expertise in planning and hosting events makes me the perfect choice for your Special Milestone!