• Meet Roy DuBrow, On the Road Again

     
    POSTED May 20, 2019
     

    British Motor Coach President Roy DuBrow’s vintage vehicles and quality service never go out of style.

For Roy DuBrow, president of British Motor Coach, it all started with a British car (naturally): a 1950 Bentley. He purchased it from his neighbor. “The engine crashed about six months later,” he recalls. “After about a year and $12,000 in full restoration, I found myself broke but with a beautiful British classic that ran.”

To make some cash, DuBrow began ferrying blushing brides and giddy grooms to and from church, and before long, British Motor Coach was born. “I was lucky enough to find a range of British classics in one condition or another and in one place or another, and wound up with eight by the late 1990s,” DuBrow says. “During all of that time, I marketed to every logical entity serving the wedding business,” including planners, venues, photographers and places of worship.

In the last few years, he began providing city and wine tours as well. “[We] began our wine tour business about six years ago, and it has grown exponentially ever since,” DuBrow says. “We still offer full wedding event transportation planning, including the obvious usage of our vintage fleet for the couple, plus a modern fleet of limousines, vans, SUVs and sedans.” BMC’s 7,000-square-foot garage can also be rented for events, with vintage vehicles available for photo ops.

“I love the day-to-day and call-to-call range of requests that come,” DuBrow says about the hospitality industry and his job. “One never knows what the next request might entail, and I love the stimulation each one brings. BMC was built on the credo of providing the very best service to its clients. … We function on the basis that service is our soul.”

For Andrea Mokros, Minneapolis-based public relations executive and independent event consultant, the last decade has been a whirlwind. From serving as special assistant to President Obama and director of strategic planning for then-first lady Michelle Obama, to welcoming newcomers to the Bold North as the vice president of communications and events for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, Mokros shares the key takeaways that inspire her work today. 

 

Tony Michaels is no stranger to navigating choppy waters. The CEO and executive director of The Parade Company, which puts on traditions like America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Ford Fireworks, took the helm of the Detroit nonprofit during tough times, at the height of the financial crisis. “2008, 2009, are you kidding me?” says Michaels.

 

Originally from Ontario, Heather Odendaal got her start in event planning early, serving as her high school’s head of social events. She ended up on the West Coast, courtesy of her studies at the University of British Columbia, and launched her career in Whistler, working for the resort in marketing and events. Today, she’s CEO of Bluebird Strategy, a boutique event planning firm, and CEO and founder of WNORTH, a global community of women who have their sights set on the C-suite.