Meet Our Team
Cyndi Shifrel, Owner/President + Fearless Leader
Cyndi is Darrin’s wife and business partner. Together, they have built Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals from the ground, up since 2008. They have two beautiful children – Zac and Alyssa, who have recently left the nest, but are out and about pursuing their dreams!
Cyndi is quite active in various organizations related to the event and wedding industry, and is considered the face of the business (Darrin is 1st runner up though). Managing the daily office operations, overseeing payroll, HR, and other business activities keeps her quite busy, so if anyone wears more than one hat here at OWPR, it’s her. She is extremely passionate about her relationship with Christ and seeks to glorify Him through her business. She loves encouraging and supporting others including, her employees whom she considers her second family.
When Cyndi isn’t in the office she loves to spend quality time with her family and friends, as well as, traveling around the country whether it be for business or for fun. Also, when Cyndi isn’t working- she’s werking out at the gym!
Important fact: she makes a mean PB&J sandwich.
Darrin Shifrel, Owner/Vice-President + Fearless Leader
Darrin is head of business development and sales (also 1st runner up as a ‘face of the business’). In addition, he is continuously looking for exciting and exceptional products to expand OWPR’s inventory. When a unique configuration is presented, you can find Darrin onsite measuring and determining the optimal placement for the most visually impacting effect. While Darrin can often be found behind the scenes as General Manager, he is passionate about the quality, the service and the relationships that make Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals the areas leader for awesome rentals.
Important fact: If he had his way, his employee photo would be Kermit the frog.
Brittney Bouche, Event Consultant & Business Development Manager
Important fact: Brittney runs on coffee.
Ron Guevara, Operations Manager
Ron has been working in the events industry since 2005! Over the years, Ron has held positions such as: driver, warehouse supervisor/manager, tent manager, kitchen supervisor also, sales and dispatch- so he knows his stuff. Through his 11+ years’ of experience, he has learned how each of these positions function and how they work together. As the Operations Manager, he can be considered a “tetris” master as he configures the delivery schedule to best accommodate our clients’ events!
Ron’s ultimate goal has been and always will be, to go above and beyond for each client- no event is ever too big or too small. Ron’s favorite quote is ” A life without music is a mistake.” Thus, he spends his free time recording music, playing his guitar, and spending time with his best friend – his gorgeous wife!
Important fact: The boogeyman checks under his bed for Ron.
Larry Hutchinson, Warehouse Manager
Larry comes to us from the northernmost, southern state: Huntington, WV- home to the Thundering Herd of Marshall University. He worked in the Huntington events industry for several years before moving to the sunshine state. As our Warehouse manager, Larry works diligently to keep our products in ‘tip-top’ shape and works around the clock to make sure our warehouse is as organized as IKEA. Need to find something in the Warehouse? Ask Larry. In Harry Potter houses, we’re convinced that he’d be a Hufflepuff. We’re also sure, he has no idea what a Hufflepuff is.
Zachery Gutierrez, Assistant Operations Manager
Amy Hill, Event Consultant
With a Bachelor’s Degree from UCF specializing in Advertising and Public Relations, Amy Hill comes to us with 7+ years of having worked in the wedding industry (dang, you go girl). This experience and versatility in designing, creating, and executing all of the various elements associated with putting together beautiful weddings and events makes her an asset to OWPR. With her background in Wedding/ Event Planning & Coordination,
Amy is very passionate about what she does and if you’ve got the time- she’ll tell you all about it! As an Event Consultant, Amy is in the “trenches” (otherwise known as driving down I4), personally meeting with clients and helping them create their vision. Amy is such an endearing individual, you’ll love her from the get-go.
Important fact: Her middle name is “gimme a minute.”
Alexis McNeely, Creative Marketing Manager
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, Alexis was a student at the University of Central Florida studying History & Anthropology. Alexis is a born creative, and now as a UCF graduate she brings her passion for ingenuity to our team! She wears more than one hat here at OWPR, in addition to marketing: she keeps our office from collapsing by never letting the printer ink run out, and she spearheads our Vintage Collection (finally putting that History degree to good use).
When she’s not designing, creating, or thinking of the next best thing since sliced bread- Alexis is all about movies (one could say she’s a human IMDB), guilty pleasure TV shows, travel photography, and superheroes. Everyone is allowed to have a “weird” obsession and hers would be her two cats: Oliver & Piper. Seriously, they’re adorable.
Important fact: She has the daddest dad humor of us all.
Whitney Morris, Event Logistics Manager
Wh-wh-wh-whitney has been passionate about the events industry since attending UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality, having received a minor in Event Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Art Management. As the Event Logistics Manager, one could say she’s the “Houston” to our “Nasa.” She gathers the final details, secures payments, facilitates client follow-up’s, and much more….seriously, a jack of all trades.
Whitney is originally from South Florida and enjoys visiting her family and friends there. You’ll most likely find her hanging out at the beach, soaking up the sun. Also, this girl is a jetsetter! Utilizing 2017 as her “travel year,” she’s been here, there, and everywhere!
Important fact: She is related to “where in the world is Carmen Sandiego.”
Sarah Dessert, Accounts & Billing Specialist
Sarah is a native New Yawka (aka New York) and attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Merchandising and is a retired Flight Attendant, having worked 13 years for American Airlines. Sarah has been married to a wonderful man named Greg, for 32 years. Together they have two wonderful children, Gregory and Meagan, and Daughter-In-Law Jamie. She loves being a “Nonny” to her 3 grandsons: Emerson, Callan, and Beckett.
Sarah loves making the rental & billing processes fun, stress-free experiences and always aims to exceed our client’s expectations! As the Queen of lovely conversations, Sarah will be your BFF in no time.
When not lighting up the office with her smile (Sarah works only works in our office Monday-Wednesday), you can find her baking delicious treats, traveling, and spending time with her sweet husband!
Important fact: She is the First Lady of OWPR.
Aileen Puerto, Office & Event Specialist
Aileen was born on St. Patrick’s Day and raised in New York. She studied Secretarial Science and graduated with honors from Jane Addams Vocational High School in the Bronx. She worked administrative positions on Wall Street until she was 21, then went to her mother’s home town of Puerto Rico for a 2-week vacation, that turned into a 26 year stay.
What does Aileen do for OWPR? She makes it happen, and by “it”- we don’t mean the clown. At OWPR, she’s whipping up event contracts, and adds that extra personal touch to phone calls- making her the superstar of client relations. Habla Espanol!
In her free time, she loves listening to music, and going to the movies. She enjoys “TGIT” shows like Scandal & Grey’s Anatomy, but her biggest love of all is the TCM channel. To her, there’s nothing better than a classic movie with a glass of wine (yeah, see?)
Important fact: She thinks that a Florida winter, is cold….