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In Memoriam – Bill Biava

We are saddened to announce the passing of Bill Biava, husband to Kathy Biava, both of Universal Odyssey Inc., who died at his home in Newport Beach, CA on April 21 following a two year battle with cancer.

Bill was an engineer by trade but while looking to wind down his career, he joined his wife Kathy Biava, President, and daughters and took a consulting position at Universal Odyssey, Inc., a Travel and Incentive company. This quickly developed into full time, becoming CFO and enjoying every day of this 10 year position. With Universal Odyssey, Bill worked with the legends of Major League Baseball putting on Baseball Fantasy Camps for corporate executives, Race Car Driving Schools, and Rock & Roll Fantasy Camps. While helping manage many exciting Incentive and Convention programs worldwide, his favorite program was the Honda Hoot Motorcycle Rally with 18,000 attendees in the Great Smokey Mountains.

Condolences can be left on CaringBridge.com. In Lieu of flowers please donate to the Make a Wish Foundation.

All are welcome to join us in celebrating his life.

Tuesday May 3, 2016

Service at 1:00pm
Mariners Church Chapel (flowers may be sent here)
5001 Newport Coast Dr.
Irvine, CA 92603

Reception to follow at
Balboa Yacht Club
1801 Bayside Drive
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

If you plan on attending, please email ; text 949-244-5904, 949-244-5904, or on www.CaringBridge.com under Bill Biava.

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Tim Brown’s Celebration of Life - March 19, 2016 in San Diego

Tim Brown’s Celebration of Life - March 19, 2016 in San Diego

Please come to Celebrate the Life and Soul of Tim Brown

tim brownHe so loved his family and friends and was devoted to their happiness and success. He was a creative force and lived his life with a strength of character that all admired. Surrounded by friends and his family, we will gather to share stories and to toast this very special man. You were important to him and we ask that you join us to complete the story of his life.

Please register if you are joining us on March 19.

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If you already have registered, thank you so much and we’ll see you there!

On another note, from 3:00-4:30 PM on Saturday, March 19, you’ll have an opportunity to be creative with your expressions of love, laughter and stories of Tim. We will have 8 1/2″ x 11″ poster boards and art supplies available for you to create an art piece about Tim. This can be made with photos, a drawing, a saying or what ever you’d like to share. We will have a photographer snapping shots of these “original” masterpieces. So come ready to share your memories, stories and photos. (P.S. - The artwork is yours to keep, and we suggest you bring copies of your photos and leave the originals at home.) We’ll be sharing this group masterpiece with you after the celebration.

DATE: Saturday, March 19, 2016
LOCATION: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
Marina Ballroom, 3rd Floor, South Tower
333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-234-1500
TIME: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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In Loving Memory - Alison McNeice

Alison McNeiceAlison McNeice
1960-2016

We are shocked and deeply saddened at the recent passing of Alison McNeice. Alison raised the SITE SoCal chapter to new heights during her year as President in 2005 and her legacy lives on today in our continuing success. A much loved and highly respected individual, Alison will be very much missed by her many friends and industry colleagues. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this difficult time.

2016 SITE SoCal Board of Directors

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In Loving Memory - Jon Michaels

Jon MichaelsWe are shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Jon Michaels of Extraordinary Events. Jon was a wonderful person; our industry has lost a great friend and event professional; and he will be sadly missed by all of us. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family, his friends and his colleagues at EE.

2015 SITE SoCal Board of Directors

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David Paul Nordquist passed away on March 20, 2015

It is with much sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of David Nordquist on Friday, March 20. David was a wonderful friend to many of us, a great industry colleague, a staunch long-time SITE SoCal supporter and a devoted and loving father to his daughter, Mahana Grace. Our world will not be the same without him. He will be very much missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.

David NordquistOur good friend, David Nordquist, was a gem of a man, and when I say ‘man’ read that as all mankind.

David first appeared in my life as Director of Sales for Tahiti Tourism North America, and his big personality lit the stage. That was over 20 years ago. He had been working for a bank in North Dakota, as I recall or a bank here in LA, but wherever it was, Tahiti and Los Angeles were lucky to meet this avid baseball fan.

It was during his time at Tahiti Tourism that he encountered his first serious health problem. He came through that one and was back on his feet in a few months. He never complained about any of his health problems. His friends and colleagues only saw his smiling face, ready to carry on with the job, and he genuinely loved to help his colleagues in business, and his friends here and in Tahiti.

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