Meet the team at Avalon Event Rentals, Kelowna, BC - all of whom are 100% dedicated to making your event vision come true. Our employees are the source of our strength and our success. We act and operate around a simple premise, “Treat others as we would like to be treated”. We strive to ensure that this characteristic influences and focuses everything we do and how we treat you, our customer.
Kayla Knight - Customer Services Representative
Karly Curtis - Sales & Event Associate
Karly is one of our Sales Representative at Avalon Event Rentals, she previously worked at The Cove Lakeside Resort in the Banquet department. She has been with Avalon for almost a year now and how could we not love her awkward high fives, lunch buffets and kind heart! After work you will find Karly picking up her dog “Jersey” at Doggie Day Care, watching football games and taking deer selfies while knitting with her best friend Kayla Knight.
Shawn is also the Chairman of the Avalon Fantasy Football League and a proud Father. You can find many of Shawn's half full mugs of coffee around the warehouse.
Sue Foote - Controller & Purchasing Manager
Brad Buchanan - Owner/President
Brad and his wife Angela purchased Avalon in 2007 and Okanagan Portable Sign Rentals in 2010. Prior to owning Avalon, Brad held various positions at Sun-Rype Products Limited for over 17 years, including Vice President Sales & Marketing, and Vice President Customer & Corporate Business Development. Brad holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba and an M.B.A. from California Coast University.
Brad is also very active in the pursuits of his children. Brad has coached various levels of hockey and baseball and can often been seen running his kids all over town.
Brad and his wife Angela met while working at Sun Rype, they have three children and are long-time Kelowna residents.
Angela Buchanan - Owner/Vice President Finance
Angie is a long time Kelowna resident. After graduating from Okanagan College with a Diploma in Marketing & Management, she joined BC Tree Fruits and also went on to work with Sun Rype Products Ltd. This is also where she met her husband Brad. While at Sun-Rype, Angie held numerous positions in the Sales and Marketing Departments and ultimately ended up in a management position in the Finance Department. Brad and Angie have three kids and purchased Avalon in 2007. Along with working in the family business making sure everyone stays in line and the bills are paid, Angela can also be seen running her kids all over to various sporting and school events while also running a small laundry business out of their home!
The Buchanan Family is also very active with The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. After their youngest child, Amy, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 10 months old, Brad and Angela began volunteering in many capacities including Gala Chair, National Chair for The Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes and acting as mentors in JDRF’s Outreach Programs, providing support to other families affected with Juvenile Diabetes.
Gary Sweetman - Warehouse Supervisor
If you would ever find yourself in a conversation with Gary, don’t be afraid to point out he has an accent!
Ryan Roos - Crew Leader
This is the bio of a living legend…but we don’t have that kind of time to cover it all. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Ryan made the move to the beautiful Okanagan with an extensive background in the Culinary world. Ryan holds a Diploma in Culinary Management from Confederation College. Ryan started with Avalon in 2007 and after his now “infamous” first 2 days, is one of the most senior members of the Avalon Team.
“I’ve met so many good people during my time here at Avalon, from all the great customers, to all the employees past and present, to my owners Brad and Angela Buchanan, I couldn’t ask for a better work family, and to that I say thank you and here’s to another awesome year at The Okanagan’s #1 Event Rental Company.”
Bryan’s pursuit of human performance development has taken him across the country and as far as Australia! In March of 2004, Bryan’s newest venture was the development of The Corporate Play People™ where his passions for team development have allowed him to impact many teams and individuals through the Edu-TainmentTM concept of Purpose, Passion and Play.
In 2008, Bryan’s continued his quest by becoming the General Manager of the Interior Provincial Exhibition which combines his past experiences and allows for future growth in working in the non-profit sector and large scale events. Bryan believes in a solid balance in life with his most important elements being his kids Parker, Sierra and Bryson.