Bonnie LuftigBonnie Luftig has a passion for creating ultimate experiences that connect people around their interests and foster community. For over 20 twenty years Bonnie has had a successful career in event production and operations management, producing high profile events, managing day-to-day operations and directing teams. She has a strong track record of success in entrepreneurial environments building foundational operating structure and strengthening processes to improve attendee experience, team productivity and customer service.

A position where Bonnie had a significant impact was in her role for seven years as the Director of Operations, Marketing & Sponsorship for the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, an annual 3-day event, now heading into its 25th year. She was recruited by the founders in the festival’s first full-time position to build efficient event operations and deliver a quality experience. Bonnie established a reputation for the festival as a highly respected and well-run event. She also tripled the attendance to its then maximum capacity of 9,000 attendees per day and expanded the reach to a nationwide and international audience.

A highly entrepreneurial individual, Bonnie founded and operated an independent event management business in addition to her “day job” at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. She quickly earned a strong reputation for producing top-tier events, building 100% of her business through referrals.

Bonnie’s career also includes freelancing for several large-scale nationally recognized lifestyle events throughout the U.S. Bonnie was the Volunteer Director for the 2009 Summer National Senior Games, a 16-day, 23-sport event for 10,000 athletes age 50 and over, held at Stanford University and throughout the Bay Area. She created and led the highly successful volunteer program to recruit 2,000 volunteers in a 5-month period. Bonnie served as the Special Events Manager for the 2010 Telluride Film Festival. She produced seven events over a 4-day period for filmmakers, sponsors, passholders and staff for up to 1000+ attendees. Bonnie also completed an Executive Certificate program in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

In addition, Bonnie has served in various capacities for several experiential marketing agencies including Jack Morton WorldwideGeorge P. Johnson, TBA Global and On Board Experiential Marketing for B2B and B2C events.

Bonnie spent the first five years of her career in Catering and Conference Services at two high-end destination resorts and the Telluride Conference Center, which she helped to open. While at the Carmel Valley Ranch, Bonnie successfully produced a 6-day luxurious motorcycle trip, Carefree Ride, from the Carmel Valley Ranch to the Silverado Country Club & Resort in Napa, CA with an itinerary of activities, rides and fine food and wine events.

Bonnie relocated to Austin in September 2018.  She is passionate about creating community and healthy and active living. When Bonnie’s not planning or executing an event, she can be found in a yoga or barre class, indulging in healthy cuisine or seeking out the perfect cup of matcha.