Emily Malaya, General Manager, The RK Group
After completing her degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, working on theatrical productions and a major law-firm merger, Emily applied her foundation of logistics and budget oversight to event planning. Since joining The RK Group in 2007, she has pursued contracts & relationships with some of the city’s most elite and unique venues, offering clients a wide range of settings in which to hold their events. With her MBA from TCU and the growth of the Austin market, Emily has rapidly scaled her team to over 200 employees in her market. Emily has also orchestrated the planning of weddings of every magnitude, including formal charitable galas and fundraisers, large-scale conferences and exclusive gatherings for high-visibility civic events, and dinners including receptions for former First Lady Laura Bush, Grand Prix Formula One race teams, and many others. Out of a passion for wine, Emily became a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2016 and leads an extensive wine, beer, & spirits program for the catering company, cafes, & corporate accounts that she oversees.