Meet The Team

KATE DECOSTA

Director of Sales & Marketing

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I have worked in the wedding industry since 1997.

What is your favorite thing about working at The Newport Experience?

It is a rewarding place to work as evidenced by the longevity of our staff. I love working with people who have been here just as long or longer than I. We have watched the company evolve and grow and have a long history in this market. We have been hospitality leaders in Newport for over 25 years.

Why do you love weddings?

I have personally witnessed thousands of weddings in my career. Watching so many varied groups of friends and families coming together to celebrate never gets old. The joy is contagious!

What is a fun fact about you?

I am learning to fly.

kate@newportexperience.com

KRISTEN WEST CIEJKA

Assistant Director of Marketing

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I began my career in fashion and publishing in NYC working for Ralph Lauren and Allure Magazine. After relocating to Newport in 2004, I switched gears and pursued a career in hospitality as there is so much opportunity here in our little City by the Sea!  I have been with the Newport Experience since 2012.

 

What is your favorite thing about working at the Newport Experience?

We have three stunning and very unique venues and host a variety of special events. There is never a dull moment!

 

Why do you love weddings?

My favorite part of working in the wedding industry is that it celebrates a happy occasion and life changing event and brings together people with a wide range of creative talents.

What is a fun fact about you?

I recently got married at OceanCliff; it was a dream wedding with a dream team!

kristen@newportexperience.com

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GALEN COBB

Wedding Sales Manager

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I have worked in the wedding industry for 25 years, and have spent 23 of those years with the Newport Experience. I began my career in NYC where I am originally from.

 

What is your favorite thing about working at the Newport Experience?

I am proud of the fact that most of our staff has been here since the beginning.

Why do you love weddings?

My favorite part is working with happy couples and bringing them from point A to Z flawlessly.

 

What is a fun fact about you?

When I am not working or planning a friend or siblings' wedding, you can find me knee deep with my three teen boys and adopted daughter

galen@newportexperience.com

ELSA FISHER

Wedding Sales Manager

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I moved to Newport and started planning weddings 15 years ago after a career in finance.

What is your favorite thing about working at The Newport Experience?

The immensely talented team we have here.

Why do you love weddings?

What is there not to love? Food, wine, flowers, friends, family. All of this at the best venues in town!

What is a fun fact about you?

I have circumnavigated the globe on 5 separate occasions.

elsa@newportexperience.com

SUSANNE DAY

Wedding Sales Manager

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I've been working with wedding professionals and couples for 19 years, first in publishing and events and since 2014 with the Newport Experience.

What is your favorite thing about working at The Newport Experience?

We have an incredible team! Our three venues are so different but what unify our offerings are the people that make our events exceptional! My clients love telling me about how every need was attended to by our team.

Why do you love weddings?

It's all the perfect little moments and memories you are making with the people that matter the most. The planning becomes really easy if you let your wedding day be a reflection of how you want your marriage to be (best advice I ever got!).

 

What is a fun fact about you?

Before I worked with the Newport Experience I was married at Regatta Place! As an event planner it was so nice to not have to worry about all the details and just relax and enjoy a fabulous party!

susanne@newportexperience.com

AMANDA SACCOCCIO

Wedding Sales Manager

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I have been in the wedding industry for 20 years. I started as an intern at the Newport Yachting Center. Then I went on to own my own small catering company after college. Then I was the Director of Sales/Catering/Events for a very high end local catering company and happily landed with the Newport Experience 5 years ago..

What is your favorite thing about working at The Newport Experience?

My favorite thing about the Newport Experience is the high level of events we produce on a daily basis and I also love my work family.

Why do you love weddings?

I LOVE weddings because I love helping clients with one of the most important days of their life.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have a twin brother who was married at Regatta Place and I was a professional child actress!

amanda@newportexperience.com

ALICIA MOORE

Corporate Sales Manager

How long have you been in the wedding industry?

I started as a private event planner for the Capitol Grille after graduating from the University of RI. I went on to work for the RI Convention Center for 6 years planning corporate events/tradeshows for groups as large as 1,500 people. I began planning weddings for Belle Mer and opened up their newest property, the Newport Beach House after leaving RICC. I have worked as the Corporate Events Manager for the Newport Experience for almost 4 years now and couldn't ask for a better job!

What is your favorite thing about working at The Newport Experience?

Our iconic locations are amongst some of the most beautiful places along the East Coast. They are all so different and unique in their own way. It certainly makes it easy to come to work each day when you are surrounded by water views and a great team of people.

Why do you love planning events?

My favorite part has got to be seeing the final product. Some events can involve pre-planning that can start a year prior to the actual event date. To watch it being executed after all the hard work you and your client put into it has got to be my favorite part.

What is a fun fact about you?

I once planned an event for President Obama. Watching all of the security measures with the Secret Service that are put into place prior to him arriving was one of the coolest things I have ever seen! Some other fun events I planned with celebrities include: John Legend, The Eagles, Kid Rock and DJ Pauly D.

alicia@newportexperience.com

THE NEWPORT EXPERIENCE

FIVE MARINA PLAZA

NEWPORT, RI 02840

401.849.6683

OCEANCLIFF

65 RIDGE RD.

NEWPORT, RI 02840

401.619.7925

SAFARI ROOM RESTAURANT

65 RIDGE RD.

NEWPORT, RI 02840

401.849.4873

REGATTA PLACE

FIVE MARINA PLAZA

NEWPORT, RI 02840

401.849.6683

GOAT ISLAND MARINA

FIVE MARINA PLAZA

NEWPORT, RI 02840

401.849.5655

STONE HOUSE

122 SAKONNET POINT RD.

LITTLE COMPTON, RI 02835

401.635.2222