Karrie Goldberg is the brainchild behind The Kagency, a one-stop shop for event planners and marketers, representing over 300 one-of-a-kind venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami. Venues range from notable nightclubs to galleries, private residences to photography studios, and both raw and outdoor spaces. Founded in 2004, Karrie and her team use their hospitality, experiential marketing and branding backgrounds, as well as industry-wide contacts, to represent and market these venues, generating business from private dinners to large-scale product launches and everything in between.
The Kagency carved out its niche in location representation with a laser focus on client satisfaction and customer service. From there, the portfolio grew quickly and organically. In addition to offering venue clients seamless booking solutions, The Kagency also consults on venue build-outs, sales and marketing strategies, internal systems development, event-related media buying, and other tangible revenue-generating activities.
The Kagency is in the sole position to uniquely assist brands with brand building by supplying producers with a wide array of environments to reflect their vision. The client list ranges from corporate leaders like American Express, Microsoft and Conde Nast Publications to fashion-forward brands like Nike, Diesel, Sephora, Calvin Klein, Maserati, and creative powerhouses like Ogilvy and Young & Rubicam.
In 2008, Karrie expanded the company’s portfolio by founding a talent booking division, representing top-tier DJ talent like supermodel Eve Salvail, Cielo-owner and resident DJ Nicolas Matar, Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor, Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, and more. The company’s well-established network led to international bookings, from Abu Dhabi to Brazil, from Ibiza to Japan, and even White House Congressional dinners.
Karrie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a degree in accounting and a minor in Japanese. While her charitable activities are numerous through the company, her personal time is spent with The Breast Treatment Task Force (BTTF), a New York-based non-profit that facilitates free breast cancer screenings and treatment for patients without insurance.
President of Sales
Jennifer Keller brings 20 years of experience to The Kagency, with expertise in business development, client services, event production, marketing, and sales team management. She has negotiated contracts and overseen the production of countless client events since first starting with the company in 2006. In addition to her in-depth knowledge of the New York City events landscape, Jennifer has produced multi-tiered activations in the top 15 U.S. markets, as well as Europe and Hawaii and is currently leading The Kagency’s West Coast expansion.
In 2012, Jennifer returned to her hometown of Dallas, Texas and accepted the Regional Director position at Wolfgang Puck Catering. At WPC, she lead the sales teams at five of the city’s most prominent event destinations, including Perot Museum of Nature and Science, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, Union Station, and Reunion Tower.
Returned to New York in 2015, Jennifer is The Kagency’s President of Sales, overseeing the venue sales teams, event-related media buying and the U.S. consulting division. She specializes in sales and marketing strategies, feasibility studies, systems and procedures, sales team training, custom sales and venue operations manuals, as well as venue build-outs.
Prior to The Kagency, she was the Marketing and Events Director for the luxury fashion magazine Surface. It was a late night and fortuitous walkthrough for a magazine event, where Jennifer met Karrie. Shortly thereafter, the two co-founded a networking organization for entrepreneurially spirited women in the creative industries, called the L.I.N.A Network. The two have professionally collaborated ever since.
Vice President of Sales
Kelsey’s dedication and creativity are cornerstones in her efforts to turn blank canvases into unique event spaces. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Kelsey Coxe joined The Kagency in 2013 as a sales manager. Now Vice-President of Sales, Kelsey Coxe leads The Kagency’s new business development while managing sales for a roster of large scale venues in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition to venue sales, Kelsey launched the Out-of-Home media buying division of The Kagency to assist clients with elevated branding opportunities in tandem with their events. Prior to The Kagency, Kelsey worked at Live Nation and the lifestyle management/event planning, Luxury Attaché for two years to honing her hospitality and sales skills.
Director of Operations
Mayuko joined the team as Operations Manager in 2017 and was promoted to Director of Operations in 2019. Born in Connecticut, Mayuko moved to Athens, Greece with her family when she was in middle school. Later, she graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Sociology. Prior to The Kagency, Mayuko spent two years at Empire Entertainment working as a Production Coordinator for large-scale corporate and non-profit events. She enjoys engaging with new people and her background allows her to adapt to evolving situations and adjust as necessary – which comes in handy when you need to troubleshoot on-site!
Senior Account Manager
Originally from Long Island, Hannah joined The Kagency in 2018 to pursue her interests in special event sales and marketing. With a background in event production and bartending, Hannah is now our omnipresent Sales Coordinator. She is the first point of contact at the agency and fields all incoming leads, gathers event details and sends initial pricing to clients. Hannah also confirms venue availability and sets up site visits for the Sales Managers.