Wendy Von Fries


President & CEO

First generation American born to a Scandinavian father and Spanish mother, her childhood was spent surrounded by multiple languages and heavy accents. Her work is her passion.

Wendy has worked exclusively in events and hospitality since her first internship at the age of 19. Her career consists of Director of Marketing and Sales for the Leading Hotels of the World in Scandinavia, and Account Executive for Maritz Travel Company based in St. Louis, managing corporate incentives primarily for IT and pharmaceutical companies in a span of 20 years.  Wendy is the founder of Paris Prelude and co-founder of Prelude Events. She is also the Co-founder and Co-inventor of two international applications in the travel / event planning industry.

Wendy is a savant in the events industry. Although she claims that she is always learning, we often say that she has seen it all. Her keen solution orientated personality smoothes the way for many seemingly impossible opportunities.

What you didn’t know about Wendy: she is a former athlete with California state titles in both Gymnastics and Track & Field. Her high school records remain unbroken in the 400 meters.

Languages: English, Danish and French