“Quality without compromise” is our mantra. Every event, regardless of size or budget, receives individualized attention. Our creative team is committed to customizing each event, assuring that the client’s brand and individuality is evident in every detail. Each account manager stays with the group from start to finish. This ensures your vision and our standards are carried out throughout the planning process through execution.

Our Team

Jean James, DMCP

Jean James, DMCP

Founder

About Jean

Jean James is our Founder and Account Consultant staying involved with the team and assisting in the execution of corporate, civic and private events. Prior to starting Capers, Jean worked for years as a Corporate Meeting Planner and Manager for a major hotel company. She started Capers DMC in March of 1995 to assist meeting planners, such as her former self, in planning outstanding events in the San Antonio area. After being at the helm of the company for 20 years Jean passed the torch to current President Paul Nix in November of 2014. As a native San Antonian, Jean’s love of our great city shines through her continued involvement in the community.

Shauna Nix

Shauna Nix

Accounting Manager

About Shauna

Shauna Nix has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Missouri State University. While working in the IT field for 13 years, Shauna also helped her husband and Capers President, Paul Nix, on events such as the LPGA and PGA in St. Louis, Missouri. These experiences sparked her interest in the events field that she has explored ever since. Her four children, three grandchildren, photography and music are her favorite hobbies.

Marissa Cardenas

Marissa Cardenas

Production Coordinator

About Marissa

Marissa brings with her a fresh take on the hospitality industry that has proven to be a true asset to Capers. While working in the hospitality industry for 4+ years she decided to expand her knowledge and worked for 2 years in the décor aspect of the industry. Marissa worked for one of the largest catering companies in San Antonio, where she was able to experience and gain valuable knowledge about our industry.  Marissa continues to expand her horizons as a production coordinator. She makes sure all aspects of the program runs smoothly and not a single detail is missed.

Paul Nix, DMCP, CMP, CTA

Paul Nix, DMCP, CMP, CTA

Owner and President

About Paul

Paul has over 25 years of Hospitality experience as an independent meeting planner and special event production company executive. His background includes party rental equipment sales and most recently overseeing an off-premise sales department for one of Texas’ largest catering companies. Paul acquired Capers DMC from our founder Jean James in November of 2014, stepping into the role of owner and President. Paul applies his experience from the planning and catering side to our Capers culture, and believes that with the right attitude anything is possible. Paul is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), International Special Events Society (ISES), National Association of Catering and Events (NACE) and Alamo Area Hospitality Association (AAHA).

Gregory Will

Gregory Will

Creative Director

About Greg

Greg joined the Capers team in 2008 and possesses 20 plus years of experience as an independent caterer, wedding coordinator and décor specialist. Greg is the creative pillar of the décor and floral side of our company. He is a member of the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) and International Special Events Society (ISES), which keeps him in the know of current local and national trends. Greg welcomes the opportunity to create  unique and memorable events.

Shannon Young

Shannon Young

Account Manager

About Shannon

Shannon brings to the Capers team over 15 years of hospitality experience and a passion for creating the perfect event for her clients. Shannon is a Culinary Arts school graduate and has been both a Sales and Service Manager with Hyatt Hotels. Shannon has worked in Denver, Monterey, California and most recently at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio. With her culinary background and event experience, Shannon is committed to make every event spectacular.

Darlene Baldearena

Darlene Baldearena

Vice President

About Darlene

Darlene is a 20 year veteran of the Destination Management business.  Starting in off-premise catering and event planning, Darlene’s expertise has grown to include large scale transportation management and the design and implementation of creative and engaging programs.  Her passion to create impactful experiences for guests enhances every aspect of our business.

Lara Griffiths

Lara Griffiths

Entertainment Manager

About Lara

Lara’s background in the hospitality industry consists of convention center, special event venue and catering experience. Her diverse skills are what make Lara the ideal Entertainment Manager that Capers needs. Whether you are looking for livestock, Fiesta entertainment, or costumed characters, Lara is the one who can make it possible. Her dedication to fulfilling a client’s vision is unmatched.

Olga Ybarra

Olga Ybarra

Florist

About Olga

Olga is an incredible talent on our Capers floral team. With almost 30 years of floral design work under her belt, Olga can create a wide array of traditional or avant-garde florals for your next event.