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Meet the Managers

Welcome to Carolina Party Partners! We're happy you're here, and we're excited to tell you about ourselves. This page is dedicated to letting our clients get to know us a little better so that they can be confident in their decision to hire traveling bartenders, servers, or event help for their wedding, party, or another special event! 

Mobile Bartending

Kenny Thornewell

President & CEO

Kenny founded Carolina Party Partners after gaining over 15 years of operations experience in the hospitality, food service, and traffic control arenas. He previously served as a Food & Beverage Operations Manager at a large theme park, VP of Event Operations at a local wedding and special events company, and currently holds a Professional Engineer License with a specialty in Traffic Operations. It is this wealth of knowledge and experience that perfectly positions him to lead Carolina Party Partners. In his spare time, he loves to visit amusement parks, snowboard, and hike. 

Tara Neel

VP of Event Operations

Tara was first introduced into the special events industry over 10 years ago while working as a part-time banquet server in college, and built on her special event experience working security at the PGA Tour Pinehurst. You'll frequently see her personally bartending at many of our events where she loves the opportunity to engage with our clients and guests. Away from work, Tara enjoys attending women's professional soccer (Go NC Courage!), hiking, skiing, and cuddling with the company pup, Roscoe.

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