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Our Team

Our Team

Thomas Magarov

President & Founder


Tom Magarov was born in Azerbaijan in the former Soviet Union in 1985. A competitive rower and swimmer, Tom competed through high school before leaving the country in 2002 and emigrating to the United States. After attending Baku State University, Tom attended University of West Chester for a degree in international business with a minor in psychology, an education he has used extensively to leverage himself into an immediate leadership roll at Home Depot, managing stores and on-boarding new employees into leadership positions.

Kimberly Marion

Global Operations Director &  Co-Founder

As the operations leader of Caspian Events, Kimberly is the key point of contact between all vendors, C-level Executives and events managers. She is a successful event director, an expert program developer and a logistical “mastermind.”

Originally from Philadelphia, Kimberly graduated from Drexel University with a BA in Psychology. She began her career working for Wharton Business School’s Behavioral Lab and eventually moved to Wharton’s San Francisco campus where she managed the Venture Initiation Program (an accelerator program for entrepreneurs) along with various alumni events.

Brittney Schrag

Events Director

Brittney is a powerhouse event manager who always delivers on promises. Formerly Director of Events at the Seattle-based CRG Events, Brittney has spent more than a decade managing incentive and team building programs, sales meetings and CEO/C-level offsites for Fortune 1000 companies in the tech, medical, retail, sports and entertainment industries.
Want something different? Brittney is quick to see the possibilities of new ideas and is prepared to attempt almost anything with her high motivation, energy and enthusiasm.

She is outstanding at initiating projects and at persuading people to embrace change. Through extraordinary event programs, client relationships and teams focused on flawless execution, she continues to make the greatest possible impact on a company’s audiences while meeting financial goals.

Jason Caldwell

Speaker & Founder of Latitude 35 Leadership

Jason received his baccalaureate degree in 2005 for Business with a concentration in marketing from Sonoma State University in California. During his time there he played baseball for the University as well as two seasons with the San Francisco Angels, a semi-pro team, before sustaining a career-ending elbow injury. In Jason’s Senior year at Sonoma he was approached by the Universities’ Rowing Coach who convinced him to tryout for the team in his final year of eligibility. This led to a number of great relationships with the rest of the crew members and coaching staff on the team.

Jonathan Bickford

Adventure Specialist

 

Jonathan Bickford has worked in team and leadership development for both clinical and educational purposes. Sailing, hiking, canoeing, and rowing with clients in locations remote and challenging Jonathan knows firsthand the ennobling power of wild environments–laden with a healthy amount of natural risk–and the ability to meet and mitigate those risks. Jonathan has spent his career working with teams in wilderness setting because that is precisely where team learning can best occur and the strongest relationships form. 

ThuyVy Bui 

Event Coordinator


ThuyVy was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Having been surrounded by an enormous family her entire life, where she is 1 of 27 first cousins, she was blessed with a multitude of mentors who taught her the value of hospitality, hard work, and dedication. They are the backbone of her strong work ethic, and although she currently resides in San Francisco, that Midwest work ethic is forever instilled in her.

 ThuyVy received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Kansas City-Missouri and has spent most of her career working in Human Resources.  

Samira Magarov

Event Coordinator


With over 10 years of customer relations experience, Samira Magarov uses her trademark skills to nurture positive, productive relationships with clients. Her genuine and enthusiastic personality puts all of our clients at ease, and guarantees a pleasant atmosphere wherever she goes. Samira was born in Azerbaijan and came to the United States in 1995 to pursue the American dream.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Widner University. Her experience combined with her outgoing attitude make Samira is an asset to each event she coordinates.

Melissa Smith

Event Coordinator


Melissa began her career in planning. From week long leadership development programs across the globe for McKinsey & Company, to high-profile soirées for a Morgans Hotel Group boutique hotel, she has seen and planned it all. Using her industry knowledge to deliver exceptional results in the seamless execution of events is what drives Melissa. She brings a high-level of service and professionalism to clients while striving to exceed expectations every day. 

Melissa received her BA in 2002 in International Studies with a concentration on Latin American Literature and Culture from Middlebury College.