Who is Beatty Group?
Meet the team.
Beatty Group is a tight-knit group of people who thrive on the fact that no two challenges are alike.
From the vault of knowledge we have in Ross, to Debbie’s intensive experience, to Rosalie’s passion for planning, our combined background puts us in a position to create experiences people will remember for the rest of their lives.
With Doug’s interdisciplinary approach to travel, we build trips where history, culture, geography and politics intersect. And thanks to Christine’s problem-solving, Kristin’s marketing background, and Andrea’s organizational ability and people skills – when we coordinate an event, it’s seamless.
Bottom line: we morph ourselves into any shape our clients need, and become an extension of their team. We chart a course through thousands of details. We provide person-to-person support at every turn.
We’d love to team up with you. Let us know how we can help. Contact us.
Ross Beatty, Presidentbig man on campus
In college, Ross was the social chairman of his fraternity, where his job was to plan the parties. Who would have thought that this (and not his degree in economics) would become the forerunner to his career?
Today he’s the president of Beatty Group, where clients embrace him as a partner and he becomes an extension of their team.
With a background in sales and marketing, years of entrepreneurship, exposure to all kinds of businesses, and international experience navigating groups through foreign rules and languages, Ross is the go-to for creative ideas, industry trends, safety and travel resources. To his team, he’s the visionary steering the ship. To his clients, he’s a vault of knowledge.
Personally, though, it’s the “wow” factor Ross likes best. Watching people experience things they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, which they just couldn’t have done as individuals. To him, that’s where the magic is.
Did you know?
Ross feels most at home on his family’s land in Methow Valley, WA.
fishing, golf, hiking and hunting. (And the white sand flats of Christmas Island.)
Ross ♥ Portland...
for its access to the outdoors.
Once, he ate...
that paste they serve in tea ceremonies in Japan. Tasted nasty!
Andrea Bickel, Conference Coordinatorfast-movin’ people person
Office management. Home business. Accounting. Customer service. Andrea has a long history of organizational ability and people skills, and it shows.
Today, she coordinates conferences at Beatty Group, where each experience is different from the last and she’s always finding ways to make them better.
To that end, she spends much of each day fielding questions from clients, speakers, sponsors and attendees. She oversees contracts, manages hotel room blocks and updates registration and conference community websites. Whether she’s putting out fires or supporting her colleagues that are heading up a gigantic healthcare conference or on-site coordinating an incentive trip, Andrea hits the ground running.
That said, to Andrea the experience doesn’t begin on the day of the conference, but much earlier: from a smooth registration, through the thousands of details that follow. Andrea provides person-to-person support to her clients at each step. That’s what makes for a seamless event, and that’s what she cares about most.
Did you know?
Andrea saved a drowning man in Hawai’i.
reading, hiking and ordering dessert.
Andrea ♥ Portland...
for the warm summer nights.
Once, she ate...a termite.
Debbie Kutnyak, Travel Managerone sagacious travelista
Debbie has been a travel agent for 30 years.
For the last 14, she’s been a travel manager at Beatty Group, where there really isn’t anything she hasn’t done.
At work, she’s a go-to for questions, especially about office policy or Apollo computer systems. She books group travel, escorts groups, staffs on-site meetings, accompanies bus tours, books countless vacations and facilitates corporate travel the world around. When a hurricane cancels someone’s honeymoon flight, Debbie spends the weekend on the phone and gets them on the next plane. People tell her what they’re looking for from their vacation: she harnesses her expertise to make it happen.
Most importantly, Debbie is a listener. Why “most importantly”? Because in her experience, that’s the key to finding the right fit for people, be it a cruise, a hotel, a tour or an entire vacation built from scratch. She makes her clients’ travel experience the best it can be. Which explains why her clients appreciate her so much.
Did you know?
Debbie was inside the Concorde jet that landed in Portland.
for the abundance of farm-fresh produce.
Once, she ate...scrambled eggs with caviar on top: an appetizer in Paris.
Rosalie Oekerman, CMP, Account Executivecontracts whisperer
Rosalie has a passion for planning. She’s not only a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI); she’s also a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP). To keep her membership active, she participates in industry events and accrues continuing education credits, especially in the realm of contracts.
At Beatty Group, she’s an account executive, where she breaks goals down into achievable chunks and charts a course to see it through.
Again, contracts are a particular strength. Rosalie reads closely, looks for fairness and minimizes risks. Her team relies on her for collaboration, experience and problem-solving; in this business, no two challenges are alike.
What’s rewarding, to Rosalie, is to know she had a hand in creating a wildly successful event: one that resonated with her clients’ values and reflected their purpose. Especially when someone tells her she’s made their job easier. Or that this was the best event they’ve ever been to. Or that they couldn’t have done it alone.
Did you know?
Rosalie has flown helicopters.
reading, glass-blowing and crafts of all kinds.
because the beach and the mountains are only an hour away.
Once, she ate...
crocodile – which tasted (of course) like chicken.
Doug Pugsley, Travel Managerrenaissance traveler
Doug’s background is in the liberal arts. As such, he looks at travel as interdisciplinary: an event where history, culture, geography and politics come together; where food, wine and beer intersect; where discovery awaits from the museums to the suburbs.
Today he’s a travel manager at Beatty Group, where he helps people explore new places to stay, eat, drink and see.
At work, Doug loves introducing visitors to the 31 countries he’s visited himself. It lets him relate very specifically to their needs and interests, while enjoying his own memories all over again. He loves, too, introducing them to the 164 countries he hasn’t yet seen: a preview of some future adventure.
Altogether, his own experience, combined with the tools, resources, suppliers and team members at Beatty Group, put Doug in a position to give his clients an excellent time, whether they’re headed for a popular destination, setting out on a business trip, or journeying to the far corners of the earth.
Did you know?
Doug saw the Aurora Borealis from the cockpit of a British Airways 767.
running, writing and the outdoors.
because of the beer.