Andy Lytwyn, DMCP, CTA – Owner
Starting his career in the Events field as a Balloon Decor Specialist, Andy has been active for over 20 years in the Houston Industry!
When Events are not taking up his time he loves spending time with his family, grand-kids and if he’s left to his own wits you will likely find him fixing various things and solving any of life’s many problems – from how to make a toaster oven work again all the way to how to get his kids to actually take out the trash! (The easier of the two, of course, is the toaster oven problem!)
Andy says his biggest piece of advice to give to others would be at this end of this life never look back and have any major “I should have done this” left on your list. One of his favorite things about this great city that he loves….The People!
Christy Spisak, DMCP, CTA – Director of Sales and Operations
Born and Raised in Houston, Christy attributes luck to her start of 18 years in this industry! When she graduated college, Christy wasn’t sure in what direction to go so she registered with a staffing agency who called her about a “Hospitality Coordinator” position. She applied, because the job sounded like fun, and eventually was hired on directly as their Operations Manager. She thanks her lucky stars that, that DMC General Manager saw an eye for her talent and gave her chance because she completely fell in love with the Events World!
When she isn’t ensuring the Cosmo team has everything they need to be successful and being very active as a 4-yr returning Board of Directors member and President-Elect for the MPI-Houston Chapter (Meeting Professionals International), you can find Christy going all over Houston with her husband and young daughter to Indoor Jump Parks, local parks, the Houston Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and so many other places!
Christy says she has learned so much about herself during times when things did not work out as expected or hoped – therefore her best advice is to not be afraid to fail and make mistakes! Her absolute favorite Houston treasure is the Houston Museum of Natural Science! She loves everything from the updated Hall of Paleontology all the way to the brand new Weiss Energy Hall – did you know HMNS is the 4th most visited museum in the US?
Juliana Wathen, CTA – Senior Sales Manager
Juliana first came to Houston in 1986 as a costumer for Stages Repertory Theatre. Costumer by day and performer by night, Juliana is also an accomplished actress, singer, writer and producer. Her design skills and extensive theatre knowledge led her to a position as the Senior Event Designer, combining skills from set design, costumes, lighting and logistics. “Each event is a show to me. I want guests to leave having had an experience- not just a meeting or party.”
When she isn’t creating over-the-top experiences for Cosmo’s amazing clients, you can find this lady mentoring young artists, volunteering at Rodeo Houston or relaxing at the nearest beach with the sand between her toes and a fishing pole in her hands.
Her best advice for anyone else in this field – “The show must go on!” The brightest gem of Houston, for Juliana, is our diversity and the diversity here is represented every day in the biggest way. Houston has the largest Medical Center in the world, the largest Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Theater District is second only to New York City with its concentration of seats in one geographic area. Over 145 languages are spoken here and all of them can say “Welcome to Houston!”
Lorry Chestnutt, CTA – Sales Manager
A natural North Carolina native, Lorry has been working events for 6 years now. She began her journey creating dynamic dining hall creations and marketing initiatives for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (her alma mater)! Every detail from the planning, strategic development, and execution, thrilled her and she knew this was a world she wanted to permanently become a part of!
When people say “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” Lorry absolutely agrees, especially with the fun group she gets to work with daily, but when she isn’t creating fun she is taking care of her 4-legged fur baby named Tobey, going to the gym with friends, trying local restaurants or even dancing the night away in one of Houston’s fun dance clubs for Latin or Country dancing!
Her green but wise advice is to simply Make yourself Happy! In the grand scheme of life your happiness, a healthy work/life balance and being present and active during life’s many lessons is the key to all things good – find your niche and run with it! Some call it graffiti, others call it Street murals – Lorry just calls it Art, and that is her favorite part of Houston! So much beauty, so many colors and lots of vibrancy – it is amazing.
Joe Davis, CTA – Operations Manager
South side of Houston is where Joe calls home! He has been having fun and getting paid for it for 16 years now and he will be the first to say that he LOVES what he does. With planning a few personal parties to getting fun side jobs as contract help and attending really exciting events, Joe realized early on that there was something truly special about this field.
When he isn’t Cosmo’s amazing “boots on the ground,” onsite support or chaos keeper – he is spending time with one or all 7 of the women in his life. From his 3 little girls, to his mother, mother-in-law, elderly aunt, all the way to his amazing wife – they are always out and about doing something fun!
“Keep family first” and “Never forget no one is promised tomorrow” are mantras that Joe lives by. Although not really a hidden gem (as can be seen by the traffic in the parking lot on any given Saturday) Joe’s family are members of the Houston Zoo, and they go several times a year. The Houston Zoo always gives Joe and his family wonderful opportunities to see a wide variety of animals and helps them remember that they are not the only creatures that depend on our environment to survive