About Us

MTG combines a passion for creating memorable events and a deep understanding of unique venues.

The McNeese Thomas Group Began with Friendship

This blossomed into a partnership dedicated to helping clients with events of all types and sizes. Since 2013, Courtney McNeese and Natalie Thomas had been working together in Washington, D.C. to create successful fundraisers, business conferences, galas, sponsorship sales and more.

Advice that evolved into a new career

In 2016, we were approached by a former client who needed advice on how to market and sell the National Arboretum for private events. The lightbulb went off when we realized others could benefit from our venue management expertise. We now manage the National Arboretum, the Congressional Club and 1615 @ Dupont Circle—and counting.

MTG's Leading Ladies

  • Courtney McNeese

    Co-Founding Partner

    Courtney has more than 20 years’ experience directing in-house event departments for Inc. Magazine, the International Dairy Food Association (IDFA) and IDFA’s Got Milk? campaign. Her wide-ranging expertise and unique perspective make her distinctly qualified to successfully manage a diverse portfolio of events.

     

    At Inc. Magazine, Courtney produced the prestigious Inc. 500|5000 Conference; launched the Grow Your Company Conference and Leadership Forum; created the Inc. Women’s Summit, the Inc. CEO Forum and the Inc. Military Entrepreneur Program for veterans and their spouses; and oversaw more than 50 sponsor-funded local custom events for business owners.

     

    Courtney is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She currently splits her time between Washington and her home in Red Bank, New Jersey. She and her daughter, Keeley, enjoy soaking up everything the Jersey Shore has to offer.

  • Natalie Thomas

    Co-Founding Partner

    Natalie first learned the fundamentals of customized VIP events while working as a staffer in both Senate and House congressional offices. She went on to manage political action committees for News Corporation, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

     

    In 2011, Natalie started NTDC, a small boutique fundraising and event shop in Washington, D.C. managing large corporate donors for past presidential campaigns and three political action committees. She collaborated with Courtney on the creation of the Inc. Military Entrepreneur Program. Natalie proudly serves as a brand ambassador for R. Riveter, American Handbags crafted by military spouses.  She also sits on the Board of Directors for MPI Potomac Chapter, a trade association for corporate event executives.

     

    Natalie graduated from Boise State University and lives in Washington, D.C. Her hobbies include Flywheel cycling, vegan cuisine and spending time with her cats, Crookshanks and Winterfell.

  • Betsy McElwee

    Creative Designer

    Betsy, founder of Betsy Mac Design Co., is MTG’s long-time partner for graphic design, style consulting and brand creation. She’s also a loving mother and wife of an active duty Black Hawk pilot.

     

    Betsy grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and makes it home every summer to catch a Reds baseball game. She lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina; where her husband is currently stationed.

     

    Betsy graduated from The Art Institute of Cincinnati and has over 10 years of experience as both an in-house and freelance graphic designer. She has a passion for creating unique visions for her clients while growing as a designer as much as possible.

  • Jayne Visser

    Event Stylist

    Jayne Visser, founder of Adepta Group, is a longtime collaborator and event stylist with MTG.  Jayne’s design and fashion background started with her studies at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.  Her keen sense of color, style and sophistication brings MTG’s venue photo shoots and client events to life.

     

    In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Jayne is deeply involved in DC’s philanthropic community; serving as Co-Chair of the Women in the Arts Museum Annual Gala.  Born and raised in Missoula Montana, she currently serves at the President of the Montana State Society of DC.

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