Debbie Navez 

Owner | Event Coordinator

Transplanted from Los Angeles, I made my way to Sweet Home Alabama, cultivating deep roots in my adopted hometown of Birmingham. I embarked on a journey to fulfill my lifelong dream of event planning, and now, I’m the proud owner of Dreamgate Events.

Through my extensive career in retail, publishing, accounting, business management, and computer software, I’ve channeled 15 plus years of experience planning and organizing corporate team building events. I’ve established a respected reputation, through destination celebrations, sporting events, festivals, weddings, birthday parties, milestone celebrations, and fundraising events, to name a few.

With my team of incredible professionals—The Dream Team, if you will— we thoughtfully craft lasting and memorable experiences for our clients. Our event planning company uses creative, diversified, and innovative strategies to provide a plethora of services as we plan, design, and professionally execute your event—each one guaranteed to WOW your guests.

I utilize my passion for hospitality in my business plan and provide the highest quality services for every client, overseeing all the preparations with my team. From cutting‐edge design and production to seamless and flawless implementation, we customize each event to ensure every client realizes the same outcome: Perfection. (They don’t call us The Dream Team for nothing!)

My interest in the arts, culture, music, and travel infuse my work and elevate my events to memorable experiences for clients and guests alike. A degree in business administration gives me the insights and financial acumen to keep a strict timeline and budget. Calm, cool and collected is my mantra. I take pride in moving people, creating memorable milestones, and maintaining poise under pressure.

My husband, Marc, and I live in Pelham, where Marc teaches at Pelham High School. We adore our two children and three grandkids, and we’re excitingly awaiting our fourth!

In my spare time, I like getting lost in projects, spontaneous road trips, cooking, and, of course, entertaining! You can often find me reading, squeezing my grandkids, and getting my hands dirty in a flower bucket or two. I love what I do, and I love bringing people together, helping them celebrate with memorable moments. I consider myself very fortunate for living the “Dream” life I’ve imagined!

Event Planner Carli Burt of Dreamgate Events

Carli Burt

Event Planner

Born in Nashville, raised in Montgomery, Alabama, I moved to Birmingham after college and absolutely fell in love with the city! My passion for event planning started at a young age but came to fruition while in college at Auburn University at Montgomery. I received a degree in Mass Communications as well as a minor in Art. While attending college I was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. As Social Chairman I planned all of our fundraisers, parties and swaps.

My design and event inspiration comes from my background in art. I've studied about all of the wonderful cultures and traditions from around the world. I love clients who want something different from the norm, no one should be put inside of a box, express yourself!

When I'm away from work I enjoy spending time with my handsome hubby, 3 beautiful step-children and two fur babies. Watching The Walking Dead on Sunday nights is a must, and I LOVE going to concerts! During the fall I yell "War Eagle!"

Ron Abernethy

Event Planner

Ron Abernethy is the latest member of the Dreamgate team.  A native New Yorker, Ron recently relocated to Alabama and brings to the team his 20+ years as a professional photographer specializing in wedding and event photography. He confesses that being a photographer requires that one wear ‘many hats’ in order to ensure that the day goes according to plan and, most importantly, meets or exceeds the expectations of the client. His many years of working with event and wedding planners and vendors, ranging from florists to cake decorators to venue directors, has given him a broader perspective that extends beyond photography into understanding what it takes to plan and execute the perfect event.