Before joining MCI USA, Kotenbrink served for six years as the vice president of luxury marketing and experiential events at a New York City-based agency, during which he delivered hundreds of “once in a lifetime” experiences leveraging relationships in the fashion, culinary, wine & spirits, sports and hospitality community.
Kotenbrink honed his global view of event-driven experiences while working in Barcelona, Spain for one of the world’s largest privately held real estate companies, where he oversaw marketing, communications, and special events for a newly developed commercial center. Kotenbrink’s additional executive experience focused on communications and special events for iconic fashion enterprises such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace
Career highlights include a variety of high profile projects for the French fashion house, Chanel, such as Mobile Art Project with Zaha Hadid, Little Black Jacket photography exhibit by Karl Lagerfeld, Métier d’Art fashion show (Dallas and Salzburg-Paris), and Mademoiselle Privé at the Satchi Gallery in London, just to name a few. Additional career milestones include over a 10 year working history with American Express focusing on experiential event marketing for its Platinum and Centurion Card Product, The Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, the inauguration of Barcelona’s Diagonal Mar Commercial Center, as well as multi-market grand store openings for Saks Fifth Avenue.
Kotenbrink earned an undergraduate degree in consumer marketing from the University of Houston. He resides in New York City, NY.
Blake's areas of expertise:
Conceptualizing and delivering on “the new luxury” of custom experiences for sophisticated corporate clients and their top customers
Sourcing strategic partnerships and marketing alliances in the luxury brand and financial services sectors
Delivering event production design aligned perfectly with a client’s brand and goals
Incorporating “white glove” hospitality to maximize on the guest experience
Making the impossible possible
Now, here's the backstory on Blake:
Hometown: My early years were spent in Monticello, Iowa. I was a small-town kid with an urban sensibility and attitude. I later adopted a bit of southern charm after my family moved to Houston, Texas, where I finalized my high school and college studies.
Thing I hate to admit, even to myself: I spend waaaaay too much on clothes …I keep telling myself that if I’m going to be delivering tailored events, I can justify a bit of bespoke tailoring myself!
Hobbies: Swimming, art, and music ... and of course, I’m a committed foodie.
Personal quote: “The difficult we can do today … the impossible takes slightly longer”
Perfect happiness is: Sunrise on the beach and the last ski run of the day – preferably on the same day.